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  1. BCAA may be among the most discussed and the most commonly used supplements in the sports and fitness world. Well, if you ask them the only reason they would give is that it enhances recovery, though that's the word they use with anything supplemental. If you ask the supplement companies about the same, they may use certain other common statements like reduces fatigue, reduces muscle damage, increases muscle growth, reduces DOMS, etc. But the reality is something different and won't be easily digested by the BCAA lovers. 3 Amino Acids When we talk about BCAA, we primarily refer to 3 amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine & Valine. They are called as branched chain, as they are the only ones whose chemical structure has a branched side chain, of the total nine essential amino acids. What separates BCAAs from other amino acids is the fact that, when consumed in the free form, they bypass the liver and gut tissue and go directly into the blood stream. © Pixabay Having Whey Regularly? No Need To Take BCAA Over the last decade or so, BCAA supplementation has shown to be quite ineffective for normal healthy individuals who are consuming adequate protein through other sources, be it whole foods or supplements like whey protein. Even the athletes have shown no positive effects from BCAA supplementation, especially when they are consuming adequate dietary protein. On the other hand, most of the earlier studies which have shown the benefits of BCAA supplementation is primarily done on subjects whose protein intake was quite inadequate or the subjects were in fasted state, due to which later those studies have been considered quite ineffective for reference. Most of the studies which prove that BCAA supplements work are primarily done to sell the supplements. Latest Study A 2016 study in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, by lead nutrition researchers like Alan Aragon, Brad Schoenfeld & B. Dieter, found that, there is a paucity of evidence supporting a beneficial effect for BCAA supplementation in promoting increases in muscle protein synthesis or lean mass. In the study they evaluated the effect of BCAA supplementation during a period of calorie restriction, and found that even this claim is not supported by any substantial evidence. © Pixabay THE STUDIES Below are the studies that prove how and why BCAA would be a complete waste of money as a supplement: 1. In another 2012 study in the journal Nutrition and Health, researcher M. Spillane & team, determined the effects of 8 weeks of heavy resistance training combined with branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation on body composition and muscle performance. For the study, resistance training was performed by 19 non-resistance-trained males (three sets of 8-10 repetitions) four times/week, for 8 weeks, while also ingesting 9 g/day of BCAA or 9 g/day of placebo on the exercise days only (one-half of total dose 30 min before and after exercise). However, despite of supplementation with 9 g/day of BCAA 30 min before and after exercise, there was no preferential effects seen on body composition and muscle performance. 2. The panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), evaluated the health claims of amino acids in their 2010 report in the EFSA Journal. a. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and growth or maintenance of muscle mass over and above the well-established role of protein on the claimed effect. b. The consumption of BCAA and attenuation of the decline in muscle power following exercise at high altitude. c. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and faster recovery from muscle fatigue after exercise. d. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and improvement of cognitive function after exercise. e. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and a reduction in perceived exertion during exercise. f. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and a beneficial physiological effect related to a “healthy immune system”. Akshay Chopra, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy & the Air Force Academy, and a former IAF pilot. He is one of the most qualified health, fitness & nutrition consultants in the country, and an author of multiple books & ebooks. He is among the few in the country to have a background of competitive athletics, military training and bodybuilding. He is the co-founder of the Body Mechanics chain of gyms, and India's first research based channel We R Stupid. You can check out his Youtube here.
