BCAA is the abreviation for Branch Chain Amino Acids which are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. These are essential amino acids which means they cannot be made by the body and have to be introduced either through the diet or in the form of a supplement.

Their name comes from the shape that is formed by their chemical make up. These proteins are broken down in the stomach and then used by the muscles to produce energy or as the building blocks for new proteins.

Food sources of BCAAs include most types of protein. Almonds, oats, peanuts and wheat germ are valuable sources of Leucine while cheese, eggs and fish provide an excellent supply of Isoleucine and Valine.

If you cannot get enough of this amino acid in your diet you could always take it in the form of a good quality tablet supplement that will provide you with the right quantity of BCAAs.

Why take BCAA?

It has been suggested through Clinical research that the use of this substance plays a significant role in improving:

Low mood
Fat loss
Regulating blood sugarBCAA

Individuals taking part in intensive exercise regimes may benefit from taking a BCAA supplement as this provides the amino acids in a form the body can utilise immediately.

Side effects of BCAAs include:

Lung Failure in patients with a condition known as ALA - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Can affect blood sugar levels so should be taken with caution by people with diabetes

This herbal supplement should not be taken with:

Medications used to control blood sugar levels in diabetics
If you are currently taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions please consult your doctor or consultant, to seek advice before taking any vitamins or supplements.