The Importance of Hydration
Before we dive into understanding exactly what Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are, let me ask you a question; when was the last time you thought about getting enough fluids in your body to reach your health and fitness goals? Staying well-hydrated is not just important for survival. Your hydration status is equally as important as getting enough rest and quality food for muscle growth and improved physical performance. Moreover, meeting your daily hydration needs could be the difference between accomplishing your body composition goals and not seeing improvements when you think you’re doing everything right.
Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don't replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated. And with that, proper hydration during any sort of physical activity is an absolute necessity - there are few more self-evident statements in the entire field of sports nutrition. Now enough about the importance of hydration;
Branched-Chain Amino Acids
Enter BCAAs; arguably one of the most popular and widely used supplements in the entire fitness industry today. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of three essential amino acids; Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. BCAAs are considered essential because, unlike non-essential amino acids, your body cannot produce them; therefore, it is essential to ingest them through diet or supplementation. By now, most know that amino acids are the building blocks of protein and lean muscle.
Leucine is one of 9 essential amino acids in humans (from food). Leucine is important for protein synthesis and many metabolic functions.
Isoleucine is one of 9 essential amino acids in humans (provided by food) and appears to promote glucose consumption and uptake.
Valine is one of 9 essential amino acids in humans (provided by food) and is utilized to synthesize proteins in the human body.
You may have seen athletes and others in the gym drinking a colored liquid. No, it’s most likely not a vodka/cranberry cocktail but most likely BCAAs. If you’re working out regularly, whether with weights, cardio or both, and you’re not supplementing with BCAAs as part of your regular routine, I’d highly suggest you start! I’d go so far as to say that you may have been living under a rock if you’re an athlete, regular gym-goer and/or a fitness enthusiast, if you haven’t heard about the importance of BCAA supplementation. Bottom line; BCAA supplements are commonly consumed by fitness enthusiasts in order to enhance exercise performance and ensure hydration and recovery when taken with water.
BCAA COMPLEX™ contains 5 grams of Instantized Branched-Chain Amino Acids per serving and it tastes amazing! Additionally, each serving includes 2 grams of an electrolyte/amino complex containing coconut water powder. This product is for just about anyone, from active youth to sedentary seniors. Reap the benefits of BCAA supplementation and hydrate properly because withering away into a raisin just isn’t sexy. Enjoy BCAA COMPLEX™ whenever and wherever. There are no rules here. Enjoy it day or night, before, during or after your workout, on the go or at home on the couch. Just don’t go without it! With 8 incredible flavors to choose from, you can’t go wrong!
SUGGESTED USE: As a dietary supplement, mix one scoop with 8–12 ounces of cold water or with your favorite pre, intra or post-workout drink.
WARNING: This product is only intended for healthy adults, 18 years of age or older. Keep out of reach of children. Please consult your physician before taking if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking any medication. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Discontinue use and consult your healthcare professional if you experience any adverse reaction to this product. Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing. Store in a cool, dry place. Packed by weight not by volume, settling may occur.
ALLERGY INFORMATION: Manufactured in a facility that processes milk, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy.