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Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplements May Aid in Concussion Recovery


Scientists have found preliminary evidence that adolescents and young adults with concussion who take a specific formulation of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplements after injury experience faster symptom reduction and return to physical activity.
[Source: medicalxpress.com]

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The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Essential amino acids are those that the body cannot produce endogenously and so must be obtained from the diet. BCAAs are especially important for protein synthesis and muscle metabolism, playing crucial roles in muscle growth, repair, and energy production. Supplements containing BCAAs are often taken by athletes and people looking to support muscle recovery and enhance exercise performance.

In this latest study, researchers from the Minds Matter Concussion Frontier Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducted a clinical trial aimed at evaluating BCAA supplements in the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) in young patients. Published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, the trial involved participants aged 12-30 and found that higher doses of BCAAs led to greater symptom reduction and a quicker return to physical activity. The researchers concluded that BCAA supplementation could be a useful treatment for concussion in youths and young adults.

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