Best bcaa supplements according to redditors

We found 173 Reddit comments discussing the best bcaa supplements. We ranked the 71 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Branched Chain Amino Acids Nutritional Supplements:

u/ender4171 · 19 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

No link on these since I came up with them myself. I can probably make an album this weekend though if there is interest. I'll link the products I use below. As far as how I make them, I just use a blender. I put the liquids (milk and oil) in first, then the frozen berries followed by all the powders, and finally the spinach. I blend it until everything is homogeneous then I add in the oats and pulse a few times just to combine them without pulverizing them. This is not a smooth shake like you might get from a smoothy place. There are bits of of spinach (although quite tiny) and the seeds from the berries. The oats are mostly whole still. I prefer it like that and feel that it helps prevent any possible stomach issues since there is some whole food for your stomach to work on instead of pure liquid. You could always blend it longer to get a smoother texture, but it will start to warm up since there is no ice.

  • Protien Powder (I get the vanilla)

  • Spinach

  • Frozen Berries

  • Flax Seed Oil

  • Super Greens phyto nutrient blend

  • Oats

  • 2% Milk

    I also add the following for my exercise supplements

  • Creatine

  • BCAA blend

  • Arginine

    I will also sometimes put in a scoop of fiber if I think about it (I LOVE MYOFiber, but any fiber is good). You can also sub out peanut butter for the flax oil. It's still healthy fats, but you miss out on a lot of the benefits of high lignan flax, particularly the Omegas. You can also tailor it a bit to your needs. If you want a carb heavy version, swap the milk for OJ. Want less calories? Swap the milk for water and cut the oil in half. Prefer chocolate? Change the whey flavor and use a banana instead of the berries. etc. etc.
u/xekani · 17 pointsr/Fitness

Just going to copy and paste a comment I saved a while ago from /u/Waja_Wabit. Many people recommend making your own pre-workout because almost all pre-workout blends have a lot of added shit that does nothing for you, and it costs more.

  1. Caffeine: one 200 mg pill

  2. Beta Alanine: 2 g (1/2 tsp)

  3. Citrulline Malate: 7 g (1 tbsp)

  4. BCAAs: 5 g (1 tbsp), this is optional but most effective if your diet is low-Calorie, low-protein, or you are working out in a fasted state such as immediately in the morning

  5. Gatorade Powder: to taste

    Sometime later in the day, with a meal or in an after-workout/evening shake, just make sure you have another 2 g of beta alanine. If not, then increase the beta alanine to 4 g (1 tsp) for your preworkout, but be warned you will get a strong (but harmless) skin prickling sensation.
u/JustARogue · 16 pointsr/Fitness

G2 is currently 40cents/bottle on Amazon:

Your recommended BCAA is 82cents/serving on Amazon:

So yeah, I'd consider something that is half the price and addresses OP's issue:

  • not "much more expensive" because it's cheaper
  • more effective because it actual goes to the root issue and not some tangential non-sense
u/Darter02 · 10 pointsr/bjj

I've been mixing my own pre/post workout supplements for about three years now. I'm really into researching what I do when it comes to fitness and had found a good article by Jim Stoppani (which I can't find any longer). It detailed a formula for the ratios of supplements to help build/retain muscle growth and recovery. I basically buy the raw ingredients from Amazon and use powdered Gatorade for flavoring. It tastes terrible but for me it seems to be working.

I'm currently 49yo (turning 50 soon). I lift weights on a very regular basis. For 14 months I went 3x/week doing the Strong Lifts 5x5. I'm now doing Wendler's 5/3/1 with the Boring but Big accessory. I am not trying to be a power lifter, just strengthening my body. Also, studies have shown that regular exercise helps us older men keep up our natural levels of growth hormones & testosterone. This helps in recovery from injuries of which I've had a few from training over the years.

What I've found is that the BCAA seems to really help me recover. I have lots of energy as well. I do not suffer from soreness. I can tell I worked out afterwards, and am very "aware" of my muscles that I exercised but I've not been hurting. I keep track of what I eat and count my calories, pay attention to my nutrient intake as a "lean bulk" process. Do the BCAAs help me retain my muscle mass? I'm not sure but I have been slowly gaining size as far as muscle growth without having to overeat to get a calorie surplus. How do I know?

