BCAA Whey is our gluten free 80% whey protein blend. It is the effective blend of whey concentrate and whey isolate. But here at StrongDuck, we want more from our products. We want better. We want best.
So we have added L-Glutamine – which acts as a cell volumiser, increasing the uptake of vital nutrients needed to promote and enhance muscle recovery – and Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) which are essential in the manufacture, maintenance and repair of muscle tissue.
The BCAAs include the three amino acids – leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Research shows that for muscle growth, leucine is the MVP (Most Valuable Player!). That’s because leucine has been found to kickstart muscle protein synthesis.That is, leucine stimulates certain components in muscle cells that start the process of muscle protein synthesis. Muscle protein synthesis is the building of muscle protein from amino acids. The muscle literally strings amino acids together to form long protein chains that make up the structural components of the muscle. And that equals an increase in muscle size. Research shows that it takes around 3 grams of leucine to sufficiently kickstart muscle protein synthesis. And that’s in normal-sized men. Someone who has more muscle could require even more. Standard whey protein provides about 2 grams of leucine, 1 gram of valine and a little over 1 gram of isoleucine per 20 grams. But do you really want to trust minumum amounts of leucine to be adequate for you? No you don’t. That’s just one reason why we have added extra BCAAs to our protein powder. Plus, taking BCAAs gets them to your muscles even faster than the BCAAs from the whey. That’s because the leucine, isleucine, and valine in whey are bound up in long protein chains that need to be broken apart. Sure whey gets digested fast. But because the BCAAs are what are known as free-form amino acids (that means that they are not bound together with other aminos) they get to your muscles even faster. So having a dose of BCAAs helps to get the leucine to the muscles ASAP to kick start muscle protein synthesis and then when the aminos from the whey show up soon after, they are put to use for building the actual muscle protein that leads to bigger muscle mass.
Valine competes with tryptophan for entry into the brain. During intense exercise tryptophan is taken up by the brain and converted into serotonin. This makes you sluggish and fatigued. Having extra valine around (more than the 1 gram in a scoop of whey) prevents tryptophan from being taken up by the brain and prevents fatigue during the workout.
BCAAs have also been found to lower cortisol levels during exercise.
Research reveals that benefits associated with glutamine include: an increase in growth hormone levels, the prevention of muscle breakdown, an improved immune system, an increase in protein synthesis and improved intestinal health.
Not to confuse L-glutamine with gluten…. L-Glutamine supplementation can help preserve the mucosal structure of the gut (van Der Hulst et al., 1993. Glutamine and the preservation of gut integrity. The Lancet, 341, 1363-1365) and research has shown the benefits of L-glutamine for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, by helping to strengthen the intestinal wall.
We currently have this protein in four delicious flavours – Chocolate Deluxe, Strawberries and Cream, all new Vanilla Ice Cream, and, of course, unflavoured – which tastes like baked cream anyway.