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Everything You Need to Know About Formulating the Best BCAA


Most athletes should be well-versed in the benefits of branched-chain amino acids. Supplements are formulated differently when it comes to which ratio of amino acid is best. BCAA’s main benefits include their ability to boost muscle growth, as well as fat loss and increased energy. Sport supplement BCAA’s have the power to increase protein synthesis, reduce protein breakdown, and prevention of muscle catabolism. But what are the best ways to formulate a private label sport supplement BCAA product? Today on the Accelerated Genetix Blog, we discuss everything you need to know about formulating the best BCAA.


What are Branch Chain Amino Acids?

BCAA’s, also known as branch chain amino acids, are mainly compromised of Valine, Leucine and Isoleucine. One of the most effective branch chain's is Leucine due to its process of protein synthesis and muscle growth. Branched chain amino acids are essential nutrients that the body processes from proteins found in food, meat, dairy products and also helps to slow down muscle wasting. The term “branched-chain” refers to the molecular structure of the sport supplement product and is also known for preventing fatigue as well as improved concentration.


The Right BCAA Ratio Formulation

Like most BCAA’s, you should create a branch-chain product that uses a 3 to 1 to 1 ratio of Leucine, Valine and Isoleucine. Create a product with all three of the most effective BCAA’s on the market, with a heavy emphasis on Leucine. This 3:1:1 ratio not only increases protein synthesis but helps increase energy and lessen fatigue. BCAA’s can be taken before, during and after an in intense workout. Getting the best product formulation isn’t just for bodybuilding. Extensive research points to the effective ingredient Isoleucine regarding fighting fat loss. Valine is an amino acid that helps fight fatigue and keeps your brain sharp. Target around 1 gram of Isoleucine, 1 gram of valine, and at least 3 grams of Leucine per dose.


BCAA VS EAA

Branch chain amino acids versus essential amino acids. What’s the difference and which one is better? Technically there are 8 essential amino acids including: Methionine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are unlike other amino acids and are known as “branched chain” because of their physical structure. Essential Amino Acids are “essential” because the body cannot produce them without being obtained from food or supplement sources. EAA’s stimulate the production of cellular energy and can promote cellular repair. It’s also important to note that EAA’s can curb hunger, improve metabolism, improve cell energy factories and prevent muscular breakdown.


BCAA Side Effects

The greater the muscle activity requires a greater intake of BCAA’s. For the most part, branch chain amino acids are safe, with little to known adverse side effects. When formulating your BCAA, it’s important to decide whether your product will be more of post workout recovery drink, or if it should be infused with a small dose of caffeine for an intra workout boost. Different amino acids have different benefits when it comes to overall health. It’s important to do your research and experiment with different amino acids; especially if you want to access your tolerance. Although we need amino acids in our diet, some research indicates you should take breaks from high dosed BCAA supplements and should only be used by high performance athletes.


In the end, BCAA’s can be beneficial for most athletes and is essential to any sport supplement line looking to take over the supplement world. At Accelerated Genetix we currently have a 3-week lead time, and offer formulated BCAA and EAA sport supplement production. Reach out to info@agentix.com and let’s create a well-rounded performance branch chain amino acid supplement!

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