Updated: 4 days ago

Supplements branded as 'pre-workout':

Looking at different substances with the question

'Does this enhance my athletic performance?'.

1. BCAA's (branched chain amino acid): Does this enhance my athletic performance?

Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins.

Branched chain amino acids (hereafter referred to as BCAAs) include leucine, iso-leucine and valine. These BCAAs are not naturally produced in the body and must be introduced by your diet. What makes BCAAs special is that they can be metabolised in muscle tissue, whereas our essential amino acids (EAA) are only broken down in the liver. The function of BCAAs is to promote muscle synthesis and prevent or decrease muscle damage.

BCAAs as a pre-workout supplement has been shown to reduce damage to muscle tissue and enhance muscle synthesis. The BCAAs are metabolised by your muscles and the optimal absorption window is during and after your workout. Using BCAAs as a supplement for sports nutrition can enhance your athletic performance.

When standing in front of the supplements shelf, lookout for products

- containing leucine, iso-leucine and valine.