• Jade Harris

Are BCAA good or bad for you ?


BCAAS' stands for branched chain amino acids, valine, leucine, and isoleucine that are metabolized by the body and used as sources of muscle energy. They are known as this because the three amino acids include branches.


Amino acids can be found with in all foods, for example:

  • Beef

  • Chicken

  • Fish

  • Eggs

  • Baked Beans

  • Lima Beans

  • Chickpeas

  • Lentils.


You can also use BCAA supplements to get enough, but receiving enough in your diet should be achievable if you have a healthy balanced diet.


Are BCAA supplements worth the money ?

Some people may tell you BCAA are not worth the money you pay for them where as other people would say buying them is worth every penny. Depending on the websites you look at they will show different opinions, a lot of supplement companies will recommend that you take them, but this is usually to sell you their products, below I have linked 2 different websites, one for and one against,


For

https://www.theproteinworks.com/thelockerroom/are-bcaas-worth-it/#:~:text=To%20conclude%2C%20BCAA's%20are%20worth,on%20a%20calorie%20restricted%20diet.

Against

https://liftbigeatbig.com/are-bcaas-worth-it/

Have a look and make your own mind up.



There is nothing wrong with taking BCAA's but as said previously you will be able to get what is required in a healthy balanced diet, the recommended amount is up to 20g a day, this is for muscle growth if you are taking BCAA for anything other than muscle growth then your doctor will be able recommenced the dosage that you will need to take. You can have too many BCAA's a study taken by the university of Sydney showed relying too much on BCAA's may reduce lifespan and cause weight gain and lower mood, I will link this study below:

https://www.insider.com/protein-shake-intake-linked-to-reduced-lifespan-mice-study-2019-5


For any questions regarding BCAA or any other fitness or lifestyle questions contact myself Jade or one of our other personal trainers and we will be more than happy to help.



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