The Basics of BCAA’s
Branched Chain Amino Acids are made up of three essential amino acids, L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine. They are essential because the body is unable to make them from of other amino acids, meaning they must be ingested through food or supplements. The BCAA’s make up to 40 percent of the daily requirement of all nine essential amino acids, indicating their importance.
As the name suggests, BCAA’s have a branched side chain that simplifies the job of converting each amino acid into energy during intense exertion. They make up about 35 percent of all muscle tissue. The more BCAA’s are present in the muscles, the more they will be used for energy, slowing the breakdown of muscle cells and preventing muscle loss.