Branched Chain Amino Acids are comprised of three of the eight essential amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.

Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) are considered more important than other amino acids for building muscle, improving performance, reducing recovery time because they are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver. Of the three Leucine is considered the most important for muscle growth and repair, however supplementing Leucine alone can cause a BCAA imbalance and can impair muscular growth. It is suggested that a 2:1:1 ratio of Leucine:Isoleucine:Valine is most effective, however that has yet to be sufficiently proven.

Studies show that consuming BCAA’s directly prior to and during workouts reduces the stress hormone cortosol, and promotes higher testosterone levels both during and directly after the workout. This shows the importance of supplementing BCAA’s for individuals looking to reduce bodyfat, increase muscle mass, and speed up post-workout recovery time.  A few studies show that the consumption of BCAA’s along with simple carbohydrates increases the uptake and effectiveness of the BCAA’s.