When Is the Best Time to Take BCAA Supplements?


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According to Muscle Insider, BCAA, or branched-chain amino acid, supplements should be taken before, during and after exercise in order to maintain muscle growth. In regard to BCAA taken for health conditions, WebMD recommends that supplements should be taken as prescribed by the doctor.

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Although widely used for increased exercise performance and the reduction of muscle breakdown, Lisa Freedman writes in Men's Fitness Magazine that enough amino acids can be gained from a balanced diet high in protein to achieve the same outcome. WebMD shares that there is still little research to support the effectiveness of BCAA supplementation for improved exercise performance. Some research has found BCAA supplements to be effective for reducing muscle breakdown during exercise, increasing muscle control and mental function in people with advanced liver disease and decreasing symptoms associated with mania.

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