I am 6'-2" (1.88meters). When I began my fitness journey a few years ago I was around 260lbs (118kg) and very out of shape with lots of belly fat. My first year of hard exercise (mainly walking/running/yoga/ lite weight lifting & training in an MMA school) and using supplements I dropped to 192lbs (87kg). I then began to really work out in the weight room and am running around 220 - 225lbs (100 - 102kg) while keeping about the same body fat % (a variance of 4% or so). I believe BCAA have helped me retain my muscle while eating a lower amount of calories, in other words, a "lean bulk.".

I'm also very energetic these days. I can do a number of activities with out wearing out. My overall fitness level contributes to this sure, but I believe the BCAAs, along with some of the other supplements I take, really help out. For example, the other day I went to the gym and did 70 reps of Deadlifts. Nothing too crazy weight wise as I am just beginning this new program, and I am really not trying to just get BIG.. After that I went on a 2 mile speed walk with an old trainer friend of mine. I then spent time climbing around on the scaffolding around my house scrapping old paint. I also went biking carrying a backpack full of camera gear for a commercial shoot (I'm a photographer). Sure I went to bed tired but I didn't feel wiped out. I think the BCCAs helped.

So, anyway, do some research, figure out what works best for you. Everyone has specific needs/goals. Try to define those as best you can. Good luck!

u/Waja_Wabit · 9 pointsr/Fitness
  1. Caffeine: one 200 mg pill

  2. Beta Alanine: 2 g (1/2 tsp)

  3. Citrulline Malate: 7 g (1 tbsp)

  4. BCAAs: 5 g (1 tbsp), this is optional but most effective if your diet is low-Calorie, low-protein, or you are working out in a fasted state such as immediately in the morning

  5. Gatorade Powder: to taste

    Sometime later in the day, with a meal or in an after-workout/evening shake, just make sure you have another 2 g of beta alanine. If not, then increase the beta alanine to 4 g (1 tsp) for your preworkout, but be warned you will get a strong (but harmless) skin prickling sensation.

    And then of course 5 g creatine at some point during the day, but it doesn't have to be in preworkout.
u/hornwort · 9 pointsr/ketorecipes

I go camping all the time, so I've had a lot of opportunities to explore this conundrum. I would strongly recommend bringing a cooler, a cast iron pan, a bacon press, tongs and oven mitts. You tend to have a fair bit of "chill-out" time when camping, especially if you're going with sugar-eaters who will need to rest after basic activities. So you may as well eat tasty stuff.

And while a gas stove is nice, it's hardly necessary. Find a clearing without grass, gather some rocks, dig a shallow pit if you have the implements, and you've got a fine campfire. Use rocks to set your pan on. If wood is scarce, you can google some easy low-fuel types of pits. You can also make your cold-stored food last WAY longer if you can dig a hole in the ground for your cooler. This will roughly double the lifespan of your ice.

>3 days or less: Tasty and nutritious. Assuming you have a big cooler and coconut/olive oil, as well as cast iron pan, tongs and oven mitts. All of this stuff is easy-as-pie to make over an open fire or campfire stove.

  • Bacon and eggs! Cook your bacon over open fire, take it out to drain, then drop your eggs into the bacon grease and scramble. Easy-peasy.

  • Frozen/fresh spinach/kale. Get yo' macros on. Fry it up in your pan, goes with everything.

  • Steaks. Little trickier to cook properly, you might need to improvise a little. Are you a grill master? If you didn't grunt cockily as a response, you may want to consider a different option.

  • Turkey drumsticks. Wrap em in tin foil with some coconut oil, set em on the edge of the grill for 30-or-so.

  • Fresh broccoli/cauliflower. If you want, use your pan with some olive oil to make cauliflower rice.

    > More than 3 days, especially in hot weather where cold-stored food will spoil, or if you can't get your hands on a cooler/cast iron pan.

  • First, Ix-nay on the trail mix as others here have suggested. Like 75% of trail mix is too carby and will definitely knock you out of ketosis. Almonds are good... brazil nuts are alright... cashews and peanuts are okay in extreme moderation... everything else is too carby to sustain yourself on. Make your own trail mix using mostly almonds, a small amount of sesame/pumpkin seeds, and some brazil nuts. A few dried cranberries are alright, but it's always better to err on the side of caution. Use peanuts and cashews only if you have a 30-50g daily carb limit... if you rock the <20, avoid them.

