For anyone in the business of fitness with the goal of achieving a lean and muscle frame for the long haul, it is important to understand just how much branched-chain amino acids or BCAA’s can do for the body. BCAA’s such as; leucine, isoleucine and valine, are essential to muscle maintenance; however, the body is unable to naturally manufacture them. There has thus been a rise in the demand of BCAA natural supplements for people looking to keep their muscle as lean as possible as they work toward their fitness goals.
Dietary Sources of BCAA
Luckily, you need not go out of your way to find foods that are naturally rich in BCAA. Since they are essentially amino acids, you can find them in almost any food item that is traditionally known to be rich in protein. Fish, chicken, red meat and milk are great sources of BCAAs. Research has shown that about 3 ounces of meat will give you about a gram of valine and isoleucine while giving you about 1.7 grams of leucine.
While meat is a rich source of BCAAs there are ways to get them for vegetarians as well. Plant based sources of these amino acids include, but are not limited to, lentils, soybeans, whole wheat, brown rice as well as nuts like cashew nuts and almonds.
BCAA Recovery Supplements
Sometimes dietary sources may need to be supplemented in order to maintain lean muscle effectively. While many BCAA supplements are flooding the market, many are filled with artificial ingredients and extracted from questionable sources such as bird feathers and swine fur. Nutrology has gone a step further to ensure that our BCAA Natural is clean, safe and healthy. Made from non-GMO corn and naturally sweetened, you can be sure that our BCAA’s will provide the recovery boost you need without unwanted impurities.
BCAAs are good for Athletes of Any Age
The benefits of BCAAs cannot be understated. Regardless of age, all athletes have a lot to gain from the inclusion of these amino acids in their daily routines.
BCAAs play a crucial role in muscle recovery, repair and maintenance which is why it is recommended for anyone engaging in any rigorous muscle building workout. They trigger the synthesis of proteins while also preventing the breakdown of muscles for energy production. They are amino acids after all; and are called the building blocks of the body for good reason.
BCAAs play an important role in the delay of fatigue, which is crucial for people doing a full body workout. You want to get the most out of your workout time and a delay in the time it takes for you to feel fatigue could increase your gains by a significant amount. Along with fatigue delay these amino acids also help in reducing muscle soreness after a workout.
While their benefits to muscle building and maintenance are numerous, BCAAs have a lot to offer the rest of the body as well. Research has shown them to be beneficial in increasing glucose uptake in the body while also increasing insulin sensitivity making it effective in managing healthy levels of blood sugar.
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 approach to nutrition is simple yet powerful.