BCAA stands for “Branched-Chain Amino Acids”, they are the building block of proteins. It helps you to build new muscle and repair your muscle damage. When your glycogen level go down, your body turns to BCAAs for energy. BCAAs skip the liver and absorb directly by muscles. There are 20 different amino acids that built different types of proteins in the body. Out of these 20, 9 are considered essential amino acids i.e. they must be intake through your diet. Out of these 9 essential amino acids, 3 are the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) as: leucine, isoleucine and valine.
BCAA can be available in protein-rich foods such as eggs, meat, dairy products and also available in form of supplement mainly in powder form. Advantage of BCAA as Reduce fatigue, muscle damage, soreness during exercise, Build muscle after exercise, Support immunity, etc.
Few disadvantage of BCAA as
- Deplete vitamin B, vitamin B is use to digest BCAAs. Higher intake of BCAA will deplete Vitamin B faster. Vitamin B help in managing anxiety, understanding energy metabolism, etc.
- Sleep disruption (Low carb and high protein diet, supported by BCAAs, tend to decreases the amount of serotonin produced in the body)