Branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs, consist of three essential amino acids — leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These aminos cannot be produced by the human body, which of course means you need toget them elsewhere if you want to experience their benefits. One quality source of BCAAs is P4’s workout supplement Recovery Push Formula, which also features a carb loader and a plethora of vitamins to assist with energy production and recovery. In turn, this puts the body in a better position to rebuild, regrow, and recharge after strenuous workouts.
Whether you’re a semi-pro or professional athlete, someone who’s looking to get back into shape, or a hardcore weekend warrior, here are three reasons people who train hard — like you! — should make a point to consume BCAAs:
#1. BCAAs Can Aid Exercise Performance
BCAAs may help prevent catabolism (muscle breakdown). A 1998 study found that subjects who used BCAAs averaged 153 minutes while cycling compared to 137 minutes produced by the group who ingested a placebo. Another Brazilian study found that BCAA supplements reduced fatigue and torched fat when consumed by glycogen-depleted subjects.
#2. BCAAs Are Linked To A Reduction In Muscle Soreness
Some research has shown that BCAAs play a role in decreasing exercise-related soreness. One study focused on 12 male subjects and provided them with 10 grams of BCAAs twice a day or a placebo that consisted of an artificial sweetener both before and after exercising. The findings claimed that the BCAAs assisted protein synthesis and left subjects feeling less sore than the placebo group.
#3. BCAAs Can Support Testosterone Levels
2010 research performed by Ball State University that appeared in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that when BCAAs were teamed with a glutamine supplement for four weeks strength athletes produced more testosterone and less cortisol.
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