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I've recently bought BCAA powder, monohydrate creatine and whey protein, and I'm wondering if I'm able to take BCAA together with the whey protein or creatine? I've heard from people you should take BCAA with an empty stomach, some even said you shouldn't take it together with protein.

This was my plan of taking BCAA

Pre-workout:  BCAA   & Whey protein
Post-workout: Gainer & Creatine

Is this OK? Or should I switch so it's BCAA + Creatine on pre-workout?


I'm going to bulk for 7 months, and my daily calorie intake is around 3500.

My stats are: Weight=76kg(167 lbs), length=176cm(5 f 9)

The reason why i bought BCAA is because i've heard from my brother it's a great supplement to get gains. The creatine and whey protein i've taken for a year now.

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Thanks for that question. I'm really interested too! As a swimmer I "use" nothing before swimming to have empty stomach (sometimes some grape sugar, before or during). I took BCAA + sugar after workout and Whey protein once I'm at home (about 20 minutes after workout). Can answerer discuss my supplement diet too, please? (@Community -- maybe should I raise another specific question?) –  tsykora Jul 29 '13 at 9:25
For those who don't know what BCAA means, "Branched-chain Amino Acid". Please use full form at least in one place. I didn't know it before googling. –  Freakyuser Jul 29 '13 at 11:25
You haven't really told us much about your diet, or your goals. Why have you decided you need these supplements? –  Lego Stormtroopr Jul 29 '13 at 23:43
@LegoStormtroopr I've edited with more information about my goals+stats –  Anton Jul 30 '13 at 7:44

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Yes, I don't see why not. Some protein shakes combine the two (or all three). Some samples: Hydro Builder (Protein + creatine) and Hydro Whey (Protein + BCAA).

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Thanks for the answer and thanks for the links, considering buying Hydro Whey next time i buy protein now :) –  Anton Jul 30 '13 at 9:52
Both mix pretty well which is an important factor for me because I hate clumpy shakes. :) –  Ron Jul 30 '13 at 10:37

Although the two can be taken together, there is no merit on using them both when an adequate amount of whey protein is ingested.

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Could you elaborate why? –  Baarn Oct 5 '13 at 17:36
Pretty much boils down to the fact that an adequate anount of whey protein already contains enough BCAAs to reap the benefits. Of the BCAAs, leucine in particular is potent in stimulating muscle protein synthesis (MPS) due to its role in the mTOR pathway. As we know from trials, adding leucine to adequate amounts of proteins does nothing further to promote MPS. However, I'm unaware of any trials adding BCAAs to adequate amount of proteins, but on the other hand there is no reason to assume that they add something in that context. –  pbond Oct 7 '13 at 16:44

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