BCAA, Branched Chain Amino Acids 500mg Capsules

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Supplement form 500mg Capsules Is a form of Amino Acids Ingredients L-Leucine,  L-Isoleucine,  L-Valine  microcrystalline cellulose,  cellulose (HPC),  croscarmellose sodium,  magnesium stearate. Dosage Take three to four capsules daily with food after exercise Cautions If you are pregnant or lactating, taking medication or under medical supervision, please consult your GP...
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Supplement form

500mg Capsules

Is a form of

Amino Acids

Ingredients

  • L-Leucine, 
  • L-Isoleucine, 
  • L-Valine 
  • microcrystalline cellulose, 
  • cellulose (HPC), 
  • croscarmellose sodium, 
  • magnesium stearate.

Dosage

Take three to four capsules daily with food after exercise

Cautions

If you are pregnant or lactating, taking medication or under medical supervision, please consult your GP or medical professional before taking supplements. Do not exceed recommended dose. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet. Store is a cool dry place. Keep out of reach of children NOT intended for use by persons under the age of 18

Alternative Names

Acide Isovalérique de Leucine, Acides Aminés à Chaîne Ramifiée, Acides Aminés Ramifiés, Aminoacidos Con Cadenas Laterales Ramificadas, BCAA, BCAAs, Branched Chain Amino Acid Therapy, Branched Chain Amino Acids, Isoleucine, Isoleucine Ethyl Ester HCl, Leucine, Leucine Ethyl Ester HCl, Leucine Isovaleric Acid, Leucine Methyl Ester HCl, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Leucine Pyroglutamate, L-Valine, N-Acetyl Leucine, N-Acétyl Leucine, Valine, 2-amino-3-methylvaleric acid, 2-amino-4-methylvaleric acid, 2-amino-3-methylbutanoic acid.

What is BCAA?

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are the three main amino acids that have similar structures to those which have beneficial influences on muscles. They can also be found naturally in any protein food product such as meat and eggs. Those who have extremely high protein diets may not need these kinds of supplements, but they are hugely popular with fitness fanatics and body builders who use more amino acids than they can get from food. 

How does it work?

BCAA's are used to promote the synthesis of muscle protein and aid in muscle growth when the users diet is low in dietary protein. This could be due to them depleting their natural source or from following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. 

Used To Treat

  • Lack of amino acids caused by lifestyle
  • Essential for the immune system
  • Energy source
  • Aids muscle recovery
  • Vital for muscle coordination and development

Key benefits

Helps to maintain and promote the growth of muscles

How to take/dosage

The EAR, or estimated average requirement (EAR) of branched chain amino acids for adults is around 68 mg/kg/day (leucine 34 mg, isoleucine 15 mg, valine 19 mg) . Some researchers, however, believe that the earlier methods of testing have underestimated the requirement and adults actually  need about 144 mg/kg/day..  

Possible side effects

This supplement can affect the absorption of some medications, with possibly dangerous consequences, so check with your doctor before taking them. Some of the side effects known to occur are lack of coordination and fatigue. Branched chain amino acids should be used with caution before or during activities which rely on coordination such as driving.

Interactions

Do not take branched chain amino acids if you are taking diabetes medication, corticosteroids thyroid hormones as they cause affect the absorption of these meds.

Safety concerns

This  supplement would appear to be safe for most adults when used for up to six months. Do not take however if you are pregnant or breast feeding, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, you have ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, have diabetes or are due to have surgery in the next 2 weeks.

Things to note

Even though amino acids are something we need, excessive use of this supplement can have the reverse effect.

Scientific support and reference citations

A multi-nutrient supplement reduced markers of inflammation and improved physical performance in active individuals of middle to older age: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study

  1. Consuming a supplement containing branched-chain amino acids during a resistance-training program increases lean mass, muscle strength and fat loss
  2. Combination of branched-chain amino acids and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor suppresses the cumulative recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma: a randomized control trial
  3. Yoshizawa F. New therapeutic strategy for amino acid medicine: notable functions of branched chain amino acids as biological regulatorsJ Pharmacol Sci. (2012)
  4. Dietary Protein Impact on Glycemic Control during Weight Loss
  5. Riazi R, et alThe total branched-chain amino acid requirement in young healthy adult men determined by indicator amino acid oxidation by use of L-{1-13C}phenylalanineJ Nutr. (2003)
  6. Nutraceutical Effects of Branched-Chain Amino Acids on Skeletal Muscle
  7. Ahlborg G, et alSubstrate turnover during prolonged exercise in man. Splanchnic and leg metabolism of glucose, free fatty acids, and amino acidsJ Clin Invest. (1974)
  8. Wahren J, Felig P, Hagenfeldt L. Effect of protein ingestion on splanchnic and leg metabolism in normal man and in patients with diabetes mellitusJ Clin Invest. (1976)
  9. Harris RA, et alRegulation of the branched-chain alpha-ketoacid dehydrogenase and elucidation of a molecular basis for maple syrup urine diseaseAdv Enzyme Regul. (1990)
  10. Shimomura Y, et alBranched-chain alpha-keto acid dehydrogenase complex in rat skeletal muscle: regulation of the activity and gene expression by nutrition and physical exerciseJ Nutr. (1995)

 

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