NVS Labs BCAA supports new muscle growth and prevents muscle breakdown. BCAA contains a potent balance of Branched Chain Amino Acids which are building blocks of muscle mass and size. Metabolized directly in the muscle, BCAAs, may improve nitrogen retention by sparing other amino acid groups for repair and rebuilding. The Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's), so named because of their unique branched chemical structure, are essential in that the body cannot make them from other compounds. In recent times, these amino acids have been investigated for their potential anti-catabolic (preventing muscle breakdown) and muscle building effects. Improves Protein Synthesis Improves Nitrogen Retention Speeds Muscle Recovery Boosts Muscle Growth Reduces Muscle Fatigue Helps Preserve Lean Muscle Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) is the name given to three of the eight essential amino acids needed to make protein: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. They are called branched-chain because their structure has a 'branch' off the main trunk of the molecule. The combination of these three essential amino acids makes up approximately one-third of skeletal muscle in the human body. The body cannot produce BCAA's on its own, but must obtain through diet or supplementation. In order to get energy, the body can actually break down muscle to get these BCAAs. By supplementing BCAAs during and after your workout, you can prevent muscle tissue breakdown, which occurs as a natural part of metabolism. Almost 1/3 of muscle tissue is composed of BCAA which are needed for muscle growth, the maintenance of muscle tissue and to preserve muscle stores of glycogen. BCAA's can turn on the main muscle growth pathway in muscle tissue which can increase protein synthesis and help prevent muscle tissue breakdown after strenuous exercise. Each serving of NVS Labs ultra-micronized, NVS Labs BCAA provides the three free form branched chain amino acids; L-Leucine, L-Valine and L-Isoleucine in the proper 2:1:1 ratio. Supplementing with BCAA supports: Grade pharmaceutical Purity 99.9%+ purity (HPLC) Taste powder is mildly bitter Solubility partially water soluble, some powder may float. Characteristics kosher, vegetarian, hypoallergenic Appearance white crystalline powder Odor none pH 6.1 Classification Amino Acids Synonyms BCAA, branched chain amino acids Molecular Formula blend of L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine in 2:1:1 ratio Muscle tissues are comprised of two proteins, actin and myosin. The main components of the two proteins are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, which are called branched chain amino acid (BCAAs) for their molecular structures. BCAAs accounts for about 35% of the essential amino acids contained in myoproteins. Replenishment of BCAAs increases the raw materials for muscle tissues, contributing to muscle building. BCAAs make up one third of muscle protein. During intense exercise the BCAAs are expended from muscle tissue at a rapid rate, leading to increased muscle tissue breakdown. BCAA is a high potency formula with a specific ratio of branched chain amino acids designed to enhance absorption and muscle tissue recovery. Amino acids play a vital role in muscle growth and recuperation, weight management and many other important bodily functions. BCAAs are metabolized directly in the muscle and are especially useful to athletes because they may improve nitrogen retention by sparing other amino acid groups for repair and rebuilding. Recommended Use: Suggested dose for BCAA generally ranges from 5 to 20 grams per day. Most performance athletes take between 10 and 20 grams per day. Mix 1 serving (5 grams) with water or your favorite beverage. 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