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BCAA or Whey: same protein effects?

The Complementary Nature of Proteins

- BCAA: speed & efficiency

It’s during effort that our body manifests its immediate need for proteins. Their easy-to-assimilate, hashed version – amino acids – is the most efficient way to quickly regenerate muscle. It’s a bit like a puzzle, whose pieces would be separated from one another and ready to be assembled, rather than having an entire game to undo and build from scratch.

Easy to digest, BCAA allow for a quick absorption of amino acids, in order to build and repair muscle fibres.

- Whey: endurance & progress

The best time to take whey is with breakfast or after a workout, when the body is in a calmer phase.

Whether isolate or concentrated, lactoserum proteins help repair and grow muscle. (Read our article on the difference between concentrated whey and whey isolate).

Both products are thus complementary, and give your body the support it needs, not only to increase performance, but also to stay healthy, with powerful muscles.

Fighting Catabolism

When looking to increase muscle mass, protein intake before and after the effort is vital. Muscles can start shrinking when we push our body’s limits. To draw as much energy as needed, the body can turn to muscle cells: that’s called catabolism. Supplying the body with all the nutrients it needs allows us to halt this process and grow muscle.

Catabolism isn’t just the enemy of athletes who want to increase their muscle mass. Those who want to lose weight must also ensure their cells are healthy. With appropriate exercises and a healthy diet, fat must disappear, not muscle. This is why protein intake is also relevant here.

In short, amino acids in the form of a BCAA preparation are an excellent asset during workout, and protein powders are a must-have supplement after the workout.


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