BCAA’s!! (which is short for Branched Chain Amino Acids)
You’ll always see me sipping on my BCAA’s during my workout (or after) for a number of reasons…
1-They taste yummy and are so refreshing (I love Nutrabolics Anabolic State Pink Lemonade Flavour, and there are many others (even ones that are all natural) that come in pill, liquid or powder form) and there are less than 5 calories in 1 serving!
2-They reduce the rate of protein breakdown (aka muscle breakdown)
3-BCAA’s increase the rate of protein synthesis, and they also increase the cell’s capacity for protein synthesis (help with muscle building)
4-They help improve workout intensity! BCAAs compete with the amino acid tryptophan for entry into the brain, where tryptophan can be converted to the neurotransmitter serotonin. BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan that enters the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced, so it helps me to work harder, faster and longer!
5-There has been research done that proves people who take BCAA’s increase muscle retention and maximize fat loss much more effectively than those who don’t.
I think these reasons speak for themselves!
Jump on the BCAA bandwagon everyone, yes they can be a tad expensive to purchase but the benefits are worth it!
What is your favourite intra/post workout drink?