Have you heard about Vegan BCAAs?

  • By: Tiana Rodrigues / Comments : 0

Branched Chain Amino Acids or BCAAs as we all commonly know them are essential amino acids that the body cannot produce. Hence, one gets them through diet and supplements. Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine make up BCAAs. They are popular for their association with protein synthesis. Leucine is known to help initiate the process of muscle protein synthesis. Isoleucine has a role to play as a performance enhancer because it regulates the uptake of glucose into the cells of the body. Valine helps with muscle metabolism and nervous system. When consumed in the 2:1:1 or 4:1:1 ratio, BCAAs have shown to have a remarkable effect of muscle building. Taking additional or only Leucine is usually not recommended as it drains the body of the others BCAAs which is utilizes in the process of muscle protein synthesis. BCAAs are especially found to delay the onset of fatigue in those who have recently begun exercising.

Non-vegetarian foods with a high protein content also have higher levels of BCAAs but we do get them from vegetarian sources as well.

Vegetarian Foods Percentage of BCAA BCAA Ratio
Rye 13.6% 2 : 0.9 : 1.3
Barley 13.9% 2 : 0.9 : 1.4
Sprouts 17.8% 2 : 1.2 : 1.7
Wheat germ 25.1% 2 : 1.1 : 1.6
Soyabean 17.4% 2 : 1.1 : 1.2
Protein Supplements
Pea protein concentrate 17.3% 2 : 1.1 : 1.2
Soy protein concentrate 17.3% 2 : 1.2 : 1.2
Casein 20. 8% 2 : 1.1 :1.4
Whey protein concentrate 23.2% 2 : 1.1 : 1.1
Rice protein concentrate 18.3% 2 : 1.1 : 1.6

We do get BCAAs from food; however, the quantity of food as well as the time at which it is consumed are important. That’s where BCAA supplements come into the picture. They provide an instant source of energy to the muscle whereas food has to go through digestion in the gut and then absorption into the blood stream, which is time consuming. Supplementation of BCAA is a more accurate way of taking in these essential amino acids in the most beneficial ratio. BCAA can be taken safely upto 20 g of a good ratio of leucine, isoleucine and valine.

So how do you get stand-alone BCAA supplements? Majority of the BCAA supplements available in the market are from cheap quality raw materials. These sources include bird feathers or human hair or animal skin/hair. As these sources are high in the protein called keratin, BCAAs are easily extracted from them via chemical treatment. Would you still consume the BCAA if you knew this? Did you bother checking from does your BCAA come? If you are a vegetarian or vegan consumer, is it not a clear case of cheating you?

We are among the few genuine companies that care about what we add to our products. BodyFirst® Vegan BCAAs come from fermentation of plant protein making it suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. It may be at an extra cost but we do not hesitate in bearing that burden rather than sell a product that is of inferior quality or cheats the customer. The next time you are shopping for your pre- workout amino acids, do not think twice before asking the question "What is the source of these BCAAs?"

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