Are BCAA supplements worth the money?

November 22nd, 2014 by

LBC: Do you feel that branched chain amino acid supplements are of any value to the typical lifter who already consumes a very protein-rich diet?

Dr. Stuart Phillips (incidentally a former prof of both mine and Mark’s): In short, no! The evidence on BCAAs is remarkably weak as to their positive effects and they are not anabolic. They may be mildly anti-catabolic if you’re in negative energy balance, however, protein (especially whey) is going to be both anabolic and anti-catabolic. Bottom line, if you’re taking in adequate protein then BCAA are a complete waste of money IMO!

Pretty much what we’ve always been saying. Stop wasting your money on this nonsense.