Optimum Nutrition is best known for their Gold Standard whey protein powder. Bodybuilders swear by this longstanding brand and its quality supplements, which come with fuss-free ingredient lists that deliver as promised.
The news for their BCAA supplement is one that many have received with much anticipation. Each serving aims to provide the consumer with improved immunity, more potential for muscle growth, greater endurance, and to boost your performance. Here's our review on the Gold Standard in BCAAs.
WHAT'S IN IT
Each serving of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard BCAAs contains a BCAA blend comprising of l-leucine, l-isoleucine and l-valine, Wellmune, and Rhodiola extract.
BCAAs are also known as Branched Chain Amino Acids. They're highly beneficial for gaining muscle and helping you recover faster. Leucine, in particular, is the most effective when it comes to inciting muscle protein synthesis and allowing your body to prevent muscle catabolism — the process whereby your body begins to break down muscle due to stress. It is therefore highly beneficial that the Gold Standard BCAA contains leucine in a ratio of 2:1:1.
Wellmune is an immune system booster designed to improve your recovery rate. It is a beta glucan derived from yeast, and has a successful track record of helping athletes improve their recovery rates, while diminishing the onslaught of fatigue. This is especially beneficial if you often subject yourself to high intensity training.
Rhodiola extract is a plant extract that has been scientifically proven to increase recovery time significantly, while improving your immune system. It also boost your endurance, improves your stamina, and helps you lose weight.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
ON Gold Standard BCAA is available in cranberry lemonade and watermelon flavours. They're fruity and refreshing without being overwhelming, and are extremely easy to drink, whether you're taking it during, before or after a workout.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
Mix one scoop of this in 10 to 12 fl oz. of cold water. Ideally, you should consume this during your workout as most of the ingredients work to improve performance, endurance, and reduce fatigue. Remember to shake each time before you drink it as the ingredients can start to settle if it sits for a while.
At $45 for 28 servings, you're getting a competitive price point as compared to other BCAA supplements. When you factor in the purity of ingredients in Gold Standard BCAA, you know you're really getting the highest of qualities.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
Anyone who's an intermediate level athlete or gym-goer looking to improve endurance and muscle recovery ought to give this supplement a try. While consuming protein has its benefits post-workout, BCAAs are the added boost to invest in during your workout should you need results faster, especially if you're aiming to achieve specific goals you cannot attain on whey protein alone.
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