Working With Amino Acids

Protein and Amino acid supplements have become integral to the training and fitness regimes of athletes everywhere. Other than the risk of being given something that could have banned substances which will show up in a dope test, everything else about a protein or amino acid supplement is above board.

Like all things, amino acids should also be taken in moderation, as well as the right ration. Amino acid supplements contain a cluster of BCAA (branched chain amino acids) that absorb extremely easily into the human body and can help an athlete maintain their physique as well as build necessary muscle mass and weight.


For those who are new to this, you need to know about ratios. A BCAA contains Valine, isoleucine, leucine. This cluster is what is responsible for the positive effects of amino acids in your body. Among these amino acids, it is leucine that is responsible for the muscle growth. So, this means that the highest ration in your BCAA supplement should be of leucine.

For those asking “what BCAA ratio is good”? it will do you well to remember that the following information should be adhered to the letter! Research has shown that sportspersons who used a supplement which had more leucine reported better muscle mass.

The most recommended dose of amino acid supplement is 2:1:1. Since leucine is so critical to muscle growth a lot of makers assume that loading up a supplement with more leucine is better for you. However, that is not the case. It is better to have a proportionate amount of BCAAs ingested rather than a high amount. You could risk some serious side effects.

While it is possible to just take in supplements to increase your fitness, don’t discount the role of actual hard work that goes into creating the best version of your body!