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Description
Performance Aminos*
  • BCAA Powered By 3X Leucine™
  • Recovery And Endurance*
  • Alpha-Hydration Formula*
  • Sugar And Stimulant Free*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

Mix one to two scoops of Cellucor Alpha Amino™ in at least 8 oz. of cold water or other beverage of choice daily. Settling may occur.

Serving Size 1 Scoop
Servings Per Container 30
Amount Per Serving % DV
Sodium (from disodium phosphate) 30.00 mg 1%
Potassium (as Dipotassium Phosphate) 70.00 mg 2%
Calories 0.00
Sugar 0.00 mg
Calcium 19.00 mg 2%
Magnesium (as Dimagnesium Phosphate) 12.00 mg 3%
Phosphorous (Dipotassium Phosphate Disodium Phosphate Dimagnesium Phosphate) 60.00 mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 0.00 g 0%
Alpha-BCAA™ Matrix 5000.00 mg **
 3x Leucine (Instantized L-Leucine Leucine Nitrate Leucine Peptides) Micronized L-Isoleucine Micronized L-Valine **
Alpha-Amino™ Complex 2500.00 mg **
 Micronized Glutamine Micronized Alanine Micronized L-Citrulline Micronized L-Arginine Micronized L-Threonine **
 Micronized L-Lysine Micronized L-Phenylalanine Micronized L-Tyrosine Micronized Histidine Micronized L-Methonine **
Alpha-Hydration Formula 2500.00 mg **
 Micronized Taurine Raw Coconut Water (Cocos nucifera) Powder Dipotassium Phosphate Disodium Phosphate Dimagnesium Phosphate **
 Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) Seed Extract **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Citric Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Malic Acid, Calcium Silicate, Silicon Dioxide, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Sunflower Lecithin, FD&C Red Lake #40

Warning: This product is only intended to be consumed by healthy adults 18 years of age or older. Do not take if you are currently taking nitrates for chest pain or if you are taking medication used to treat erectile dysfunction such as PDE-5 inhibitors. Do not use this product if you are pregnant or nursing. Discontinue use and immediately consult your health care professional if you experience any adverse reaction to this product. Do not exceed recommendations for Suggested Use. Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Use only as directed. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Cellucor ALPHA Amino™ is not a food or beverage.

PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE.

Manufactured on equipment which processes products containing milk, eggs, soybeans, wheat, shellfish, fish oil, tree nuts, and peanut flavor.

Distributed By Woodbolt™ International 715 N. Main Street Bryan, TX 77803 USA

Health Notes

Ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate

Ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Wound Healing
Dose: 10 to 30 grams daily
Supplementing with OKG has been shown to significantly improve wound healing and decrease the length of hospital stays.(more)
Wound Healing
Dose: 10 to 30 grams daily
Supplementing with OKG has been shown to significantly improve wound healing and decrease the length of hospital stays.(more)
Athletic Performance
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG) is believed to facilitate muscle growth by enhancing the body's release of anabolic hormones, but this is based on effects seen in hospitalized and elderly people, not published research.(more)
Recovery from Illness
Dose: Refer to label instructions
(more)
Wound Healing
Dose: 10 to 30 grams daily

Preliminary1 and controlled2 studies of people with severe burns and other types of injuries3 showed that supplementation with 10-30 grams of ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG) per day significantly improved wound healing and decreased the length of hospital stays. Improved healing from major trauma and surgery has also been demonstrated with oral supplements including several grams per day of glutamine.4

References

1. Cynober L. Amino acid metabolism in thermal burns. JPEN 1989;13:196.

2. De Bandt JP, Coudray-Lucas C, Lioret N, et al. A randomized controlled trial of the influence of the mode of enteral ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate administration in burn patients. J Nutr 1998;128:563-9.

3. Cynober L. Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate in nutritional support. Nutrition 1991;7:313-22 [review].

