Hello Stephanie Steiniger,
I assume you are referring to supplements; in that case, we get the bcaas we need from food protein sources. Whole natural food is the way to go. There are side effects to be careful of as well as medication and health history issues that may interfere and cause reactions to bcaa supplementation.
How does this person know they need bcaas other than a good diet? If there is still a deep need for this, I would refer them to a registered dietitian and doctor.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I always stay away from making recommendations on supplements one way or the other. I suspect that your client is asking you to get additional confirmation for what he intends to do. I would not be complicit in that if I were you but steer him to his health care provider.
I usually try to find information and make it available to the client such as this one http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/branched-chain-amino-acids… and then step away from it.
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.
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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