Again and again the question arises, what is ultimately more sensible – are they EAA’s or the more famous BCAA’s?
EAA (essential amino acids) – essential amino acids
Essential amino acids take on important functions in the human body and are involved in various metabolic processes. The effective amino acids have long been interesting not only for athletes, but are finding more and more users who simply want to eat a balanced and healthy diet.
The essential amino acids include L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine, as well as L-histidine, L-lysine, L-methionine, L-phenylalanine, L-threonine and L-tryptophan. Essential or essential amino acids can be found in a large part of our food. For example, foods such as oat bran, hemp seeds, white beans, potatoes or sweet lupine are among the vegetable suppliers for EAA’s. These can be consumed by vegetarians as well as vegans to cover the need for EAA’s.
In animal foods, EAA’s are mostly found in beef, tuna or chicken. However, it should be mentioned here that not all of the foods listed contain all 8 essential amino acids – whether of plant or animal origin.
In the area of food supplements, EAA’s are mainly available in the form of capsules, tablets or powder.
BCAA (branched chain amino acids) – branched chain amino acids
Without a doubt, the BCAA’s are among the better known amino acids, especially among athletes. BCAA’s are composed of the 3 amino acids L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-isoleucine. The abbreviation BCAA stands for “branched chain amino acids” and means freely translated as “branched chain amino acids”. In contrast to many other amino acids, which are mainly metabolized in the liver in the human body, our body breaks down BCAA’s directly in the muscle.
BCAA’s in the area of nutritional supplements are mainly available in the form of capsules, tablets or powder. The ratio of the available amino acids to each other plays an important role. The most common ratio of BCAA’s is 2: 1: 1. This means that a sample amount of 4 grams of BCAA powder contains 2 grams of L-leucine, 1 gram of L-isoleucine, and 1 gram of L-valine.
BCAA’s can also be found in our daily diet. Effective suppliers (of animal origin) include foods such as chicken breast, beef steak, tuna and wild salmon. The vegetable suppliers for BCAA’s include various types of cereals, soy products or nuts. So you can use soy milk, corn, wheat or oats as an effective BCAA source if you follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
What can you ultimately use more of?
Even if BCAA’s enjoy the higher level of awareness and EAA’s slowly run out of rank, it cannot be said in general which variant is the better. If you focus on a strong protein supply, the choice falls more in the direction of EAA’s, since you get the entire package of amino acids (all 8 essential amino acids).
In addition, it must be said that BCAA’s belong to the group of essential amino acids, but are not contained in most EAA’s in the same amount and in relation to each other. For this reason, a combination of EAA’s and BCAA’s makes sense for many. In addition to the 8 essential amino acids, the sufficient amount of BCAA’s is obtained in the desired ratio.
EAA products at Pharmasports
One of the absolute highlights in the field of EAA’s is Pharmasports Green EAA. Pharmasports Green EAA not only convinces with a first-class amino acid composition, but also with a great taste. The preparation with water gives you a protein-rich cold drink in the “sour apple” flavor.
Pharmasports Green EAA contains all 8 essential amino acids. Since all the amino acids contained are of plant origin, this high-quality nutritional supplement can also be used by users who follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. 500 grams are contained in each can, which also corresponds to 35 daily portions of 14 grams.