As a serious athlete you know how much intense weight training can break down muscle tissue. Science has shown the powerful anabolic effects of Branch Chain Amino Acids! (BCAA's) actually have the capability to independently stimulate protein syntheses within the muscles and create an anabolic environment. They also can reduce the level of soreness in the days following your workouts, speeding your recovery, which is of utmost importance to the drug-free athlete. So how do BCAA's work? During weight training the body is in a highly catabolic condition. At this time glycogen stores are being rapidly depleted and the liver must synthesize glucose by a conversion of L-Alanine. Alanine along with Glutamine make up over half of the amino acid content released from muscles during exercise. Glutamine is released from the muscles not only from free form amino acid stores but also through deamination of the Branch Chain Amino Acids within the muscles themselves.