• Muscle recovery and repair
• Blood sugar control
Serving Size: 1 scoop (5 g)
L-Leucine … 2500 mg
L-Isoleucine … 1250 mg
L-Valine … 1250 mg
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Source: Pharmaceutical synthesis
What Is It?
The branched chain amino acids (BCAA) category includes three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine. Essential amino acids must be obtained through the diet; they cannot be made in the body. Unlike other amino acids, BCAAs are primarily processed in muscle tissue inside the mitochondria.
What Does It Do?
Primary Uses: While protein in general is thought to stimulate muscle growth, BCAAs and leucine in particular are vital to muscle growth and repair. In fact, studies have shown that protein blends without leucine did not actually stimulate muscle development. When taken before and after exercise, BCAAs can prevent protein breakdown and enhance recovery. BCAAs can also help preserve muscle in people in weakened conditions. They support muscle maintenance, and have the unique ability to promote muscle growth in non-exercising muscles when other muscles are worked.
Secondary Uses: BCAAs may also help control blood sugar and insulin, and have been suggested to help balance mood.
Who Should Take It?
Frail and elderly people should make BCAAs a part of their daily diet to promote strength and independence. Athletes and exercise enthusiasts know the importance of BCAAs to their muscular health and performance.
Take 1 scoop (5 g) mixed with water or juice daily before a meal, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.
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