What makes the Branched Chain Amino Acid, or BCAA as it is more commonly known, so useful at promoting muscle growth and development is its ability to stave off muscle breakdown, as well as invoking muscle growth (muscle protein synthesis). There are a few reasons for this, but chiefly it is the anabolic potential of Leucine, Leucine is arguably the most important amino acid for muscle growth. What makes Leucine the ‘star player’ is its proteinogenic properties, which means it is only used in muscle protein synthesis. Conversely the other two BCAAs, isoleucine and valine are glucogenic, meaning they are converted into glucose for energy, and to a much lesser extent used for muscle protein synthesis.
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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!