Tuesday, January 8, 2008

BCAA roundtable

Do we need BCAA supplementation? The debate rages on.

The following is an excerpt from Jamie Hale’s new book Knowledge and Nonsense: the science of nutrition and exercise.

I recently gave my opinion on BCAA (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) in a roundtable discussion with HST founder Bryan Haycock, Alan Aragon and natural bodybuilder Layne Norton, among others.

Click here to check it out

I'm not very wordy here, but this pretty much sums up my opinion on most dietary supplements on the market.

Note: This discussion revolves around the need for supplementing BCAA in the fed state. For fasted training you need BCAAs pre-workout to optimize your progress. I've explained why in the Leangains Guide.


JC said...

wrt BCAA's I am on the same side of the fence.

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Jeromie said...

Bryan Haycock is my professor at the University of Utah teaching my nutritional supplements class. This is where I first heard of taking protein PRE workout for muscle synthesis as opposed to post. It was pretty cool to see his name on your site!

morten_g said...

Link changed:

I guess the formatting got thrown out the window when that happened.

And Martin, you say: "Because BCAAs are very glucogenic, they will most likely end up in your bloodstream as glucose." But isn't leucine and lysine the two only amino acids that aren't glucogenic? (Yes, I know lysine isn't a BCAA:)

Ahmed said...

The BCAAs are more of an insurance policy for me, plus, like you've said, the research out there is somewhat conclusive when it comes to pre/post workout nutrition and its benefits.

Anonymous said...

new link: http://www.mindandmuscle.net/articles/bcaa-supplementation-roundtable-do-we-need-them/

My name is Martin Berkhan and I work as a nutritional consultant, magazine writer and personal trainer.

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