Could This Unlock Your Muscle Growth Potential?
The contractions and overload during intense training can promote microdamage in muscle fibers, this can result in a temporary decrease in strength, and delayed onset muscle soreness. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’s) have always been regarded as a potential intervention however in recent years we have also learnt a lot about the key role in the recovery and growth of muscle tissue that leucine plays (Monirujjaman & Ferdouse 2014).
Apart from being a building block used by the muscle tissue, leucine acts as metabolic signal and promotes activation of a key protein kinase called mTOR (mammalian Target of Rapamycin) which you may have read about in magazines. This sets in motion a cascade which triggers the muscle growth and recovery process (Paza et al 2015).
Most research recommends at least 5g of BCAA’s (of which Leucine is a critical component) as a baseline (da Luz 2011 et al) to improve skeletal muscle protein turnover, however by increasing the contribution of leucine we can provide a ‘topping up’ effect. Sometimes this smart layering or ‘stacking’ of supplements can result in a more beneficial additive effect for those looking to promote recovery and build extra muscle mass.
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da Luz CR, Nicastro H, Zanchi NE, Chaves DF, Lancha AH Jr. (2011). Potential therapeutic effects of branched-chain amino acids supplementation on resistance exercise-based muscle damage in humans. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. Dec 14;8:23. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-8-23.
Monirujjaman Md. & Ferdouse A (2014). “Metabolic and Physiological Roles of Branched-Chain Amino Acids,” Advances in Molecular Biology, vol. 2014, Article ID 364976, doi:10.1155/2014/364976
Paza DLS, Chagas RR, Pierozan GC, Santos MD (2015) Leucine: Considerations about the Effects of Supplementation. J Nutr Food Sci 5:343. doi:10.4172/2155-9600.1000343