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Is excessive BCAA use harming your health?

Calum Gore is an expert in medical biochemistry and health and the founder of biochemical diagnostic testing services company Gore BioScience. He is based in Leicester, Leicestershire. The essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine together make up the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). In total they comprise 30% of the body’s total muscle protein. The fitness industry, athletes and bodybuilders have long used BCAAs for many of the following perceived benefits: increased protein synthesis; increased muscular hypertrophy; improved exercise recovery; increased muscle endurance; improved glucose disposal; increased energy; and increased gluconeogenesis, which is the metabolic process in which glucose…

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The BCAA breakdown

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Leucine, isoleucine and valine are three essential amino acids collectively known as branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs. BCAAs cannot be synthesised by your body, so they must therefore be consumed from the diet. It is estimated that the three branched chain amino acids make up approximately 33% of all the amino acids in the body. A great proportion of these three amino acids found in skeletal muscle, where they act as both structural elements and play regulatory roles in muscle protein synthesis,…

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Do you need intra-workout BCAAs?

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. Amino acids are commonly described in layman terms as the building blocks of protein. More than 500 types are known but only a select few are used in protein synthesis and so considered essential nutrients for the human diet. Most of these can be synthesised by your body from other compounds, however, there are nine amino acids that can not be made from scratch so instead we must consume from our diet. The nine amino acids we can’t synthesise are: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, histidine,…

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Why nutrient timing isn’t everything

Eric Helms is a pro natural bodybuilder, raw powerlifter and a coach at 3D Muscle Journey. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand. There’s a common fear in weights rooms around the world that if you don’t start guzzling your protein shake within seconds of your last biceps curl then all of your hard work will be wasted. The example may be silly but it stems from something that’s a legitimate concern – the idea that when you take on nutrients influences the effect they have on your body. I like to break the subject of nutrient timing into three…

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Workout supps for better performance

Kamal Patel is a director of Examine.com, the research-based resource on supplementation and nutrition, and a nutrition researcher with an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University. He is based in San Francisco, California. We all want to have the most effective session every time we work out. It’s the only way to keep pushing your body forwards so that you get either stronger, leaner or fitter, depending on your training goal. While a varied and nutritious diet and high-quality sleep are essential in allowing you to attach every single workout as hard as possible, there are some supplements that…

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