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What is the best way to utilize BCAAs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2011 at 1:36 AM

Before the workout, after workout or with meals that may lack protein?

Any brands you recommend? I was taking Biotest's BCAA caps and their leucine powder.

Thanks!

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on September 05, 2011
at 01:47 PM

I've never seen free s&h there, but have only ordered a few times. Yeah, the s&h is high. But compare the total cost. The product is so much cheaper that it way more than makes up for the higher s&h. If you know of a source with a lower total delivered cost on these kinds of things, I'd love to hear about it.

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on September 04, 2011
at 07:20 PM

Yep, take it just before exercise. It gets into the bloodstream fast (before Whey even). I'll also take it when I want a low cal source of amino acids in the blood.

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on September 03, 2011
at 11:51 PM

Decent prices at this site, but shipping invariably kills the deal for me. Have they ever offered free s&h?

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on September 03, 2011
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I wasn't asking "can I take it?"....I will....just the timing. Paleo is a framework for my nutrition to match my sports/exercise goals here in 2011. I'm not trying to live the life of a caveman.

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on September 03, 2011
at 02:33 AM

Pre-workout to preserve muscle mass, esp on a calorie restricted or low-carb diet. Example: green tea and BCAAs on empty stomach before morning run, walk, or resistance training.

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on September 03, 2011
at 06:55 AM

Personally, I take it pre-workout/pre-cardio to help provide extra quickly available amino acids during workouts.

Like Whey, BCAA's aren't what would be considered Paleo. Yes, the Paleo diet provides a lot of amino acids from the higher amount of meat you are eating, but it is nowhere near the amount or the speed you would get it from supplementation.

Meat needs to go through multiple processes to get to the BCAA stage in the blood. BCAA's essentially go in directly. The protein from a scoop of Whey = gallons worth of milk.

Are BCAA's/Whey required to survive/thrive on a regular Paleo diet? That's a definative no.

However, it is all going to depend on what you want to do for your goals. You want to be strict Paleo, you don't take this. You're working out and want to get the best of both worlds and don't care about being strict Paleo on everything, you can take it, etc. It's your call.

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on September 04, 2011
at 07:20 PM

Yep, take it just before exercise. It gets into the bloodstream fast (before Whey even). I'll also take it when I want a low cal source of amino acids in the blood.

4ae65e9a9abceabe4d2f6e2ccd810122

(50)

on September 03, 2011
at 11:19 PM

I wasn't asking "can I take it?"....I will....just the timing. Paleo is a framework for my nutrition to match my sports/exercise goals here in 2011. I'm not trying to live the life of a caveman.

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on November 01, 2011
at 07:48 PM

The best way to utilize BCAAs is to take them in the middle and end of a workout. BCAAs, when taken at those times, will generate a total anabolic impact for the muscle. They inhibit cortisol and provide an insulin spike for maximum growth hormone utilization. When taking the amino acid L-Citrulline together with the BCAAs, you will have a maximum utilization uptake of BCAAs to the muscle.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20499249

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:06 PM

I like to take 10g of BCAA powder in water about twenty minutes before a workout. The best source I have found is www.trueprotein.com. Scroll on down past "BCAA" in their product list until you get to "Branch Chain Amino Acids INSTANTIZED." Very economical. About a quarter of the price of the stuff you mentioned. You can order it with various natural or artificial flavors, and with stevia or other sweeteners. I just get it plain. Kind of bitter, but you get used to it. It's much cheaper than anything in capsules, and is much easier to mix with water than plain leucine powder.

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on September 03, 2011
at 11:51 PM

Decent prices at this site, but shipping invariably kills the deal for me. Have they ever offered free s&h?

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(55)

on September 05, 2011
at 01:47 PM

I've never seen free s&h there, but have only ordered a few times. Yeah, the s&h is high. But compare the total cost. The product is so much cheaper that it way more than makes up for the higher s&h. If you know of a source with a lower total delivered cost on these kinds of things, I'd love to hear about it.

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on September 03, 2011
at 05:13 AM

Is it recommended to supplement bcaa's on paleo? Was always told you get plenty from the food.

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