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What are BCAA's?

Have you heard of BCAA's? If not here's the scoop on one of the top supplements in the health and fitness world these days.

What are BCAA's?

BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids. These are essential nutrients, more specifically, amino acids that are the building blocks of protein. BCAA's include leucine, isoleucine, and valine which can be used for energy directly in the muscle and do not have to go to the liver to be broken down.

What do BCAA's do?

BCAA's are essential for rebuilding, repairing and growing your muscles. A few specific things BCAA's can do for one include,

1. During long duration exercise they can help fight fatigue.

2. Help aid in recovery (specifically Leucine) by preventing muscle breakdown.

3. Improve immune function after exercising to exhaustion.

4. Aid in muscle growth as they increase protein synthesis.

They have also been found to assist medically in patients with specific diseases!

Where do you get BCAA's?

BCAA's occur naturally in many forms of food. Some include,

  • chicken

  • lean beef/red meat

  • dairy

  • canned tuna

  • wild salmon

  • tilapia

  • turkey breast

  • eggs

  • roasted peanuts

You can also get BCAA's in supplement form! There are many different brands, flavors and choices on the market these days. My personal favorite is Momsanity BCAA's as they are naturally sweetened and contain no artificial dyes, chemicals or preservatives.

Whether you're focusing on getting them through whole foods or supplements they are a great addition to your diet if you exercise!

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