Of the three BCAA's, Leucine plays a special role in skeletal muscle metabolism, in particular by exerting an anti-catabolic and anabolic effect on protein metabolism(3, 5-7, 9). Leucine metabolites that have been sold as sports (HMB) or animal feed supplements (keto-isocaproate) also exert anabolic effects in humans and growing animals(2, 11). In fact, Leucine incorporation into skeletal muscle has long been used as a marker of muscle protein synthesis(10) and oxidation(1). Because leucine so powerfully stimulates muscle protein synthesis, some researchers have suggested Leucine supplementation to combat age-associated loss of skeletal muscle mass (sarcopenia)(3).
The "branched chain" amino acids (BCAA's), Leucine, isoleucine and valine are so called because the side chains of these amino acids (the part of the molecule that differentiates the amino acids) are made up of non-linear (branching) carbon chains. The BCAA's are essential amino acids, meaning that they must be consumed in the diet (rather than manufactured in the body) and constitute a more than one third of the amino acid composition of skeletal muscle(8). During high intensity exercise, the BCAA's are oxidized for use as fuel and to maintain oxidative metabolite concentration(4). Supplementing with BCAA's reduces exercise-induced muscle proteolysis (breakdown)(14) and also stimulates muscle protein synthesis(13). Daily BCAA supplementation may also reduce muscle damage, promote strength recovery and even enhance blood oxygen carrying capacity(12).
True Nutrition also offers a soy-free version of the material in our standard L-Leucine Powder.
As a dietary supplement, take 5-10g before extensive exercise. Take an additional 5-10g following workout.
If you are currently pregnant or nursing, consult a physician prior to use. Keep out of the reach of children.
This product is free from all forms of shell fish, tree nuts, yeast, gluten, salt, preservatives, artificial ingredients, lactose, and soy. This product is manufactured in a facility that handles soy, gluten, and milk products.
Use the table below to approximate the gram equivalent weight for a given level measuring spoon (US Standard). Please note that accurate dosing should only be done with a recommended calibrated scale.
|Measuring Spoon (level)
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