BCAAs (Branched-chain amino acids) consist of three essential Amino acids namely- leucine, isoleucine and valine. They are called essential because they cannot be produced by the body, instead, they have to be taken from an exterior source.
Unlike other amino acids, which are broken down in the liver, BCAAs are broken down in the muscles. They are thought to play a major role in energy production during exercise.
They help reduce the fatigue after a workout, by reducing the amount of serotonin produced by the brain.
Each of the amino acids are specialized in a particular task, leucine has a great effect on building muscle proteins while isoleucine and valine are better at producing energy and regulating blood sugar level.
Here are a few benefits of BCAAs:
BCAAs help in reducing fatigue or tiredness and helps improving the performance of the exercise. It particularly is helpful for beginners rather than professionals.
Reducing Muscle Soreness
They help in reducing the soreness in muscles after exercise. They lower blood levels of creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase. They protect the muscles from damage and improve the recovery rate. Though it varies from person to person, the effects are evident.
Increase Muscle Mass
BCAAs increase muscle mass by activating enzymes. You can get it from a high protein diet. Especially when the leucine and then either isoleucine or valine.
Lowering Blood Pressure
The amino acids leucine and isoleucine, which suck more sugars from the blood thereby decreasing the blood sugar levels in the muscles.
Increasing Weight Loss
They enhance weight loss and reduce weight gain. They help in getting rid of unwanted fat. It is disputed whether a high protein diet can be a replacement for BCAAs.