4. Romito RA. Early administration of enteral nutrients in critically ill patients. AACN Clin Issues 1995;6:242-56.

Wound Healing
Dose: 10 to 30 grams daily

Preliminary1 and controlled2 studies of people with severe burns and other types of injuries3 showed that supplementation with 10-30 grams of ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG) per day significantly improved wound healing and decreased the length of hospital stays. Improved healing from major trauma and surgery has also been demonstrated with oral supplements including several grams per day of glutamine.4

References

1. Cynober L. Amino acid metabolism in thermal burns. JPEN 1989;13:196.

2. De Bandt JP, Coudray-Lucas C, Lioret N, et al. A randomized controlled trial of the influence of the mode of enteral ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate administration in burn patients. J Nutr 1998;128:563-9.

3. Cynober L. Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate in nutritional support. Nutrition 1991;7:313-22 [review].

4. Romito RA. Early administration of enteral nutrients in critically ill patients. AACN Clin Issues 1995;6:242-56.

Athletic Performance
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG) is formed from the amino acids ornithine and glutamine and is believed to facilitate muscle growth by enhancing the body's release of anabolic hormones. While this effect has been found in studies on hospitalized patients and elderly people,1, 2 no studies on muscle growth in athletes using OKG have been published.

References

1. Le Boucher J, Cynober LA. Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate: the puzzle. Nutrition 1998;14:870-3 [review].

2. Brocker P, Vellas B, Albarede J, et al. A two-centre, randomized, double blind trial of ornithine oxoglutarate in 194 elderly, ambulatory, convalescent subjects. Age Aging 1994;23:303-6.

Recovery from Illness
Dose: Refer to label instructions

The amino acids ornithine and glutamine are combined to form ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG).

Copyright 2014 Aisle7. All rights reserved. Aisle7.com

The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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Ratings and Reviews

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Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon
 
4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Tastes good / tastes fine (28)
  • Quickens recovery time (22)
  • Builds muscle (16)
  • Boosts energy (15)
  • Good value (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • During workout (20)
    • Everyday (17)
    • Before workout (16)
    • During recovery (16)
    • After workout (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Competitive athlete (15), Health conscious (3), Runner (3), Weekend warrior (3)
      • Gender:
      • Male (22)
      • Where did you hear about this product?:
      • Newsletter or blog (4), Other (4), Email (3), Special event (3)
      • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
      • 3-5 supplements daily (13), 6+ supplements daily (6), 1-2 supplements daily (4)
      • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
      • Quality (24), Price (12), Convenience (7)

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    5.0

    Alpha Amino- Called Alpha for a Reason

    By echastain88

    from Tulsa, OK

    About Me Strength athlete

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Easy to mix
    • Great Price
    • Reduced Soreness
    • Tastes Good

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Men
    • Preintrapost Workout
    • Recovery
    • Women

    Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

    I signed up to try a sample of Alpha Amino back in December and was given a single serving sample of 2 flavors from Cellucor. The sample I received had 2 servings one was Watermelon, and the other Lemon Lime.
    I immediately tried the product, as it was a lifting day when i recieved it and was anxious to test it out. My first dose i mixed the watermelon with about 10 oz of cold water. The flavor was very sweet, so i decided to dilute it a bit further. I ended up going with about 18 oz of water per 1 serving. This was spot on. Not to sweet, not to dull, just right.

    I use BCAA's primarily as an intra workout supplement, but they can be used before/during/after workouts.
    I did not notice any difference intra workout other than not feeling as thirsty as normal. This, obviously, can be attributed to Alpha Amino's hydration blend.
    My workouts typically last anywhere from 45-60 minutes, and by the end of my workout i had finished off my serving of alpha amino. Honestly... it was gone within the first 30 minutes of the workout. It was so tasty i couldnt stop drinking it. Taste receives a solid 10/10.

    The next couple of days were great, not the normal soreness that I normally get, even with the use of other BCAA products. Effectiveness/Recovery gets a 10/10.

    Another big plus about Alpha Amino is how simple it is to mix. You can stir it, shake it, blend it, whatever you want. It doesn't matter, it blends easily no matter how you blend it. Most other BCAA products leave unmixed powder or clumps, not Alpha Amino. 10/10 for Mixability.

