What are BCAAs?
There are 20 different amino acids that make up the thousands of different proteins in the human body. Of these 20, 9 are considered to be essential amino acids, meaning they cannot be made by your body and must be obtained through your diet. Of the 9 essential amino acids, 3 are the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs): leucine, isoleucine and valine.
“Branched-chain” refers to the chemical structure of BCAAs, which are found in protein-rich foods including eggs, meat and dairy products. They are also a popular workout supplement sold at GNC and other vitamin stores nationwide.
Lawsuit Alleges Xtend BCAAs Ineffective, Do Not Support Muscle Growth
A lawsuit filed in New York claims that Nutrabolt Xtend BCAA dietary supplements do not support muscle growth or recovery, and can actually harm muscle protein synthesis. Additionally, the suit alleges that Nutrabolt markets Xtend BCAA as able to support muscle growth and recovery, when in actually the supplement decreases muscle protein synthesis and is incapable of building muscle. Products named in the class action include:
- Xtend Original BCAAs
- Xtend Elite BCAAs
- Xtend Hydrasport BCAAs
- Xtend Ripped BCAAs
- Xtend Energy BCAAs
- Xtend Free BCAAs
- Xtend Hydration + BCAAs in ready-to-drink bottles
Side Effects of BCAAs
- Liver injury
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Unhealthy drop in blood pressure (hypotension)
- Buildup of uric acid in the blood
- Joint inflammation
- Increased insulin resistance
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Loss of coordination
- And more
Class Action Challenges BCAA Muscle Building Claims
A recent class action lawsuit alleges that BEST BCAA supplements do not provide the lean muscle building benefits advertised on their packaging. Plaintiff Gregory Maroney claims that BPI Sports, LLC, misled consumers about the muscle building capabilities their BCAAs provide.
Maroney further alleges that BEST BCAA is not an effective protein supplement because it contains only 3 of the 9 amino acids required for muscle protein synthesis. Because the supplement lacks all 9 required amino acids, the body is forced to consume the essential amino acids stored in muscles, a condition known as “muscle protein breakdown,” according to the lawsuit.
Do I Have a BCAA Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in BCAA Supplement Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of a BCAA supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.