BCAAs are amino acids with branched side chains; the three BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. While other essential amino acids are oxidized to provide energy at the liver, BCAAs can undergo this process in skeletal muscle.
While the role of BCAAs in maintaining muscle in post-operative patients and suppressing cancer incidence in animal models of obesity has been investigated, current interest in BCAA use is primarily from the sports medicine world. Evidence suggests BCAA intake timed around exercise can fight cognitive and muscle fatigue and promote muscle growth.
BCAAs occur naturally in a variety of foods, so supplementation is not essential to health, rather it may be useful as a performance aid.
Dietary supplements,eggs, soy protein, whitefish, pork, parmesan, sesame, beef, milk, legumes
Branched chain aminos, branched chain amino acids