What Are BCAA Made From

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What Are BCAA Made From


BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) are a popular and well-studied fitness supplement.

Top strength and power athletes, marathon runners, boxers, tennis players, practically all bodybuilders and physique competitors, and millions of leisure gym users utilize them all over the world.

We're all aware of the benefits of protein, but did you know that our bodies break it down into amino acids, which we use to repair our muscles?

BCAAs Defined

Branched Chain Amino Acids, or BCAAs for short, are the three major amino acids our bodies employ to repair our muscles. These are they:

  • Leucine
  • Isoleucine
  • Valine

Although we may obtain BCAAs from our diets, many people prefer to supplement with additional BCAAs during and after exercises to minimize muscle breakdown and boost strength, power, and endurance.

Food-based BCAAs are peptide-bound to other amino acids and must be broken down first in the digestive system. Supplemental BCAAs, on the other hand, bypass the digestive system and enter the circulation directly, where they can begin working sooner.

BCAA supplementation is immensely popular since it is safe, effective, and scientifically supported. BCAAs have been shown to help with:

Reduce fatigue and improve physical and mental performance during exercise

  • Stop muscle breakdown.
  • Boost fat oxidation
  • Boost your exercise output.
  • After an exercise, reduce muscular discomfort.

The evidence is indisputable. BCAAs are one of the most effective supplements for helping you get most out of your workouts. However, not all BCAA supplements are the same!

Have you ever wondered where the majority of BCAA powders come from? Hemp protein comes from hemp, while pea protein comes from peas. The name contains the clue. But BCAA... where does it come from?

Before I posed this inquiry, I had been drinking BCAAs for years. So when I started looking into the murky realm of BCAA synthesis, I was quite surprised by what I discovered.

The Real Deal on BCAA

To learn more about BCAA manufacture, I called the online merchant where I purchased my BCAA and inquired about the process.

I was transferred between multiple customer service personnel for the next 30 minutes, who gave me vague and unclear answers, telling me what BCAA is and what BCAA does, but not where BCAA comes from.

I quickly realized that no one I spoke with knew the truth about BCAA, so I began my own investigation. This is when I came across a study conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group, which demonstrated that'regular' branched chain amino acids can be made from duck feathers, cat fur, and even human hair!

In a second study published in 2013, the American Journal of Food Sciences discovered that the Chinese market for BCAAs (where most brands buy owing to low prices) has become known for employing pig fur and duck feathers as a source of amino acids. What surprised me the most was that manufacturers are aware of all of this! They simply refuse to tell us.

This appalled me as someone who does not support animal-derived substances in my health products. Needless to say, I threw out my BCAA and promised myself that I would never take them again.

Protein Powder with BCAAs

After only a few years, we've added BCAAs to our best-selling protein powder and recently debuted our own BCAA sports drink.

So, what happened? Is it possible that I compromised my ethics and ideals in order to make a quick buck? Certainly not! However, certain exciting advancements in the field of BCAA synthesis have allowed us to obtain BCAAs that we can utilize without guilt.

Fortunately, new technology allows us to obtain BCAAs from sunflowers through a natural bio-fermentation process. The efficiency of these plant-based BCAAs is identical to that of'standard' BCAAs.

That means you can still get all of the BCAA advantages without having to worry about ingesting human or pig hair! It's excellent news for your health, fitness, animals, and the environment.


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