Peeroton BCAA Review
BCAA is a supplement from Austrian company Peeroton. The manufacturer of this supplement claims that it can prevent muscle soreness, reduce the risk of injury and promote the regeneration of muscle tears. This review will aim to understand how the ingredients in this supplement can achieve this.
L-isoleucine, L-leucine, L-valine
Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are all Branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s). They are essential for protein synthesis which is stimulated after exhaustive exercise (1) as well as the critical metabolic process in muscle (2, 3). The metabolic roles of Leucine include energy production and the modulator of muscle protein synthesis via the insulin signalling pathway. There is a reason to suggest that it helps maintenance of muscle mass during weight loss (4). Leucine has also been shown to help in the direct maintenance of glucose homeostasis by improving the redistribution of glucose via the glucose – alanine cycle (5).
Hydroxypropyl cellulose does not have any nutritional benefit as its main use is to protect nutrients from the bodies stomach acid.
Micro Crystalline Cellulose is a non-active ingredient which is made up of refined wood pulp. This substance doesn’t degrade during digestion and is preferable in tablets due to it being able to form hard but dissolve quickly.
Magnesium salts of fatty acids
Magnesium salts of fatty acids provide no nutritional benefits as it is used as a thickener in supplement products.
Titanium dioxide does not provide any nutritional benefits and is used as a whitening agent and a thickener in supplements.
There is a vast amount of research on the effects of BCAA supplementation on strength exercise which suggests this supplement is fully capable of supporting the claims that it can prevent muscle soreness, reduce the risk of injury and promote the regeneration of muscle tears. It is recommended that this supplement is taken pre-workout (reduced fatigue), during exercise (muscle nourishment) and post exercise (recovery/repair). This supplement has no banned substances in reference to the WADA prohibited list when observing the label/ ingredients posted on the website.
*NOTE – This product has not been tested in a laboratory and may contain other substances that may not appear on the label
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2 – Hulmi, J. J., Lockwood, C. M., & Stout, J. R. (2010). Review Effect of protein/essential amino acids and resistance training on skeletal muscle hypertrophy: A case for whey protein.
3 – Pasiakos, S. M., McLellan, T. M., & Lieberman, H. R. (2015). The effects of protein supplements on muscle mass, strength, and aerobic and anaerobic power in healthy adults: a systematic review. Sports Medicine, 45(1), 111-131.
4 – Volek, J. S., Volk, B. M., Gómez, A. L., Kunces, L. J., Kupchak, B. R., Freidenreich, D. J., … & Kraemer, W. J. (2013). Whey protein supplementation during resistance training augments lean body mass. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 32(2), 122-135.
5 – Hansen, M., Bangsbo, J., Jensen, J., Bibby, B. M., & Madsen, K. (2014). Effect of Whey Protein Hydrolysate on Performance and Recovery of Top-Class Orienteering Runners. International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism.