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Whey vs. BCAA- Which is better?

Protein is an essential building block needed for several body functions. Proteins, when digested, breakdown into the simpler units of amino acids for absorption. There are a total of 20 amino acids that the body utilizes out of which, 9 are essential. That means, these are some of the amino acids that the body needs to be supplemented with externally through diet as it cannot produce them on its own.

Protein supplements are something that also contain these amino acids and since these amino acids play a role in muscle building, they are usually suggested particularly for people who go gymming.

But if Whey does the work, then why do people still go for BCAAs?

The difference between whey protein and BCAAs:

BCAAs or branched chain amino acids is a group of three essential amino acids, Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine that the body cannot make on its own, and are often available as supplements. These BCAAs promote muscle repair, fat oxidation and muscle strengthening and growth. It is different a protein supplement and not a direct source of protein but more as fuel to the muscles.

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Whereas Whey protein, is required by the body to help meet the daily protein demand and being a complete protein, it becomes a good source of the wanted 9 essential amino acids. Although, it does contain the BCAAs, it does not purely supplement BCAAs and has fewer amounts of the particular BCAAs on its own, however is a great protein option.

Benefits of Whey:

 

  • Helps in weight loss
  • Increases satiety
  • Promotes the growth and preservation of body’s muscle mass
  • Great for hair and skin health
  • Increases stamina

 

Benefits of BCAAs:

  • Serves as the direct fuel for exercising muscles
  • Prevents muscle degradation and maintains positive nitrogen balance
  • Improves the oxygen and nutrition supply to the exercising muscles.
  • Promotes fat burning.

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Takeaway note:

Both, Whey protein as well as BCAAs have amino acids that perform important functions, it is ideal to consume a protein powder that has it all the amino acids and BCAAs in the necessary amount. The dosage for protein remains 0.8-1.0 gm./ kg body weight/ day (as for sedentary but is subject to increase with variation in activity levels). Whereas, the dosage for BCAAs together can be anywhere between 5.5-6 gm./ day.

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