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I have used BCAA’s before – Branch Chain Amino Acids – as part of muscle recovery after a tough strength training workout. I was working with a trainer who knew I would be sore the next day, and she suggested I get some BCAAs. I bought a powdered lemonade formula from another brand and I honestly couldn’t stomach the taste. Fast forward to this spring when I was working with a sports nutrition coach and she was helping me with post-race recovery. She suggested adding Glutamine to my post race protein shakes for recovery. This had no taste and seemed to work well. I was anxious to try the BCAA Big 6 from Now Foods because it had a variety of ingredients, including glutamine.
I received 2 jars of Grape Flavor and 2 jars of Watermelon, along with a shaker.
Each 1 scoop serving of BCAA Big 6 has:
- 7 g carbohydrates
- 240 mg sodium
- 5000 mg BCAA formula
-1000 mg L-Citruline, L-Glutamine and Taurine
Available flavors: watermelon and Grape
So what exactly is a BCAA and why do I need it?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are nine essential amino acids in total, but there's a key trio that helps you maintain muscle: leucine, isoleucine, and valine
In general I knew they were helpful for muscle soreness, but here’s what this product is designed to do specifically: (from nowfoods.com)
Ok, so now time to put it to the test a bit.
Since I was already familiar with it’s use as muscle recovery, I used it for body pump, my main strength training workout. I drank it immediately following my body pump workout, and before my 3 mile run. I tried watermelon first. I found the taste a bit strong, I would definitely dilute it next time. But, I did end up with negative splits!
I was intrigued by the idea that it could help my endurance during a run. However, I have so many forms of liquid competing for my attention already – coffee beforehand, water and Gatorade endurance during. How in the world could I fit in BCAAs too? I am testing this out. I may try combining it in with Gatorade together for a long run.
But for now, I’m focused on using it for recovery. I used it right after the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon last weekend, and felt really good after.
And I am convinced that it helps me after a strength workout. I have tried the grape flavor, and I like it. I think it is a helpful tool when I have multiple workouts – like a body pump workout followed by a run. I was able to drink it during class and after the run.
The formula sells for $49.99 for a canister – but you can save 20% with code 20NOWFOODS on amazon.com or use link https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A1G65M39SCQHX5
Give it a try and see what you think! If you do try it, let me know your thoughts!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!