BCAA’s vs EAA – Which Should You Be Taking and Why?

What are BCAA’s (BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS)?

Amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins. The term “branched chain” refers to their molecular structure.

Protein is comprised from 20 amino acids, from which there are 9 essential amino acids and 11 non-essential amino acids.

These amino acids are essential because they cannot be synthesised by the body, therefore they must come from dietary sources. BCAA’s contain only Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. EAA on the other hand contains all nine.

The nine essential amino acids are: Leucin, Isoleucin, Valin, Lysin, Phenylalanin, Threonin, Methionin, Tryptophan and Histidin. The different amino acids are linked together in a certain order, resulting in the very complex and three-dimensional structure of the proteins. The protein then forms the functional units of the body.

BCAA’s do not cover the complete range of the essential amino acids in comparison to EAA’s, which do.[1]

EAA ENERGY FOR PERFORMANCE

EAA Energy from Essential Eight provides the body with the necessary amino acids during exercise. It does this without stimulating digestion, which would otherwise lead to energy loss.

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Loenneke’s research has demonstrated that the EAA content of meals was inversely correlated with the percentage of body fat. In other words: The more often people had a higher amount of essential amino acids in their meals, the lower the accumulation of body fat.[2]

BCAA EEA

Interestingly, the administration of EAAs (e.g. in the study by Frid et al. (2005), Morifuji et al. (2009)) improved glucose transport in the skeletal muscles (via stimulation of GLUT-4, so-called glucose transporters in the muscle cell, which transport the sugar into the muscle). The result of this stimulation is more glucose for the muscle cells, less glucose for the fat cells.

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Fast acting and efficient energy, right where and when you need it.

EAA ENERGY FOR RECOVERY

EAA Energy improve recovery times and minimises muscle breakdown. It also helps to repair damaged muscles, which in turn decreases the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This allows you to avoid days and days with aching legs after heavy squats, a sore chest after big sessions on the bench, or general muscular fatigue after tough metcons for example.

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This also means that you can get back to performing at 100% again much sooner than you otherwise would. In turn this means you can operate at a higher level and you don’t have to trudge through workouts and training sessions at anything less than your best.

EAA ENERGY AND FAT LOSS

As mentioned above, EAA-rich meals favour the reduction of body fat more than meals in which the EAA content is low. To put it simply, it is best to include a high-quality protein source with every meal for a positive effect on the body composition.[3]/[4]

Essential amino acids are primarily responsible for the amino acid–induced stimulation of muscle protein anabolism.[5] For athletes, this is essential. The quicker we recover and the less pain we feel, the more we maximise the effects of our training and the more progress we can make.

In non-frail, independent, healthy adults AE training increased walking speed and aerobic fitness, and, when combined with EAA supplementation, it also increased muscle strength and EAA-stimulated muscle protein synthesis.[6]

CAFFEINE AND GUARANA FOR LONGER LASTING ENERGY

EAA Energy contains Inositol and all the energy comes from natural, environmentally friendly vegan sources.

Inositol is a carbocyclic sugar and is involved in a number of metabolic processes. As a component of phospholipids, myo-inositol is a basic substance of every cell membrane, where it takes over structural as well as functional tasks.

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In the nervous system, myo-inositol influences the growth of brain and nerve cells and is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses [Eagle et al., 1956; Chau et al., 2005]. In addition, myo-inositol regulates the production of important neurotransmitters, including dopamine and norepinephrine, and as a likely selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor has a positive effect on mood [Gianfranco et al., 2011].

Studies have also shown a beneficial effect of myo-inositol supplementation on fat and blood sugar metabolism. In addition to a reduction in serum triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, an increase in HDL cholesterol and improved insulin sensitivity were observed [Unfer et al., 2016; Santamaria et al., 2012]. Myo-inositol has also been shown to support bone mineralization [Dai et al., 2011].[7])

  • High quality ingredients – EAA Energy is made in Germany using only raw materials of the highest quality.
  • Designed for athletes – Made by athletes, for athletes
  • Excellent taste – Healthy products and excellent taste hold no contradiction for them

Environmentally friendly

They look for the most sustainable way in all their processes, down to the last detail. For example, organic packaging. They use polylactide acid (PLA) for the packaging of their products. PLA is made from corn starch, a natural and renewable resource. There are no harmful substances such as antimony or BPA (a hormone harmful poison) in the drink. In addition, PLA is fully compostable.

Sustainability, regionality and ecological awareness are top priorities. This is continued by their commitment to Vegan principles.

OPTIMISE YOUR ENERGY, PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY

When we train we apply stress to the body. The body reacts in such a way as to meet the demands of the stress and prevent damage.

In the post training period, the body will try to reverse the impact of stress induced by training. In an effort to cope better with future training the body will attempt reset the level of homeostasis higher than before. This adaptation is what improves our ability to perform during competition. It makes us fitter and stronger.

Add EAA Energy into your lifestyle in order to maximise energy levels, boost performance and optimize your recovery in an ethical and sustainable way.

EAA energy should be a part of every serious athlete’s lifestyle and nutrition.

Optimise your nutrition and performance now

For additional information, please contact info@essentialeight.com


[1] Dr. Christian von Loeffelholz (Ernährungsstrategien)

[2] Loenneke et al (2012)

[3] Frid et. al (2005)

[4] Morifuji et al (2009)

[5] Elena Volpi, Hisamine Kobayashi, Melinda Sheffield-Moore, Bettina Mittendorfer, Robert R Wolfe (2003)

[6] Melissa M Markofski, et al (2019)

[7] www.neurolab.eu

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