Vegan Plant Based BCAAs
Simply put, Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are defined as the building blocks of protein.
Let's start with some basics before we move on to address the core of this article which is vegan BCAAs.
Amino acids are divided into two groups:
Essential amino acids:
derived from the food you eat and primarily responsible for building proteins in your body.
Non-essential amino acids:
are synthesised by the body from other amino acids and are available as fuel for the body.
There are nine essential amino acids and of these nine, there are three amino acids that account for over 33% of muscle tissue; these amino acids are what we call BCAAs. Leucine, isoleucine and valine are the amino acids that make up BCAAs and as they are classified as essential, these amino acids cannot be produced by the body and hence need to be consumed from whole foods or supplementation.
BCAAs over recent years have been considered as the most effective supplement in the market for sports nutrition. BCAAs make up a majority of the bodies muscle and is required for growth, maintenance and repair. Leucine, isoleucine and valine all work together to stimulate muscle protein synthesis in the body, which in turn aids in the development of muscle mass and recovery.
Vegan Plant Based vs Animal Based
BCAAs can come from both plant based and animal based sources. The vast majority of the BCAAs on the market are from animal sources and we will explain the difference here.
Animal based BCAAs have come under scrutiny in recent times as there has been various reports which state that animal based BCAAs are derived from sources such as swine, fur, hair and feathers which have been treated with unsustainable materials such as acids and chemicals. The majority of amino acid supplements in the market today are produced through this method but consumers are unaware of the process and opt for these products due to the lower price.
Plant based amino acids are derived from vegetable based raw materials such as soy and corn and are extracted through a fermentation process. This process is more sustainable, healthier and the purity of the amino acid is maintained, as it is not treated with any acids and chemicals. When selecting the best plant based BCAAs, it is important to ensure that the amino acid supplements are made from Non-GMO corn, as corn is considered a non-allergen and it suitable for all consumers.
Why did P92 choose to go Plant Based?
Recent studies have shown that plant based protein has a 90% absorption rate into the body’s muscles compared to animal protein at 60%. This is telling us that when consuming plant-based protein you get 30% MORE amino acids, per gram.
If the overall absorption is better, then this only leads to you gaining the benefits quicker.
We also like to keep our products as whole and natural as possible. We don’t like unknowns such as the use of fur, feathers, hair or swine. And we also don’t like the use of toxins including acids, pesticides and chemicals. Our bodies weren’t built to consume these and they can create an overload on the body.
What to look for when purchasing Vegan and Plant Based BCAAs
When opting to go for vegan and plant based BCAAs, we would advise you to make sure that the product your choosing consists of the following:
- The product is 100% plant based with no added animal based sources.
- Sourced and produced from Non-GMO ingredients
- No added extras, such as chemicals, acids, additives, artificial colours and flavours
- Allergen free
A shorter ingredient list is what you are looking for when choosing a BCAA. Some brands will tend to add natural ingredients such as coconut water and sunflower lecithin, which adds electrolytes and makes the powder more dissolvable and mixable, but as a whole it is recommended to keep it short and clean for a healthier result.
The P92 Plant Based BCAAs are:
Plant-based & Vegan Friendly
Developed through the use of cutting edge fermentation technology from a leading Japanese manufacturer. No aminal-based sources whatsoever, which make P92 BCAA 4:1:1 suitable for all athletes.
P92 BCAA 4:1:1 is 100% all natural with no toxins, acids, pesticides, additives, fillers or nasties.
Pharmaceutical grade product
P92 BCAA 4:1:1 purity is second to none, through the use of fermentation, the purity of the amino acid is preserved, leaving you with a more effective and efficient amino acid which cannot be compared with other supplements out in the market today.
During the fermentation process the amino acids are refined several times giving the product a finer consistency, which leads to better absorption into the body.
P92 BCAA 4:1:1 is unflavoured so you can add it in any liquid you desire, even throw it in your bottle of water at the gym, you wont taste a thing! Our BCAAs work better due to the fact our ratio is on point, 4:1:1. P92 is giving you the optimum amount of Leucine, isoleucine and valine to give you that extra boost in the gym.
Quick summary of the benefits of using BCAAs as a supplement
- Faster muscle recovery after exercise.
- Reduces muscle fatigue during exercise.
- Increase in energy during exercise.
- Reduces the rate of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
- Aids in muscle growth and maintenance