    Now that we've gone over that, lets get to the real details of Alpha Amino, the stuff that sets it apart. The Ingredients.
    Alpha Amino contains 5 Grams of BCAA's, comprised of 3, yes THREE different forms of Leucine. One of the 3 forms is Leucine Nitrate. Leucine bonded with a Nitrate molecule, helping to increase pumps, allowing the delivery of the BCAA's to the muscles to help kick start recovery.
    Another key blend in alpha amino is the Hydration Matrix. Chia seed extract along with Raw coconut water blended with Electrolytes help to ensure that you stay hydrated during whatever event you are using Alpha Amino.
    The other Blend present in Alpha Amino is described on the bottle as the "Alpha Amino Complex." It is essentially 2.5 grams of Amino Acids, with the leading one being Glutamine, another vital amino acid for recovery.
    I give the ingredients a 9.5/10

    This is yet another great product from Cellucor. The combination of flavor, mixability and ingredients makes this product worth whatever they ask for it and worth picking up over any other BCAA product on the market.

     
    5.0

    Just Freaking Awesome

    By samiam123123

    from Little Rock, Arkansas

    About Me 23 Years Of Age, First Time User, Trying To Get In Shape

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Easy on Stomach
    • Easy To Swallow
    • Effective
    • Helps With Energy
    • Recovery Is Quick
    • Simple To Take
    • Taste
    • Taste Is Not Over Done
    • Tastes Good

    Cons

    • No Cons That I Know Of

    Best Uses

    • Intra Workout
    • Replace For Energy Drinks

    Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

    I signed up to try a sample of this product the Alpha Amino which was back in December. I believe I got it like mid January right around their launch of the product. The sample I received had 2 servings one was watermelon, and the other was lemon lime. Somehow I miss placed the lemon lime, but thats a different story. I ordered 3 on the 30 servings got 2 watermelon and 1 icy blue razz. As far as dosage for the servings, what i do is take 1 full scoop with about 8 oz of ice cold water during my workout, keeps me from being thirsty, and so far has stopped me from feeling as sore compared to without a bcaa or intra supplement. I then after consuming my cor-performance whey post workout will have another serving 1 full scoop with 8oz of cold water as relax and rest before going to bed. So far I have to say muscles recovering from soreness much quicker than without alpha. I did a full week with no alpha, and then a full week with alpha so far. Also not getting cramps during yogaX which has always happened around the 55 minute mark for me when doing it. I give the dosage a 10/10 i like the taste so i use 2 servings everyday, but 1 would do me if i could only have it as a intra supp. The taste of the watermelon, isn't the strongest, but its delicious in my opinion so i give it a 9/10 on the taste alone thinking of replacing my small soda usage with this period since its way healthier. As far as effectiveness, I honestly give this a 9.5/10 simply because i don't believe anything you take is gonna leave you never feeling the burn if your pushing yourself hard, but this will surely ease alot of any soreness and pain related to working out that i have done, and at 155ish need to reweigh going beast mode for 1 1/2 hours each day can after no exercise in nearly a year can leave me worn out. Mix-ability is my last one i give it a 9.5/10 every time i get a few pieces that don't mix perfectly with my blender bottle, but if i use warmer water it does so just fine. Overall I rate cellucor alpha amino a 10/10 assuming I could pick between any other amino's on the market right now for the same asking price, I would be hard pressed to leave this amino product. An lastly had to come back and edit this for just this side mention, I am 23 and occasionally drink on my one day off which is Friday each week. I way over did it last friday, drank myself just a 1 serving of alpha in 12 oz of water out my blender bottle. An oddly enough my hangover was gone within the hour, that kinda of zombie feeling you have from dehydration was gone with it, and i was able to enjoy my day of work that saturday. Gonna chalk that up to the re-hydration formula that's in alpha amino.

     
    5.0

    Great Intra!

