If you’re some kind of an athlete (a bodybuilder or simply a sports enthusiast), I’m sure you’re always looking for something that can bring you to the next level faster. Well, I bet you’ve already heard that even if you have a thorough workout plan and nutrition, proper supplementation can be the thing that can give you a fast forward in the bodybuilding process.
Even though most people think sticking to a healthy diet plan, eliminates the need for supplements, these products can be pretty big game-changers for your overall performance and looks. First of all, this happens because most people find it really hard to stick to a strict diet and keep track on protein, vitamins and minerals intake at all times. Second, it’s because with a small portion of supplements (be it pills, powder or something else) you’ll get the needed daily dose of vitamins, acids and proteins for the body.
Recently, the branched-chain amino acid or the Bcaa supplements have made a comeback on the bodybuilding scene and the reason behind this sudden rise in popularity is the rise of the number of research studies related to the effects of Bcaas.
According to the studies, the Bcaa supplements can reduce serotonin levels which are causing fatigue during exercising. When exercising, the tryptophan in the body is crossing the blood-brain barrier which causes reduction of serotonin. However, according to some studies, the intake of Bcaas may reduce the uptake of tryptophan by the brain and thereby delay fatigue. According to the aforementioned studies, the intake of Bcaas also improves physical performance by normalizing lactate production.
The Bcaas are metabolized primarily in skeletal muscles, while other amino acids are metabolized in the liver. This is why Bcaa supplements are often touted to help repair damaged muscles, increase muscle function and decrease muscle soreness.
However, just like any other supplement, the Bcaa supplements have their downside as well. Even though most people who have been using them for up to 6 months haven’t noticed any specific side effects, using them for a longer period of time without taking a break of a few months in between may lead to fatigue and loss of coordination.
Finally, although some people may argue that supplementing isn’t the natural way of going about building your dream body, if we all take the time to look around us and pick any aspect of life, (even the mere act of coming to this world) we’d quickly note how short of natural have our ways become. This doesn’t mean that I am encouraging living life that’s unnatural to a human being, but simply pointing out that inventing something that could and IS aiding an athlete’s performance could bring more benefits than harm.