Product Description

MVP’s Pure 100% BCAA 5000 Powder provides a 5000 mg blend of the three Branched Chain Amino Acids (L-Valine, L-Leucine and L-Isoleucine) per serving. The Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are named because of their unique branched chemical structure. They are essential as the body cannot produce them from other compounds. In recent times, these amino acids have been investigated for their potential anti-catabolic (preventing muscle breakdown) and anabolic (muscle building) effects (1).

Other studies have shown that BCAAs increase nitrogen retention, protein synthesis, and muscle tissue recuperation. They are accountable for up to 90% of the total amino acid uptake by the muscles (2). The three BCAAs are combined in balanced proportions to ensure maximum absorption into the body. BCAAs are ideal for individuals who want maximum muscle tissue growth and repair (3).

What do they do?
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) include leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAAs are needed for the maintenance of muscle tissue; they are also needed during times of physical stress and intense exercise. Research shows that BCAA supplements help even those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig disease) maintain muscle strength (1). In addition, individuals with liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy) benefit from intravenous administration of BCAAs (2).

Where can they be found?
Dairy and red meat contain the greatest amount of BCAAs. They are present in all protein—containing foods. Whey protein and egg protein supplements are other sources of BCAAs. BCAA supplements provide the single amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine.

Under what conditions might BCAAs be supportive?
BCAAs are sufficient for athletic support and post-surgery recovery.

Who is likely to be deficient?
Periods of physical stress, such as intense weight lifting and long distance running can create a catabolic state in which muscle tissue is broken down. In these situations, supplemental BCAAs—particularly leucine and its derivatives ketoisocaproate (KIC) and hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB)—can be beneficial in reducing protein breakdown (3, 4). Nonetheless, BCAA supplements may reduce muscle loss and speed muscle gain. BCAAs may also be useful to anyone wanting to prevent muscle breakdown (5, 6, 7).

How much should I take?
A diet including animal protein provides an adequate amount of BCAA for most people. Athletes involved in intense training often take 5 grams of leucine, 4 grams of valine and 2 grams of isoleucine per day to prevent muscle loss and increase muscle gain.

Are there any side effects or interactions?
To Date, side effects have not been reported with the use of BCAAs.  A high intake of BCAAs are simply converted into other amino acids or used as energy. It is prudent to take BCAAs along with whole proteins, such as lean meat or poultry and multiple vitamins/minerals, especially the B-complex vitamins.