What are Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)?
Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) refer to three essential amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine. These amino acids are considered essential because they are required to function and they are not produced by our bodies but need to be consumed as part of our diet. BCAAs play an important role in muscle synthesis and energy production making them a valuable supplement to enhance performance and body composition.
We chose to buffer the acidity with the creaminess of coconut milk and the smoothness of vanilla. The result is the tastiest, most drinkable BCAAs out there.
What are the potential benefits of BCAAs?
1. Fuel for your body.
BCAAs are unique among amino acids because they can be directly utilized by your muscles for energy. They augment your muscle’s glycogen stores enhancing your ability to sustain high intensity effort and delay peripheral (muscle) fatigue (1).
2. Fighting mental fatigue.
BCAA’s are instrumental in inhibiting synthesis, reuptake, and transport across the blood brain barrier of tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into serotonin playing a significant role in creating feelings of fatigue (2,3).
3. Reducing muscle soreness.
BCAAs are thought to reduce the microtrauma to muscles from intense or unfamiliar training by facilitating their rapid repair. The resultant reduction in damage reduces the inflammation and soreness associated with vigorous exercise (4,5).
4. Promoting muscle development.
BCAAs, particularly leucine, play an important role in stimulating muscle synthesis, i.e. building muscle. Not only do BCAAs help stimulate the growth of muscle, they help prevent catabolism (muscle wasting) from eating a restricted-calorie diet (6,7).
5. Improve immune system.
People who train regularly can experience some immune suppression as a consequence of frequent exercise. Consistent supplementation with BCAAs has been shown to improve immune response in endurance athletes. Researchers believe that elevated BCAA levels can improve lymphocyte (white blood cell) function, enhancing the body’s ability to fight off infection (8,9).
What makes Do Work BCAAs different?
We offer 6 grams of high quality vegan fermented BCAAs in every serving and we add additional hydration support with coconut water and electrolytes. But we weren’t satisfied with the way BCAAs tasted. They tended to be overly tart with high levels of citric and malic acid to cover the bitterness of the BCAAs. And this tartness can make your stomach feel acidic when you work out. We chose to buffer the acidity with the creaminess of coconut milk and the smoothness of vanilla. The result is the tastiest, most drinkable BCAAs out there.
How do you use Do Work BCAAs+?
You can take BCAAs before, during and after workouts. They are metabolized quickly and provide energy that is directly used by your muscles as you work so they can provide a boost for your performance. The Do Work BCAAs+ also replenish lost electrolytes and fluids.
Research suggests that 12g of BCAAs daily can help support a healthy immune system so having an additional serving when you aren’t working out may have positive health benefits. So it's hard to go wrong as long as you are taking them on a consistent basis.
Do Work BCAAs+ FAQs
Are Do Work BCAAs+ safe for nursing and pregnant women?
Like all things related to pregnancy and nursing, consult your physician before about consuming anything you are concerned about. BCAAs are essential nutrients so not only are they safe, they are required for your body to function properly.
Do you have to be working out to take Do Work BCAAs+?
No. Consistent supplementation with BCAAs has been associated with improved immune system function, so there are potential benefits to using BCAAs beyond exercise recovery.
When is the best time to take Do Work BCAAs+?
Because of their role in muscle energy production and recovery and their quick absorption, taking BCAAs around and during a workout seem to be most effective. However, supplementing at other times of the day could have benefits including preserving, building muscle and immune system support.
What’s the difference between BCAAs and Pre-Workout?
Most pre-workouts have a wide variety of ingredients but they tend to focus on stimulating energy production. Most of them have caffeine should be taken 30 minutes prior to working out because some of the ingredients “wear off”. BCAAs focus on being burned directly for energy and repairing the muscles so they play a different role in your body.
Perk Do Work BCAAs+
Experience the best-tasting BCAAs with the added bonus of coconut milk and coconut water and additional electrolytes for a special price (limit one per order).
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3 Choi, Disilvio, Fernstrom, Fernstrom. Oral branched-chain amino acid supplements that reduce brain serotonin during exercise in rats also lower brain catecholamines. Amino Acids.
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