Been getting tons of questions regarding whether you need to use BCAAs for gaining muscle. Check out my answer in this video below:

Do You Need BCAAs for Gaining Muscle?

Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are among the nine essential amino acids that the body needs to function. There are 3 BCAAs which are leucine, isoleucine and valine. These amino acids are processed in the muscle tissue and the most anti-catabolic one is Leucine.

In my opinion, BCAAs are GREAT if you are dieting down and looking to gain muscle as you lose fat. If you are in an exclusive muscle building diet which gives you sufficient calories to gain muscle, you can still use them to accelerate results if your finances allow for it. If you are on a budget, you can pass on this supplement to be honest.

Best Way To Consume Them

The best way to consume BCAAs is before, during and after the workout. I use the Labrada Power BCAA product (mixed with PowerCarb for better utilization) as it is better to mix up the BCAAs in a drink than to swallow multiple capsules of 1 gram each (since I take 20 grams when using it during the workout).

You can also use the BCAAs in between meals. This is a great strategy not only to preserve muscle tissue as you are dieting, but also to suppress your appetite. 5-10 grams between meals will do the trick.

Bottom Line

For muscle building: If you have the finances to add it and further accelerate your gains, then why not. IF you don’t have the finances, then just stick to the basic supplements stack (multiple vitamins, protein and essential fats).

For fat loss/dieting: Excellent supplement to use in order to keep your muscle as you lose fat. It is during a fat loss diet that BCAAs work their magic best!

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