    By renfrow_alex

    from Texas

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    Pros

    • Easy on Stomach
    • Easy To Swallow
    • Effective
    • Simple To Take
    • Tastes Good

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Intra

      Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

      Alpha Amino is a great supplement all around. Shaking the powder in a water bottle was enough to dissolve every particle. The flavoring was pretty good and the benefits of using Alpha Amino were nothing short of amazing. I used this as an intra which I enjoyed using rather than post workout. I was able to shorten my rest periods to tackle the sets quicker. My fatigue was noticeably lessened and had more energy to put into my reps.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Heaven

      By xavengedx23

      from Canton, Michigan

      About Me Health Conscious

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Easy on Stomach
      • Easy To Swallow
      • Effective
      • Simple To Take
      • Tastes Good

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Men
        • Older People

        Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

        I received a sample of this a little bit ago. I figured it would be just like any other intra workout product, so I was definitely not expecting much out of it before hand. That all changed very quickly. Lets start off with the aroma/scent of Alpha Amino. I received lemon-lime and watermelon. They do not have a very strong smell at all actually. In fact it is very dull. Don't let that discourage you. Once the powder hits the water, things change very fast. They start to smell true to their name. Let's move on to the profile. The most eye catching addition to its profile is the Leucine Nitrate. This solves leucine's solubility issue in water while also being a nitrate at the same time. It is a win-win situation. Nitrates are vasodilators (better knows as supplements that bring the pump) and aid in performance at the gym as well. ALSO, leucine itself is one of the most important amino acids out of all. It is the anabolic amino acid! This is due to its ability to stimulate the mTOR pathway which is involved in regulating protein synthesis and is essentially what we are interested in. The fact that alpha amino includes 3 types of leucine in this product is phenomenal. All in all, it's addition of leucine nitrate is a gem and stands the most in my opinion. It has multiple benefits in a product such as this. Other ingredients that stood out to me were micronized taurine and raw coconut water. The taurine itself aids electrolyte balance and proper utilization of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, and the raw coconut water helps the user stay hydrated through their workout as well. These two work together synergistically in this product and they do it very well. As you can see, those are just a few of the ingredients that I am very highly fond of in this product. The electrolytes, and the three different proprietary blends in this are all great additions that contribute to a darn good intra workout. Now lets get to how I used it and what I felt when using this product. I tried this product two ways. I first decided to mix it in about 20 oz water and slowly sip it throughout my workout and then tried another method which was to drink this all pre-workout. I much rather prefer drinking it intra-workout. I love having something extremely tasty to be sipping on while doing my workouts. I felt very hydrated when supplementing with this product and did not feel the need to continuously fill my shaker cup with water in order to maintain hydration with all the intensity I was putting forth in my training sessions. My recovery did feel slightly better with this product as well. It took a few weeks of supplementing with it in order to see some more noticeable changes besides the hydration aspect, but I felt like it was all there. Everything that it was supposed to do, it effectively DID and it is all that I could ask for out of this product. Let's move on to the taste aspect of this product. After trying this product, it has been safe to say that it is in my top three favorite tasting intra workout products. Better yet, I will proudly state that this is THE best tasting amino product on the market. The flavors are so very balanced and juice like that it blows my mind. The savory, sweetness, and slight tartness all play together to create a fantastic melody of flavors in your mouth. It's hard to believe you are actually not drinking some quality juice sometimes! When mixed with a good amount of water (16-20oz) is when this product really shines. Try it out guys. You won't be dissapointed.

        10/10 product in my books

         
        5.0

        Best amino blend

        By juan87diaz

        from chicago, IL

        About Me Health Conscious

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy on Stomach
        • Easy To Swallow
        • Effective
        • Simple To Take
        • Tastes Good

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Men

          Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

          I been using Alpha Amino for about a month now. It used other amino sups in the past but they only done half of what alpha amino has accomplished. I have seen an increase in muscle growth and recovery which I will have to credit alpha amino since nothing in my diets or workouts has changed. Also, I noticed that since I been using Alpha amino during my workout or before my cardio I am able to do a lot more. Flavor wise it might not be the best but it does mix really well. Also, since using Alpha amino on daily basis I noticed less soreness after an intense workout. Also, after a cardio day I do not feel the same kind of muscle tightness as I used to; which I have not done as much cardio as I used to in the past. Overall, I highly recommend alpha amino and will stick with it. I used amino acids from other brands and none have match Alpha amino. The flavor is decent. Other watermelon flavors have been pretty good, but this time Cellucor did not do well with their flavor blend.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Homerun

          By wernerd46

          from Milford Ohio

          About Me Health Conscious

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Easy on Stomach
          • Easy To Swallow
          • Effective
          • Simple To Take
          • Tastes Good

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Before Workout
            • Daily Use
            • Intra-workout

            Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

            I got a couple tubs of 30 serving of Alpha Amino. Ive been using them for just over a week now and heres my thoughts on this product.

