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Branched-Chain Amino Acids

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What other names is Branched-chain Amino Acids known by?

Acide Isovalérique de Leucine, Acides Aminés à Chaîne Ramifiée, Acides Aminés Ramifiés, Aminoacidos Con Cadenas Laterales Ramificadas, BCAA, BCAAs, Branched Chain Amino Acid Therapy, Branched Chain Amino Acids, Isoleucine, Isoleucine Ethyl Ester HCl, Leucine, Leucine Ethyl Ester HCl, Leucine Isovaleric Acid, Leucine Methyl Ester HCl, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Leucine Pyroglutamate, L-Valine, N-Acetyl Leucine, N-Acétyl Leucine, Valine, 2-amino-3-methylvaleric acid, 2-amino-4-methylvaleric acid, 2-amino-3-methylbutanoic acid.

What is Branched-chain Amino Acids?

Branched-chain amino acids are essential nutrients that the body obtains from proteins found in food. People use branched-chain amino acids for medicine.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Improving muscle control and mental function in people with advanced liver disease (latent hepatic encephalopathy).
  • Reducing muscle breakdown during exercise.
  • Decreasing symptoms associated with mania.
  • Reducing movements associated with tardive dyskinesia, a disorder associated with the use of antipsychotic medications.
  • Reducing loss of appetite and improving nutrition in elderly patients on hemodialysis.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Enhancing exercise or athletic performance.

Likely Ineffective for...

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Treating a disease of the spine called spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD), preventing fatigue, improving concentration, restoring appetite in cancer patients, preventing muscle wasting in people confined to bed, and other uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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