Branch chain amino acids; Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are essential. They differ from the other amino acids because they can be used for energy directly in the muscle, without having to go to the liver to be broken down during exercise.
It has been suggested that ingesting them before and/or during long-duration activity may help delay fatigue.BCAA'S especially leucine, may play a critical role in recovery from exercise by preventing muscle breakdown. Other studies have shown that BCAA supplementation improves immune system function after exercise to exhaustion.
It has been suggested that young adults consuming a moderate-protein on a daily basis 1.3 gms of leucine after exercise enhances recovery, older adults engaged in resistance training and consuming a moderate protein diet consume 35-40 gms of high quality, fast - digesting protein (like whey protein) following resistance training to maximize muscle growth and recovery.
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