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Understanding Amino acids: EAAs, BCAAs, CEAA



Until gyms exist and fitness enthusiasts flock to them religiously for serious gains & improved health levels, Protein supplements in particularly Whey Protein will continue being consumed. If you’re a ‘supplement nerd’ like me, you definitely must have seen the long list of nutrients in the ‘Amino Acid Profile’ table.


So what’s the significance of these Amino acids? You may ask. Amino Acids or AAs are the ‘building blocks’ of protein. In all, there are 20 AAs, all of which are categorized into 3 types: Essential Amino Acids (EAAs), Conditionally Essential Amino Acids (CEAAs) & Non-essential Amino Acids (NEAAs).


EAAs: These are the AAs which are derived from diet and cannot be synthesized by the body. In total, there are 9 EAAs: Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Valine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan. EAAs are involved in important processes such as growth, energy production, immunity & absorption of nutrients among others. Although animal protein sources such as meat & dairy are dense in all 3 EAAs, consuming a varied plant-based diet, in particularly soy can get the job done!


CEAAs: Although produced by the body, your body may need extra supplementation of these vital AAs in times of illness & stress; the physiological demand for these nutrients may outdo the natural production rate of your body in these conditions. This bridge can either be fulfilled by a diet rich in AAs, or through a good protein supplement rich in CEAAs. Arginine, Cystine, Glutamic Acid, Glutamine, Glycine, Proline, Serine & Tyrosine are the fundamental CEAAs.


NEAAs: These are the AAs that are naturally produced by the body from other nutrients & do not necessarily require external supplementation. All CEAAs under normal health conditions are NEAAs. Aspartic Acid & Alanine are among the other AAs that make up the list.


So, what are BCAAs?

Branched Chain Amino Acids, or BCAAs, are especially renowned in the ‘Fitness Space’ for its various claimed benefits with regard to Muscle Synthesis & Recovery. It may surprise you that BCAAs are nothing but 3 EAAs: Leucine, Isoleucine & Valine. Most Whey Protein supplement brands have BCAAs in them some more than others. Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate is the purest Protein source rich in BCAAs, with more BCAAs per scoop than most premium brand ‘Whey Protein Blends’.


What are the benefits of BCAAs?

Each of three BCAAs has varied functions & work in synergy to help you gain the ‘lean mean’ physique you always desired, while aiding faster recovery. While some people prefer to consume them post workout, others consume BCAAs during workout; the science supports benefits both ways! Our OSN1 ISORUSH provides 6.2 g BCAAs per scoop, helping you prevent excessive muscle breakdown while working out while building new ones with every scoop!


Should you ditch Whey Protein for a BCAA supplement?

Apart from the amazing tasty shakes Whey Protein powders make, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate has a ‘complete amino acid profile’. While supplementing your body with enough BCAAs to push through grueling workout sessions, other NEAAs & CEAAs in it help maintain overall well-being. The complete AA profile not only benefits those who are building ‘Greek God’ physiques, but also mere mortals like us who are looking to only fulfill our daily protein requirements.


  Our modern unhealthy diets are laden with unhealthy fats & carbohydrates. The body stores extra calories in the form of fat to fulfill future energy needs; however, amino acids cannot be stored by the body for later use & needs to be supplemented daily from diet for proper cellular functioning, making Hydrolyzed Whey Protein an absolute wonder product!


Enjoy our delicious range of 100% Pure Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate every day for superior Nutrition & Taste!

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