And I recently saw a report from the ACSM that bottom line does not recommend bcaa’s at this time. There is not sufficient evidence of benefit and even less research on potential adverse issues. That would be things like digestive distress, free radical formation, ammonia production, and cognitive/alertness depression.
I spend a little time with clients reinforcing the fact that short cuts are always more expensive (financially and physically) than solid programming and high quality dietary choices.
Best resource for any supplement questions is definitely www.examine.com
Here’s the link for BCAAs
Supplements have their place but always make sure to explain that they’re ‘supplementing’ proper diet and exercise.
My favourite thing about BCAAs for myself is that it helps create a routine before heading to the workout.
BKin, NSCA-CPT, Pn1
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I also do not recommend more than proper dietary habits and refer clients to RDs over making recommendations on supplements.
I do not recall everything that I have read on bcaas, but I do recall that they have potentially harmful or other unwanted interactions with some medications. I would advise this client to look into this and discuss bcaas with their physician if they are taking any medications.