Every serious athlete knows that BCAAs is the indispensable foundation upon which every swole body is built. Here are a few key ways branched-chain amino acids can help you stay swole and preserve that well-earned muscle mass.

mTOR Signaling
BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine), particularly Leucine, have anabolic effects on protein metabolism by increasing the rate of protein synthesis and decreasing the rate of protein breakdown in resting human muscle. Also, during recovery from endurance exercise, BCAAs were found to have anabolic effects in human muscle. Combining BCAAs with resistance exercise results in maximal protein synthesis because they both trigger something called the mTOR signaling pathway that is essential for muscle building.

BCAAs Increase Fat Burning
Surveys show that people with a higher BCAA intake in their diets have less body fat, more muscle, and better body composition. Individuals with a higher BCAA intake were the slimmest and had significantly less chance of being overweight compared to those with lower BCAA intake. BCAAs help fire up fat loss by revving up the metabolic rate, which is obviously a big benefit when training or dieting for fat loss.

Glucose regulation
Branched-chain amino acids play an important role in regulating glucose. They are continuously released from the liver and other internal organs to skeletal muscles to maintain blood sugar levels. Having enough of these amino acids in the body can help improve glucose uptake and insulin sensitivity in healthy people.

Reduces Fatigue and Increase Endurance
In a study of 218 marathon runners, BCAA supplementation boosted endurance during and reduce fatigue after a race. The runners’ fatigue decreased by an average of 17.2%. The runners given BCAA supplements ran better times for two consecutive days in a row in both races.

BCAAs regulate hormonal response during training
The correct hormonal response plays an important role in an athlete’s ability to respond to extreme training. A study that tested the effect of “loading” BCAAs with 6 grams of BCCAs for 3 weeks of high-intensity resistance training found that compared to a placebo group, the BCAA group had higher testosterone and lower cortisol levels. In addition, the BCAA group had lower levels of inflammation.

Other Benefits of BCAA supplementation:
– Lowers lactate levels after resistance training.
– Improves muscular oxidation.
– May increase growth hormone (GH) circulation, which may be related to anabolic mechanisms causing muscle growth.
– May decrease serum concentrations of creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase. May decrease muscle damage and improve recovery.
– Reduces inflammation inside the body. May enhance protein synthesis, especially leucine.

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