Supercharge Your BCAA Supplement With This…


During a Friday night gym sesh last week I noticed that the gym was rather empty…empty on a Friday? Never? Clearly people had better things to do (like supercharging their vodka and coke maybe).

Anyway, mid-way through my session I noticed a guy mixing an orange coloured drink and some powder to his shaker cup. This orange drink was Lucozade no less, to which he was adding some orange flavoured USN BCAA Power Punch, USN’s Leucine packed intra- workout powerhouse!

Interesting right? The chap was in very good shape which was a good indicator that he knew what he was doing, but it still prompted me to think ‘is there any competitive inhibition’ between an isotonic beverage and a BCAA, in other words, would an isotonic drink reduce the effectiveness of a BCAA or vice versa? The answer is no, in fact, the high carb content of the isotonic drink would arguably enhance the uptake of the BCAA. The subsequent insulin rise that would follow an isotonic drink and BCAA would act as a key to the muscle, this could facilitate the uptake of the muscle building amino acid Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.

Now I am not saying that this WILL work exactly as I surmise above, these are just my thoughts. However, individually an isotonic drink will aid rehydration and energy levels, similarly a BCAA does reduce muscle catabolism (breakdown) and can spare glycogen to a point (improving energy levels), consequently I don’t see any harm in combining these two supplements into one shaker and getting it all down you in one, over the course of your gym session. Heck, it was working for my fellow Friday gym goer!

DISCLAIMER: If you fancy trying this then please be aware this is at your own discretion. I have tried this on a personal level and noticed improvements in both my energy, training intensity and reductions in my delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), hopefully you’ll notice the same.

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About the Author

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!
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