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Branched-Chain Amino Acids

Also indexed as:BCAA's, Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), Isoleucine, Leucine, Valine
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The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. BCAAs are considered essential amino acids because human beings cannot survive unless these amino acids are present in the diet.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Liver Cirrhosis
At least 5 grams daily, up to 0.24 grams per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) body weight per day2 stars[2 stars]
Under a doctor's supervision, supplementing with branched-chain amino acids may correct an imbalance of amino acids and improve cirrhosis symptoms.
Phenylketonuria
Take under medical supervision: 150 mg daily per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight each of valine and isoleucine, and 200 mg daily per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight of leucine2 stars[2 stars]
Regular use of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) may improve mental functioning.
Athletic Performance and Mental Decline During Exercise at Extreme Temperature
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some research has shown that branched-chain amino acids help prevent muscle loss at high altitudes, prolong endurance performance in the heat, and improve exercise-induced declines in mental functioning.
Athletic Performance and Post-Exercise Infection at Extreme Temperature
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some research has shown that branched-chain amino acids may support immune fuction and improve infection at high altitudes and prolong endurance performance in the heat.
Tardive Dyskinesia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with branched-chain amino acids may reduce excess phenylalanine in people with tardive dyskinesia.

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