BCAA's 300g

Branched Chain Amino Acids are Essential Fuel For the Athlete
$27.00 (NZD)

BCAAs NZ

NZ Protein's Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) is a 2:1:1 blend of the amino acids L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine respectively.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and these three branched chain amino acids make up about 1/3 of amino acids present in our body. The body cannot produce them so they must be obtained from dietary consumption.

While other amino acids are metabolised in the liver, branched chain amino acids are metabolised in muscle.

BCAAs can be depleted from muscle under intense training or dieting, and a deficiency in any one of them may cause muscle loss (catabolism). Exercise can increase BCAA requirements.

three branched chain amino acid chains

Branched Chain Amino Acid Benefits

Essential Fuel For the Athlete

Because branched chain amino acids are metabolised in skeletal muscle they may provide fuel (energy) for muscle during exercise.

BCAA supplementation may also fight fatigue during exercise too - BCAAs compete with tryptophan in the brain. Tryptophan is converted to serotonin in the brain, a chemical that can increase fatigue. During exercise BCAA levels reduce, which allows more tryptophan to enter into the brain.

This study from the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness in 2011 found that BCAA supplementation provided energy and reduced fatigue by 17% compared to a placebo group.

Therefore, supplementation with BCAAs during prolonged exercise may help to provide more energy for muscle and fight fatigue.

Reduce Muscle Waste

Muscle proteins are constantly broken down and re-synthesised. The amount of protein in muscle is the net balance between the rate of breakdown vs re-synthesis. This is called the Net Muscle Protein Balance (NBAL). Muscle mass = protein synthesis - protein breakdown. Wasting of muscle occurs when muscle protein breakdown is higher than the re-synthesis.

This is especially the case when dieting as decreased energy intake can cause the body to use muscle to provide energy (catabolic).

Supplementing with branched chain acids during these times may help to slow or even prevent muscle waste by increasing protein synthesis and reducing breakdown.

Reduce Muscle Soreness

Some studies have found that BCAAs taken just prior, during, and/or immediately after exercise may reduce exercise induced muscle damage - also known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

This is because branched chain amino acids can reduce the impact of the enzymes creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase after prolonged exercise. These enzymes are associated with muscle damage.

Therefore supplementing with BCAAs just prior, during, and/or immediately after prolonged exercise may assist with reducing damage in muscles and soreness. Results tend to vary with diet, gender, and level of physical activity.

Muscle Building

BCAAS have anabolic (growth promoting) effects in muscle as they stimulate muscle protein synthesis, and help again protein breakdown. This is especially for leucine, which is primarily involved in muscle protein synthesis for muscle growth and recovery. Studies have shown leucine to be the most anabolic (growth promoting) amino acid for muscle growth and recovery.

loose BCAA powder

When Should I take BCAA?

Protein powders already contain naturally occurring branched chain amino acids. Whey protein in particular has high BCAA content, so when can taking a BCAA supplement help (if at all)?

BCAA supplements are free form amino acid powders - in other words, they get absorbed by the body without having to be digested first. Protein powder, on the other hand, must be digested first for the amino acids to be absorbed. They should not replace protein powder, as protein powders generally contain all of the essential and non-essential amino acids needed for growth and development. Rather, because BCAA supplements are much faster acting, they may help to maximise recovery and protein sythesis after prolonged exercise. 

If your protein intake is not high enough, or if on a calorie restricted diet especially, then supplementation with BCAA may assist against muscle protein breakdown.

Branched Chain Amino Acid Foods

Food sources of each BCAA includes:

  • Leucine - red meat, chicken, pork (pork has the ideal ratio of BCAAs), nuts and seeds, soy.
  • Isoleucine - meats, eggs, fish, cheese, nuts and seeds, seaweed.
  • Valine - soy, cheese, fish, meats, vegetables.

BCAA Side Effects

BCAAs are generally well tolerated without side effects for most people. Those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or maple syrup urine disease should not take BCAAs.

BCAA toxicity is nearly impossible and total dosages of 15-35 grams per day (including foods) seem generally safe.

For its potential anti-catabolic benefits during intense training or when dieting, take one serving immediately before, during, or after exercise and possibly one other serving while fasting (ie before bed or in the morning on an empty stomach).

BCAA Ice-Blocks

With warmer weather fast approaching why not get a bit creative with your supps. BCAA ice blocks. Simple, delicious and good for the gains.

