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Proteins

What is whey protein?

Over the years, whey has become the goto protein for athletes, dieters, and fitness enthusiasts. This series will focus on whey and its ability to deliver on a assortment of claims. We’ll discuss whether whey helps with performance, weight loss, muscle building, recovery, and more!

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Proteins

What is soy protein?

Few foods evoke greater emotion than soy. It elicits fears of decreased testosterone, less optimal strength, and feminization of masculine features. There’s plenty of misinformation about soy. The truth is there are plenty of health and performance benefits to consuming soy protein with plenty of research to back it up.

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Conditionally Essential Amino Acids

Is glutamine effective in improving performance or enhancing recovery?

Glutamine Glutamine is one of the conditionally essential amino acids1. Under normal circumstances, the body makes enough. In certain instances, such as a critical illness, the body’s requirement exceeds its production capability. In these times, the body needs an external (dietary/supplement) source, to meet its needs2. Amino Acids 101: Essential vs Non-Essential vs Conditionally Essential […]

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs make losing weight easier?

One of the main alleged benefits of BCAA supplements is their ability to make weight loss more efficient. BCAAs are supposed to maintain muscle mass during weight loss, keep you out of a catabolic state, and give you energy during fasted cardio sessions. Let’s see whether the research backs up this claim.

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs speed up recovery?

BCAAs and Recovery A popular claim of BCAAs is improving post exercise recovery. Workouts cause damage to muscle tissue which the body repairs during rest. During rest, the body needs sufficient amounts of nutrients, including protein and essential amino acids to adequately recover. Because BCAAs are thought to increase protein synthesis, they may also aid […]

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs lower body fat?

BCAAs and Body Composition One of the many claims associated with BCAA supplementation is an improvement in body composition. BCAAs are supposed to help lower body fat percentage while also increasing muscle mass. While there is limited research on BCAAs and body composition, we can take a look at the available information to see if […]

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs increase protein synthesis?

BCAAs and Protein Synthesis All muscle is made up of protein, and more specifically, amino acids. When you eat protein, it’s broken down into amino acids, which are then sent to tissues all around the body. There, they are reassembled into new proteins: muscle tissue. The body is constantly breaking down old muscle tissue (protein […]

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs help with aerobic exercise?

BCAAs and Aerobic Exercise In the previous post (BCAAs and Strength Training), we discussed whether BCAAs were effective in increasing strength. The same reasons BCAAs SHOULD increase strength are the same reasons they SHOULD increase aerobic performance. In this post, we’ll go over research specifically looking into BCAAs and aerobic exercise performance. Research on BCAAs […]

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs help with strength training?

BCAAs and Strength Training In the first post of this series (Introduction to BCAAs), we looked at what BCAAs are, how they work, and some of their potential benefits. One of the areas where BCAAs have the most promise is improving strength. BCAAs can provide the muscle with energy, increase protein synthesis, and decrease muscle […]

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Essential Amino Acids

Introduction to BCAAs

BCAAs Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) have become one of the most popular supplements in the fitness industry. Both as a standalone product and ingredient in protein supplements, pre-workouts, and recovery drinks, BCAAs are everywhere. At approximately $18 per pound, its high price SHOULD deliver great results, right? What are BCAAs? There are 20 amino […]