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BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids)

What Is BCAAs?

The branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These essential amino acids provide nutritional support for athletes and individuals seeking optimal lean muscle mass. Branched chain amino acids are unique in that they are not metabolized by the liver.*

Uses For BCAAs

Promotes Healthy Muscle Mass:

BCAAs may play a role in athletic support by promoting muscle nitrogen, enhancing alanine and glutamine production, decreasing lactate production and boosting energy while attenuating protein breakdown These actions help to sustain muscle work capacity and recovery.

Studies have reported that post-exercise protein intake helps to enhance the repair of muscle protein. Additionally, some research has suggested that BCAAs may moderate the progression of central nervous system fatigue during exercise, supporting mental performance.*

Source for BCAAs

Isoleucine and valine are produced from corn dextrose fermentation. Leucine is originally extracted from protein and is extensively processed and purified.

Potential Side Effects Or Precautions - BCAA

If pregnant or lactating, consult your physician before taking this product. Until more research is conducted, individuals with ALS, a history of depression, or kidney or liver disease should consult a doctor before supplementing with BCAAs.

Potential Drug Interactions - BCAA

At this time, there are no known adverse reactions when taken in conjunction with medications.

Ingredients and Dosage

BCAA Capsules

each BCAA vegetable capsule contains

branched chain amino acids (free-form) - 600 mg.


l-leucine  - 300 mg.
l-isoleucine - 150 mg.
l-valine - 150 mg.  

Recommended Dosage:

2–4 capsules per day, in divided doses, between meals.

BCAA powder

each supplied scoop of BCAA powder contains

branched chain amino acids (free-form) - 3,000 mg. providing:

l-leucine - 1,500 mg. isoleucine - 750 mg. l-valine - 750 mg.

Recommended Dosage:

1/2–1 scoop per day, mixed with 10 oz. of water or juice.


1. MacLean DA, Graham TE, Saltin B. Stimulation of muscle ammonia production during exercise following branched-chain amino acid supplementation in humans. J Physiol (Lond)1996 Jun 15;493 (Pt 3):909-922.

2. MacLean DA, Graham TE, Saltin B. Branched-chain amino acids augment ammonia metabolism while attenuating protein breakdown during exercise. Am J Physiol 1994 Dec;267(6 Pt 1):E1010-E1022.

3. Davis JM, Alderson NL, Welsh RS. Serotonin and central nervous system fatigue: nutritional considerations. Am J clin Nutr2000;72 (suppl):573S-8S.

4. Newsholme EA, Blomstrand E, Ekblom B. Physical and mental fatigue: metabolic mechanisms and importance of plasma amino acids. Br Med Bull 1992;48(3):477-95.

5. Okita M, Watanabe A, Nagashima H. Treatment of liver cirrhosis with branched chain amino acid-supplemented diet. Gastroenterol Jpn 1981;16(4):389-392.

6. Blomstrand E, Hassmen P, Ekblom B, Newsholme EA. Administration of branched-chain amino acids during sustained exercise—effects on performance and on plasma concentration of some amino acids. Eur J Appl Physiol1991;63(2):83-88.

7. Blomstrand E, Saltin B. BCAA intake affects protein metabolism in muscle after but not during exercise in humans. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2001 Aug;281(2):E365-74.

8. Healthnotes Clinical Essentials. Copyright 2004. Healthnotes, Inc.

*This is a statement of nutritional support. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This information is for educational purposes only. Consult your physician for any health problems.

Source: Product Information Sheet from Pure Encapsulations

Manufacturers continually change product specifications. While we try our best to keep product descriptions up to date, they do not necessarily reflect the latest information available from the manufacturer. We are not responsible for incorrect or outdated product descriptions and/or images.

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