When you sleep, this is a time
that the body is resting, repairing, and regenerating itself from the stress of
life. However, the usual source of
energy for the body during activity is carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are processed and handled by the body to help produce the
primary source of chemical energy the body uses called ATP.
During sleep the levels of available carbohydrates decline and the body
must use other alternative energy sources.
These other alternative energy sources are fats and protein.
Thus protein from your own tissues is broken down during sleep in order
to supply energy for the body. This
is called catabolism - the metabolic breakdown of large molecules in living
organisms to smaller ones, with the release of energy.
Catabolism is a necessary
process of life, however the loss of protein tissue for energy needs should be
minimized if possible. Protein
tissues are vital for structure and form in the body and should be preserved.
The primary amino acids that are broken-down from protein tissues and are
used for energy by the body are isoleucine, valine, and leucine, called the BCAA
During sleep the BCAA are
catabolized into energy sources. You
can supplement the BCAA at bedtime to provide an outside source of protein,
rather than your own tissues. Supplementing
the BCAA at bedtime is a method to possibly support the body’s ability to
minimize protein breakdown. An
added benefit, the body needs to burn fat to provide energy to convert the BCAA
into the chemical energy ATP. Thus
supplementing the BCAA at bedtime can help burn fat as well as spare protein
Dr. Bob was a MD internal
medicine, orthomolecular doctor, MD psychiatrist, chiropractor, and healer 65
years. He was a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side
effect 2 years before he passed away. Dr.
Bob practiced a system of medicine called orthomolecular medicine.
It is a system of medicine that uses mainly natural substances that are
non-toxic and safe in wide range of doses. It
uses mainly herbs and minerals/vitamins.
Dr. Bob advised at bedtime, if
you supplement the BCAA, eat a little cottage cheese with a small amount of
fruit. The fruit will help provide
energy for the catabolism of the supplemental BCAA.
The cottage cheese will work in synergy with the BCAA, making the two
more effective at minimizing protein breakdown.
If you work out lifting weights, taking BCAA at bedtime is a method to
spare protein loss, thus helping you preserve the muscle you are gaining from
your workouts. We carry HMB Fuel on
the product page of this web site. HMB
is the supplement Dr. Bob recommended for your BCAA supplementation.
Note – In order for
these nutritional ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the
highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, “almost all supplement companies produce
poor quality.” You can consider
the product page of this web site. Almost all the
products met Dr. Bob’s approval. Since
he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.
DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE.
CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.
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