Branched chain amino acids are used for a similar reason as whey protein – To boost protein synthesis. Although, you don’t use it to up your protein intake. Instead, it’s used to help with recovery during sessions.
BCAA’s help the amino acids reach the muscle to ensure you’re in a state of anabolism. To build muscle, being in an anabolic environment is far more suitable. Many people end up going catabolic during intense workouts. It’s essentially where the body eats away at the muscle as a source of nutrients; you can see why this is a problem for people trying to build muscle.
The better you can recover, the more you’re going to be able to push yourself and as a result, you’ll be in a better position to gain muscle.
Do you NEED supplements to gain muscle?
No. Diet and training alone can give you the basic needs required and they should be the fundamentals. However, supplements are widely available and have been shown to have positive effects.
So use them as a tool in your armoury throughout your muscle building journey. They can help you take things to the next level, as long as everything else is in check.
Article Submitted by Shivam Bhardwaj