What Are BCAA’s?
BCAA’s stand for branch chain amino acids which are the building blocks that make protein. Altogether there are 2 0 amino acids, 9 of which are essential (EAA’s) – phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, and histidine. These are essential because the body cannot make them, instead, we need to supplement them through our diet.
There is an abundant amount of protein sources high in amino acids. Below we have listed both animal and plant-based (examples below).
✓ Soy Beans
✓ Pea Proteins
In addition to the products above, supplements including whey protein and BCAA’s can be utilised. BCAA’s are a popular supplement which helps provide EAA’s and available in both tablet and powdered format. They are favoured due to the low-calorie content and ability to sip on them throughout the day. Typically, BCAA supplements contain 3 EAA’s including leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
What’s special about Active Women BCAA’s formula?
Vegan derived branch chain amino acids which support muscle tone. Don’t worry just because they are Fermented and Vegan doesn’t mean that they are any less effective.
An EAA that is often referred to as the conditioning amino. This is because it is used during skeletal muscle contraction during exercise and therefore key to support protein synthesis. Women do not have the same level of testosterone as men, resulting in it being harder to gain muscle mass. Therefore, the consumption we decided that adding in an additional EAA
Coconut Water Powder:
The powder contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and sodium which balances electrolyte levels, which are lost especially during intense exercise. Electrolytes are mineral in the blood that carries an electric charge which controls many functions within the body.
Grape Seed Extract:
A botanical supplement which supports a radiant complexion. Interestingly, the seeds used to be considered a waste product of wine until a plethora of studies discovered grape seed benefits. The seeds contain a mixture of flavonoids, Vitamin E, linoleic acid, and polyphenols. The polyphenols help reduce inflammations in the body by neutralising oxygen radicals. They also contain high levels of vitamin C which supports the maintenance of your immune system – healthy immune = healthy body and mind!
BCAA’s are often very sweet or very strongly favoured with a high level of sugar, flavouring or sucralose. This is due to the unpleasant taste of unflavoured BCAA’s. Because our formulation includes coconut powder and grape seed extract we have been able to use a lower dosage and natural flavours. We have carefully selected three natural flavours that are perfect to sip on throughout the day, workout or recovery; Summer Fruits; Peach Tea and Cranberry and Pomegranate.
Instead of our traditional Active Women’s pouch, we are excited to launch our Active Women’s BCAA’s into a new packaging format. Our vibrant tub is the perfect #instagramworthy supplement, with a curvaceous outline, bright fuchsia lid and easy-to-grab scoop!
When to take Active Women BCAA’s?
Throughout your workout: Just add 10g, 2 scoops, of the BCAA supplement to drink through your workout and it will support the reduction in tiredness, which can significantly boost your workout
Recovery: BCAA’s have been shown to reduce muscle soreness, meaning quicker recovery!
Looking to for fat loss AND tone up? When losing weight, muscle loss often can occur. This is because during a calorie surplus period our bodies use the amino acids which would have otherwise been utilised for protein synthesis (to build muscle) as an energy source. By taking BCAA’s you can reduce muscle loss and maximise fat loss too!
But how does this work?
Research has shown that the body works harder to maintain a pound of muscle over a pound of fat. Therefore, your body will work harder, your metabolism will increase and you will lose more fat as you tone up!
Taking a BCAA supplement between meals, and also, before and after every workout will keep your body in a muscle building yet a fat burning state. A whey protein shake helps as well since it’s high in branch chain amino acids. The Active Women BCAA’s are the perfect supplement to help reduce muscle loss and achieve that toned and healthy look.