Valine: The Muscular Insurance Policy
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are not naturally occurring in the body and must be obtained from exogenous sources, such as the Max Effort Muscle Post Workout. BCAAs are renowned for their ability to aid in muscular recovery, improve strength and performance. Valine specifically, is responsible for supplying the muscle with extra glucose during physical activity to prevent the breakdown of muscle for energy. As mentioned in previous articles, muscle should be “broken down” during training, but this is in reference to the fibers of the muscle. Muscle fibers MUST be broken in order to grow. Valine’s functions are with respect to the body being forced to rely on intramuscular proteins for energy. Once other energy stores are depleted the body will turn to protein for energy, which is converted to glucose in the liver through a process known as gluconeogenesis. This is problematic to anyone looking to make muscular gains. Once the fibers are broken down they must be rebuilt, bigger and stronger. Due to the fact the rebuilding is done by proteins it would be detrimental to be forced to use these proteins for gluconeogenesis rather than recovery.
Valine also aids in removing excess, potentially toxic nitrogen from the liver. The nitrogen can then be repurposed and utilized elsewhere in the body by being converted into new proteins. Valine not only helps save protein from being used in energy metabolism but it takes excess nitrogen that could otherwise be toxic and repurpose it to actually create more proteins! All in a days work for one of the four beneficial amino acids in the Max Effort Muscle Post Workout! With 2.5 grams of Valine per serving you can easily ensure you are getting enough valine to stave off muscle degradation and make greater gains in the gym!
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