Deciding between EAAs and BCAAs begins with an understanding of amino acids. The human body uses a total of twenty amino acids, which can be divided between essential & non-essential amino acids.
Due to marketing and many supplement brands intentions, many people tend to not know that BCAAs are in fact 3 of the 9 EAAs!
BCAAs(branched chain amino acids) are 3 amino acids called Leucine, Iso-leucine, and Valine. These 3 are responsible for MPS(muscle protein synthesis) and are great for improving recovery and helping maintain that hard earned muscle you have worked for. The only kicker with BCAAs, is when taken by themselves in a fasted state, the body can have a difficult time utilizing them if there are not enough EAAs present within the gut or blood stream.
BCAAs are anti-catabolic, not necessarily directly anabolic. In other words, they can help prevent muscle protein breakdown. Building muscle is a simple process when you get down to the cellular level. Muscle Protein Synthesis (MPS) must be greater than Muscle Protein Breakdown (MPB). Since BCAAs do not contain the other 6 EAAs to create a complete protein, they are not superior to EAAs but aren't necessarily useless..
EAAs are becoming more popular picks over just BCAAs due to most EAA products containing a full spectrum essential amino acid profile that allows the body to create a complete protein, stimulating a greater Muscle Protein Synthesis response.
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