  • Second, reconsider beef jerky. Most of the stuff you buy in stores has way too much carbs from the sauces/sugar they use, so check the back. In my experience, the only ones that have an acceptable carb-level are the reduced-fat varieties, which kinda defeats the whole purpose. Jerky is also expensive as fuck to live on. If you can afford it, and you can find local-smoked kinds without carbs or with very few carbs, go for it. Otherwise, avoid.

  • Pepperoni sticks are okay, if you can find a low-carb variety. Do your maths and only buy ones that hit close to 65-30-5.

  • Hard cheeses are good. Aged cheddar has virtually no carbs, a good ratio of protein and fat, and keeps pretty well.

  • Baking! Make yourself some almond-flour/butter muffins and biscuits. Use a little extra salt and/or double bake them if you're going longer than a week, so they'll stay preserved.

  • Pork rinds. If you can stomach them, personally I find their texture gross.

  • These are my keto-camping secret to success. MCT is key, key, key.

  • It's fairly difficult to go even a week in the woods on keto, especially if you keep to under 20 carbs a day. But it's definitely possible! If you rock a campfire, dig a pit for your cooler, make sure you're fully prepared, and there's no reason for keto to have any negative impact on your camping experience whatsoever.

    > Booze. Most important of all!

  • If you enjoy spirits neat or on the rocks, you're pretty much good to go. Scotch, bourbon, rum; all great camping drinks, well-accompanied by a cigar. Gin and soda is another good option if you don't like your drinks quite so strong.

  • Music festival or drunk hiking? Get yourself a 3L camelbak, drop in a litre (or half if you're a little guy) of vodka, and fill it up with water and a carbless electrolyte mix (I recommend this one), and proceed to get hammered without depleting your potassium and magnesium.

    Don't be tempted to take the easy route and use carbs for energy. You'll crash, you'll more than likely feel sick, it's just gonna be a bad time. Keep calm, keto on, and you'll not only have an awesome camping experience -- you'll be able to take pride in overcoming a challenge. Good luck!
u/matchy_blacks · 8 pointsr/fatlogic

TL;DR: BCAAs are not protein. They're amino acids that are often added to protein powder. You can take BCAAs by themselves, too. If you are eating at a caloric deficit, in my experience, adding BCAAs can significantly help with fatigue. I would suggest slightly more protein, maybe closer to 90, but that's, again, my own experience and I'm 35 pounds heavier than you.

What I'm about to say here is -strictly- my own experience I am not a doctor. I'm female, 40, 5'7, 178 pounds. I eat at a 300 - 500 calorie deficit per day, having gotten my resting metabolic rate tested and using conservative estimates of energy expenditure. I do cardio to manage my anxiety (helps a lot) and lift fairly heavy 3x a week. According to sports medicine tables, I'm an "intermediate" lifter.

I eat about 90 grams of protein a day, which actually was a recommendation from my psychiatrist to help with my depression. I take drugs, but I also do the diet/exercise thing too. However, I find that supplementing with BCAAs, about 7 grams a day on lift days and 3.5 grams a day on off days, REALLY helps with "the bonk." I have less muscle pain and feel less physically tired. I can complete my lifts better.

My understanding is that when you are eating at a deficit, your body sometimes tries to 'eat' muscle in order to liberate amino acids. Even if you've got a fairly high protein diet, this can happen. Supplementing with BCAAs helps keep your body supplied with aminos. Now, idk how much of that is bro science and I haven't taken the time to investigate, but my own experience is that I feel way better on BCAAs -- fwiw I take the Scivation brand. The "naturally sweetened" variety gives me hellacious gas, so I stick with these.

Other possibly culprits for fatigue and brain fog are low B vitamin levels, easily fixed with supplements, low iron, which again can be supplemented or you can hit the dark leafy greens harder, and low Vitamin D. You can try adding these supplements and seeing what happens, or you can get a blood test. Personally, I'm all about just experimenting with supplements for two weeks ot a month and seeing if I feel better, but it's up to you.

Hope some of this is helpful!

u/drewjy · 7 pointsr/slowcooking

BCAAs, sometimes I do fasted training.

u/shortversionisthis · 6 pointsr/crossfit

I take some BCAA's before and after my WOD if I work out in a fasted state.

u/Vepr762X54R · 5 pointsr/army

I have found three four things that help me;

One - I am sure some of your fellow Joes are calm, stonefaced killers. Mimic them, really its that simple.

