BCAAs & EAAs

BCAA’s and EAA’s are
specific types of amino acids. EAA’s are essential amino acids,
referring to the group of eight amino acids that cannot be synthesized
by the body, and must be obtained through diet. The eight EAA’s include
isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine,
tryptophan and valine. Three of these – leucine, isoleucine, and valine
– also belong to the BCAA category, which refers to branched chain
amino acids.

EAA’s are particularly interesting as supplements for those who fail to
get enough amino acids through regular diet. BCAA supplements are
good for those who focus on serious weight training. The three
BCAA’s comprise around a third of skeletal muscles, and have been shown
to be essential for forming muscles, and effective at slowing muscle
degradation. BCAA’s are metabolized by muscle tissue, which makes the
amino acids readily available for building muscle or as building blocks
for the
muscles.