L-Leucine is a type of amino acid that is derived from reactions taking place between pancreatic enzymes and protein. Adults need Leucine to keep nitrogen balanced in their systems, and children need it to keep up satisfactory rates of growth.
Valine, Leucine, and Isoleucine make up one of the chains called Branch Chain Amino Acids. They make up a large amount of the body’s total protein structure. Leucine is one of the main ways that the body is able to produce energy. This makes it very highly sought after by athletes. For this particular chain, it is best to take two parts Leucine, one part Valine and one part Isoleucine.
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Just like Valine and Isoleucine, L-Leucine is able to repair damaged muscles and keep blood sugar at appropriate levels. It also helps to burn fat and get rid of pervasive fats that are normally hard to get rid of through normal exercise and dieting. This makes Leucine a favorite amongst bodybuilders, power-lifters and anyone else that is trying to maximize muscle size while minimizing fat. Most BCAAs are able to maximize muscle retention through conversion to glucose. This is the most effective of the other BCAAs because it is converted to glucose faster than others.
Leucine levels are known to decrease with every strenuous exercise regimen. To help counteract this process, it is a good idea to supplement Leucine one hour before beginning a particularly strenuous exercise routine. Bodybuilding supplements are routinely stocked with Leucine, as its properties allow it to enhance exercise performance. It also keeps lean muscle tissue intact during exercise and keeps levels of nitrogen in the body at a balanced level.
BCAAs are the most important of all amino acid types; not only do they have an immense effect on the way that muscles are built and broken down, but they also help to maintain overall working biochemistry of the body. They combine both effects of the less important amino acids into one, two, or three very important amino acids that all work synergistically.
It is suggested that this supplement be taken in serving sizes of 2500mg two times per day. However, it is important to remember to take Valine and Isoleucine with it, or else the proportions of amino acids in the body will be off, potentially leading to adverse effects.