  2. It came as a shocker for the whole world when it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus. The deal wasn't an ordinary one either, the club spent a whopping over EUR 100 million to bring Ronaldo onboard. © Reuters When you are counted among the best footballers the world has ever seen, the bar of expectations automatically skyrockets with every match you play. For Ronaldo, however, it has pretty much been a dud performance after joining Juventus, since he hasn't scored a single goal for the club. If things weren't tough for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner already, now his son has outshined him with his brilliant performance in his debut match for the Juventus U-9 team. © Instagram Cristianinho is only 8, but his massive kicks and skills are way better than half the footballers around the world. In his first match for the club, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. wearing the iconic jersey number 7, scored 4 goals and helped his side beat Lucento by 5-1. Take a look at this Cristiano Ronaldo Jr goal today: pic.twitter.com/Ulgm6hrnK3 — Cristiano Ronaldo ð³ï¸ð´ (@CRonaldoNews) September 1, 2018 Looks like Ronaldo's son can probably give him some tips on how to score for Juventus. Although, we're confident that this dry streak won't stay for a long time and Ronaldo will come back with a bang soon. Source: Times Now
  3. Kerala is currently battling one of the worst floods in the 100 years of state's history. Be it through social media, donations or by setting up relief camps, people from all parts of the country are taking every possible measure to ensure that help reaches the flood victims. As the situation in Kerala worsens and we pray for people's safety, we can't possibly imagine how devastating and painful it is for the people stuck there and for those who are frantically searching for their relatives. © Reuters Similarly, we can't imagine how difficult it must have been for the 24-year-old swimmer Sajan Prakash, when he was representing India at the Asian Games in Jakarta while some of his relatives went missing in the floods. In fact, he even spent a sleepless night on the eve of the qualifier because he was worried about his family and nervous as well. Sajan, however, gave his all when he took the plunge into the pool and made a national record by making it to the swimming final of the 200m butterfly. Sajan, who hails from Idukki, became the first Indian swimmer to reach the swimming finals after 32 years. The last time an Indian reached the final at the Asian Games was Khazan Singh, who won a silver in 1986. Sajan clocked 1 minute 57.75 seconds. © BCCL He told the Times Of India, "I still don't know where and how they are. All I know is that they are being taken to some safe place. I pray for their safety." Sajan's mother was trying to hide this news from him so that he doesn't get distracted before his performance, "My mother who is in Tamil Nadu, thought it best that I not be disturbed by the news. So I was told of it only after my grandmother and uncle had been shifted. I still haven't been able to speak to them, though." © Twitter Sajan's mother Shantymol was trying to keep this news from him but someone at the Games Village told him about the situation and he called her on Saturday to ask about the situation. Shantymol even feels that had Sajan not known about the flood situation he would've done better and might have won a medal for the nation.
  4. Pakistan finished last in the recently concluded Champions Trophy in the Netherlands. Photo: FileKARACHI: Pakistan hockey coach Roelant Oltmans has slammed the team's performance in the recently concluded Champions Trophy in the...
  5. Apple announced a fresh new update the company is bringing to its lineup of MacBook Pro computers and the biggest noticeable change will have Intel's latest eight-generation processors. The two laptops will ship in two sizes i.e. 15-inch and 13-inch and Apple expects to see up to 70 per cent performance boost on the 15-inch model whereas up to 2x performance boost on the 13-inch model. These upgrades are only applicable to laptops with the Touch Bar. Other upgrades include additional memory and storage, the ability to code faster, quieter keyboards and brighter screens. © Apple “The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a statement. The new MacBook Pros also have new displays with True Tone technology which was first seen in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. The display will shift colours automatically according to your environment. Apple has also included a custom chip i.e. the T2 which will provide better security and also the ability to call up Siri by voice. © Reuters MacBook sales have remained steady in the past years where the Cupertino giant sold 19.3 million laptops in 2017 alone. Apple helps 6.9 percent of the PC market in the first quarter of 2018 and trailing companies like HP Inc. Dell and Lenovo. Here are the updated features of the two new laptops: 15-Inch MacBook Pro Specs • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration • Up to 4TB of SSD storage2 • True Tone display technology • Apple T2 Chip • Touch Bar and Touch ID 13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM • Up to 2TB of SSD storage2 • True Tone display technology • Apple T2 Chip • Touch Bar and Touch ID Apple is expected to launch three new iPhones this fall with an update to the iPhone X design, a larger phone based on the iPhone X design and a low-cost model with Face ID. Apple is also expected to launch two upgraded iPad Pros with the Face ID feature and a new Apple Watch with edge-to-edge displays. © Apple The two laptops are priced in India for Rs 1,49,900 and Rs 1,99,900 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar are available in select Apple Authorised Resellers later this month.
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