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What conditions can be treated by branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs)?

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People take BCAAs for problems such as:

  • Muscle wasting
  • Chronic loss of appetite
  • Certain brain disorders

BCAAs also may:

  • Improve appetite in people who are malnourished or have cancer
  • Improve symptoms related to hepatic encephalopathy or tardive dyskinesia

SOURCES:

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

Novarino, G. Science, October 2012.

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

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 Neha Pathak on August 25, 2020

SOURCES:

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

Novarino, G. Science, October 2012.

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

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 Neha Pathak on August 25, 2020

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