What are BCAAs?
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of 3 essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAA supplements are commonly used to boost muscle growth and enhance exercise performance, according to Healthline. They may also help with weight loss and reduce fatigue after exercise.
What's the Problem?
Despite their purported benefits, a recent class action lawsuit alleges that BCAA supplements actually decrease protein synthesis and are “wholly incapable of building muscle on their own.” Studies have found that BCAAs contain only 3 of the 9 essential amino acids the body needs to build muscle, and may increase the risk of severe, potentially life-threatening side effects.
BCAA Side Effects
Excessive use of BCAA supplements has been linked to:
- 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 Alleges Nutrabolt Xtend BCAAs Do Not Support Muscle Growth
A class action lawsuit recently filed in New York alleges that Xtend BCAA dietary supplements do not support muscle growth or recovery, and can harm muscle protein synthesis. The suit further claims that Woodbolt Distribution, doing business as Nutrabolt, markets its Xtend BCAA supplement as able to support muscle growth and recovery;
However, independent research has found that BCAA supplements actually decrease muscle protein synthesis and are wholly incapable of building muscle on their own. Products named in the complaint 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
Do I Have a BCAA Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical 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.