ACTIVE BCAA: YOUR WORKOUT PARTNER

ACTIVE BCAA: YOUR WORKOUT PARTNER

BCAA’s or Branched Chain Amino Acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine are amongst the 9 essential amino acids. Our body uses amino acids to make proteins that are the building blocks of cells, tissues, and organs. Amino acids and proteins also play a vital role in the metabolism process. There are a total of 20 amino acids, out of which nine are essential- which means our body cannot make them. Hence, we need to get them from the diet. Steadfast Active BCAA has an ideal 2:1:1 ratio of L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine.

Why Steadfast Active BCAA?

1. Muscle synthesis: Leucine in Active BCAA promotes muscle growth by activating the muscle synthesis pathway in the body.

2. Enhanced recovery: BCAA enhances muscle recovery when consumed after an intense workout session. People with active lifestyle and athletes prefer having it during a workout due to its quick absorption in the body. The presence of glutamine further assists BCAA in inflating muscle recovery.

3. Delayed muscle soreness: BCAAs are also effective for reducing muscle soreness. Strenuous exercise often leads to soreness called DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness). Active BCAA minimises the duration and intensity of DOMS, provides strength, and improves performance during a workout. 

4. Reduced fatigue: Active BCAA is a powerful stress and fatigue buster that improves mental alertness and concentration. 

5. Increased nutrient supply: Active BCAA contains L-Arginine which acts as a precursor to nitric oxide which improves blood flow and enhances oxygen and nutrients supply to the muscles. 

6. Fat loss: Active BCAA also supports fat loss. Some studies suggest that when consumed with glutamine and in combination with a well-balanced diet, BCAAs may help lose excess body fat- especially visceral fat. 

7. Boosts immunity: BCAA and L-Glutamine together help in boosting immune health. Active BCAA is excellent for fighting infections, inflammation and protecting our body from foreign pathogens.

8. Promotes lean muscle mass:  Active BCAA promotes the gain of lean muscles by boosting metabolism, enabling fat loss, and preventing fat gain. Researchers say that BCAAs when combined with an intense exercise session, promote fat utilisation for energy and build lean muscle mass.

9. Boosts athletic performance: Active BCAA provides essential amino acids, and conditionally essential amino acids: arginine and glutamine, to prevent catabolism and promote anabolism. It increases the availability of nutrients during a workout session. It also supports the recovery of muscles and increases your stamina to boost overall athletic performance.

Ingredients and their role:

1. BCAAs (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine): BCAA is a term for essential amino acids- valine, leucine, and isoleucine which the body metabolises and uses as a source of energy for muscles. Taking BCAAs during exercise can promote muscle protein synthesis and, suppress muscle protein breakdown. Including BCAAs during endurance exercises can help save glycogen stores in muscles and prevent the production of lactic acid in the body.  They also improve the aerobic and anaerobic performance and delay fatigue during prolonged exercises. BCAAs may also be beneficial in treating certain medical problems like liver cirrhosis, preventing certain cancers and managing insulin levels .

2. L-Glutamine: L-Glutamine plays a vital role in maintaining healthy gut and brain health. It also boosts strength and allows quick recovery from intense weight training sessions. It increases resting metabolic rate which is essential for burning fat and building lean muscle mass. It lowers inflammation and speeds up wound healing. 

3. L-Arginine HCl: L-Arginine works as a muscle maximiser and helps to reduce fatigue. It also acts as a precursor to nitric oxide and increases the nitric oxide supply, which leads to an enhanced blood flow and a consistent supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the muscles.

4. Fructose: Fructose has a low glycemic index, and provides a slow and steady release of energy for muscles to work efficiently. It helps fitness enthusiasts and athletes to restore their depleted glycogen reserves in muscles and liver after a strenuous workout.

5.  Acidity regulator (INS 330): It is widely used in foods and drinks to add a sour taste, enhance flavour, and adjust their pH. Due to its acidic pH, it is commonly used for food preservation, as bacteria cannot grow in an acidic environment. It also prevents or delays the oxidation process in foods items.

6. Emulsifier {INS 322 (i)}: Antioxidant INS 322 or Lecithin acts as an emulsifier, antioxidant and flavour protector in dietary supplements. It helps to increase immunity in diabetic people and reduces digestive distress by improving digestion.

7. Sweeteners (INS 950, INS 955, INS 960): Artificial sweeteners are man-made sugar substitutes, derived from naturally occurring substances, like, herbs or sugar itself. Artificial sweeteners are also known as intense sweeteners as they are much sweeter than the commonly used sugar (sucrose). Artificial sweeteners act as a good alternative to sugar because they contain no calories and are needed only in a small amount as compared to the amount of sugar that would be normally used for sweetness.

Directions to consume Active BCAA:

Take Active BCAA at anytime of the day, preferably during the workout. Simply dissolve the contents of one sachet (15 g) in 300 ml of water or juice. Adults can take one one serving everyday. 

Conclusion:

Steadfast Active BCAA is thus ideal for use during a workout. It comes with an additional boost of L-Glutamine and L-Arginine that strengthen the muscles to improve your performance during a workout. Active BCAA is ideal for muscle synthesis and repair. It is available in a delicious watermelon flavour. 

References:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/branched-chain-amino-acid

Case study on role of BCAA’s on human health: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2014/235619/

https://medcraveonline.com/JNHFE/JNHFE-09-00337.pdf

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