MUSCLE TISSUE CONSISTS OF 35% BRANCHED CHAINED AMINO ACIDS
BCAAs or Branched-Chain Amino Acids are essential nutrients that the body obtains from proteins found in food. The BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine and valine. These three essential BCAAs are amino acids that the body cannot synthesize on its own and therefore must get through dietary sources. Even though there are about 20 amino acids that the muscles use for growth, the BCAAs comprise roughly a third of the aminos within muscle tissue. So if muscle growth is your goal, BCAAs are a must. These aminos also speed up muscle recovery.
BCAAs make a great energy source for working muscles because of their unique metabolism. This can have a positive impact on performance. Athletes use BCAAs to improve exercise performance and reduce protein and muscle breakdown during intense exercise.
BCAAs are not only used as energy source, but they also increase fat oxidation in glycogen. This allows athletes to train harder without fatigue due to higher energy consumption. This goes for both high intensity training as well as endurance training.
Another way that BCAAs can enhance performance is through their ability to spare glycogen during training. Found as stored carbohydrates within muscle tissue and the liver, glycogen is the favored fuel source for working muscles engaged in high intensity exercise. This makes glycogen availability and preservation vitally important if you wish to continue to train hard for longer periods of time.