Leucine. Isoleucine. Valine. These are BCAA's.
BCAA's are essential to building lean muscle. Think of them as the mortar to bricks. Protein being bricks of muscle. Amino acids would be bricks if the protein, in this context, was the house. Make sense? So, branch chain amino acids are the essential element to muscle growth - they kind of hold the building all together and spawn new growth. These 3 are those that you need to pay closest attention to: leucine, isoleucine and valine. Look for these on your labels.
Upon digestion of protein, the stomach and intestine breakdown the protein into smaller units. These units are called amino acids. The body will then produce proteins that are needed from these digested amino acids.
Amino acids can join (or chain) together to make thousands of different proteins. There are multiple types of amino acids. About 500 specific known to man. Of those there are 22 that are most important to health. These are called standard or canonical. Of those 22, 13 can be made by the body. These are classified as "non-essential". However, the other 9 are "essential". And, of those 9 essential amino acids are your 3 BCAA's. Essential means that your body relies strictly on diet or food consumption to receive them. Again, of these 9 essential amino acids are the BRANCHED-CHAIN AMINO ACIDS: Leucine, isoleucine and valine. And, it are these are most conducive in promoting muscle growth. BCAA consumption also helps in muscle glycogen stores (ie: glycogen is what you get from a carb supplement like Vitargo). This table breaks the 22 amino acids down for you:
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