If there is one burning topic among sports professionals, athletes and fitness fanatics, it is undoubtably EAAs Vs BCAAs – which is better? While dealing with athletes, I observed that there is a lot of confusion when it comes to amino acid supplements. There are many conflicting views and misinformation on the internet and social media. So, this blog will focus on what EAA and BCAA are, how they work in your body, and which one will a better bet for you?


What is BCAA and how does it help?

BCAAs are part of EAAs. Leucine, Isoleucine and valine are known as BCAAs. They help in muscle building and also delay fatigue. They help you in keeping up your dopamine levels so that you remain motivated and focused. They are readily used up by the body to produce energy. Especially leucine plays an important role muscle protein synthesis.



What are EAAs and how do they support you?

EAAs are a family of 9 amino acids that our body doesn’t synthesis and are obtained through food. BCAAs are part of EAAs. In birds’ eye view, it is not just BCAAs that can build muscle, but body needs other amino acids as well for muscle protein synthesis. In addition, it increases fat metabolism, boosts your immunity, formation of cells, hormones, antioxidants and neurotransmitters that have a positive effect on mental health, reduces inflammation and assists detoxification process in the body too.

Concluding words……

Amino acids are building blocks of protein, and each amino acid has its unique role. All essential amino acids are vital to the body and its functions. Focusing on EAAs will be a better option than BCAAs. A person who is meeting protein requirement through good quality sources will meet EAAs targets. Intake of sufficient EAAs will lead to optimal intake of BCAAs automatically. Sometimes having enough EAAs might not give you expected or desired results.

The mystery could lie within your DNA and genes. Through having an understanding of your genetic makeup, you can get an idea about how your body is metabolizing each amino acid. Having knowledge of your DNA, good nutrition and protein intake altered to your requirement are the weapons you need to unlock your true potential and reach your desired goal.

Nupur Sharma

Nupur Sharma is a Sports Nutritionist. She has a scientific approach towards nutrition. She passionately unfolds latent aspects linking nutritional science and sports performance so that athletes and fitness enthusiasts can achieve their highest potential. She holds a Master’s degree in Sports Nutrition and Bachelor’s degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.


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