- 6 grams of Vegan InstaAmino™ BCAAs Per Serving
- Supports Lean Mass Growth & Recovery*
- Decreases Post Exercise Soreness*
- Improves Glucose Uptake & Insulin Sensitivity*
- Mixes Easy With No Residue/Delicious Flavors
- 30 Servings Per Container
High-quality performance is predicated by great nutrition. It is what you do before and after you train that will determine performance and progress. That’s why SS Pro Supplements formulated BCAA 4:1:1 – to provide the best that the available science has to offer. By combining the minds of athletes, accomplished sports nutrition and exercise scientists we know that is what we have achieved.
The essential amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine collectively form what is referred to as the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). Independently each BCAA can produce certain physiological effects in the body. However, it is their synergistic combination that produces one of the most important processes involved in muscle building and recovery; the process known as muscle protein synthesis (MPS). Research has confirmed that although leucine by itself can signal MPS to occur; it is when it is combined with isoleucine and valine that the effects of MPS are magnified to a greater extent.
The unique 4:1:1 ratio of branched chain amino acids in BCAA 4:1:1 helps reduce training related muscle damage by stimulating muscle protein synthesis; allowing your body to repair, recover, rebuild, and ultimately have you prepared to tackle your next training session.
The Electrolyte Replenishment Matrix in BCAA 4:1:1 helps hydrate, maintain fluid balance, and combat cramping.
You work hard. You expect results. Don’t settle for a “run of the mill” BCAA product. BCAA 4:1:1 has all your muscle building and recovery bases covered.
*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.
L-Leucine:Leucine is one of the essential BCAAs. By itself, it can stimulate muscle protein synthesis, the process responsible for muscle growth and recovery. This is why it is often referred to as the “main” amino acid. Supplementation with at least 2 grams daily of leucine has been shown to decrease muscle soreness, lessen recovery time between workouts, and increase lean muscle mass. Howatson et al. (2012) discovered that leucine (combined with isoleucine and valine) administered before muscle damaging resistance exercises reduced indices of muscle damage and accelerated recovery in resistance-trained males.
L-Isoleucine:Isoleucine, like leucine, is another BCAA that can stimulate muscle protein synthesis but to a lesser extent when not combined with the other BCAAs. However, isoleucine significantly increases glucose uptake and the use of glucose during exercise, leading to greater energy production. Isoleucine may also play a role in the fat-burning abilities of BCAAs.
Nishimura et al. (2010) found that mice consuming a high-fat diet in conjunction with isoleucine gained less fat mass than mice not receiving isoleucine. This was due to isoleucine’s ability to stimulate receptors that inhibit fat storage and increase fat burning.
L-Valine:Valine, the third BCAA, promotes muscular endurance and decreases fatigue during exercise. When exercising, tryptophan is converted to serotonin and signals the brain that the body is fatigued—ultimately leading to a decrease in muscle strength and endurance.
Since valine competes with tryptophan for entry into the brain and prevails, less serotonin gets to the brain, which ultimately leads to stronger muscular contractions, quicker recovery between sets, and prolonged muscular strength and endurance.
Potassium:Potassium is a mineral found in varying amounts in almost all foods. It is needed for building and keeping strong bones. It also helps control the amount of calcium in the body and urine. If potassium levels get too high or too low, the heart and nervous system completely shut down. Many people in the U.S. often fail to obtain optimal amounts of this nutrient, and pay a health cost for it.
Sodium:Sodium is a necessary electrolyte that is lost in sweat. Sodium regulates blood volume, blood pressure, osmotic equilibrium, and pH. Sodium is also involved in signal transmission in neurons and transport of many compounds in the body such as glucose.
It may also delay the onset of cramping from intense exercise. Sims et al. (2007) discovered that pre-exercise ingestion of a high-sodium beverage increased plasma volume before exercise and involved less thermoregulation and perceived strain during exercise and increased exercise capacity in warm conditions.
Q: How should I take BCAA 4:1:1?
A: As a dietary supplement, mix one scoop with 8-10 oz. of cold water. For best taste and consistency, mix in a blender with ice
Q: What are BCAAs?
A: The branched chain amino acids are collectively made up of leucine, isoleucine, and valine. They are essential amino acids that cannot be produced by the body and can only be obtained through diet or supplementation. The BCAAs are the primary drivers behind muscle protein synthesis; arguably the most important physiological process for maximal muscle growth and recovery.
Q: Do I really need to take BCAAs? Can’t I just get them through my diet?
A: While you can most definitely get BCAAs through a regular diet high in protein, consider this: 5 grams of BCAAs promotes muscle protein synthesis, just as much as a 25–30 gram high protein meal. BCAAs help promote and maintain lean muscle gains and aid recovery without the calories, which might benefit individuals trying to cut or find themselves too “full” to eat another meal.
Q: When is the best time to take BCAA 4:1:1?
A: Pre, intra, and post workout as well as in between meals in order to maximally stimulate muscle protein synthesis throughout the day.
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