The protein we get in our daily diet is broken down into amino acids (simple organic compounds) when we eat. Our body can produce 11 of the amino acids we generally need but there are 9 more that must come through our diet and these are known as essential amino acids.
Of the 9 essential amino acids there are three amino acids in particular associated with muscle growth, held up high in every weight room around the world and they are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, together they are known as Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s). BCAA’s are said to have the ability to speed up post-workout recovery, repair muscle and reduce muscle soreness as well as aid the increase in muscle size.
A balanced diet and sufficient rest can save you money here because where we find protein (fish, eggs, lean meat) we find BCAA’s however if you lack time, generally, then you may find benefit in BCAA supplementing.
Also, a good quality whey protein powder will give you the full range of essential amino acids and not just the three you’ll find in BCAA’s which further reduces the need for BCAA’s. Another benefit of Whey protein is that it increases the ‘full up’ feeling which is good for those of us with the aim of losing weight.
Protein has many functions such as skin, bone, muscle and cartilage repair and can be found in sources of food adequate for meat-eaters as well as vegetarians and vegans (however it’s important to get in your vitamin B12, calcium, iron and zinc as a veggie or vegan). If you aim to lose weight you likely still want to maintain muscle mass if not increase it. With this aim consuming good sources of protein will be important to you. The first point of call should be to get all your needs from natural, organic foods rather than supplements but if this is not possible due to time and/or ability then you should also include supplements in your diet after seeking specified advice.
BCAA’s and Whey Protein are great and have a place but before using them seek out good food. If you need personal, specified advice on food and supplements that will increase your quality of life and help you reach your goals get in touch with Abu Hafs Hanif [Email Me] and we can design a plan of action to help you in your goals.