Two - I find that excessive fear and anxiety is a sign that I am not taking care of my body correctly. Dehydration, bad food, low blood sugar, sleep deprivation etc. Find out what is wrong and correct it.

Three - Get a steady non slutty, non dependa, stable, reasonable mellow girlfriend.

Edit ; A fourth thing This stuff helps me a lot. recommended serving size is 4 I only take 1.

u/tiktacpaddywack · 5 pointsr/StrongCurves

Firstly, one day is better than nothing but also bodyweight is great any time you can't make it to the gym.

If you're sore, do a warmup and then see how you feel. Usually I start to feel better. Also the purpose of the A and B days is that they work different muscle groups, so you can continue even if sore.

BCAAs or extra protein can help you with soreness if it's a big issue.
This brand is good bang for buck (more links available upon request to back that up)

u/potsnomfif · 5 pointsr/electricdaisycarnival

You can buy Amino Acids without the added pre-workout extras. I opt for one that includes a bit of caffeine and replaced my coffee intake with it a few years ago. Grape is my fav flavor but I enjoy the taste of medicine...

What I buy (but obviously look around if you have diff needs):

As for being 30 @ EDC... same boat as you. Many naps. Substances make me super anxious as well. Had plenty of rolls with me and opted to party sober (no regrets). I am in better shape now and would love to go back and go hambone.

We also made sure to request / pay for a mini fridge in the hotel room. Stocked up on real groceries and power food. Can’t stress enough how much that helped compared to eating in food courts etc. But I was surprised by the quality of the food trucks @ EDC (not the snack bar tho).

Also for anxious feels you should check out CBD oil/edibles/etc. Helps me a lot with my brain just taking a chill pill so to speak. If I smoke weed, I usually freak out and think my heart is stopping. Adding CBD into the mix completely negates that and let’s me enjoy the ride. V happy I started using CBD. Would love to use it and roll all over the speedway.

Though I have not researched any potential side effects of combining CBD and MDMA specifically... CBD is shown to alter some liver enzymes which can change the way your body processes other things, so best to research and talk to someone before attempting!

Ex: CBD inhibits the liver enzyme that processes Adderall. Adderall has a high first pass rate (the % of dose that hits your body after being processed by your liver) of around 75%. So if you use CBD regularly your body might not filter out that other 25% resulting in more drugs into your bloodstream. Obviously that can have negative side effects.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or anything just a 30yr old that eats Adderall and black holes on the internet

u/Lawlessninja · 4 pointsr/bodybuilding

Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy, Iced Mocha Cappucino, Preworkout...


Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy, Iced Chai Tea Latte, Preworkout and Essential Amino Acids with Green Tea and Green Coffee Extract, 30 Servings

Are the two I go between.

u/bcm_618 · 4 pointsr/ketogains

Why don't you just take the BCAA in capsule form and avoid the entire need to water anything down, worry about flavor, etc? Way easier, and not that expensive. Optimum sells them on amazon for $23.

u/justaburner · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I’ve always taken ON’s BCAAs but I ran across ON’s Superior Aminos and I’m so confused. Is one better than the other? Should I take both?! HELP MEEEEEEE!

u/N226 · 3 pointsr/keto

I've found the greatest results/benefits working out fasted.

Pre-workout for me:

u/Gregg_G · 3 pointsr/orangetheory

I think that a simple search of "BCAA" will give you an idea, though for every article that says they are great, there's one that says that they aren't necessary. Here is one that's pretty balanced. Like you, I sweat like a pig and typically take a 32oz water bottle (along with a pretty big towel). Each serving of this is good for 16oz so it's two scoops in the water bottle using the included scoop. If you look at the nutrition label, you'll notice that its sodium content is off the charts--ie just like having a sports drink. That said, I keep very well hydrated throughout the day and will generally eat a protein bar like RX or one of these from Costco (and get them at Costco if you're a member--much cheaper than Amazon) an hour before I my OTF class starts.

In addition, I almost always start on the floor if a 2G and rower if it's a 3G so that I empty the tank on the treads and not on the floor.

u/Miketheguy · 3 pointsr/ketogains

Optimum Nutrition is freaking great!! Overall good brand, and always priced pretty affordable - no frill good stuff

All sorts of sizes avaiable!

u/dabagman · 3 pointsr/fitness30plus

Hey akharon - thanks for the reply. FWIW it isn't expensive; maybe a quarter per workout with this stuff.

