Does branched-chain amino acids (Bcaas) supplementation attenuate muscle damage markers and soreness after resistance exercise in trained males? a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Chutimon Khemtong, Chia Hua Kuo, Chih Yen Chen, Salvador J. Jaime, Giancarlo Condello*

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Abstract

Previous studies have reported the positive effects of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) supplementation on lowering plasma markers of muscle damage and subjective soreness after resistance exercise. However, a variety of factors can potentially moderate its efficacy. This meta-analysis aimed to summarize the evidence regarding the effect of BCAAs supplementation on plasma muscle damage markers and soreness after resistance exercise in only trained males, by considering the plasma lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK). Randomized controlled trials were identified through a computerized literature search for the period 2010–2020. The pooled data were analyzed with the random-effects model and heterogeneity using I2 . Cochrane Collaboration tools was used for the assessment of risk of bias. Nine studies met the inclusion criteria. A positive effect was found for CK at <24, 24, and 48 h after exercise and for muscle soreness at <24 h only. However, the positive effect was not evident for plasma LDH at any follow-up time. Different outcomes for post-exercise responses may suggest that BCAAs supplementation can attenuate muscle damage and ameliorate muscle soreness after resistance exercise in trained males.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1880
JournalNutrients
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Branched-chain amino acids
  • Creatine kinase
  • Inflammatory response
  • Lactate dehydrogenase
  • Meta-analysis
  • Muscle damage
  • Muscle soreness
  • Resistance exercise

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