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What You Should Know About Branched-Chain Amino Acids

BCAA Supplement

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  • Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) reduce both physical and mental fatigue during exercise
  • BCAAs are known to increase protein synthesis and decrease muscle protein breakdown while reducing muscle soreness after workouts
  • BCAAs may play a role in weight loss, reducing complications of liver disease, blood sugar regulation and more
  • BCAAs are best obtained from food, not supplements; high-quality whey protein concentrate is an ideal form of BCAAs

By Dr. Mercola

When your body breaks down or digests proteins, amino acids are what's left behind. There are nine essential amino acids, which are not made by your body and therefore must be obtained via your diet.

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