Supplement Review: Branch Chain Amino Acids

Do you want to improve performance?

Want to reduce muscle breakdown?

Branched-chain amino acids are essential amino acids (specifically, valine, leucine and isoleucine). They are essential, meaning we must get them in our diet because our bodies do not produce them.


What it’ll do for you:
 The most common practice of taking branched-chain amino acids is to improve exercise performance and reduce muscle breakdown.

  • Improving exercise performance
    Exercise causes an increase in serotonin levels, which are believed to cause fatigue. But BCAAs are believed to reduce serotonin levels, and thus cancel out the fatigue and actually enhance exercise performance. There have been many studies that promote this exact ability.
  • Reducing muscle breakdown
    BCAAs are metabolised primarily in skeletal muscles, while other amino acids are metabolised in the liver, which is why some think they must take BCAA supplements if they’re engaging in strenuous exercise. With that in mind, BCAAs are often touted to help repair damaged muscles, decrease muscle soreness and increase muscle function.


I take 2 x GDZ BCAA Capsules every morning with My Morning Shake & another 2 capsules immediately after training.

Since taking BCAA’s I have noticed reduced muscle soreness and maintained muscle over the last 2 years of training.

NUTRITION TIP: Don’t fear coffee. Coffee has been unfairly demonised. The truth is that it’s actually very healthy. Coffee is high in antioxidants, and studies show that coffee drinkers live longer, and have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes!

Thanks for reading,

Tom Seed
Hot off the Chest Press.

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