            What is Alpha Amino?
            Alpha Amino is the ultimate sports drink/BCAA product built with amazing flavors and a premium formula that fuels endurance, hydration and recovery.
            -Alpha-BCAA Matrix 5000mg (Notice the 3x Leucine?)
            -Alpha-Amino Complex 2500mg
            -Alpha-Hydration Formula 2500mg
            -Includes Concentrated 3x LeucineTM, a combination of Micronized L-Leucine, Leucine Nitrate and Leucine Peptides

            Taste: 10/10
            I chose Watermelon for both tubs on my flavor. Ever had a Jolly Rancher Watermelon flavor? Thats what it reminds me of. Exactly like I expected it to. Was very easy to sip on and I could see myself sipping on this no problem at work, in the car, etc. I mix between 8oz-12oz of water typically and the flavor is spot on.

            Mixability: 10/10
            As you can see from the label it says to use at least 8oz of water which I do and I had zero problems with it mixing. Fill shaker with water, add a scoop, give a about 4-5 shakes and BAM! Completely dissolved for me. Havent had an issue of left over particles or anything like you do with most supplements. Either that or I need to get my eye sight checked out.

            Side Effects
            I did not notice anything out of the ordinary here. Course, never had either while taking BCAA's or any type of Aminos. So this product checks out here for me.

            Price: 8/10
            All supplements tend to be a bit pricey, but Alpha Amino is $40 for 30 servings here at gnc.com for gold card members. Not to bad, but Id like to see it a bit cheaper if possible.

            Results: 10/10
            The part youve been waiting for. I was truly impressed with this product. BCAA's and Aminos have always been 3rd or 4th on my list when buying supplements since I dont always have the extra cash to throw around. But after taking this for a week and really noticing a difference 1 and 2 days after leg day, it may move up to the top. I went heavy this past week with legs and I woke up the next day and felt like I hadnt even trained legs. I was wondering if I had slacked in my workout. I write my workouts down so I double checked, nope, Alpha Amino really did their part. I also noticed less trips to the water fountain, so I think Cellucor may have found something with this hydration formula. In closing, Alpha Amino is an awesome product and I def recommend it to anyone who takes lifting serious.

             
            2.0

            Alpha Amino Watamelon

            By garrettoverbey

            from Torrance, CA

            About Me Competitive Athlete, Runner, Weekend Warrior

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Builds Muscle
            • Good Value
            • Quickens Recovery Time

            Cons

            • Tastes Bad

            Best Uses

            • After Workout
            • Backpacking
            • Before Workout
            • During Recovery
            • During Workout
            • Everyday

            Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

            received this tiny sample bottle before it was officially released.

            Took it during workout great with helping prevent muscle fatigue, and soreness.

            i recommend to friends if flavor is changed in new formula

            • Gender:
            • Male
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            • 3-5 Supplements Daily
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            5.0

            Best Hydration and BCAA Mixture Out

            By emerson1892

            from Albany, NY

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Hydration
            • Quickens Recovery Time
            • Tastes Good

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Intra During Exercise
              • Prior To Exercise

              Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

              Cellucor has created beyond a shadow of a doubt the best hydration/BCAA drink on the market. With the use of this drink a pre work out or intra work out, I was able to power though grueling work outs, preform at a better rate, and recover faster. I would compare this product tastewise on par with any sports drink on the market, however, it has 0 sugar which beats out most sports drinks out there. I can see Cellucor's Alpha Aminos becoming one of the premier sports drinks on the market competing alongside gatorade and powerade. Do yourself and body a favor and give this a try! It's well worth your time and money.

