Dietary Leucine for Resistance Training?

Leucine is an essential/branched-chain amino acid which has been gaining considerable research attention lately for its potential performance-enhancing or ergogenic effects.  In particular, researchers have been interested in its ability to promote muscle synthesis as well as to reduce muscle loss during dieting. Like many supplements that have their roots in animal studies, translating these…

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Branched-Chain Amino Acids Lower Your Risk of Obesity?

With the recent buzz surrounding the obesity epidemic, particularly in developed nations with the Americans leading the way, people are starting to look closer at dietary factors that affect their weight. Branched-chain amino acids, of which there

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Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Branched-Chain Amino Acids

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are essential amino acids that have to be ingested in your diet since they can’t be synthesized in your body. BCAAs are abundant in muscle proteins. Unlike other essential amino acids which are broken down  in the liver, BCAA catabolism occurs primarily in muscle. The breakdown of BCAA in muscle tissue…

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