BCAA into ice blocks

Verdict

Branched chain amino acids are beneficial for muscle gains and reducing muscle breakdown and soreness after intense exercise.

BCAAs are found naturally occuring in protein foods and there are conflicting studies on their benefits but exercise can increase BCAA requirements. BCAAs can be depleted from muscle under intense training or dieting, and a deficiency in any one of them may cause muscle loss (catabolism).

BCAA supplements are free form amino acids meaning they don't need to be digested and are absorbed very rapidly - and much faster than with protein powders, so may be beneficial to have immediately before, during, or immediately after prolonged exercise for maximum gains.

This product is vegan - all amino acids are derived from plant sources.

Rated 4.77/5 Based on 30 customer reviews.

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Love the feijoa, it actually tastes like feijoa and mixes really well. I also got the unflavoured and mix it in my post workout smoothie, again it mixes well and wouldn't even know it's in there.
Review by: Georgina on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 9:55 PM
Got myself the feijoa flavour and it tastes amazing!! Literally tastes like the fruit! Mixes extremely well and doesn't have an obnoxious colour like some of the other BCAA's I've tried in the past. Very highly recommend!
Review by: Hannah on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 6:25 PM
Half the price and twice the taste of the imported big brands. Another A+++
Review by: Dave on Sun, Sep 2, 2018 6:42 PM
Bought the Citrus flavour and loved it. Great product, cheap and effective.
Review by: Sara on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 3:25 PM
A curious taste, not too dissimilar to the after taste left in my mouth when our dog farts within the confines of our car. Definitely one to avoid.
Review by: Anonymous on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 2:44 PM
The feijoa bcaa actually tastes like feijoa. Delicious. Wouldn't use more than 300mL of water though or else the flavour would become too subtle and diluted.
Review by: Roy on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 10:16 AM
Best BCAAs ive tried not sickly sweet like most, nice and fresh (citrus flavour)
Review by: Rosie on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 4:02 PM
I'm sure it's a great product, and delivery was fantastically quick but I was rather disappointed that there was no scoop, meaning I have to find an old one that measures up to the right serving.
Review by: Paul on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 8:27 PM
Bought both the citrus blast and tangy orange bcaa's, they both mix really well and taste amazing! The citrus blast is a bit sweeter than tangy orange but still both are awesome products. Keep the new flavours coming nz protein I can't wait to try them all :)
Review by: Tessa on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 1:55 PM
Fantastic product! Mixes really easy into water, don't even need a shaker, just dump into your workout drink bottle. Definitely wake up less sore after workouts so must be doing it's job!
Review by: William on Thu, May 11, 2017 8:03 PM
Love this product. Fantastic price and the texture is great, can't even tell I've added it into my shakes. Keep it up NZprotein!
Review by: Ashley on Wed, May 10, 2017 1:46 PM
Bought unflavoured and it mixes really well with post workout shakes, can't taste it's even there. Would buy again
Review by: Daniel H on Sun, May 7, 2017 5:09 PM
Great product. Good price and good taste. I have Citrus. Love it, as it's not sickly sweet.
Review by: Anonymous on Sun, May 7, 2017 12:58 PM
Great taste especially lime, will be buying more.
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, May 2, 2017 2:15 PM
Great bang for buck, less than half the price of other bcca's. Tastes great also!
Review by: Neil Dowding on Mon, May 1, 2017 3:47 PM
Best bcaa's I've had! Blends easily just by shaking, love how the flavoured ones are clear too so it just looks like water! Definitely recommend this product!
Review by: Anonymous on Mon, May 1, 2017 3:27 PM
Amazing product!!! Mixes extremely well and is delicious! Definitely recommend trying this!
Review by: Katy on Mon, May 1, 2017 3:01 PM
I have used many BCAAs before and this is by far the best! Easy mix and tastes great! And super fast shipping
Review by: Amy-lee on Mon, May 1, 2017 11:43 AM
Great product. Mixes well tastes great. Awesome service
Review by: Heather on Mon, May 1, 2017 9:10 AM
Great taste, mix perfectly. Product is the same as all the over priced one. Definitely a winner!
Review by: Anonymous on Sat, Dec 17, 2016 7:43 AM
5 stars because the product tastes and mixes fantastic, and the service is A+. Dave and the team were very helpful and the order was dispatched straight away.
Review by: Marty on Sat, Sep 10, 2016 3:14 PM
These are really good!!! (Joe)
Review by: Anonymous on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 3:36 PM
Flavour's nice and there's no colour so I don't feel like a douchebag in my water bottle (Nicholas W)
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 1:33 PM
The lime bcaa are superb. Thanks guys. (Vaneet)
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 12:37 PM
Very nice flavour, not sour at all. 5/5 because i paid and it arrived within in 2 hours, i may have just been lucky but 2 HOURS.
Review by: ASG on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 5:58 PM
Awesome product used twice a day and noticed huge gains, value for money awesome
Review by: Anonymous on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 10:34 AM
Good value. Worth noting this is unflavored (doesn't seem to say in the product listing) - so you definitely need to mix it with something to make it palatable.
Review by: Anonymous on Sun, May 8, 2016 8:59 AM
Cheap, effective and worth your money. Very easy to contact and fast delivery, if you're looking to invest in a BCAA, look no further.
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 10:01 PM
Fantastic product , great value , taste and mixes well. Service is always fast, the product is great and the prices are unbeatable!
Review by: Mac on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 8:53 PM
Good value, recommended
Review by: steffan on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 6:16 PM

