1. BCAA’s and the Immune System
The first thing you'll notice if you decide to add branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs)to your diet is immune system support. Every time you go into the gym and lift weights, you’re putting a lot of stress on your body. If your body cannot handle the stress, you will have a hard time with muscle recovery, and will be more likely to get sick.
Because essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body and must be ingested, if you fail to get these in your body, it will not have everything it needs to maintain a normal, healthy immune system.
2. Protection Against Amino-Acid Deficiencies
The second benefit you'll notice by using BCAAs is that you will not experience deficiencies in amino acid levels. Many of those who are on very strict diets (preparing for a competition or those who are vegan) are at risk of not receiving their essential amino acids, so this supplement helps make up for that.
Food choices and diet play a big part in the amount of amino acids that you will receive. If limiting proteins, such as dairy, meat and/or eggs, you will be lacking these essential amino acids. Not receiving these amino acids can have very large consequences. Active Alliance Nutrition produces Plant-Based BCAAs which are very popular among vegans and vegetarians who would be lacking these amino's without this supplement.
3. Prevention of Muscle Loss
Finally, any time your body is under stress or you need to take a break from training and do very little physical activity, you will be at a risk for muscle loss. This is particular significant in those who are undergoing surgical procedures, so research has been conducted to determine what, if anything, can be done to prevent this effect.
A study was conducted on patients who received a drink with all three essential amino acids and another group of patients who did not receive the drink. The group who consumed the amino acid drink did not experience muscle muscle loss however the comparison group did loose muscle tissue. This proves that BCAAs are extremely important, not only when working out but also to retain muscle tissue when taking a break from training.
Don't be that person who ignores BCAAs products. Although it seems like a simple supplement, it's one that will really make a difference in your training, especially if you're already lacking these aminos.