              • Gender:
              • Male
              • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
              • 6+ Supplements Daily
              • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
              • Quality

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Could be marginally better than whey

              By eric_leichty

              from Utah

              About Me Fitness Fanatic

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Delectable
              • Nitrate

              Cons

              • Pricey

              Best Uses

              • Fasted Training

              Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

              Alpha Amino is a neat concept that enters the market at an opportune moment. It is becoming apparent to the general public that traditional sports drinks, such as Gatorade and Powerade, are little more than water laced with sugar. It might be frowned upon for athletes to be dumping pixie sticks down their throats, licking lollipops, chewing gummy bears and chugging soda, yet the consumption of popular sports drinks is nearly identical to ingesting the aforementioned candy or "junk food". While carbs (including sugars) are the best source of energy for the body, Alpha Amino is geared towards those who have no trouble eating plenty of nutritious carbs to fuel their training and/or competitions, and they have no desire to be drinking liquid sugar in copious amounts.

              Instead of being filled with sugar, Alpha Amino is packed with amino acids along with some other goodies. There are 5 grams of BCAAs in the Alpha-BCAA Matrix and 11 other amino acids in the Alpha-Amino Complex. The Alpha-Hydration Formula is mainly composed of Taurine, Raw Coconut Water (Cocos nucifera) Powder, as well as the electrolytes (as expected since they are found in virtually every sports drink) and a dash of Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) Seed Extract. Amino acids are essentially what every person obtains from simply eating foods with protein and/or drinking protein shakes, given that all dietary proteins are composed of amino acids. For this reason, it is widely believed that getting enough total dietary protein nullifies the benefit of additional EAA/BCAA supplementation, because there is already an abundance of those compounds in the diet; usually more than enough to cover maximal rates of growth or muscle retention.

              Consumption of free-form amino acids (those which are contained in Alpha Amino) results in faster absorption into the blood stream compared with the ingestion of whole proteins. This may be a desirable characteristic for athletes who wish to maximize amino acid delivery to the muscles, although whether this has a practical effect of improving muscle protein synthesis, accretion of muscle mass, or improved recovery from exercise has not yet been established. Nevertheless, this possibility remains attractive to consumers. Although research suggests that an amino acid mixture increases muscle protein synthesis after exercise, no evidence supports the finding that oral supplementation with amino acids, in contrast to dietary protein, as the source of amino acids is more effective. While there is currently no non-acute data in favor of free-form BCAAs over protein-bound BCAAs for impacting body composition under adequate total protein amounts, there is non-acute research on resistance training humans showing that free-form BCAAs (with glutamine) was actually less effective compared to a matched amount of whole protein [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16937979].

              Half of each serving is composed of BCAAs. The 3 BCAAs are classed as essential amino acids because they cannot be synthesized in the body, yet they are oxidized during exercise and they must be replenished by the diet. It is believed that when certain amino acids, particularly BCAAs, are present in the plasma in sufficient amounts, it theoretically may decrease the uptake of tryptophan in the brain and ultimately decrease the feelings of fatigue. From this perspective, one might assume that BCAA supplementation during exercise could promote muscular endurance and delay fatigue. However, if a meal or protein shake was consumed prior to training, intra-workout amino acid intake is redundant, especially for typical-length sessions lasting about an hour. The pre-workout meal is already being digested, and amino acids are already being absorbed into circulation. Research has noted that "the total contribution of BCAA to fuel provision during exercise is minor and insufficient to increase dietary protein requirements" [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16365095]. It has also been shown that the activities of the enzymes involved in the oxidation of BCAAs are too low to allow a major contribution of BCAAs to energy expenditure [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2058665]. As a result, BCAAs do not seem to play a major role as a fuel during exercise, and from this point of view, the supplementation of BCAAs during exercise is unnecessary [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10678686].

