I’ve been looking in BCAA’s (Base Chain Amino Acids.) BCAA’s are what protiens for your body are made of. I was wondering if it would be wise and safe to take these during the offseason while I am lifting weights, and pitching. Any suggestions?


Yes, BCAAs, or Branched Chain Amino Acids, are what comprise protein, so a piece of chicken or fish (both high-protein foods) contains BCAAs. Supplementing additional BCAAs by pill or powder form likely wouldn’t be of any greater benefit than simply eating a piece of chicken or fish.

Is it unsafe to take BCAAs? Probably not (the most common are actually the individual amino acids Glutamine and Arginine by powder form, not BCAA pills or powder), but I just don’t think it’s necessary.

Plus, at some point (around 30 grams of protein in a two-hour period) the body can’t digest any additional protein (or BCAAs), and it’s turned to waste product or stored as fat because at that point, the body treats it as nothing more than additional calories.