- Directly involved in protein synthesis and turnover.
- A popular supplement for supporting rigorous exercise routines.
- May have a meaningful impact on fatigue and serotonin levels post workout.
- BCAA deficiencies could result in cognitive and immune health complications.
- BCAAs are essential nutrients – must be ingested from food or supplements, not synthesized in the body.
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Branched-Chain Amino Acid Overview
When most people think about branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) they think about muscle building. While this is well-grounded in science, it does unfortunately lead people to a general misunderstanding of how BCAAs function in the body and their true potential for nutritional support.
Thankfully, there are only 3 BCAAs to keep track of: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These amino share a lot in common, namely the fact that they are essential amino acids, meaning they cannot be synthesised in the body and must be ingested from food or supplements. Each provide their own unique mechanisms of support, but fall under the same basic metabolic and physiological roles.
Roles of BCAAs in the Body
First, and most notoriously, BCAAs are directly involved in the metabolic processes of protein synthesis and turnover.1 This is the primary reason that they are useful for those who engage in diet and exercise routines with the intent of building muscle mass.
Less well known is the astounding importance that BCAAs have in neurological systems which play a pivotal role in brain health and cognitive function. The modes of action for BCAAs in the brain particularly revolve around tryptophan transport into the brain and serotonin synthesis. Some results have shown that excess BCAA could have negative a impact on healthy serotonin levels,2 but conversely, low BCAA can cause numerous neurochemical imbalances as well.
Even more obscure is the fact that BCAAs can also provide incredible benefits for healthy immune response! Immune performance improvements have been reported in both mice and postsurgical or septic human patients. While much is still unknown about the exact effects of BCAAs on the immune system, it is suspected that their role in protein synthesis is deeply related to the function of immune cells.3
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