Branched-Chain Amino Acids
How does Branched-chain Amino Acids work?
Branched-chain amino acids stimulate the building of protein in muscle and possibly reduce muscle breakdown. Branched-chain amino acids seem to prevent faulty message transmission in the brain cells of people with advanced liver disease, mania, tardive dyskinesia, and anorexia.
Are there safety concerns?
Branched-chain amino acids appear to be safe for most people when used for up to 6 months. Some side effects are known to occur, such as fatigue and loss of coordination. Branched-chain amino acids should be used cautiously before or during activities where performance depends on motor coordination, such as driving.
Do not take branched-chain amino acids if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You drink alcohol excessively.
- You have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). Use of branched-chain amino acids has led to lung failure and higher death rates in people with ALS.
- You have a disorder known as branched-chain keto aciduria. Use of branched-chain amino acids have been known to cause seizures and other mental effects in people with this disorder.
- You have diabetes.
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.