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Benefits of BCAAs

If you've been brave enough to stick your toe in the pool we call "Fitness" then you've more than likely heard the importance of protein. You know the stereotype; hit the gym, throw some weights around, then sit back and fuel those gains with a tasty protein drink. While the concept seems simple enough; it's really not that cut and dry.

Protein is actually made up of amino acids. When you ingest a protein, your body breaks it down into individual amino's, restructures them and then uses them for whatever purpose they're needed for at the time. While drinking protein after a workout is most often recommended, you're really cutting your gains and recovery short when you don't add additional amino supplementation to your routine.

Of the 20 main amino acids, only 11 are produced naturally by our bodies. These are called non-essential amino's because it isn't necessary to get them from our diet. Amino's provide a host of benefits ranging muscle growth and repair, to digestion health, all the way to the production of chemicals needed for proper brain function.

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are the most popularly known blend of aminos. Made up of leucine, isoleucine and valine, BCAAs are essential amino acids; meaning our bodies do not produce them naturally and are only available in the foods we eat or through the use of supplements. The growing popularity of BCAA use is no surprise considering all of the benefits they offer.

Research has shown BCAAs can help improve muscle growth, increase endurance, reduce fatigue, and improve recovery and performance. Along with building muscle and burning fat, BCAAs aid in the recovery and promote the growth of lean muscle.

Natural caffeine from green tea and green coffee are sometimes added to many amino blends on the market to help increase energy and enhance mental clarity. Other essential amino's like L-Carnitine and CLA are also familiar ingredients and provide an increase in metabolism, fat to energy conversion and fat breakdown support.

Amino's are a strong force when it comes to reaching your fitness goals and shouldn't be overlooked. Simply adding them to your pre, during or post workout routine can have a huge impact on your overall conditioning. Don't cut yourself, or your gains short, check out amino's today!

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