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BCAA...worth it??

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2009/07/14 20:44:16 (permalink)

BCAA...worth it??

Hi all,
 
Was thinking of buying some BCAA powder form as a new supplement to try and want to know if anyone has had any benefits from it.  Also as it seems a pain taking it as recommended at different times during the day, could I just ass about 20odd grams into my PWO shake of dextrose and protein??
 
So far in my 5 years the only supplements I have had are whey protein shakes and tried creatine but the creatine seems to do nothing.  Also just starting my first cut and wanted to know if BCAA will benefit me.
 
Also is there any other natural supplements that others have tried that they would reccommend
 
Cheers
post edited by Nick_Miramo - 2009/07/14 20:46:17



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    stevescholes18
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/14 21:49:33 (permalink)
    The theory behind BCAA supplementation makes sense, however the research hasn't been quite as promising. Most of the studies done on BCAA supplementation have not been able to provide any concrete evidence that its use has any real beneficial effects. Not only that, but BCAA supplementation requires a fairly high dosage for a fairly high price. I wouldn't put BCAA's on my list of recommended supplements, but I won't rule out their use completely.

    The good news is that whey protein is actually very high in BCAA content and you can actually obtain a fairly reasonable amount of these amino acids simply by sticking to basic protein shakes.

    -Sean Nalewanj
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    naththebeast
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/14 22:33:56 (permalink)
    Personally didnt notice anything from using BCAA's so dont bother anymore, however some people do so may well be worth a try.



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    Gogz87
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/14 22:50:51 (permalink)
    If you have enough protein from good quality sources then there really is no need.

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    Danny187
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 11:15:58 (permalink)
    i use scivation xtend during workouts while im on a cut, seems to gives me a lift during workouts and good recovery works well with scivation vasocharge,


    http://www.strengthandscience.com/wordpress/?p=61


    have a look

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    Icemansoldier
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 12:00:02 (permalink)
    This supplement is not necessary imo, its main purpose is to speed up recovery, you should be recovering alright if you eat, sleep and dont overtrain.
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    Danny187
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 13:02:42 (permalink)
    i take as i dont have a dedicated pre workout or post workout shake/meal, i eat 3 hours before gym have a vasocharge then xtend during train like a animal lol, then eat my dinner whenever its cooked after training so it helps me recover, i have 1 beaker full a day where some people may take 3 protein shakes to thru out day to aid recovery.

    Hows your training going anyway??
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 14:11:16 (permalink)
    Yeah people would have 3x25g serv though mate, personally i have 1 or 2 25g shakes a day, you dont have to have shakes everyday, just eat more high protein foods, shakes are to complement and aid your diet.

    Trainings going well mate, at the end of week 6 of my 8 week cut, looking much slimmer now, very happy, wbu mate.
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    Danny187
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 17:19:16 (permalink)
    Got 8 weeks till i go to the european institute of fitness to train to be a personal trainer, so on a cut whats your typical diet like while on a cut mate, its hard aint it
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    All4n
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 18:00:39 (permalink)
    Pre/during/post can aid recovery and possibly increase muscle mass over time due to increased anabolism and decreased catabolism. Not essential though by any means. Don't bother adding to whey shakes. If using postWO consume immediately after then consume normal shake 15-30 mins later.
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 18:28:25 (permalink)
    i add mine to my shake find it helps with recovery when not taking fast carbs PWO.


    Why do you say with out - absortption times?
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 19:15:57 (permalink)
    I take them just before I head out to the gym, then as soon as I've finished my workout, just before showering, and then I have my usual protein/ fast carb shake. I think they do help a bit with recovery, and I would say I'm not as sore after a workout as I was prior to taking them, but that's about it. I'll keep on taking them, nevertheless. As the other guys have said, your usual whey protein has plenty in naturally, so you'll get them anyway, just taking them as separate BCAA's might speed up the absorbtion
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    Re:BCAA...worth it?? 2009/07/18 20:58:09 (permalink)
    Ideally bcaa are best consumed pre/intra/post workout for optimal benefits.
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