Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's)

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Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's)

Nutrients Direct’s Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are a combination of three branched chain amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, formulated in the 2:1:1 ratio which is regarded as the most optimal BCAA ratio. Unlike other amino acids, BCAAs are metabolised directly into the muscle, helping to assist with muscle growth and repair to prevent catabolism.

Data based on vanilla flavour ND Contour ND Hydroxyshred GARCINIA CAMBOGIA ACETYL L CARNITINE WHEATGRASS POWDER
Protein per serve (g) 18 25.9 0 0 0
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Ingredients Whey & Casein Whey & Casein 100% garcinia cambogia 100% Acetyl Carnitine 100% Wheat grass
Carbs per serve (g) 2.1 3.1 0 0 0.5
Fat total per serve (g) 0.4 1.0 0 0 0.2
Sugars per serve (g) 1.7 2.6 0 0 0.2
Serving Size (g) 25 40   1 30
Serves per kilo 40 25 83 250 33
Additional Premium Ingredients Fat burners, fibre, colostrum Thermogenic whey protein blend to help build lean muscle and burn fat Hydroxy Citric Acid (HCA) is an ingredient found in the fruit rind of Garcinia cambogia 100% pharmaceutical grade Acetyl Carnitine 100% Wheat grass
Notes Female blend to build muscle and burn fat Fat burners, vitamins & minerals, colostrum Assists with appetite suppression and weight loss Releases stored body fats into the bloodstream Contains Chlorophy to help remove toxins
Flavours Chocolate, Vanilla, Coffee, Strawberry Choc, Vanilla Natural Natural  

Explore the Benefits of Amino Acid Supplements with ND Branched Chain Amino Acids!

Many athletes will add amino acid supplements to their diet because of the many benefits they can deliver. If you are not familiar with the benefits of amino acid supplements, we can recommend looking at the benefits of ND Branched Chain Amino Acids. Read on to uncover what these amino acid supplements can offer you!

What Are ND Branched Chain Amino Acids?

ND Branched Chain Amino Acids from our amino acid supplements range is a combination of three amino acids called leucine, isoleucine and valine. These Branched Chain Amino Acids are metabolised right into the muscle, which is why they have a direct effect on muscle growth, muscle repair, muscle maintenance and the prevention of catabolism.

Why Is Catabolism Bad for the Human Body?

Catabolism is a specific process that can be started in the human body. During this process, the body can start to break down muscle in order to obtain energy. Catabolism usually occurs in athletes who lack certain nutrients due to a calorie-controlled diet or intensive exercise not accompanied by a supplement that can replenish some of the vitamins and minerals that were lost during training.

Unfortunately, the fitter you are getting, the more likely it is for your body to turn to catabolism to obtain energy, simply because there are less fat deposits for the body to convert into energy. While this is not really great news for those who want to obtain a fitter physique, there are ways around it if you understand how the balance of anabolism (environment ideal for muscle building) and catabolism works.

The only way to maintain your muscle mass is to ensure that catabolism and anabolism are balanced. However, you can still gain muscle if you ensure the rate of anabolism exceeds the rate of catabolism, for example by supplementing your body with the right nutrients before and after your training.

How Do Branched Chain Amino Acids Provide Protection Against Muscle Breakdown?

One of the key benefits of branched chain amino acids is promoting protein synthesis, in other words the process where muscle is built, repaired and maintained. They can also provide more benefits than supplements with simple proteins, because branched chain amino acids can also increase the capacity cells have available for protein synthesis.

To summarise, the use of supplements containing branched chain amino acids will reduce the rate of catabolism, subsequently reducing the amount of muscle being broken down. To achieve this goal, branched chain amino acids will decrease the activity of certain substances and complexes needed to execute protein breakdown.

Can Branched Chain Amino Acids Have a Positive Effect on Sports Performance?

Branched Chain Amino Acids do not only contribute to more muscle gains and better muscle repair, since they can also have a positive impact on your training sessions as well. During your workout, branched chain amino acids will try to gain access to the brain. At the same time, another amino acid called tryptophan will attempt to do the same. While tryptophan can be a useful amino acid for many athletes, during your training routine it can cause fatigue by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. However, when you are taking branched chain amino acids, less tryptophan is going to reach the brain; this means that athletes tend to get less fatigued during intensive workouts thanks to branched chain amino acids.

Should I Take Branched Chain Amino Acids or Whey Protein Supplements?

There has been a considerable amount of debate between athletes preferring branched chain amino acids and athletes taking whey protein supplements. In order to understand which one is best for your training, let us break down the benefits once again to determine the best approach for your training.

When you need more branched chain amino acids in your diet, you could technically obtain them from a whey protein supplement. However, with this you must take into account that the branched chain amino acids inside whey protein supplements are bound to other amino acids, which means they need to be digested and then absorbed into the bloodstream before they can actually benefit you. Even though whey protein supplements are some of the quickest protein supplements to digest on the market today, athletes will not be able to benefit from their branched chain amino acids several hours after using their whey supplement. Therefore, if you solely need more branched chain amino acids during your workout, whey protein supplements might not be the best choice in this case.

