A few weeks ago I started a nutrition video series across my social media called "Fueling Fridays". Every Friday, I cover a new topic in the field of nutrition in 1 minute or less - so in 60 seconds you'll know what it is, what it does, and where to find it in food! Squeezing in all I want to say into 60-second videos is pretty challenging for me, so I also include some key points with each video. I will now be sharing each of these videos right here on my blog! This week, I covered Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs).
- There are three branched-chain amino acids: isoleucine, leucine, and valine.
- BCAAs are unique from other amino acids in that they can be oxidized in the muscle for fuel.
- They can help prevent muscle breakdown DURING exercise, and are beneficial AFTER exercise by stimulating muscle building and promoting recovery.
- May also be beneficial for athletes during recovery from injury - could limit muscle wasting/atrophy associated with immobilization/decreased training.
- Food sources: You don't necessarily need to go out and purchase a BCAA supplement. You can find BCAAs naturally in foods such as dairy, eggs, poultry, fish, or you could combine plant-based sources such as soybeans, lentils, almonds, cashews, or chickpeas.
Watch the full video below!