Beyond the Benefits of BCAA’s

This is an article I wrote for a local supplement company called Nutrasumma.
You can view the article on their website HERE

Don’t get caught up in the myriad of pre- and post-workout supplements for muscle gains and fat loss without first considering the godfather of them all, Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s).

When it comes to workout nutrition, there are a few products on the market that are proven to be effective for muscle recovery, most notably those utilizing Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) – like Nutrasumma’s Amino Clear. These 3 free-form amino acids; leucine, isoleucine, and valine work to enhance muscle synthesis (recovery), prevent muscle catabolism (breakdown), and have a special role when it comes to enhancing rates of fat loss.

Breaking Down and Building Up

Regardless of whether your goal is to increase muscle mass, improve workout stamina, or optimize fat loss, it is necessary to train with a given frequency and intensity that will stimulate your body to:

1) Regenerate muscle repair faster than it can be broken down – increased muscle synthesis
2) Efficiently burn body fat while sparing any muscle loss – reduced muscle wasting
3) Increase metabolic output lending itself to increased caloric expenditure at rest

In layman’s terms, that means build muscle faster while losing body fat more efficiently.

Anyone that has ever successfully lost body fat (and maintained it) understands that combining an aggressive training program in concert with some degree of caloric restriction, while very effective, can equate to decreased energy, mental drive and sheer willingness to stick to the plan. And as time progresses and the leaner you become, the more challenging things can get…

Here’s where the beauty of BCAA’s comes in to play:

Build Muscle Faster: It has been well established that the use of BCAA’s help stimulate protein synthesis – that means generate new muscle cells that have been broken down from hard training, even faster than that which would normally be possible.

Reduce Muscle Breakdown: For most people it’s more about maintaining muscle mass than building. BCAA’s help to protect against the catabolic (breaking down) effects of hard training and dieting to help maintain lean and healthy muscle tissue.

Increased Training Drive: BCAA’s help to reduce the amount of serotonin produced in the brain, leading to more energy and less intra-workout fatigue. Additionally, because BCAA’s are very easily absorbed, they can be utilized as immediate energy to improve workout stamina.

Improved Body Composition: Studies suggest that people with a higher BCAA intake in their diets have less body fat, more muscle, and better body composition. Using BCAA’s between meals helps curb hunger as well as help the body rely on more body fat for fuel.

Why BCAA’s Belong in Your Supplement Arsenal

One thing that’s important to understand regarding amino acids in free-form, like Nutrasumma’s Amino Clear is that they are immediately absorbed into the body to be utilized as fuel, unlike whey protein, which requires hours to digest.

The last thing we want to do during and after a hard workout is divert blood flow away from our starving muscles in order to focus on digestion. Because BCAA’s can completely avoid the digestion process and are so quickly absorbed, they are the perfect 1-2 punch to be used before, during and immediately after a workout. Allowing this spike in blood amino acids literally bathes the muscles in fuel for optimal recovery.

Also, because BCAA’s are literally the building blocks of protein, they can be used in-between meals (as a zero-calorie snack) to stave of hunger and optimize fat loss, leading to an anabolic hormonal environment.

The Bottom Line

If you care about the effectiveness of your workouts and want to maximize your results, both in the kitchen and in the gym, then you may want to consider utilizing the scientifically proven use of BCAA’s as part of your training and nutrition plan.

Nutrasumma’s Amino Clear has all the necessary ingredients to optimize your fitness goals.

Ben Brown is the owner of Body Systems Healing & Performance in Scottsdale. He specializes in strength training and fat loss programs as well as individualized supplement and nutrition plans. For more info, contact Ben at or visit