As you pointed out; it may not even be effective to administer BCAA like this.
My understanding is that BCAA+carbs will help anabolism and limit catabolism, but most studies have tested this as a post-workout.

To be completely honest, my rational for the BCAA supplementation is weak. I don't have the paper titles/authors in front of me right now, but I read two meta summaries that both said that we don't really know when the ideal time to supplement either BCAA or protein is. The papers both suggested that best guess was to make BCAA/Protein available shortly after a workout; and since I do a whey shake after my workout I figured I'd throw the BCAA into my pre.

So, the real reason I throw BCAA into my pre is because it seems unlikely to inhibit my progress, but has plausible chance of improving it.

I'll try to remember to bump this thread with references.

u/atom386 · 2 pointsr/ketogains
u/KetoConnect · 2 pointsr/ketorecipes

I drink BCAA's in the morning and Mio throughout the day. I got a good flavored BCAA that i really like. I've tried all types of Mio, most are pretty good.


u/marioarm2 · 2 pointsr/Team_Shark

I use Scivation Xtend FREE BCAAs (strawberry kiwi), and I love them! This version is slightly more pricey than other BCAAs, but it has NO artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners (does contain 1g sugar and Stevia though). I haven't tried any other BCAAs, but I figured it would be best to avoid as much artificial crap as possible!

u/punk2phunk · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

Hey. I started lifting weights about a year ago. Feeling like I've plateaued lately and am thinking of adding supplements. Right now all I take is Whey Protein after each workout. Was looking into other supplements and was thinking of adding Creatine and possibly BCAA for preworkout. And Casein Protein for before bed. Would this be a good regimen for gaining muscle? Are there anythings I should worry about when it comes to these supplements? The research I have done makes it seem that these are all pretty safe. Any and all advice is welcomed. Thanks.

u/Flask000 · 2 pointsr/Narcolepsy

I meant something like whole-grain pasta in the evening and to eat something (at least a bread!) before working out as well. The reason being, you want to make sure your liver and muscles have enough glycogen (energy). However, glycogen storages are usually depleted after 8-12 hours of fasting (sleep), so breakfast is important.

As for the supplements, something with branched-chain amino acids and citrulline malate and electrolytes. For example:

Also, eat plenty of protein. 1g - 2g per kilo of body weight is the usual protein recommendation in 24 hours.

u/eazye123 · 2 pointsr/Supplements
u/Animum_Rege · 2 pointsr/veganfitness

Here's what I'm thinking of putting together:

BCAAs (Edit: Just realized this is not vegan friendly)

L-Arginine a-Ketoglutarate

L-Citrulline DL-Malate

N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine

Beta Alanine

Creatine Monohydrate

Alpha Lipoic Acid


Waxy Maize

I'm currently using a mix very similar to the above listed ingredients and it works very well!

I would like to just take a pre-mixed powder, but it seems like they all have caffeine, which I'm not a fan of for working out in the evening.

I'm also somewhat interested in Agmatine Sulfate and Phenylethylamine. Anyone have any opinions on those two chemicals?

u/biodrones · 2 pointsr/vegan

Vegan BCAA powder (and pre-workout with BCAA) is cheap and easy to find. I got a decent sized bag for $15. Most creatine supplements already vegan because it's cheaper to synthesize it than to extract it from animals. For your omega-3s, you can get the full set of them from an algae-based omega 3 supplement. Those are more expensive than getting it from fish oil, but they provide the same fatty acid molecules.

Gluten and soy powders are cheap ways to get the lean protein you need. You can also get chickpea flour.

u/GSShenanigans · 2 pointsr/intermittentfasting

I use Amino Enery, and I really like it. I mix mine a little less than the recommended 2 scoops/16oz, as I find it a bit too sweet for my liking. Has 100mg of caffeine too, which is nice for energy and appetite suppression.

Edit: fixed link

u/fatty_boomsticks · 2 pointsr/veganfitness
u/pm079 · 2 pointsr/veganfitness

Can't say I've noticed a specific difference since I supplement with creatine and beta-alanine but I like this one:

Micro Ingredients Plant-Based Pure BCAA 2:1:1 Powder (Instantized), 1 Kg (2.2 lb)

It blends well and is flavorless.

u/cantfluketheduke · 2 pointsr/proED

Helps to slow muscle wasting. Remember the heart is a muscle.

