BCAAs are considered essential because they are not produced by the body and must be obtained through our diet. If they are not present in our diet, we would be unable to survive. Three of those nine are branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) and are particularly important for recovery.
Being promoted in the bodybuilding field, BCAA's benefits extend way beyond the gym. Consuming a BCAA formula is a great way to get valine, leucine, isoleucine in your diet.
Enhancing muscle growth is one of the benefits of BCAAs when working out. Speeding up the recovery time of muscles is also one of the main reasons people consume BCAA drinks. As we said, a person needs to get BCAAs from their diet or as supplements. However, those same benefits are also applied when your muscles and energy level need some boost. It might be during a hike, a yoga class, a cycling sprint, or even during a walk. A complex of branched-chain amino acids can help prevent muscle loss.
Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine found that when participants took a leucine-rich essential amino acid supplement (versus the basic one) during a 60-minutes bike ride, their muscle protein synthesis increased by 33%.
More than just BCAA
We are adding coconut water crystals to our formula, to enhance the electrolyte content of the drink. Coconut water contains five vital electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It helps replace the sodium losses during exercise, which are far higher than the other key electrolytes, especially in the heat. Potassium is also essential because it enhances rehydration through the replacement of intracellular water post-exercise.
The few grams of carbohydrates in the drinks are coming from coconut water. There is no additional sugar added beyond its natural glucose and fructose composition.