MUTANT BCAA 9.7 review

Value

MUTANT BCAA 9.7 branched-chain amino acids powder is available in 30 servings. At the time of writing, our best offer is £13.98. If we break this down by size (348g), this works out at £4.02 per 100g of powder. This is quite cheap compared to other products, but during this review we will aim to identify whether this is cheap for a reason, or if you are getting a really good product at an ever better 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. MUTANT BCAA 9.7 is available in 12 flavours. We will not write the full list, however we will discuss the two flavours we tried.

Firstly, we tried the Blue Raspberry. We wanted to a like-for-like comparison with other blue raspberry flavours from other products and brands. It’s actually a very good flavour, as are most blue raspberry flavours. It’s definitely a lot sweeter, but this can be curbed by using less powder or more liquid.

Secondly, we tried the Watermelon flavour. This was a good flavour but, unless you love watermelon, we’d probably avoid it. We can’t help but think that watermelon flavoured products are better suited to pre-workouts. It’s a very wholesome flavour and could be quite hard to sip during a workout.

Overall, we are happy with the flavours. There’s lots of different flavours and it would be surprising if you didn’t find a single one that tickled your fancy.

 

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 (11.6g) 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 mixed well but was heavily diluted, so you could definitely squeeze one or two scoops in there.

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. Per serving, we are getting a 2:1:1 BCAA ratio of Leucine (3.6g), Isoleucine (1.8g) and Valine (1.8g). This is 7.2g per serving, which is very good. As well as this, we also have micronised volumising aminos (totalling 2.5g), including: Taurine, Glycine, L-Glutamine, L-Arginine and L-Tyrosine), which is really good to see as an additional to the standard BCAAs. There is also 20mg of electrolyte blend, which is very small in comparison, but is also a benefit as they regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue, which is important when breaking down muscles during a workout. There is also 5mg of BioPerine, which is proven to improve metabolism and absorption, which will result in your body taking in nutrients quicker and easier.

Secondly, we’ll look at the ingredients, which include a mixture of natural and artificial flavours, artificial colours and sweetener (sucralose). It also includes anti-caking agent, which is linked to long-term health issues, but only if over-consumed in large doses. This is used in the packaging of the product, and it is unlikely that there is a high enough dosage to cause any problems.

It’s very important to note that this powder was manufactured using machinery that also handles milk, soy, wheat, barley, oats, crustaceans (glucosamine), eggs, sesame seeds, sulphites and nuts. If you have an intolerance or allergy to any of these products, we would suggest not using this powder and finding an alternative.

We definitely noticed an increase of endurance whilst using this powder, as well as a slight increase in explosive power and alertness. BCAAs are taken for the long-term results of muscle retention and building. Remember, during a workout, you are consistently breaking down muscle tissues that need feeding with amino acids and protein to remain strong and keep building.

 

Where to buy

There are a few places to grab MUTANT 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 348g tub, and there are different sizes & flavours available.

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