To get a fast supply of branched chain amino acids, it is usually better to choose a pure supplement only containing branched chain amino acids. Supplements only containing branched chain amino acids tend not to need any additional digestion and are absorbed by the bloodstream rather quickly, subsequently enabling athletes to take advantage of their benefits quite quickly.

Supplements only containing branched chain amino acids come with some additional benefits as well, because pure branched chain amino acids do not have to go through the liver before they can enter your bloodstream. For that reason, they can become an excellent source of energy for many athletes struggling to finish their rigorous workouts.


Branched chain amino acids can be one of the most effective supplements to take during your training sessions, especially if you often feel fatigued during workouts and cannot seem to ramp up the intensity of your training. However, the effectiveness of branched chain amino acids does not mean you should drop your whey protein supplements altogether though, because whey protein has proven very effective for muscle building according to numerous studies executed over the years.

If you are looking to increase the intensity during your workouts, or simply trying to get greater muscle gains, do not hesitate to take a look at the Nutrients Direct stacks, which can be selected based upon your fitness goal. Obtaining your goals does not have to be an impossible dream, check out your options at Nutrients Direct today!

When you have little experience with the use of supplements, or branched chain amino acids specifically, it could be a good idea to research the subject before you decide to use a branched chain amino acid supplement. Even though the supplement can be incredibly beneficial for your training sessions, it does help if the athlete knows how his or her supplement works. Once you are familiar with it and its inner workings, you will know when to take it and when it can benefit you. Alternatively, you could ask a local trainer for advice, or another licensed professional in the fitness industry who is already familiar with the use of branched chain amino acids as a supplement.

Since branched chain amino acids is considered as basic supplements, it is no surprise that many beginners use this supplement in their training. However, before you start on a new training program, diet or the use of supplements after a period of inactivity, it is always advised to visit your doctor for a thorough check-up. Even if you believe you are healthy and you can handle the rigorous workouts you have set for yourself, a check-up is advised to detect any underlying issues that could become hazardous during your workouts. It also provides you with more peace of mind once you start your heavy training routine.




Serving size: 5g
Servings per package: 250g - 50, 1kg – 200, 2kg – 400


Average Quantity Per Serving

Average Quantity Per 100g
Energy 0 kJ 0 kJ
(0 Cal) (0 Cal)
Protein (dry basis) 0.0 g 0.0 g
Fat, total 0.0 g 0.0 g
- Saturated 0.0 g 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 0.0 g 0.0 g
- Sugars 0.0 g 0.0 g
Sodium 0 mg 0 mg
Potassium 0 mg 0 mg
Isoleucine 1250 mg 25000 mg
Leucine 2500 mg 50000 mg
Valine 1250 mg 25000 mg

Ingredients: 100% Branched Chain Amino Acids (L Leucine, L Valine, L Isoleucine).

May contain traces of milk, soybeans, cereals containing gluten, tree nuts, sesame seeds and their products.


Average Quantity Per Serving

Average Quantity Per 100g
Energy 2 kJ 39 kJ
(0 Cal) (9 Cal)
Protein (dry basis) 0.0 g 0.0 g
Fat, total 0.0 g 0.0 g
- Saturated 0.0 g 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 0.1 g 2.3 g
- Sugars 0.0 g 0.1 g
Sodium 0 mg 2 mg
Potassium 0 mg 0 mg
Isoleucine 1126 mg 22525 mg
Leucine 2253 mg 45050 mg
Valine 1126 mg 22525 mg

Ingredients: Branched Chain Amino Acids (L Leucine, L Valine, L Isoleucine), acidity regulator (citric acid), flavours, colours (beta carotene, red beet juice), sweetener (sucralose).

May contain traces of milk, soybeans, cereals containing gluten, tree nuts, sesame seeds and their products.


Average Quantity Per Serving

Average Quantity Per 100g
Energy 2 kJ 47 kJ
(1 Cal) (11 Cal)
Protein (dry basis) 0.0 g 0.0 g
Fat, total 0.0 g 0.0 g
- Saturated 0.0 g 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 0.1 g 2.8 g
- Sugars 0.0 g 0.2 g
Sodium 0 mg 1 mg
Potassium 0 mg 3 mg
Isoleucine 1143 mg 22850 mg
Leucine 2285 mg 45700 mg
Valine 1143 mg 22850 mg

Ingredients: Branched Chain Amino Acids (L Leucine, L Valine, L Isoleucine), acidity regulator (citric acid), flavour, colour (120), sweetener (sucralose).

May contain traces of milk, soybeans, cereals containing gluten, tree nuts, sesame seeds and their products.

Formulated Supplementary Sports Food.
This product is not a sole source of nutrition and should be consumed in conjunction with a nutritious diet and an appropriate physical training or exercise program.

Not suitable for children under 15 years of age or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision.

Made in Australia from local and imported ingredients.



As a dietary supplement consume 10g (2 heaped teaspoons) with your preferred amount of water or fruit juice twice daily.

Serving suggestion:

BCAAs should be taken before, during or straight after training.



Ingredients: 100% pharmaceutical grade BCAAs.


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