Amino Acids are now a commonly taken pre or intra workout supplement, taken by many people to increase protein synthesis during training.
They are often very nice tasting, and at the very least encourage people to drink more during a workout (which can help reduce fatigue, prevent dehydration, and increase energy). There are also some BCAAs that also provide energy – often in the form of caffeine.
These products are particularly good as pre workouts as they not only provide you with the fuel for protein synthesis (from the BCAAs) but also use a common stimulant (caffeine) that has numerous benefits to performance and cognition. Helping you in the gym, the office, or the classroom.
In this article we are going to take a look at five of the best BCAAs with energy that are currently on the market. Starting with number 1 rated product first!
Scivation – Xtend Go
Xtend go by Scivation is a great pre or intra workout, it contains 7g of BCAAS (including Glutamine and Citrulline Malate), 200mg of caffeine, and 200mg of L-Theanine.
This last ingredient is added to reduce the jittery side effects of caffeine.
If you’ve ever felt nauseated and jumpy after too much coffee then you’ll know the feeling. L-Theanine can actually remove those side effects.
The product promises to:
- Increase Energy
- Enhance Focus
- Prevent Caffeine Crashes
Dymatize Amino Pro + Energy
Amino Pro by Dymatize comes in two versions, the first is a simple BCAA supplement which is only 5 calories, contains 2.5g of BCAAs, 212g of electrolytes, 2g of Taurine, and 1g of Citrulline.
The Amino Pro + Energy is exactly the same, but also contains 80mg of caffeine. The caffeine is a lot lower than the Scivation Xtend Go, so might suit someone who does not usually consume caffeine.
Dymatize Amino Pro + Energy promises:
- Increased Energy
- Muscle Support
- Hydration (from the electrolytes)
Essential Amino Energy Optimum Nutrition
Optimum Nutrition are probably the most trusted supplement company out there, they are always seen as a solid brand who deliver excellent results.
Their Essential Amino Energy 100mg of caffeine (from green tea), and 60mg from Green Tea Extract and Green Coffee Extract (for a total of 160mg).
There are 5mg of Amino Acids (Taurine, Glutamine, Arginine, Leucine, Beta-Alanine, Citrulline, Isoleucine, Valine, Tyrosine, Histidine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, and Methionine).
The product promises to:
- Provide essential amino acid delivery
- Enhance muscle recovery
- Increase energy
- Increase focus
Revolution Nutrition BCAA Splash
BCAA Splash by Revolution Nutrition is the first product on this list to avoid the use of caffeine, instead it gets its energy from Citrulline Malate.
The BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine) are in a 2:1:1 ratio, there’s Glutamine to enhance recovery, and the Citrulline Malate will help improve muscular contractions and endurance. BCAA
Splash promises to:
- Maximise recovery
- Improve performance
- Be absorbed easily thanks to a micronized formula
- Contain zero calories
RSP Amino Focus Energy Formula
The last product that we are going to look at in this review is Amino Focus Energy Formula by RSP Nutrition.
It contains 125mg of caffeine, and 100mg of Theacrine (an alkaloid that works in a similar way to caffeine).
There is an amino acid blend containing: Taurine, Beta Alanine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine, Glutamine, Citrulline, Arginine, Tyrosine, Histidine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, and Methionine.
Amino Focus also contains a “Focus Blend”, this contains:
- Choline Bitartrate – Reduces fatigue, boosts cognition, improves anaerobic performance
- CDP Choline – Increases attention, reduces blood pressure, improves memory, lowers appetite
Overall this is a decent BCAA supplement, that aims to improve your physical performance and your mental performance at the same time.
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