              On the other hand, several studies in recent years have inferred an anabolic effect of leucine or the BCAAs on muscle protein breakdown and a stimulatory effect on muscle protein synthesis [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15930473]. Evidence is accumulating that supports the commercial claims that orally ingested BCAAs have an anticatabolic effect during and after exercise. It is also possible that BCAA supplements could accelerate the repair of muscle damage after exercise. "BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine), particularly leucine, have anabolic effects on protein metabolism by increasing the rate of protein synthesis and decreasing the rate of protein degradation in resting human muscle. Also, during recovery from endurance exercise, BCAAs were found to have anabolic effects in human muscle [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15173434]." Furthermore, "Data show that BCAA supplementation before and after exercise has beneficial effects for decreasing exercise-induced muscle damage and promoting muscle-protein synthesis. Muscle damage develops delayed onset muscle soreness: a syndrome that occurs 24-48 h after intensive physical activity that can inhibit athletic performance… According to these findings, it is possible to consider the BCAA as a useful supplement for muscle recovery and immune regulation for sports events [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18974721]."

              It is quite possible that protein powder could serve the same purpose as supplemental BCAAs. In fact, it could be argued that protein powder is the superior choice. The only advantage of taking free-form BCAAs versus a BCAA-matched amount of protein powder appears to be the small savings in calories. Conversely, supplementation with whey protein instead of BCAAs/EAAs may provide additional health benefits. For example, cysteine-supported glutathione synthesis is implicated in protection against oxidative stress, while β-lactoglobulin and α-lactalbumin are major whey proteins modulating immune function. Price should also be taken into consideration. 20-25g of high-quality protein contains 5g of BCAAs plus another 5g of EAAs, and typically costs much less than the 5g of isolated BCAAs. Finally, personal preferences and gastric tolerance come into play, because some people might find it easier to train while sipping on Alpha Amino compared to COR-Performance Whey. Protein powder tends to sit a bit heavier in the stomach, so for a person looking to consume protein/amino acids immediately before or during training, Alpha Amino may be the better choice.

              Of the three BCAAs, leucine appears to be the most important in stimulating protein synthesis in skeletal muscle. Still, "leucine-rich amino acid mixture or proteins appeared more efficient than leucine alone to improve muscle mass and performance, suggesting the efficacy of leucine depends nevertheless on the presence of other amino acids [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20110810]." Other evidence suggests that leucine does not provide any additional benefit on muscle protein anabolism when sufficient amount of protein is ingested [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17697406/]. These findings would support the notion of ingestion of an adequate amount of protein, without emphasizing individual amino acids, as an approach to improve muscle protein anabolism. These findings appear to be in agreement with findings from animal studies showing greater nitrogen retention with intact protein diet versus free amino acids diet. Additionally, when researchers performed a dose-to-dose comparison and administered 15 grams of whey, containing roughly 7 grams of EAA, and compared it to an equivalent EAA dose, whey protein resulted in greater anabolic effects than EAA. The study reported that EAAs are not solely responsible for the anabolic properties of whey, and muscle protein accrual in is greater following ingestion of 15 g of whey protein than ingestion of its constituent EAA content, and this may be explained, at least in part, by a greater insulin response. Quoting from the paper, "Whey protein, at least in the amount ingested in this study, results in greater anabolic effect in the elderly than its EAA. Therefore, this suggests that whey protein ingestion improves muscle protein accretion in the elderly through mechanisms that are beyond those associated with its EAA content [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19083472]."

              Other work - although far from definitive due to its acute design - did not support the idea that low doses of whey fortified with EAA or leucine to match the content of a dose of whey (25 g) have comparable anabolic effects to this dose of whole protein: "These findings demonstrate that while leucine is potent in its ability to stimulate MPS, only a relatively small amount (0.75 g) is required to achieve a maximal stimulation of MPS when other EAAs are provided in larger quantities (~8.5 g). However, only WHEY, containing both EAAs and NEAAs [non-essential amino acids], was able to sustain the elevated rates of MPS 3–5 h after resistance exercise and therefore may be a better choice to support resistance exercise induced anabolism [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22451437]." It is conceivable that non-essential amino acids (NEAAs) may be required to sustain elevated rates of MPS under conditions of a higher 'anabolic drive' stimulated by resistance exercise compared to feeding alone. Under such conditions, more NEAAs may be required to serve as substrates necessary for the synthesis of new muscle proteins or other functions.