I only take these when doing AM fasted cardio before breakfast.

u/AlteredReality420 · 2 pointsr/adderall

This is also very good to take, and it contains both L-Tyrosine and L-Phenylalanine, which are both dopamine replenishers.

I would definitely add this to your daily supplement regimen:

Amino Complete supplement

u/healthyside · 2 pointsr/leangains

I use BulkSupplements. Consistently cheap and high quality. 250g for $15, but they regularly send coupons and always have sales.

u/II------II · 2 pointsr/Fitness

The biggest thing when starting out is CONSISTENCY!

Just keep going no matter what. Feel tired, think your workout will suffer. 20 min elliptical/any sort of cardio is 100% better than staying at home!

Give it time, results wont happen over night, but if you keep up going to the gym/being active consistently over time, results are almost guaranteed!

I joined with a group of friends and we all committed to dropping 10% body weight and most of us achieved that goal this month. Basically you commit 25 dollars a month with a ton of people. everyone who makes the goal splits the winnings of those who did not make the goal.

Another item to consider is Gym Pact: Bet on going to the gym.

Take before pictures now at the start of your Journey to fitness. Shirtless front and back photo, in a year from now you will look at yourself and see everything you have accomplished. Take monthly photo's to see progress.

As for supplements, i'm not too big on them. I would suggest getting some sort of Fish Oil from Costco.
I also use the following product in watermelon flavor:

It gives you a small boost in energy and amino acids for recovery.

u/She_Squats · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

Sounds like beta alanine is an ingredient, as it is a very common pre-workout ingredient. Beta alanine causes skin paresthsias (pins and needles). Get any pre-workout that does not have beta alanine as an ingredient and you won't get that tingly sensation (unless you tingly sensations are caused by being super sensitive to caffeine itself or something). I personally use Optimum Nutrition's Amino Energy line of pre-workouts and they don't have beta alanine.

Edit: I just looked up your pre-workout. It does not contain beta alanine, but does contain niacin. A common side effect of niacin is also itchy skin. So, find something without beta alanine OR niacin. My pre-workout that I linked above has neither.

u/roseyjill · 2 pointsr/cfs

I've never been tested but a BCAA powder supplement (this one: helped me temporarily. I actually had energy and endurance and felt pretty good for about a month. I'm not sure why it stopped working or what it meant but I've tried it again with no effects. It was really nice while it lasted. :( Maybe you could give it a try.

u/mossyskeleton · 2 pointsr/Lyme

It could be that you're still in "sleep mode" when you wake up in the middle of the night, and your mindbody is dissociated from your aches and pains...

i.e. you haven't "turned on" yet, and so your psychosomatic pain menagerie hasn't paraded into consciousness like it does when the sun breaks over the horizon. Body chemical communication and all that.


QUESTION: Have you been treated with antibiotics? Are body aches one of your most constant issues?

(The below is a promotional advertisement. That said, the only thing I have to gain from this is a potential additional guinea pig other than myself to see what happens when this is introduced into a daily diet against treating Lyme Arthritis.)

I may have discovered an intriguing and incredibly simple treatment today. Recent studies have shown that Lyme bacteria shed their membranes while growing and replicating... and that these membranes stick around in the joints for a long time.. and these may be what causes persistent inflammation after a Lyme infection.

There is an easily obtainable over the counter way to potentially reduce the inflammation caused by this. It is called Glycine and it is commonly used and available (you can buy it at any decent vitamin/supplement store, or in bulk on Amazon), and the body handles it very well.

I'm going to be taking approximately 30g per day.

See also:

u/ramrod1 · 2 pointsr/ketogains

Is this the right ratio? Is there a different one you recommend?

u/aManPerson · 2 pointsr/leangains

you sure about the quantitiy?

your link has 345g for $34. that's $98 per kilogram

myprotein has 1000g for $21. that's $21 per kilogram

the one i normally buy has 1000g for $53.96. you get the idea.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/keto

Yes, that is what BCAA is.

You can buy it at GNC or order online.

Here is what I recently ordered (make sure you get flavored).

