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SD Pharmaceuticals BCAA 170g

About SD Pharmaceuticals BCAA

High Quality Branch Chain Amino Acids
SD Pharmaceuticals’ BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS BCAA delivers a scientifically-validated BCAA ratio of 45% Leucine, 30% Valine and 25% Isoleucine. The precise 45:30:25 ratio is exactly what many clinical studies have used to support muscle growth and performance! In addition, SD Pharmaceuticals’ BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS BCAA uses the clinically-tested absorption ingredient, AstraGin, to support optimal absorption of the BCAAs!

What are Branch-Chain Amino Acids
BCAAs are a group of essential amino acids that play a key role in protein synthesis (a.k.a. muscle growth) and energy production. BCAAs include L-leucine, L-Valine and L-Isoleucine. BCAAs make up 35 to 40% of essential amino acids in total body protein.

How Do BCAA's Work?
BCAAs are essential amino acids and cannot be made by the body. They must be ingested through food or supplementation. During exercise, BCAA metabolism in muscle tissue is increased. Therefore, after aerobic exercise (i.e., cardio) and anaerobic exercise (i.e., weight training) there is a significant decrease in plasma BCAA levels in muscle tissue. Supplementation with BCAAs prevents the exercise-induced decline in plasma BCAAs and increases BCAA concentration in muscle tissue. BCAA’s are the only amino acids that are not readily degraded in the liver. Therefore, an increase in supplemental BCAA’s can reliably increase their concentration in blood and muscle tissue! The end results: better performance, growth and recovery support!

BCAA's and Muscle Growth
Numerous scientific studies suggest the positive effects that BCAAs can have on protein synthesis (muscle growth).BCAAs stimulate protein synthesis through multiple pathways. One of the major mechanisms by which BCAAs stimulate protein synthesis is through leucine’s activity in the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway.* Several human studies suggest increased protein synthesis and decreased protein breakdown when BCAA's are supplemented before, during, and after exercise.

BCAA's and Performance
BCAAs can have a glycogen sparing effect and can help maintain muscle and liver glycogen stores during exercise.* By sparing glycogen, BCAAs can increase fuel supply to working muscle during exercise, resulting in greater performance!

Prevent Mental Fatigue
An additional mechanism for exercise performance support from BCAAs is inhibition of central nervous system (CNS) fatigue. Exercise causes an increase in serotonin levels, and this can cause CNS fatigue. Since BCAA's share the same transporter system with tryptophan (the serotonin precursor amino acid), BCAA supplementation causes competitive inhibition of tryptophan transport to the brain, which in turn reduces serotonin levels. Exercise increases the tryptophan/BCAA ratio in the bloodstream, and a BCAA supplement may prevent or reverse this. This means that BCAA's could increase exercise performance by decreasing build up of serotonin in the brain.* Multiple studies suggest that BCAA supplements successfully change the BCAA/tryptophan plasma ratio, especially during more prolonged exercise.


Directions SD Pharmaceuticals BCAA Recommended Use

As a dietary supplement, adults mix 1 serving (5.7 g) with 6 to 12 ounces of cold water. Consume before, during and/or after exercise on training days or anytime throughout the day on non-training days. Consume up to 3 servings daily.

Nutrition Information

SD Pharmaceuticals BCAA Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 Scoop (5.7g)
Servings per container: 30

  • Amount Per 1 Scoop

Instantized BCAAs (45:30:25 Ratio) Complex: 3.3g
L-Leucine [(S)-2-Amino-4-methylpentanoic acid]: 1500mg
L-Valine [(S)-2-Amino-3-methylbutanoic acid]: 1000mg
L-Isoleucine [(2S,3S)-2-Amino-3-methylpentanoic acid]: 834mg

AstraGin™ Patented Absorption Support Complex: 5mg
Tienchi Ginseng (Panax notoginseng) (Root)
Astragalus (Astragulus membranaceous) (Root)

Other Ingredients

Citric Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Color, Maltodextrin



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