BCAAs are known as essential amino acids. That means that we don’t make them in the body and we need to consume them in our daily diet. The three BCAAs are leucine, iso-leucine and valine. Leucine is the most famous and seen as a trigger in the muscle protein synthesis process.
When to take your BCAA
BCAAs can be taken before training or throughout the day to help top of your daily requirements. BCAA powders are often consumed as ‘intra-workouts’, or most popular is post training as part of your protein shake. Protein post training helps to grow and maintain muscle mass.