The Best 5 BCAA Supplements

August 29, 2013 — 2 Comments
This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
A list of the very best BCAA supplements on the market.

A list of the very best BCAA supplements on the market.

Recently, Gone Liftin’ put out an article detailing the importance and benefits of BCAAs.

… not only are BCAAs essential to human health, but they are also amazing for muscle growth, and ALSO sparing you from catabolic effects when on a calorie restricted diet

There are a ton of BCAA supplements on the market, so let’s discuss some of the best BCAA worth your hard-earned money.

BCAAs come in powder form or pill form. We prefer intaking BCAAs in powder form. They mix easily with water and absorb faster, so it’s pretty much a no-brainer. That’s not to say BCAA pills don’t have their worth, but BCAA absorption via drinking in liquid seems to be the preferred method.

Just to quickly recap a blurb from our article:

First, there is Leucine. Next in line, we have Isoleucine. And last, but certainly not least, we have Valine.

The Optimal Leucine-Isoleucine-Valine Ratio

When looking for BCAA supplements, always look for a 2:1:1 ratio of leucine-isoleucine-valine, respectively.

Leucine will always be the highest milligram dosage, and isoleucine and valine typically share the same milligram dosage. A good BCAA supplement will provide you with 3000mg of leucine, 1500mg of isoleucine, and 1500mg of valine, per serving. Some may have slightly more milligrams for each, some slightly less. Bottom line is stick around that 2:1:1 ratio when looking how much of each BCAA, milligram wise, is contained within the supplement.

So here is the Gone Liftin’ approved list of the best BCAAs on the market:

1. SciVation Xtend

Why we like it: A perfect 2:1:1 ratio of BCAAs | Includes Glutamine to promote intracellular BCAA metabolism | Includes potassium, sodium, and chloride, for proper hydration levels.

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2. Ultimate Nutrition BCAA 12,000 Powder

Why we like it: Great tasting flavors | Mixes very easily with any liquid | Good ratio of BCAAs | No fillers or dirty additives


3. BSN Amino X

Why we like it: Contains L-Taurine, L-Alanine, and L-Citrulline [essential aminos] | No added sugar or caffeine | Effervescent formula for rapid absorption

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4. Optimum Nutrition BCAAA 5000 Powder

Why we like it: Mixes instantly with little foaming | Hihgly conentrated instantized formula


5. USP Labs Modern BCAA+

Why we like it: High amounts of aminos per serving | Includes Glycine, Alanine, Taurine, Lysine | Key aminos included assist in carb utilization post workout – affecting insulin

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If you’re looking for some well rounded BCAA supplements to add to your supplement drawer, look no further than these 5 bad boys!

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2 responses to The Best 5 BCAA Supplements

  1. great products thank you
    BCAA are a group of three essential amino acids(leucine, isoleucine and valine) that improve endurance, muscle growth and dry. This is a product to be used by all practitioners of bodybuilding. These three amino acids are called “essential” because they can not be synthesized by the body, so it is through food that we can provide our bodies the BCAA needed.
    thank you

    -alan parker

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