Guest post from Strength & Conditioning Coach Charles Poliquin on the many benefits of including Branch Chain Amino Acids as part of you training program:
“I started using branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) in high amounts in 1994 after meeting with one of brightest minds in exercise physiology and medicine, Dr. Mauro DiPasquale, who wrote Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge. His contention was that if money was an issue, taking supplements during workouts was most important. I still believe that this holds true after playing with them for 17 years.
I like to keep an eye out for new research on BCAAs since they provide so many training and health benefits, of which not all the physiological mechanisms are yet understood. An abundance of new evidence shows BCAAs can support liver health, prevent diabetes, and are essential for longevity and aging well. Plus, emerging data provides more support that you should take BCAAs to stay lean, get strong, recover faster, and have greater work capacity. Let’s review BCAA basics and take a look at what the new research tells us…or if you don’t have the time, just read MY TAKEAWAYS from each study.”