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3. Fortify Your Immune System We all know that proper nutrition is key in keeping us from getting sick and making surprise trips to the doctor. After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? What you might not know, however, is that BCAAs could play an important role in your immunity. Japanese researchers found that the mere presence of BCAAs have the ability to restrain the prolif- eration of liver cancer cells. The study, published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, also discovered that people with advanced liver diseases were positively affected by BCAAs. 4. Beat The Heat Because BCAAs prevent central fatigue (or fatigue of the central nervous system), they can really make a difference in an athlete’s physical performance. Research has presented conflicting findings, but, some studies, including one pub- lished in the journal, Amino Acids, has shown that athletes supplementing their diets with BCAAs experience less mental and physical exertion and perform better even in the heat. If you live in a warm climate and are not currently supplement- ing with BCAAs, you might want to consider adding them to your supplement regimen. 5. Increase Testosterone Levels There are many reasons why aging men would benefit from the use of BCAAs. Among them include their fat-burning effects, protection of lean muscle and also the relationship between these amino acids and hormones. Research based at the College of Charleston in South Carolina has shown that amino acid supplementation has the potential to significantly raise testosterone levels, during and in the period after resis- tance training. How much longer? Does 12 percent longer sound good enough? Researchers think these supplements could be part of a great preventative strategy for aging adults to maintain their health. It should be noted, though, that BCAAs are not marketed to cure diseases or increase life expectancy. 8. Heal Wounds And Protect Lean Muscles During Weight Loss When you lose weight, it isn’t only fat that can take a hit. Your lean muscle mass can also suffer. But, it doesn’t have to. Why? Supplementing with BCAAs could almost act as an insurance policy for your lean muscle mas