What you may not know about BCAA's...?
Since you’re reading this you've probably already supplemented with, or are aware of the benefits of BCAA’s as part of your training, performance and recovery. What you might not know is that the most up to date scientific research shows that using just the 3 BCAA's is like fielding a football team with only 3 of your 11 players, even if those 3 players are really good.
BCAA’S ONLY GO SO FAR ALONE
BCAA's do a fantastic job at stimulating protein synthesis but the process is boosted when combined with the presence of the other essential amino acids (EAA’s) to complete the recovery process.
BCAA’s work best in the presence of other EAA’s. You need all 8 essential amino acids to repair muscle, not just the three branched-chain aminos.
AMINO ACID’S…? EAA’S…? BCAA’S?… WHAT!!?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. An essential amino acid (EAA) is an amino acid that cannot be synthesised by your body, and thus must be supplied in its diet. The 8 essential amino acids are phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine and lysine.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BCAA AND AN EAA?
We often get asked this question. It is actually a bit of a trick question because as you can see by the graphic the 3 BCAA’s (Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine) are also 3 of the 8 EAA’s. So all BCAA’s are EAA’s, but not all EAA’s are BCAA’s. Make sense?
Science now shows that EAA’s (essential amino acids) can more effectively sustain protein synthesis in a post-workout recovery than just BCAA supplementation alone. BCAA's are better than consuming nothing, but EAA's can boost recovery.
If you're curious about the science, check out these studies for yourself https://www.physiology.org/doi/pdf/10.1152/ajpcell.00374.2015
DO I NEED TO TAKE EAA’S?
EAA’s (essential amino acids) are abundantly found in food. Most protein rich foods have a high percentage of EAAs and therefore are consumed through the protein we eat in a balanced diet.
However, dietary protein still needs to be digested before they are accepted by the body. Free-form EAA supplements like Amino Water are already ready to be absorbed.
Therefore depending on your lifestyles and training regimen EAA supplementation can be considered for their targeted, very rapid absorption as a tool you can use to ensure a speedy recovery.
Our EAA powder combines BCAAs with the benefits of the other EAA’s and balancing B Vitamins. Designed to ensure that you get all of the correct amino acids into your diet in one simple and easy to use product to maximise recovery, so you can focus on your training whether that be getting stronger, leaner or faster!