Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are three amino acids with similar structures that beneficially influence the muscles. They can be found in any food containing protein, such as eggs or meat.
Leucine, the strongest of the BCAAs, is responsible for the regulation of blood-sugar levels, the growth, and repair of tissues in skin, bones and of course skeletal muscle. It's a strong potentiator to Human Growth Hormone (HGH). It helps in healing wounds, regulating energy, and assists in preventing the breakdown of muscle tissue.
Isoleucine promotes muscle recovery, regulates the blood sugar levels and stimulates HGH release. But isoleucine holds its own in terms of wound healing. It helps in the formation of haemoglobin and is strongly involved in the formation of blood clots, the body's primary defence against infection through open wounds.
Valine helps the repair and growth of muscle tissue, as commonly attributed to BCAAs. It maintains the nitrogen balance and preserves the use of glucose.