BCAAs – Branch Chained Amino Acids
L-Leucine is the first of three BCAAs or Branch Chained Amino Acids and is found in bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis.
This is the fourth most concentrated amino acid found in the musculoskeletal system. BCAAs are beneficial in many ways. Each one is a vital key to the effectiveness of the others.
L-Leucine is known for enhancing endurance and increasing energy – which many proffer is the essential component which provides bee pollen with its stamina building properties*.
It also aids in the breakdown of proteins. L-Leucine is absorbed during exercise when energy is needed most.
This amino acid is most effective in preventing muscle catabolism and muscle shrinking. During intense work outs L-Leucine is quickly broken down and converted into glucose. This provides readily available energy and stops muscle breakdown.
L-Leucine can be found in nuts, wheat bread products, and brown rice and of course in bee products like bee pollen. Unless these foods are consumed often, a deficiency may develop. A deficiency of L-Leucine can prevent the body from utilizing protein efficiently as it is consumed. Signs of a deficiency are dizziness, fatigue, headache, and irritability.
L-Leucine is an essential amino acid, which means it cannot be produced by the body. L-Leucine also targets visceral fat in the deepest layers of the body. These layers are generally least responsive to diet and exercise.
It is the second important role in the BCAAs combination and is beneficial in repairing muscles and increasing endurance.
L-Isoleucine is broken down within muscle tissue also making it available to the muscle as needed. This amino acid assists in keeping blood sugar levels normal and aids in blood clot formation.
L-Valine is the final link of the BCAAs. However, this essential amino acid focuses on cognitive function and the nervous system. It improves insomnia and symptoms of nervousness.
L-Valine is essential in muscle repair, muscle metabolism, and endurance. Matched with L-Leucine and L-Isoleucine, L-Valine completes the BCAA chain. Sources of L-Valine are milk, poultry, leafy vegetables and kidney beans.
The combination of BCAA’s cut down recovery time after intense work outs. The proper ratio of the BCAAs are L-Leucine/L-Isoleucine/L-Valine – 2:1:1. Used properly this combination can increase endurance, enhance stamina, boost recovery, and help the body process protein effectively and efficiently.