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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:

BCAAs also may:

  • Muscle wasting
  • Chronic loss of appetite
  • Certain brain disorders
  • Improve appetite in people who are malnourished or have cancer
  • Improve symptoms related to hepatic encephalopathy or tardive dyskinesia

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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