Necessary for World Champion Athletes to Mere Mortals!
BCAA complex is a blend of three ‘Branched Chain Amino Acids’ (BCAAs) that are essential because the body cannot make them and thus rely on intake from diet only. BCAAs make up 35-40% of the essential amino acids in body protein and 14% of the total amino acids in skeletal muscle. BCAAs comprise a very important group of amino acids for just about anyone, from world champion athletes to regular people. BCAAs are necessary for the optimal growth of young people and for nitrogen balance in adults (think impotence!).
BCAAs are metabolized in muscle directly and significantly influencing muscle-protein metabolism.This unique quality means that they are very anabolic (they build muscle) and very anti-catabolic (they stop muscle breakdown, infact BCAAs comprise one-third of all the protein in muscles. The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine:
• Leucine is necessary for wound recovery to skin and bones and helps protect muscles. It is essential for promoting the healing of bones, skin, and muscle tissue.
• Isoleucine is needed for haemoglobin formation and also helps to maintain regular energy levels. Important also for stabilizing and regulating blood sugar and energy levels as it is used in the body to produce biochemical compounds that help energy production.
• L-valine is required for the smooth functioning of the nervous system, muscle metabolism, tissue repair and maintenance of nitrogen balance in the body. Helps eliminate potentially toxic excess nitrogen from the liver and influences the brain's uptake of neurotransmitter precursors tryptophan, phenylalanine & tryosine.
Some natural sources and food products that contain L-valine include meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, peanuts, soy protein, kidney beans, poultry and milk. Dairy products and red meat contain the greatest amounts of BCAAs.