EAAs / BCAAs
At Popeye’s Supplements we offer a wide variety of Essential Amino Acid and Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplements, all unique in their own way so you will be sure to find the right one for you!
Essential Amino Acids, or EAAs, are a group of nine amino acids that the body is not able to produce on its own and must be obtained through the diet. The essential amino acids include Histidine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, and the Branched Chain Amino Acids Leucine, Iso Leucine and Valine.
Every single one of these helps with the synthesis of protein, and here are some unique benefits:
- Histidine helps too synthesize histamine, which is involved in different physiological processes including immune response, inflammation, neurotransmission. It is also a precursor to carnosine which can help improve muscular endurance and lactic acid buffering.
- Lysine is important for tissue growth and repair, and it also plays a role in the production of enzymes, hormones and antibodies, as well as helps with the formation of collagen.
- Methionine is important for the production of various compounds in the body, including creatine. Methionine is also involved in the methylation process, which is important for gene expression and DNA repair
- Phenylalanine is involved in the production of various compounds in the body, including tyrosine, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. These neurotransmitters are important for mood regulation and stress response.
- Threonine is important for the production of various compounds in the body, including serine, which is involved in the synthesis of purines and pyrimidines, including the building blocks of DNA and RNA. Threonine is also important for the formation of glycine and alanine, which are involved in the production of glucose and energy. It is also important for the growth and maintenance of various tissues in the body, including muscle, bone and skin.
- Tryptophan is important for the production of various compounds in the body, including serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulation mood, appetite and sleep, while melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It is also important for the production of niacin, a B vitamin that helps with he production of energy.
- Leucine is extremely important when it comes to muscle protein synthesis, as it stimulates the synthesis of new proteins and helps to maintain muscle mass. It is also important for the recovery and repair of muscle tissue following exercise.
- Iso Leucine, like Leucine, is extremely important for muscle protein synthesis, also stimulating the synthesis of new protein and helping to maintain muscle mass.
- Valine performs a similar role to Leucine and Iso Leucine, stimulating protein synthesis and helping to maintain muscle mass.
The potential benefits of consuming EAAs may include:
- Protein synthesis: EAAs are the building blocks of protein, and consuming adequate amounts of all nine essential amino acids is necessary for optimal protein synthesis and maintenance of lean body mass.
- Muscle growth and repair: Consuming EAAs in combination with resistance exercise may promote muscle growth and repair, particularly in older adults or individuals who are not consuming adequate protein.
- Reduced muscle breakdown: EAAs may also reduce muscle breakdown and improve net protein balance, particularly during periods of calorie restriction or in older adults.
- Improved exercise performance: Consuming EAAs before or during exercise may improve endurance and delay fatigue, particularly in endurance or high-intensity activities.
The potential benefits of consuming BCAAs include:
- Improved Muscle Growth: BCAAs, particularly leucine, have been shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, which can lead to increased muscle growth and repair.
- Reduced Muscle Soreness: BCAAs may help reduce muscle soreness and damage after exercise, allowing for faster recovery and improved performance in subsequent workouts.
- Increased Endurance: BCAAs can help delay fatigue during prolonged exercise by reducing the production of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that can cause feelings of fatigue and exhaustion.
- Decreased Muscle Breakdown: During periods of calorie restriction or intense exercise, the body may begin to break down muscle tissue for energy. BCAAs may help to prevent this breakdown by providing a source of energy that does not come from muscle tissue.
- Improved Fat Loss: BCAAs may help to increase fat burning and reduce fat storage, potentially leading to improved body composition and weight loss.
Some great options include:
- Beyond Yourself AMRAP, offering an 8.4g blend of Leucine, Iso Leucine and Valine in a 4:1:1 ratio. AMRAP also contains L-Carnitine, Magnesium and comes in a Popeye’s Exclusive 90 Serving tub for Best-In-Class cost per serving
- PVL EAA+BCAA Complete, offering a 5g blend of Leucine, Iso Leucine and Valine as well as a 2.2g of EAAs. Along with this EAA+BCAA Complete also offers a Vitamin B blend, electrolytes and added Bioperine for increased absorption, all available in Popeye’s Exclusive 90 Serving tub, offering Best-In-Class cost per serving!
- HD Intra HD, offering a 5g EAA blend, Taurine, Peak 02, and added coconut water for increased hydration.