- WHAT IT DOES -
 
 

Promotes Healthy Muscle Mass*

What do they do?

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) include leucine, isoleucine, and valine.  BCAAs are needed for the maintenance of muscle tissue; they also are needed during times of physical stress and intense exercise. Research shows that BCAA supplements helps those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) maintain muscle strength.1 In addition, individuals with liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy) benefit from intravenous administration of BCAAs.2

1. Plaitakis A, Smith J, Mandeli J, et al. Pilot trial of branched-chain amino acids in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Lancet May 7, 1988:1015-8.
2. Wahren J, Denis J, Desurmont P, et al. Is intravenous administration of branched chain amino acids effective in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy? A multicenter study. Hepatology 1983;3(4):475-80. 

 


 
 
- PRODUCT DESCRIPTION -
 
 


BCAA PLEX

This state-of-the-art formula plays a principle role in muscle recovery, muscle growth and energy maintenance. Branched Chain Amino Acids are incredibly powerful because they are metabolized directly in the muscle, not the liver. As a result, weight training dramatically increases BCAA uptake, creating a higher demand for them. And, since BCAA's are essential amino acids, which can not be made within the body, they must be supplied through foods or supplementation.

The BCAA - Plex Formula is precisely balanced to provide the 3 branched chain amino acids, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine. It also contains vitamin C  and vitamin B-6 to further enhance uptake. Its design is based on studies conducted by the National Academy of Science. Each BCAA - Plex servings  ( 6 capsules )  contains 2400 mg  of L-Leucine , 1200 mg of L-Isoleucine and 1200 mg of L-Valine all in isolated free form and peptide bonded Branched Chain Amino Acids.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease


 
 
- Q & A -
 
 

 

Where are they found?  

Dairy and red meat contain the greatest amount of BCAAs, although they are present in all protein—containing foods. Whey protein and egg protein supplements are other sources of BCAAs. BCAA supplements provide the single amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine.

In what conditions might BCAA's be supportive?

• athletic support

• post-surgery recovery

Who is likely to be deficient? 

Periods of physical stress, such as intense weight lifting and long—distance running, can create a catabolic state in which muscle tissue is broken down. In these situations, supplemental BCAAs—particularly leucine and its derivatives ketoisocaproate (KIC) and hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB)—can be beneficial in reducing protein breakdown. Nonetheless, BCAA supplements may reduce muscle loss and speed muscle gain. BCAAs may also be useful to anyone wanting to prevent muscle breakdown.

How much should I take? 

A diet including animal protein provides an adequate amount of BCAA for most people. Athletes involved in intense training often take 5 grams of leucine, 4 grams of valine, and 2 grams of isoleucine per day to prevent muscle loss and increase muscle gain.

Are there any side effects or interactions? 

Side effects have not been reported with the use of BCAAs. A high intake of BCAAs are simply converted into other amino acids or used as energy.

It is prudent to take BCAAs along with whole proteins, such as lean meat or poultry, and multiple vitamins/minerals, especially the B-complex vitamins.

References:

1. Plaitakis A, Smith J, Mandeli J, et al. Pilot trial of branched-chain amino acids in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Lancet May 7, 1988:1015-8.
2. Wahren J, Denis J, Desurmont P, et al. Is intravenous administration of branched chain amino acids effective in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy? A multicenter study. Hepatology 1983;3(4):475-80.
3. Kelly GS. Sports Nutrition: A review of selected nutritional supplements for bodybuilders and strength athletes. Med Rev 1997;2:184-201.
4. MacLean DA, Graham TE, Satlin B. Branched-chain amino acids augment ammonia metabolism while attenuating protein breakdown during exercise. Am J Physiol 1994;267:E1010-1022.
5. Blomstrand E, Hassmen P, Ek S, et al. Influence of ingesting a solution of branched-chain amino acids on perceived exertion during exercise. Acta Physiol Scand 1997;159:41-49.
6. Van Hall G, Rasymakers JSH, Saris WHM, Wagenmakers AJM. Supplementation with branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) and tryptophan has no effect on performance during prolonged exercise. Clin Sci 1994;87:52 (abstract #75).

 

 
 
- TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS -
 
 


120 capsules

 

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