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BCAA vs AMINO ACIDS(10 posts)

Aug 18, 2002 5:02 PM
BCAA Vs AMINO ACIDS don't understand why are BCAA better then AMINO ACIDS (SO they CLAIM) should I spend the xtra money? what are the benefits! I do notice that I recover better when I take amino acids, can BCAA be even better!
You're talking gibberishKerry
Aug 18, 2002 5:28 PM
Sorry, but there's no controlled clinical studies that show any of these miracle supplements are better than food. Neither is worth the money, except perhaps for the placebo effect. The reason these clowns can make these claims is that this is a virtually unregulated industry, not because they have good science to back up their outlandish statements. Put your wallet back in your pocket. And we haven't even discussed product safety/quality issues.
You're talking gibberishbear
Aug 18, 2002 5:53 PM
OK! I see you dont think much of either!! thats why I am am asking! it seens everbody has a study to show why theirs is better!
All amino acids are is proteinPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 18, 2002 8:20 PM
So of course your going to recover faster between workouts. Basically when you ride your muscles get tiny little tears like in weight lifting no matter what you do. Especially on long rides. So taking protein (amino acids) right after a workout when your body is primed to use them as efficiently as it will helps your body to recover. Its also smart to take some carbs as well so your body replenishes its glycogen as well which is depleted after every workout.

All amino acids are is highly digestible proteinweiwentg
Aug 19, 2002 2:35 AM
I tend to buy into this protein supplement thing more than some might. amino acids are the BUILDING BLOCKS of protein. take amino acids, and they will get to your muscles faster than, say, chicken.
of course, this should only really matter to sponsored athletes or the really anal.
The truth is...peloton
Aug 18, 2002 10:37 PM
The difference between amino acid supplements like you would find at a store and BCAA's (Branched Chain Amino Acid) is the way the body uses them. Amino acids are just the building blocks of protein. The theory behind amino acid supplementation is that your body might be able to use them more quickly than protein to rebuild muscle broken down in a workout. Consuming a complete protein after your workout would do about the same thing. Protein and/or amino acid supplementation is just not needed if there is alreay an adequate amount of protein in your diet. It's easy to get enough from food sources, so save your money.

The theory behind BCAA's is that they may be able to reduce feelings of tiredness after of during a workout. BCAA's use the same carrier to get into the brain as does tryptophan, a chemical compound that raises melatonin levels and brings on feelings of lethagy and the urge to sleep. The theory is that by tying up the carrier from tryptophan's usage, than the feelings of getting tired may be put off for a little extra time. Studies done with BCAA's have shown no measureable improvement in performance or lessened feelings of lethargy. The BCAA's may not hurt you any, but they aren't going to make you any faster either or able to go any longer either.

From my standpoint, I can't see a good reason to spend money on either. There isn't anything there you can't get from food, and no performance improvement to speak of. Just eat well, and save your money.
The truth is...Rich_Racer
Aug 19, 2002 1:58 AM
Don't waste your money! Eat some beans or something! Amino-acid supplements are useless unless you're a vegetarian who isn't looking after their protein intake properly.


re: BCAA vs AMINO ACIDSnetso
Aug 19, 2002 3:16 AM
BCAA are nothing more than essential amino acids. There are between 18-21 essentials. If you are taking amino acids, which are nothing more than the building blocks of proteins you are doing fine. Do not waste your money on BCAA.
???? (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 19, 2002 5:54 AM
Aug 19, 2002 12:01 PM
I eat plenty of meat,maybe way too much! save the money and buy more steakssssssss