              As for the other ingredients besides amino acids, I do not know if raw coconut water powder serves any purpose in terms of improving exercise performance, but there is not any research to make me think it does. There is a research review on coconut suggesting that cocos nucifera possesses a lot of potential as an ingredient in traditional medicines for the treatment of metabolic disorders and particularly as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic agent [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23286236]. Given that chia seed is supplemented in order to supply dietary fiber and fatty acids, and Alpha Amino contains zero fiber and fat, I am unsure of what purpose the trivial amount in the formula was supposed to accomplish. While we do not know the precise amount of nitrate in the formula, the nitrate makes leucine nitrate the best ingredient in my opinion. Going over the numerous benefits of nitrate supplementation would be beyond the scope of this review, but as noted in a paper, nitrate supplementation improves performance during intense intermittent exercise and may be a useful ergogenic aid for team sports players [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23370859].

              In conclusion, supplementing the diet with essential amino acids is rather useless when the intake of high-quality proteins is at an ample range, since plenty of EAA content is already present. Nevertheless, Alpha Amino is worth taking under certain circumstances, particularly near training for those who train in a completely fasted state. The anticatabolic effect of BCAAs when taken during exercise assumes that training took place in an overnight-fasted state, minus a pre-workout meal. It is obvious that ingesting BCAAs before and/or during training outperforms training in a fasted state when looking at markers of muscle damage, but this has little relevance to those who do not train in a fasted state. People who consume pre-workout protein are training in a state of hyperaminoacidemia, unlike the control groups in studies that compare BCAA ingestion with a non-caloric/non-nitrogenous placebo. Therefore, in cases where a pre-workout meal is completely absent after a prolonged fasting period, you have a case for taking BCAAs, and I would recommend Alpha Amino for this purpose. There may also be benefits from the nitrate due to an increase in nitric oxide and a decrease in the oxygen cost of exercise, which results in improved performance in various exercise tests (see the following research reviews: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23765348, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23580439, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23075552).

              Final Thoughts: Those consuming an insufficient amount of protein are likely to see improvements and feel better by using Alpha Amino. I would also recommend Alpha Amino to those who have not consumed any protein in the hours leading up to their workout. From the standpoint of bolstering net muscle protein balance, training in a state of hyperaminoacidemia by ingesting either BCAAs, EAAs, or some EAA-rich protein source like whey is better than consuming nothing and training dead-fasted. Personally, I prefer whey instead of isolated BCAAs/EAAs for these situations, and research leads me to believe whey is more advantageous. If I were forced to choose between purchasing a tub of COR-Performance Whey or Alpha Amino, I would go with the whey. If you can afford to experiment with both, go for it. You may find that you prefer Alpha Amino over whey for subjective reasons, such as favoring the taste and/or digestion. Speaking of taste, the Watermelon flavor tastes delicious; very similar to a Watermelon Jolly Rancher. If nothing else, Alpha Amino sure is enjoyable to sip on while strutting around the gym and looking macho with a bottle of pink fluid.

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              4.0

              Watermelon is Delllllllish!

              By thecasman

              from North Carolina

              About Me Competitive Athlete, Powerlifter

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              Pros

              • Builds Muscle
              • Quickens Recovery Time
              • Tastes Good
              • Tasty

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about Cellucor® ALPHA Amino™ - Watermelon:

                Flavor: 10/10, both flavors are to DIE for. Cellucor always coming in big with their flavors. Whey, BCAA, Alpha Amino, C4, you name it. Never get enough.

                Mixability: 10/10, most powder, concentrated formulas are hard to get to mix and not be chunky on the bottom, not here! Great stuff from Cellucor.

                Performance/Ingredients: 9/10, with aminos you can't really see a huge step in gains either way. But I did like how that if I timed everything correctly and had them as you should, I saw a noticeable drop on soreness the next workout.

                Price: 6/10, not bad on price. Always if you can find a deal, its always a better way to go. But supplements always cost an arm and a leg for just a little advantage. Is a 10-20% better recovery time worth the $/dose? Up to you to decide.

                Overall: 8/10, very good product, flavor, ingredients, performance, etc. Can't go wrong with Cellucor on the flavor side. EVER! I'd recommend this product over a lot of others for that reason alone.

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