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BCAA’s and Why They Are Important
Branch Chain Amino Acids promote protein muscle synthesis by providing the raw materials for muscle tissue repair. Muscle tissues are comprised of two proteins, myosin and actin. The main building blocks of proteins are Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. BCAA's also help promote fat oxidation..
L-Leucine is an essential amino acid meaning that it has to be provided through what you take into your body. It helps with lean muscle tissue regeneration and also helping regulate your cholesterol levels.
Isoleucine is very similar to Leucine. It acts as the building block of the protein your cells create. Without Isoleucine your body cannot create functional proteins that your muscle, immune system antibodies, and some of your hormones rely on. Your energy system also relies on Isoleucine because your body makes acetyl-CoA out of it which is also made when you break down sugar.
Valine like L-Leucine and Isoleucine cannot be created by the body, therefore, it is essential. It Contributes to muscle sparing and protein synthesis although Valine's main role is to make the Chain in the BCAA formula complete. By itself, Valine hasn't shown much promise in clinical studies.
These BCAA’s are expended during exercise leading to catabolism i.e. muscle breakdown and a negative nitrogen balance if you don’t have enough BCAA’s in your system. which is what we don’t want. By supplementing with BCAA’s you improve your nitrogen retention by sparing amino groups during physical exercise and this helps keep your body in an anabolic state. Anything over 8 grams of total BCAA’s hasn’t been shown to be any more effective.
Creatine is a molecule that quickly produces energy known as ATP in your fast-acting energy system to support cellular function during fast and intense training. Creatine phosphate (which is the molecule in your body) does this by replacing a phosphorus molecule that is lost during the use of ATP.
Creatine is very safe and what most people don't know is that it also protects your neurological system and can also help protect your brain. There are a lot of false assumptions out there about creatine. No, it doesn't make you're retain a ton of extra water weight, or make women big and bulky. Its used to help have a promote a greater energy capacity and if you use that energy properly you'll get the results you want.
Studies have shown that the 2-4 grams per day recommended dosing should be split up between pre and post workout. That's why we have 2 grams in both PRE & POST DRIVE. Monohydrate, HCL, Buffered, there are a lot of options to choose from. None have shown to be superior over one another. However, at pureDRIVE™ we subscribe to minimal effective dose. If we can take 4 grams total of HCL and achieve the same result as we would with 10 grams total of monohydrate, we'd rather take the 4.
Magnesium is involved in hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. It is crucial at all ages to have enough magnesium in the blood. Magnesium maintains healthy nerve function and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium also regulates heartbeat and blood sugar levels while contributing to a healthy immune system.
Magnesium is essential to training in that having healthy cellular function supports utilization of key nutrients and energy systems. The chelate forms of magnesium are preferable in that they have a higher bioavailability and are readily absorbed by the body. A standard dose of magnesium is between 200-400mg.
Zinc is one of the essential elements needed to live. Zinc plays a role in facilitating in immune system function, hormonal and enzymatic regulation. Zinc can also keep estrogen levels in check and boost testosterone levels in individuals with low levels.
Zinc is lost through sweat making supplementation a necessity for those who train hard. Standard doses for a low dose is 10mg while 20-40mg for those who are deficient.