Leucine, valine, and isoleucine amino acids account for up to 33 percent of muscle tissue. Leucine, in particular, is responsible for stimulating protein synthesis and it is better at it than what typical protein can do. Without BCAAs, protein synthesis would be impossible, as the process relies on the synthesis of cellular machinery.
BCAA's Stimulate Protein Synthesis
Low Calorie BCAA's
With minimal additives, you do not have to worry about packing on the pounds. A good BCAA powder should contain low amounts of added sugar and only have around 10-30 calories per serving.
It can be difficult to find a high-quality protein products that is suitable for vegans. Often times, you will find BCAA's are sourced from leftover parts of animals like feathers and fur. in some cases, they may even contain allergens like artificial colors and sweeteners. All-natural vegan BCAA's is derived from non-GMO plants, like corn, and produced by trusted non-GMO farms.
A natural BCAA powder is healthy, safe, and clean, without artificial sweeteners or caffeine that could cause jitters. Consider a product that will provide at least 5,000mg of BCAAs per scoop, in the ideal 2:1:1 ratio. Some powders have 500mg of vitamin C per serving, too, so the drink supports your immune health while helping you recover from exercise.
BCAA's Work During Workouts
Protein drinks need to be consumed before workouts. The best vegan BCAA can be consumed pre- and intra-workout, especially if you are doing rigorous muscle building exercises. The BCAA's will trigger protein synthesis as you engage in strenuous exercises, so muscle breakdown can be prevented, and you can have a sustainable energy source.
Joanne Tull, former Fitness America, Fitness Canada and Fitness Universe finalist. Joanne is a Co-Founder of Nutrology, the naturally based sports nutrition company that has innovated clean label nutritional products used by thousands of athletes, including elites in the NFL, MLB, NHL and Professional Boxing. Having appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports and TSN after finishing a storied athletic career as a state champion, collegiate and national level gymnast. Joanne’s common sense approach to nutrition will educate and motivate people on how to live a healthy lifestyle while balancing career, kids and fitness goals.