- August 5, 2017 at 10:42 am #1752
What is the difference between bcaa and eaa supplements? Which is better for mass gain
- August 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm #1826
BCAA stands for Branched-Chain Amino Acid, means amino acids having aliphatic side-chains with a branch. Among the proteinogenic amino acids, there are three BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Non-proteinogenic BCAAs include 2-aminoisobutyric acid.
EAA stands for Essential amino acid, and it refers to those amino acids that cannot be synthesized de novo by the body, and thus must be taken through the diet. The nine amino acids humans cannot synthesize are phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, and histidine.
Now for muscle building, your body requires the complete profile of all the essential amino acids to be ingested. This means that BCAA’s are NOT useful for gaining mass directly. Now BCAA’s do help in reducing protein breakdown or catabolism, so definitely they can assist in the overall protein synthesis process.
The final verdict is that EAA’s are good for gaining muscle during mass building phases, and BCAA’s are good for muscle preservence during fat loss phases.