Pro Tip: When Is BCAA Supplementation Necessary?
BCAA is short for Branched Chain Amino Acid and it has become one of the most commonly used supplements in recent time. Every fitness enthusiast can be seen sipping a BCAA concoction in between sets of strength training. But are you sure these sips are helping you achieve your fitness targets? Let’s find out.
The need for BCAA supplementation depends on your training goals. BCAAs are a combination of three amino acids- Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, all of which are essential amino acids which means that the body cannot produce them by itself. Leucine, particularly, helps in muscle protein synthesis and has shown effects of suppressing protein breakdown.
The Exact Need
The exact need of BCAA supplementation arises when you are following a low-carb diet or working out on an empty stomach, in which case, your body might use protein as an energy source and you may experience muscle breakdown. To avoid this situation, you can use BCAAs. Though chicken and eggs are an excellent source of BCAAs, if you a vegetarian or you want an easier and delicious way to meet your BCAA requirements, a BCAA supplement is the best bet for you.
So, the next time you see a fancy bottle of BCAA at a supplement store, don’t just buy it looking at the label which says ‘new revolutionary formula’ or ‘The Next Scientific Breakthrough’. These supplement companies hire marketing experts to fool you with these labels. First, find out the target you are training for, and only if you cannot find and consume it naturally, should you opt for a BCAA Supplement.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of thewebsite where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him throughFacebook andYoutube.
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