Skip to main content

When to take BCAA


Answer to when

Branched-chain amino acids refer to three of the essential amino acids that our body can’t naturally produce. Instead, we get BCAAs from food, such as meat and additional BCAA supplements.

If you are working out and following a strict diet, your body will begin to crave energy and try to find an alternative source, usually by breaking down muscle protein; something that every gym goer would want to avoid. By keeping protein synthesis levels high and breakdown levels low, this will help you maintain muscle mass, which may lead to building new muscle tissue.

BCAA: when to take

BCAA supplements come in two forms – tablets and BCAA powder.They can be taken up to 3 times a day depending on the serving size and concentration (so always follow the manufacturer’s instructions). The powder can be mixed with water, a cordial or sports drink for use during a workout. Tablets are usually swallowed whole with water. BCAAs can also be taken before or post-workout provided that the recommended daily dose is not exceeded.

BCAA before bed

Taking BCAAs before bed can provide your body with essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein. This is the case for BCAA-only supplements. If your supplement contains other ingredients such as caffeine, then taking it before bed can be problematic.

Caffeine is great pre-workout supplement, but should be avoided before bed. When training, rest is vital to help your muscles repair.