Review: Applied Nutrition BCAA Amino-Hydrate

Welcome to this week's mini review!

BCAAs are something we've probably all experimented with having in our daily routine at some point. Whether for recovery, muscle building, or just to kill a craving. Amino acids, including the 3 branched chain amino acids: leucine, iso-leucine and valine, play an important role in muscle protein synthesis.

Some BCAA products have added ingredients to make them more suited to consumption at a specific time, but as a whole, they can be consumed at any time, around workouts being most optimal. Myself, I drink intra-workout carbs, so it makes sense to add them to this for flavour.

BCAA Amino Hydrate is a sugar free BCAA featuing citrulline, glutamine, added minerals and vitamin B6. L-Citrulline reduces fatigue and improves endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic prolonged exercise, while glutamine has benefits from immune health to being anti catabolic.

The 'Hydrate' aspect comes from the electrolyte blend, as follows: 1240mg Calcium, Tri Sodium Citrate Dihydrate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Carbonate, Tri Calcium Phosphate. Electrolyes are especially important in sports and activities (such as intense cardio workouts) where sweat/water loss is high.

All things considered, we would recommend Amino Hydrate for driking during sports, cardio and high intensity workouts.

One serving contains 45 calories, 1.2g carbohydrate, 0g fat.

We currently offer 7 flavour options.

Review

I have used both the fruit burst and blue raspberry flavours in my intra-workout. I mixed with cyclic dextrin and creatine to sip while training. As BCAAs are generally consumed with a greater volume of water than a pre-workout, taste matters! These are both great, and having tried other product by Applied, I am confident that the rest will be just as enjoyable. The flavour held up even when quite heavily diluted in a jug, and is just the right amount of sweetness. My session was great. Amino acid supplements aren't necessarily essential if you consume enough protein in your diet, but their quick absorption means that they may support recovery and the synthesis of new muscle.

About the Author

Savannah Westerby, BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. IG:@savannahwesterby
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