SD Pharmaceuticals Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) is a nonprescription supplement designed to help to improve recovery post workout. The official SD Pharmaceuticals website claims that this product will help with performance, growth and recovery.
The site claims that this product provides users with a “scientifically-validated” ratio of BCAA, which is 45 percent leucine, 30 percent valine and 25 percent isoleucine. That 45:30:25 ratio is supported by clinical studies, says the official page for the product. It said that research shows that ratio is appropriate for supporting performance and muscle growth. Moreover, the official site also underscores its AstraGin content, which is supposed to help the body better absorb the BCAA.
BCAAs are essentially a specific group of essential amino acids. They play an integral role in the synthesis of protein, which is a required component of muscle growth as well as for the production of usable energy. These cannot be made by the body and must be taken in through supplements or food.
When you exercise, the BCAA within your body is used by muscle tissues at a faster level than when you’re idle. Therefore, by providing more BCAA to keep up with the increased requirement, a drop in levels can be avoided. This is beneficial in both aerobic and anaerobic workouts.
In this way, this can help with not only performance at the time of the workouts but it also makes sure the BCAA is there throughout the muscle’s recovery. This makes it easier for muscles to grow and for tissues to recover following the microscopic damage that occurs during a workout.
While this supplement is far from being considered proven, there is some preliminary evidence that does support the claims that have been made. The supplement manufacturer’s website does make this research out to be far more closer to proof than it actually is, but that is very common practice among supplement manufacturers and is far from unique to SD Pharmaceuticals.
The package directions recommend that adult users consume this product by mixing 1 scoop (5.7 grams of the powder – the specially measured scoop is provided with the product) with between 6 and 12 ounces of very cold water. Drink this beverage during and/or after a workout on your training days or at any time of the day throughout non-training days. Up to 3 servings can be consumed per day, depending on workout intensity, body size, goals and overall preference.