BCAA are the essential amino acids that are designed in the form of branched-like structures and that is the reason they are known as Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are mainly used for muscle growth and improving performance. The amino acids are also found in the form of powder or capsules as a supplement.
There is no official dosage of taking Branched Chain Amino Acid. Taking BCAA Xtend in large quantity can result into the following diseases such as – problems related to liver and heart, cancer and diabetes. It is recommended to take 4 grams to 20 grams of dosage per day. Persons those who are infected with a congenital disorder such as maple syrup urine disease should not consume Branched Chain Amino Acid as it is difficult to break them up by their body.
# List of food items in which BCAA is present are
- Cottage Cheese
- Fish such as salmon and tuna
- Nuts and seeds
- Legumes such as peas, beans, and lentils
- Soy products
# Uses of Branched Chain Amino Acids
- Promotes muscle growth
The muscle growth is mainly due to amino acids such as – leucine. It also tends to increase muscle mass. A higher proportion of leucine could result in improving body composition. Amino acids mainly comprise of three acids and out of which leucine is being used to promote the growth of muscles.
- Muscle breakdown
Taking BCAA by mouth will reduce the breakdown of the muscle during the exercise. It is one of the significant use or benefit of taking Branched Chain Amino Acid.
If a person takes BCAA by the means of mouth then it could result in the improvement of overall nutrition, especially among the undernourished persons. It might be helpful for those individuals who are associated with the diseases such as liver and cancer.
- Reduces liver-related problems
Failure of the liver could result in the disruption of how the body metabolizes proteins and due to this, there could be a deficiency of proteins. Supplements of BCAA improve quality and life and prognosis in patients who suffer from liver cirrhosis.
- Tardive dyskinesia – a movement disorder
Consumption of Branched Chain Amino Acids could be effective in the recovery of the movement disorder. It is generally caused by taking neuroleptic drugs in large amounts that are used for treating psychiatric conditions.
- Promotes weight loss
Due to increased metabolic rates an individual will tend to burn more calories. It has been recorded that those who consume BCAA supplements after and before performing the exercise will not likely experience any more fat loss as compared to all those who took Xtend BCAA during the exercise.
# Risk of taking Branched Chain Amino Acid
- Result in fatigue
- Increase insulin resistance
- Loss of coordination
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
# Effects of taking Branched Chain Amino Acid during exercise
- Promotion of muscle protein synthesis
- Damage muscle reduction
- Saves glycogen
- Reduces the production of lactic acid
Suppression of muscle protein degradation