Wherever you are in your fitness journey, you’ll eventually find yourself trying to maximize your results and optimize your gym time in some form or another, whether it be through training, dieting, or supplementation. Sometimes, you don’t have to look any further than the classics. BCAAs are one of the most proven, essential supplements you can take to optimize your results.
What are BCAAs?
BCAAs, or branched chain amino acids, are made up of the 3 essential amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine found (among other amino acids) in protein rich foods like chicken, fish, eggs, and legumes. These three amino acids are considered “essential” because they cannot be produced by the body and are key components of muscle growth and repair (they make up over 33% of your muscle mass.) Traditionally, the only way to get these into your body is through consuming protein-rich foods, which your body breaks down into amino acids in the small intestine over time. One important thing to remember is your body wants those aminos as soon as you start training to repair damage as it happens. This is why taking BCAA supplements is so critical.
The great thing about BCAAs is how versatile they are. Because of how BCAAs work in the body, you may use them before, during, and after a workout to help you achieve your goals.
At the end of the day, the most important part of making sure you recover is with proper diet and supplementation. Proper nutrition before, during, and after training is often neglected, but it can go a long way. Aminos (like our BCAA 5000 powder and capsules) just might be that missing link you’re looking for to perform at your peak.