Cellucor Alpha Amino review

Value

Cellucor Alpha Amino is available in 30 servings. At the time of writing, our best offer is £15.99. If we break this down by size (381g), this works out at £4.20 per 100g of powder. This is about average for a BCAA/Amino product. but during this review we will aim to identify whether this is an average product, or a great product with a good price.

 

Taste

Taste is important when it comes BCAAs, as you drink them during your workout, so you need to have a flavour that you like and enjoy. Cellucor Alpha Amino is available in 5 flavours: Fruit Punch, Grape, Lemon and Lime, Pink Lemonade and Watermelon.

Firstly, we tried the Lemon and Lime. This is a nice flavour, and is basically lemonade without the carbon dioxide, which makes it a very easy drink to sip on during your workout.

Secondly, we tried the Pink Lemonade flavour. Very similar in taste, but slightly sweeter and seemed a tiny bit more fruity. However, it was a very good flavour and again, would be easy to drink during a workout.

Overall, we are happy with the flavours that we tried. We are also confident in saying that the other flavours available will also be of great taste.

 

Mixability

BCAA powder can have a very dusty, light yet thick texture. It’s very rare that you will find a BCAA powder that does not mix well, as long as you follow the directions from the manufacturer.

We mixed 1 serving (roughly 13g) in 1l of water. After all, it is a drink that you should use during your workout, we wouldn’t recommend using it before or after. We would not recommend using any other liquid. It was ok, but we would recommend adding around another 100-200ml to this. This is just because the serving size is larger than normal, so you may require just a little bit more liquid.

Remember, the amount of liquid will change the taste – less liquid will mean it is slightly thicker with a stronger flavour, but more liquid will mean it is slightly thinner with a weaker flavour.

As BCAAs are intra-workout (during your workout), you should drink this slowly whilst working out. We found that 1-1.5l lasts around an hour and a half, obviously depending on how much you drink.

 

Effectiveness

This is where it gets interesting. At their core, BCAAs will contain amino acids, but they main contain other ingredients and compounds that boost your energy a little more. BCAAs are considered essential because, unlike non-essential amino acids, your body cannot make them. Therefore, it is essential to get them from your diet. Contrary to most other amino acids, BCAAs are mostly broken down in the muscle, rather than in the liver. Because of this, they are thought to play a role in energy production during exercise. More importantly, your body can use them as building blocks for protein and muscle.

First off, we’ll explore the nutritional information. Annoyingly, the nutritional information is not broken down by each individual compound. But, we’ll still outline what we found. Per serving, we are getting an ‘Alpha-Amino complex’, which includes (but is not limited to): 2.5g of Micronized Glutamine, L-Alanine, L-Citrulline, L-Arginine and L-Tyrosine. These, amongst others, are essential amino acids that support various bodily functions, including metabolic support, muscle repair and energy production. We then have an ‘Alpha-Hydration’ formula, which includes 3g of Micronized Taurine (for water retention and focus, for the pump), and an ‘Alpha-BCAA Matrix’, totalling 5g, which includes a Leucine matrix, Micronized Iso-leucine and Valine. We are going to assume a 2:1:1 BCAA ratio, which would result in 2.5g of Leucine, 1.25g of Iso-leucine and 1.25g of Valine. This is a fantastic blend of aminos, with BCAAs and other aminos to support your goals.

Secondly, we’ll look at the ingredients, aside from the ones listed above, we also have natural and artificial flavours, colours and sweeteners (sucralose). These are almost in every BCAA powder.

This is right up there with the best of the amino products, and we would definitely recommend this product. There are other products that are slightly cheaper that can offer similar benefits, but if you want to spend the money, then we would definitely go for Cellucor Alpha Amino!

 

Where to buy

There are a few places to grab Cellucor products. However, we’ve narrowed down the best suppliers, with their best offers, and you can take your pick from the ones below. The prices shown are for a 381g tub, and there are different sizes & flavours available.

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