I can’t count how many times my clients ask me why they need to take Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). Yes, there is a misconception that it is only for men who want big muscles. I have been using BCAAs for years during/post-workout and I would actually feel “off” if I had to train without them. Almost like ‘sneakers with no socks”.
If you are over 40 – BCAA’s is a must during training and has more anti-aging benefits than you realize. Ladies take note!
There are three branched-chain amino acids included among the list of essential amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. These three amino acids are referred to as branched-chain amino acids because of their unique chemical composition. They make up about 35% of the body’s total muscle protein.
BENEFITS OF BCAAS FOR WOMEN
Improved Hormone Balance
For women, BCAA supplementation can help with hormone balance. Testosterone is an important hormone for women as well as men, and low testosterone can make it harder for women to gain muscle. Low levels of testosterone can have a negative effect on women’s metabolisms, too.
For women who are looking to lose body fat or improve their body composition, BCAA supplementation can be very helpful. BCAAs help to prevent muscle breakdown and make it easier for you to maintain and build muscle mass. This, in turn, helps you to maintain or speed up your metabolism, which allows you to burn more calories while exercising and at rest.
BCAAs can help women have healthier pregnancies, too. When a woman is pregnant, she needs adequate levels of amino acids (including BCAAs) to provide the fetus with adequate nutrition. Sufficient amino acids play a key role in the building of the fetus’s organs, skin, and other body tissues. By adding BCAAs into your routine during pregnancy (with your doctor’s permission, of course), you can ensure that you and your growing baby are properly nourished. But always consult with your doctor first.
Helps Build Lean Muscle
If you’re more interested in gaining muscle than losing body fat, BCAAs are still a useful supplement to incorporate into your regimen. BCAAs support muscle protein synthesis and can help you recover faster from your workouts. They can help stay energized during your workouts, too, which allows you to push more weight and perform exercises with better form, both of which will lead to results that are more noticeable.
Helps To Reduce Appetite
Adding BCAAs to your supplement routine can help to reduce your appetite, too. First, sipping on a flavored drink can help to curb hunger. However, the Leucine found in BCAA products is also beneficial.
So, this why I have been using BCAA’s for years.