If there’s one supplement that’s not talked about enough in the female fitness industry, it’s BCAAs. From helping you burn more fat, to being a cheat code for putting on muscle, these amino acids are so slept on, it hurts- though we have a feeling that won’t be the case for much longer.
So buckle up, because we’re about to spill the beans on what makes this supplement the key to seeing results, fast.
What are BCAAs?
BCAAs stand for Branched-Chain Amino Acids. Amino acids are molecules that form together to create proteins. These proteins then get used to fulfill various functions throughout your body. This can include hormones, neurotransmitters, and your favorite- muscle tissue.
They’re essential, meaning your body does not have the ability to make them itself, which is why BCAAs are used as a supplement.
Are BCAAs and Protein the same thing?
When you workout, you’re creating thousands of microscopic tears in your muscles from all the contracting and releasing. So, in order to build muscle, you need to have enough amino acids to build new protein blocks and muscle in response to training.
Protein can be considered the backbone of this. Your body uses protein to build muscle and repair damaged muscle tissue.
BCAAs on the other hand can be thought of as a sort of cheat code to this. By supplying your body with the essential amino acids it needs to create protein, you’re giving your body a jumpstart on protein synthesis which is the process of amino acids coming together to build protein.
That being said, BCAAs facilitate muscle growth by activating protein synthesis before your body even has the time to absorb Protein and turn it into muscle.
Benefits of BCAAs
On top of helping you increase muscle mass, BCAAs have many benefits that make them worthwhile.
1. Reduce muscle breakdown and muscle wasting
Your muscles are constantly being broken down and repaired through protein synthesis. When muscle breakdown surpasses your ability to create protein and repair damaged tissue, you end up with muscle wasting or muscle loss. BCAAs have been shown to fight this process by increasing your body’s ability to synthesize protein, helping you preserve the muscle you already have while building on top of it.
2. Speeds up recovery and reduces muscle soreness
Now, it’s inevitable that muscle damage will occur- it’s simply the natural result of exercising. However, by increasing your body’s ability to create protein and repair damaged muscle, you’ll find that you’ll feel significantly less sore even after the toughest of workouts. This is because your body is now capable of repairing damaged muscle at a much faster rate than it did without BCAAs.
3. Improves performance and fights exercise fatigue
On top of strengthening your muscles, BCAAs also increase the amount of circulating oxygen in your blood. This allows your muscles to train much harder, and for much longer. In other words, supplementing with BCAAs will help improve both your endurance and your strength, allowing you to get a better workout in and see results faster.
4. Encourages fat loss
It goes without saying that the key for fat loss is maintaining a calorie deficit. You can do this either by cutting down the amount of calories you consume in a day, increasing the amount of calories you burn in a day, or better yet- a combination of both!
By increasing your muscle mass, you naturally increase your daily calorie expenditure. This is because muscle tissue is very high maintenance and requires lots of energy to maintain. So, your body will have to burn more calories for basic vital functions such as breathing.
Simply put- the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. And the more calories you burn, the more fat loss you experience!
How to choose the right BCAAs
Just like any other supplement, you want to make sure you choose the right BCAAs for you and your body’s needs. While most BCAAs contain the three essential amino acids your body needs to create protein and build muscle, they’re not all sourced the same.
See, BCAAs are found primarily in animal products. More specifically, they come from discarded animal parts such as beaks, feathers, and skin. We know, gross!
The good thing is, however, that BCAAs can also be sourced from plants! ONESOL™ BCAAs are 100% sourced from Sunflower Seeds, on top of being infused with electrolytes to keep you hydrated, making them the cleanest and most ethical BCAA option on the market. If you’d like to learn more about our BCAAs, feel free to reach out to us for more information! We’ll be more than happy to chat ;)