Branched chain amino acids might be the single most important supplement a bodybuilder or athlete can take. We know that amino acids are what make up our muscle cells, but what many don’t know is that BCAA are essential, meaning in order to get them we have to eat them or take them as nutritional supplements. In short, it’s a major component in what makes somebody have slabs of muscle on their body or look relatively average. BCAA’s literally constitute more than 1/3 of the amino acid composition of skeletal muscle. That’s 33% of untapped growth if you’re not getting enough BCAA’s right now. Think about all of the untapped size and muscle you’re missing out on!
When you’re undergoing high intensity training, BCAA’s are oxidized for use as fuel and to maintain oxidative metabolite concentration. Supplementing with BCAA’s reduces exercise-induced muscle breakdown and also stimulates muscle protein synthesis. Daily BCAA supplementation may also reduce muscle damage, promote strength recovery, and even enhance blood oxygen carrying capacity. Of the three BCAA’s, Leucine plays a special role in skeletal muscle metabolism, in particular by exerting an anti-catabolic and anabolic effect on protein metabolism.
BTG offers each of the BCAA’s specifically designed with a 2:1:1 ratio favoring Leucine, but as a bonus we included HICA, also known as 100% pharmaceutical grade leucic acid – a natural metabolite of the BCAA, Leucine to ensure maximum absorption of the branch chained amino acids. Plus we loaded it up with vitamin B-6 and B-12 to support your natural energy levels as many users prefer to take BCAA’s before doing morning cardio or between meals while dieting to support anti-catabolism while on a reduced calorie diet.
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L-Leucine : An essential amino acid that is used during protein synthesis. The body does not produce this on its own and must be obtain via diet or supplementation. Leucine is a key activator of mTOR and is the only EAA that will kickstart protein synthesis in the muscles.
L-Isoleucine : An amino acid which aids protein synthesis. Isoleucine is essential, which means it is not produced by the body and must be obtain via diet or supplementation.
L-Valine : A Branched chain amino acid that supplies energy to muscles. It is also known to aid in repair, recovery, and muscle endurance. L-Valine is essential, meaning that it must be obtained through diet or supplementation.
Hica (Alpha-Hydroxy-Isocaproic Acid) : Also known as Leucic Acid, HICA is intended to work in an anabolic environment. It supports protein synthesis and decreases muscle catabolism.
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) : Vitamin C is a key factor in the repair and growth of all forms of tissue in the body, especially new muscle growth. Vitamin C is also an important element in the production of collagen, which is used to create and repair tendon, ligaments, muscles, and skin. It is also recognized universally as an antioxidant, aiding in the reduction of free radicals, which contribute to aging, arthritis, certain cancers, and other health conditions.
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) : A fat-soluble vitamin, Vitamin D3 aids the body in the absorption of of calcium. Vitamin D3 and calcium are paramount to keeping strong, healthy bones. It also assists the kidneys in recycling phosphates back into the blood, which in turn maintains your body’s natural PH levels.
Vitamin E (as Tocopheryl Acetate) : An alternative form of Vitamin E, Tocopheryl Acetate acts as an agent in skin conditioning, as well as being known as an antioxidant. It is also known to reduce the buildup of free radicals, namely ones that come from exposure to the sun. Tocopheryl Acetate has been known to assist in the healing process, as well as strengthening the skin’s lipid balance, therefore increasing the skin’s purpose of acting as a barrier.
Vitamin K1 (as Phytonadione) : Traditionally used to treat blood clotting issues, Vitamin K is also known to encourage strong bones.
Thiamin (as Thiamine Mononitrate) : The salt form of vitamin B1. Every living organism makes use of thiamine, but in mammals, namely humans, it must be obtained through diet or supplementation. B1 is key in maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a slew of health problems can occur when this is not present in one’s diet.
Riboflavin (as Vitamin B2) : Best used in conjunction with other B vitamins, such as B1. Riboflavin is great in treating muscle soreness and cramps, acne, burning feet syndrome, and even cervical cancer. It can also encourage increased energy levels, healthy hair and skin, immune system function, and of course, athletic performance.
Niacin (as Niacinamide) : A form of Vitamin B3. It can be used to treat high levels of cholesterol, as well as other circulation issues. It has also been known to aid in treating migraines and dizziness. A diet rich in Niacin will also prevent Vitamin b3 deficiency and the health issues that can arise as a result of this.
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride): One of the B Vitamins, it assists the body in converting food into fuel. It is also key in metabolizing fats, and producing red blood cells.
Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) : Another B vitamin, b12 aids in the maintenance of your blood cells, metabolism, nerve health, and the transport of oxygen through your body.
Biotin : Known as Vitamin H, Biotin is actually in the family of B vitamins. Biotin is a factor is supporting skin health, the digestive tract, nerves, maintaining healthy metabolism, and maintaining the health of cells in general.
Pantothenic Acid (as d-Calcium Pantothenate) : Known as vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid is often used in concert with the suite of other B vitamins to treat dietary deficiencies, allergies, respiratory disorders, low blood pressure, and muscular cramps. It has also been known to assist in dealing with improving athletic performance, enhancing immune functions, and fighting depression and obesity.
Magnesium : A lynchpin mineral to the body’s daily functions, magnesium keeps bones strong, steady heart rhythm, and maintaining healthy blood pressure. People low in magnesium are known to have increased inflammation, which can eventually lead to diabetes, heart disease, and even some types of cancers.
Sodium : The body cannot function properly without sodium. Sodium is utilized by the body to regulate and control blood pressure, as well as the volume of blood.