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Tangy Orange

Serving size: 5.75g (one scoop)
Servings per pack: 52

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
Energy 10kJ 180kJ
Calories 2 20
Protein 0g 0g
Total Fat <0.1g 0.4g
       - Saturated <0.1g 0.1g
Carbohydrate 0.5g 9g
       - Sugars <0.1g 0.9g
Sodium 5mg 20mg
L-Leucine 2.35g 40.9g
L-Isoleucine 1.18g 20.5g
L-Valine 1.18g 20.5g

Ingredients: Amino Acid Blend (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, Soy Lecithin E322), Natural Flavour, Citric Acid, Natural Colour (B-Carotene, Beetroot Powder), Sweetener (Sucralose).
Allergen warning: Contains soy lecithin.

Unflavoured

Serving size: 5g (one scoop)
Servings per pack: 60

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
L-Leucine 2.5g 50g
L-Isoleucine 1.25g 25g
L-Valine 1.25g 25g

Ingredients: Amino Acid Blend (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, Soy Lecithin E322).
Allergen warning: Contains soy lecithin.

Citrus Blast

Serving size: 5.75g (one scoop)
Servings per pack: 52

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
Energy <10kJ 124kJ
Calories 2 30
Protein 0g 0g
Total Fat <0.1g 0.5g
       - Saturated <0.1g 0.1g
Carbohydrate 0.3g 5.8g
       - Sugars <0.1g 0.4g
Sodium <5mg <10mg
L-Leucine 2.5g 43.5g
L-Isoleucine 1.25g 21.75g
L-Valine 1.25g 21.75g

Ingredients: Amino Acid Blend (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, Soy Lecithin E322), Natural Flavour, Citric Acid, Sweetener (Sucralose).
Allergen warning: Contains soy lecithin.

Feijoa

Serving size: 5.75g (one scoop)
Servings per pack: 52

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
Energy 10kJ 180kJ
Calories 2 30
Protein 0g 0g
Total Fat <0.1g 0.4g
       - Saturated <0.1g 0.1g
Carbohydrate 0.5g 8g
       - Sugars <0.1g 0.8g
Sodium <5mg <10mg
L-Leucine 2.5g 43.5g
L-Isoleucine 1.25g 21.75g
L-Valine 1.25g 21.75g

Ingredients: Amino Acid Blend (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, Soy Lecithin E322), Natural Flavour, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Sweetener (Sucralose).
Allergen warning: Contains soy lecithin.

Watermelon (coming soon)

Serving size: 5.75g (one scoop)
Servings per pack: 52

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
Energy 10kJ 180kJ
Calories 2 30
Protein 0g 0g
Fat - total <0.1g 0.4g
       - Saturated <0.1g 0.1g
Carbohydrate 0.5g 8g
       - Sugars <0.1g 0.8g
Sodium <5mg <10mg
L-Leucine 2.5g 43.5g
L-Isoleucine 1.25g 21.75g
L-Valine 1.25g 21.75g

Ingredients: Amino Acid Blend (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, Soy Lecithin E322), Natural Flavour, Malic Acid, Sweetener (Sucralose).
Allergen warning: Contains soy lecithin.

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