Does this Guy's Advice Sound Legit?

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    Jan 15, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    I am considering taking BCAAs again. I stopped because I wasn't feeling like I was getting results before. I've been getting mixed info from different sources. Here is one source. Does it sound legit?



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    Jan 16, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    Didn't watch the video. I take BCAA pills before I go out on a run. I don't like to eat a lot before I go running. But I generally think consuming some type of protein with my pre-run carb drink is beneficial.

    BCAA is one of those supplements where the effects are not obvious. But I feel like I have a little more energy during my run, and I don't feel crazy hungry either.

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    Jan 16, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    Um.. what did he say? I was too busy drooling...
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    Jan 16, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    xrichx saidDidn't watch the video. I take BCAA pills before I go out on a run. I don't like to eat a lot before I go running. But I generally think consuming some type of protein with my pre-run carb drink is beneficial.

    BCAA is one of those supplements where the effects are not obvious. But I feel like I have a little more energy during my run, and I don't feel crazy hungry either.

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    wait, i thought BCAA was for recovery?
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    Jan 16, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    well you've been getting mixed info and well, my info will be mixed too..

    basically glutamine as an only supplement seems rather pointless to me, as the human body requires 20 amino acids to build proteins.. proteins are basic building blocks for organic matter... and the largest component of muscle cells, so yeah, you need more protein.... and anything to supplement protein or amino acids seems useful.. however.. humans have some ability to synthesize their own amino acids.. these can be made from other amino acids humans CANNOT produce and are therefore called "essential amino acids" or EAA... however, it STILL requires energy to synthesise its other acids.. so just to be sure, i would still not focus on only one amino acid supplement.. I would pick a supplement that contains all amino acids in a general balance as to the speed at which the body can metabolise them and create proteins with them

    note: taking amino acids might actually use less energy than ingesting proteins for creating muscle mass... since whole proteins must first be broken down into separate amino acids... this in itself takes energy and time... so that directly supplementing amino acids could possibly be faster and use less energy and therefore be a more efficient way to supplement amino acids to your diet
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    Jan 17, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    AvadaKedavra said
    wait, i thought BCAA was for recovery?

    Really? I've always viewed them as a source of fast digesting protein. Which fits my needs as a pre-run supplement. I've tried those protein/carb drinks before and they tend to upset my stomach.

    BCAA pills are also not too bad for pre-gym workouts. But as always, everyone reacts to certain supplements differently. Which is probably why you felt like you weren't getting results. Or maybe you were taking them at the wrong times? Try taking them before your workouts, or take them before you go to bed.