It’s not a chemical found on the periodic table of elements or in the science lab during your 10th grade chemistry experiment. Leucine is, however, a key player in the biochemistry experiment that is your athletic training.
To understand the importance of Leucine for your athletic pursuits, we simply need to connect the dots for a series of biochemical details.
First of all, we need to understand that proteins perform a vast array of functions within our bodies. In fact, protein plays a key role in the metabolic reactions required to build, maintain, repair, remodel and grow muscles.
We know that protein is a nutrient made up of macronutrients, or building blocks called amino acids. 20 amino acids appear in our genetic code, but our bodies are only capable of synthesizing half of these on their own. The other half we must consume in our diet.
These 10 amino acids that we must acquire through diet are referred to as “essential”, 3 of these are categorized further as “branched chain aminos” (due to their cellular structure) and play critical metabolic roles.
1 of these branched chain amino acids has been isolated as the key metabolic trigger for muscle repair and growth – Leucine.
In addition to providing the metabolic spark needed for muscle synthesis, among the aminos, Leucine is known as the “limiting nutrient”, because if leucine is lacking, everything else is limited in what it can achieve in your body.
So how do we conclude that Leucine is the MVP of recovery sports nutrition? Well, isn’t the MVP on any team defined as the spark plug for their success; the player who elevates his or her teammates and makes all the others better; or conversely, the player who would be missed the most? Clearly, Leucine is that important to recovery.
As the intensity and frequency of your endurance training picks up this spring, so will the rate of muscle break down and damage. To optimize your recovery and response to training adaptations, put your A-Team on the field, and make sure your MVP is in the game. After all…Optimal athletic performance boils down to optimal muscle performance, and Muscles Love Leucine – The MVP of Recovery Sports Nutrition.
PhysioPhyx LPR Raspberry Lemonade and Chocolate, are the first endurance based recovery products to contain clinically effective levels of Leucine in each scoop. 4 total grams per scoop, the equivalent of 40g of muscle repairing and growing protein.