I put two scoops in 16 oz of water (each scoop is approx. 7g BCAA). I drink half before my workout and half after I'm done. I then have a low-carb protein shake an hour later and then my first meal an hour after that (two hours past the end of my workout). Since I've started doing this I've felt sooooooooooo much better during and after workouts, and just more energized in general. I'm also cutting so I was struggling with energy.

I also started taking 5g of Creatine Monohydrate each night as well -- a suggestion from darthluiggi -- and that may be a reason for my improvement as well.

u/globalcitizen91 · 2 pointsr/Advice

In my personal opinion you can try Electrolytes powder with water. Take BCAA's powder with water. Talk to your doctor before taking any advice from anyone. You can buy whichever you want as long as it's pure.

u/303onrepeat · 2 pointsr/bicycling

> on the edge of cramping

When I do long rides, usually anything over 20 miles I use BPI BCAA powder in my water bottles and drink some of it. Not only do I feel more refreshed but my on set of cramps goes away.
Here is it on Amazon where I get it-

u/akaganyaku · 2 pointsr/bjj

This is the BCAA mix I use, I practice IF (intermittent fasting) as well so it's great for an empty stomach when I'm fasted and about to train or lift at the gym.

u/lesliedylan · 2 pointsr/orangetheory

I really like that one. But everyone I know has a different BCAA they like, so what works for one may not be as effective as it is for others. As far as muscle soreness its been great.

u/crutonic · 1 pointr/veganfitness

So yesterday I tried this combo:

1 scoop Jarrow Creatine
30 mins before Jiu Jitsu.

8 a.m:

1 slice of Ezekiel sourdoug toast with almond cream cheese.
Shake with Nutiva hemp protein, 1/2 banana, blueberries, water, almond milk, almond butter and a splash of flax seed oil.

Tea mix of whole foods yerba matte and spoonful of matcha.

11:30 a.m:

1 scoop BCAA in my water bottle for during class & open mat (1.5 hours)

2 p.m.:

1 scoop Glutamine
1/2 Scoop Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder

Grilled two veggie sausages with a tad of almond cheese melted on two whole wheat hot dog buns.

About 20-30 mins after eating I pretty much crashed and had to take a nap. Was tired the rest of the day. Took 1 B-complex vitamin before bed and slept in till about 8:15 am. Usually wake up before 7 and feel fine.

If it matters, for dinner I had a bowl of quinoa with grilled corn, vegetables and some seitan chorizo, a small glass of wine and after a beer.

Noticed that at Jiu Jitsu I was in beast mode but felt my mind was clear. I was worried the creatine would give me anxiety like a lot of other similar supplements often do. I felt great and had some amazing matches. Went harder with some of the tougher dudes but held my own and felt great.

I'm thinking maybe I need to work on my post workout food/routine. Maybe I need to bring a shake that's ready for right after with protein powder and glutamine or something. Any suggestions?

u/ClassicalLiberale · 1 pointr/Paleo

With leangains method, one of the most famous IF technique, you need to have around 16 hrs of fasting from dinner to next-day lunch. I was following this for many months about 2 years back. I also did moderate exercise in the morning which meant that just black coffee was not enough to sustain until lunch. If you don't do any significant exercise in the morning then just black coffee should suffice.

Martin Berkhan's old suggestion for BCAA supplement was Note that consuming anything above 50 calories is considered as breaking the fast. So don't use more than 12 grams (~48 calories) of BCAA protein in the morning.

Note that the taste is sweet and pleasant but that is due to the sucralose, which in paleo falls under bad artificial sweeteners. But that product is relatively cheap and provides quality BCAA, so best bang for the buck. I stopped using the product once I stopped IF.

Trying butter coffee or MCT oil coffee in the morning will break the fast since you get more calories from fat.

u/credondo · 1 pointr/ketogains

I can't say from experience in regards to MusclePharm Z-Core PM; however based on the supplement facts on their website it doesn't contain any BCAAs. Not to mention this isn't really a pre-workout supplement, more for before you sleep (unless you workout before you go to bed). *Note that it has melatonin.

[Unstoppable pre-workout?] ( based on this, since it doesn't have any BCAAs either, yes you will need extra BCAAs (preferably post workout).

ON Amino Energy has all the essential BCAAs, so you're good with that.

