Branched Chain Amino Acids, or BCAA are requisite nutrients that the body obtains from proteins found in foods such as meat, dairy products and legumes. BCAAs stimulate the building of protein in muscle and possibly reduce muscle breakdown. Athletes use branched chain amino acids to improve exercise performance and reduce protein and muscle breakdown during intense exercise.
Available in Orange, Fruit Punch or Unflavored, Optimum Nutrition‘s BCAA 5000 Powder provides a 5000 mg blend of the three branched chain amino acids in every serving. These are L-Valine, L-Leucine and L-Isoleucine. The manufacturer Optimum Nutrition has been in the nutrition and supplements business since 1986, and is a GMP certified company.
Optimum Nutrition’s instantized BCAA powder is white and very fine without being gritty or without any after taste. Reviewers report that this bcaa mixes easily with only a spoon and dissolves in water quickly. Reviewers also noted a subtle boost in endurance and strength and reported faster recovery times. The orange and fruit punch flavors taste great, similar to Kool Aid, and the unflavored had an expected flavorless, yet slightly bitter taste. We say expected because as this is a compound consisting of amino acids, we expect it to have a bitter taste. With that being said, the unflavored is great for adding to your favorite shakes with no BCAA ingredient.
This BCAA is low calorie for those of you looking to gain muscle while cutting calories, and will not fill you up or make you feel bloated.
Some things reviewers were not happy with included the amount of fillers in product, approximately 50% by weight. Some had issue with the sweetness of the flavored versions and the bitter taste of the unflavored.
Optimum Nutrition Instantized BCAA 5000mg Powder.
Optimum Nutrition Instantized BCAA 5000mg Powder had a praiseworthy rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars from 30 customer reviews on Amazon.com.
Optimum Nutrition’s BCAA powder is just shy of $30.00 for 336g or 60 servings or approximately $0.48 per serving. Click the link below to view current availability and price information.