L- Leucine, which is found in the Protea Vegan Aminos, is a branched chain amino acid that stimulates protein synthesis, repairing injuries, and the transportation and storing of important nutrients the body needs. L-leucine is not produced by the body so we must get it from the food we eat or supplement with it. L-leucine can be found in foods that are a complete protein like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or milk, but is also found in vegan sources like quinoa, soy beans, oats, and peanuts to name a few.
L-leucine is widely found in BCAA supplements along with two other popular amino acids, valine and isoleucine. This branched chain amino acid is an activator of mTOR , also known as the mammalian target of rapamycin, which plays a big role in metabolism, energy production, and regulating insulin sensitivity.
It has been shown to slow the degradation of muscle tissue by increasing protein synthesis thus increasing muscle gain and minimizing soreness after activity. Studies have shown that supplementing with l-leucine can also reduce overall fatigue after prolonged exercise as well making recovery times much faster.
This branched chain amino acid is very popular when it comes to bodybuilding or anyone looking to gain or maintain muscle for athletic performance. However it can also be useful for therapeutic reasons, for example someone trying to maintain lean muscle who may be dealing with health problems, or for the older population experiencing muscle loss simply from aging.
If you do not eat animal products and are aiming to build muscle, you might not be getting enough l-leucine from the food you are consuming, especially if you aren’t consuming enough whole foods. Supplementing with Protea Vegan Aminos would be a great option to help supplement l-leucine in your diet.