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What are the risks of taking branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs)?

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BCAAs may affect your blood glucose levels during and after surgery. You may be at increased risk for this if you have alcohol abuse disorder or branched-chain ketoaciduria.

You also shouldn't use BCAAs if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

From: Branched-Chain Amino Acids WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Branched-Chain Amino Acids."

Novarino, G. October 2012. Science,

De Bandt, J-P. , January 2006. Journal of Nutrition

Huntington College of Health Sciences: "A Primer on Branched Chain Amino Acids."

National Council on Strength and Fitness: "Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplementation."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Branched-Chain Amino Acids."

Novarino, G. October 2012. Science,

De Bandt, J-P. , January 2006. Journal of Nutrition

Huntington College of Health Sciences: "A Primer on Branched Chain Amino Acids."

National Council on Strength and Fitness: "Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplementation."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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