Amino acids are the foundation of all muscle-building and recovery. There are essential and non-essential amino acids, and they're extremely important in your everyday diet to keep you healthy and ensure your body gets to where you need it to be.
They are found in lots of nutritional supplements, whether pre- or post-workout. You typically see Amino Acids in protein shakes, and there are straight up BCAA shakes, but they're also present in the foods you eat. To ensure you're getting enough amino acids for recovery and growth, Cellucor's Alpha Amino is one of the best available in the market. Formulated as an amino acid supplement, Alpha Amino is packed with BCAAs and other nutrient-rich ingredients to promote fluid balance, so you're hydrated and at the top of your game.
Here's everything you need to know about it.
WHAT'S IN IT
Cellucor Alpha Amino contains a BCAA matrix called 3x Leucine, an amino acid complex and a hydration formulation.
3x Leucine contains three variants of leucine, catered for maximum absorption. There's also isoleucine, and valine in a 2:1:1 ratio. This is a matrix of BCAAs that helps improve performance, ensuring you can workout harder which enables muscle growth. The three variants of leucine — leucine nitrate, leucine peptides and l-leucine — are also there to get your body in a state of muscle anabolism, which aids your body in the creation of lean muscle mass, while preserving glycogen stores to reduce muscle fatigue.
The amino acid complex includes a number of key amino acids that aid muscle building. These include glutamine, which reduces muscle breakdown during intense workouts; arginine, which increases blood flow to your muscles and helps you work out harder; and citrulline, which maintains blood vessel health and your immune system. All of the amino acids in Alpha Amino work together to give you better performance, which leads to long-term, visible results in both strength and gains.
The hydration formulation is a mix of taurine, raw coconut water, and chia seeds, as well as a mixture of hydrating electrolytes. This keeps your muscles nourished, preventing dehydration, which can lead to fatigue. The taurine also delivers a dose of energy to your body to ramp up your endurance ability.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
Alpha Amino is available in two flavours: fruit punch and lemon lime. If you're familiar with how sports drinks taste, then this is something very similar. It's fruity, refreshing and satisfying to have, especially during or after a tiring workout. It also dissolves really easily and does not leave any clumps.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
Take one scoop with 8 to 12 fl oz of cold water or juice and mix it. You can take amino acid supplements any time during the day, but they're most effective during or before your workout. Do not exceed 4 servings in a day.
You pay $39 for 30 servings, which tallies to just a little over a dollar a serving. For such a well formulated supplement with a diverse array of amino acids, it makes for a very reasonable price point.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
If you're someone looking for an exhaustive pre- or intra-workout supplement to help you grow and improve performance, this is it. This is also great for anyone looking for a new amino acid supplement, and would like to up the ante on the benefits they receive from it.
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