AMINOCORE: Why BCAAs Should Be Used Year Round
I have been working in the fitness/bodybuilding industry for over 30 years now and in that time have watched dozens of new dietary supplements come and go. Some of these formulations showed great promise based on well-designed research studies, but failed to live up to expectations in the “real world.” Others developed cult followings (at least for a time) despite never impressing those that work in the field(s) of science.
However, only a small handful of products have stood the test of time and become a vital part of the supplement protocols of not only top athletes and bodybuilders,
but also anyone and everyone who is serious about building muscle and melting body fat. One of these rare formulas is known as branched chain amino acids, or BCAA’s for short. Let’s look at why this is…
What Exactly Are BCAA’s?
A branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) is defined as an amino acid having aliphatic side-chains with a branch (a central carbon atom bound to three or more carbon atoms). Among the proteinogenic amino acids, there are three that exist: leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
I know what you are thinking,
That sounds great Eric, but what makes BCAA’s so special, and why should I be using them?
The Positive Effects of BCAA’s
- BCAA’s increase the rate of protein synthesis – Combined with weight training, BCAA’s turn on the mTORC1 pathway, which is our major mechanism for muscle growth. BCAA’s, in fact, have the ability to trigger protein synthesis even in the absence of exercise, which can minimalize atrophy during time off from the gym.
- BCAA’s reduce the rate of protein breakdown – This is accomplished by decreasing the activity of the protein breakdown pathway and decreasing the expression of several complexes involved in these actions.
- BCAA’s boost energy during prolonged exercise – By reducing the amount of tryptophan that gets through the blood-brain barrier, BCAA’s help prevent the rise of serotonin produced while training, which reduces fatigue and keeps you alert and focused.
- BCAA’s enhance fat loss – The amino acid leucine has been shown, when used in conjunction with both isoleucine and valine, to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation. Additionally, not only does isoleucine improve glucose tolerance on its own, but also the entirety of BCAA’s can support insulin sensitivity and metabolic rate. Combined, all of these effects will results in a leaner, more defined physique.
- BCAA’s decrease post-exercise muscle soreness – This is a very important effect, especially for elite bodybuilders and athletes, who must be able to train and perform maximally with extreme frequency.
- BCAA’s improve the testosterone to cortisol ratio while training – Studies have proven that consuming as little as 6 grams of BCAA’s for three weeks helped to keep testosterone levels higher and cortisol levels lower during intense training periods. This in and of itself will increase one’s ability to build, and or/maintain muscle mass during all the various yearly training cycles (especially vital when undergoing a hypo-caloric dieting phase).
The Best Way(s) to Take BCAA’s
There are three specific times per day I highly recommend the use of a BCAA supplement.
Immediately upon awakening.
Why: Since we get up in a fasted state, our muscles are becoming catabolic and literally starving for BCAA’s.
Dosage: 8-12 grams (you can go as high as 16 g if performing fasted cardio).
About 45 min before weight training.
Why: To supply energy and support muscle tissue when undergoing intense stress.
Dosage: 8-12 grams
All throughout weight training workout.
Why: To help delay fatigue and keep blood amino acid levels high throughout the workout, while additionally reducing (not stopping) the post-workout inflammatory response.
Dosage: 8-12 grams
Note: When dieting on lower calories and carbohydrates, 4 grams of BCAA’s can also be consumed in between meals to help maintain energy and blood sugar, while also keeping appetite under control.
Why Choose AMINOCORE?
Most effective BCAA ratio: When discussing BCAA supplements it is important to consider the “ratio of leucine to isoleucine to valine contained within the formula. There have been a myriad of scientific studies performed on this subject; all attempting to determine what is most effective for triggering anabolism (muscle growth). Perhaps the most compelling was a Nobel-prize winning study performed at one of the world’s premier amino acid research centers in Stockholm, Sweden, where DNA gene chip analysis was utilized to finally unlock the answer.
It was discovered that a ratio of 9:6:5 is optimal (the exact ratio found in AMINOCORE) for increasing the direct p70sk cellular signaling by 350%!
What this means for you is the ability to build more muscle, way more rapidly than you ever dreamed possible!
*INSTACLEAR™: This is a cutting-edge solubility technology used by ALLMAX to ensure that there is no film, foam or grit when mixing AMINOCORE into liquids. With INSTACLEAR™ the BCAA’s are flash freeze-dried, which ensures optimal mixability and maximal uptake and assimilation.
*Incredible Flavors: AMINOCORE mixes into a deliciously refreshing drink that can satisfy any sweet tooth without overwhelming artificial taste. You have your choice of 8 amazing flavors, as well as a totally unflavored version as well. And for those of you who want no artificial flavors or colors, ALLMAX now offers AMINOCORE NATURAL sweetened with Stevia.
Can I Stack AMINOCORE?
AMINOCORE + CLA + RAPIDCUTS SHREDDED
AMINOCORE + HVOL + IMPACT IGNITER
AMINOCORE + CREATINE + BETA ALANINE
AMINOCORE + LEUCINE + CVOL
AMINOCORE + TESTOFX + ZMX2
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