Do I Need to Supplement?
BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.
Humans aren't able to naturally produce certain amino acids. These are Essential Amino Acids.
3 of these essential amino acids represent BCAAs: Valine, Leucine, & Isoleucine.
BCAAs decrease muscle damage and soreness.
Since our bodies don't manufacture essential amino acids like BCAAs, we must consume them in our diets.
But here's the deal,
If you're consuming protein-rich foods, you're ALREADY getting in BCAAs!
So what's up with BCAA supplements?
Taking a BCAA supplement increases the amount of available amino acids in your bloodstream, that your body can then use to build proteins.
But just as consuming protein alone, without training that promotes muscle growth, won't increase the size of your muscles; consuming more BCAAs than your body needs won't earn you extra benefits.
Aim to get your BCAAs in naturally, by consuming adequate amounts of protein-rich foods. The amount of protein you need varies by body size, activity level, and other factors.
Supplements pose additional health concerns & safety risks (especially for athletes!).
Work with a Dietitian to understand how to meet your needs without a supplement and if a supplement is the right choice for you.
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