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TOPIC OF THE WEEK – Using Leucine for Better Muscle Gains
Hi, I’m Lee Labrada, your Lean Body Coach. In this video, I am going to be talking about the amino acid leucine and how you, as an athlete can put it work to get better results from your training. Leucine is one of the three branched-chain amino acids. The other two branched-chain amino acids are valine and isoleucine.
Of these three, leucine is arguably the most important, for its role in signaling muscle growth following a workout.
Studies show that leucine activates what is called the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway, or “mTOR” for short. This is an important function of leucine because activating mTOR up-regulates protein synthesis. In other words it signals for your muscles to grow!
So not only does leucine work in conjunction with the other branch chain amino acids to allow you to train harder and get bigger, it also serves a dual function in that it stimulates protein synthesis, and that spells muscle growth.
So what is the right amount of leucine to consume and when is the best time to take it?
Research shows that the minimum effective dose of leucine is 2g, taken during or right after your workout. You start getting diminishing returns at 5g so taking more does little to improve its benefit.
Our BCAA POWER branched-chain amino acid supplement provides 3 1/2g of leucine in each serving. It’s provided in the perfect 2 to 1 to 1 ratio with the other branch chain amino acids, plus 3 g of glutamine for recovery.
What’s more, the amino acids in BCAA POWER are made by a natural fermentation process in a controlled lab environment that creates amino acids that free of impurities and toxins.
The most common and least expensive way to manufacture amino acids is by acid extraction, using animal products such as hair as a starting material. This process may produce amino acids that are contaminated with by-products and allergens.
BCAA POWER uses NO animal products as starting materials; and NO harsh chemicals or heat treatment in manufacturing.
You just get pure, fermented amino acids, which means a more effective amino acid product.
I personally use BCAA Power during and right after my workout, and then I follow this up with a couple of scoops of our ISO whey protein isolate a half hour later.
In this manner I can be assured that I kick start muscle recovery and building, and provide that all important muscle growth signal that comes from the leucine.
Try using leucine as part of your workout program to improve your gains. I feel that you’ll find the results worthwhile.
I’m Lee Labrada, your lean body coach, stay healthy and stay strong.
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