100% Pure BCAA 2:1:1 is a muscle growth and recovery supplement consisting of a very specific ratio of BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids). BCAAs aid in energy and even fat loss, but the main benefit of BCAAs is their ability to boost muscle growth. After all, that’s the number one goal for most of us, whether for bodybuilding or overall health. When it comes to building muscle, BCAAs are the most critical amino acids. Of the three, leucine is the MVP. Leucine plays one of the most critical roles in growth signalling.
The Importance of Leucine
Research suggests that people who add extra leucine to their post-workout protein and carbs experienced significantly greater muscle protein synthesis than those just getting protein and carbs. Because leucine is so critical for muscle growth, you want to make sure you use a BCAA product that has more leucine than its counterparts, isoleucine and valine.
100% PURE BCAA Ratio
Growth Labs Australia uses a 2:1:1 ratio of leucine to isoleucine and valine. Many products bump up the ratio much higher in favor of leucine, with some coming in at an 8:1:1 ratio and some hitting a 10:1:1 ratio.
The most critical time to take amino acids is around your workouts, whether you take them before, during, or after. (And yes, that’s in addition to the BCAA-rich protein shake you should also be drinking.) One reason for this is that you want ample leucine to instigate muscle protein synthesis (MPS). It’s this fact that leads many people to assume that the highest ratio is best.
Some products even suggest you forgo the other two BCAAs and just take leucine. That is a big mistake. Leucine increases MPS after a workout better than protein alone, however mixed BCAAs increase protein synthesis far better than leucine and protein combined.
Fire Up Your Fat Loss
Getting the optimal ratio isn’t just important for bodybuilding. If you are interested in maximising fat loss, there’s yet another reason why a 2:1:1 BCAA ratio is best. This is where the amino acid isoleucine comes in. Isoleucine appears to play a major role in providing BCAA supplements their fat-burning benefits.
Isoleucine has the ability to activate special receptors, known as PPAR, that increase fat-burning and inhibit fat storage. PPAR works to increase the activity of genes that encourage greater fat-burning in the body while decreasing activity of genes that normally increase fat storage. This leads to a greater ability to burn fat with less chance of storing it.
It turns out that using a BCAA supplement that has a ratio much higher than 2:1:1 can work against you for energy, fat loss, and even muscle growth.