Frankly, you would benefit the most from the creatine (make sure it's monohydrate) and from ON Amino Energy. However, it would be more cost effective if you just bought straight up BCAAs like [these] ( and instead of using that Unstoppable pre-workout, go for some coffee or caffeine pills.

u/FreretWin · 1 pointr/AdvancedRunning

I take amino acid pills, which are supposed to help with soreness, but i'm not sure they do anything. I also take biosteel (a pre-workout drink) before i run since i run early in the mornings. If you are running on a treadmill for a really long time, Nuun electrolyte tabs can be helfpul.

Amino Acid Pills


u/FirTreeX · 1 pointr/intermittentfasting

I do it and it works out great for me. I worked out for over 2 hours today on empty and I’m getting more and more used to it. Could not feel a difference today. I make sure to take BCAAs before and after (I also mix in a tbsp of apple cider vinegar before training). This brand tastes sooo freaking good (I get the blood orange flavor) and tbh it feels like I’ve actually eaten something (placebo effect lol)

u/MissyScorpio · 1 pointr/ketogains

I find that I actually crave salt on my food now (that is, table salt). I never felt this need before when doing the SAD diet. (Ha, that's a tautology). Sodium has been mis-characterized as the devil in the modern diet because the modern diet seems to adamantly blame our ails on everything but carbs. When, in fact, a high salt intake is not only safe -- but encouraged -- on a low carb diet.

This is one of the many reasons I will happily swap pineapple for ribeye in butter seasoned with sea salt crystals. (;

From what I understand, a ketogenic diet is inherently diuretic, and one can lose their electrolytes. I supplement with this BCAA powder (I sip on it all day) That way I kill two birds with one stone (get my BCAAs in, and my electrolytes)

u/No-Nrg · 1 pointr/MTB

I use SciVation Xtend mixed in my water. BCAAs+electolytes, helps loads and is sugar-free

u/levelchangemma · 1 pointr/Supplements

BCAA's = L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. The bulk "BCAA" powder you get from Amazon probably has a ratio of 2-1-1, for example

u/NSFWies · 1 pointr/PetiteGoneWild

vegetarian just means it's harder to get good protein. one of the things a plant based diet can be low on is Branched Chain Amino Acids (bcaa). These are a few amino acids the body triggers muscle protein synthesis from. to make sure you get enough, have a bcaa drink once or twice a day

i have a large tub of the watermelon flavored. to save money, you can mix half a serving of that, with plain BCAA

the plain stuff is really gross tasting and doesn't mix well with water. but the drink mix flavor covers it up, and the ctiric acid + lecithin emulsifiers help it dissolve really quickly.

ya, nuts to the mass gainers, they're just going to be carb powder. you're better off eating more low glycemic veges or beans. beans are a great source of low glycemic carbs, and you can cook up a lot from dried, all day in a crock pot.

glute/quad/ab heavy physique is a good choice for women. due to the lower starting muscle mass, thanks to less testosterone, lower body workouts can show more desireable thanks to walking around and casual use promoting more slow twitch muscle development.

i've seen girls with more average looking bodies at the gym who told me they competed. i think the hardest part is those weeks of not many calories trying to get the body fat as low as possible. after that, bam, get almost naked and show yourself off to the world. i don't think any of us are going to win any body building awards. think of it more as "fuck ya, i did it".

for now, to help with more muscle growth, try to aim for 25-40 grams of protein every 4 hours. protein shake as soon as you wake up. normal lunch, protein shake for dinner, protein from food source before bed.

the protein shake right away in the morning is because you just got done with "a fast" by not eating while you sleep. the protein from real food close to bed time so it takes longer to digest and helps promote muscle growth during your sleeping fast. and bcaa drinks don't count as protein shakes :).

only around 10% of excess dietary carbs are used by the body to make additional bodyfat. so if you're going with a surplus of calories, add more low glycemic carbs.

for now, to pack on weight, try for 150g of carbs, 150g of protein and try to keep fats to no more than 50g. if you can't hit your carbs and protein goal, try to at least hit the protein goal.

you will add some body fat during a bulk, it's impossible not to. that's why you'd bulk for 3-4 months or so, then cut and try to lose weight for 1-2 months, and repeat. when you do a cut (trying to lose weight by eating less calories than your body needs) you will lose muscle and body fat. after a few weeks, 2-3, your body will be much more efficient about NOT losing muscle. so a minimum of a 4 week cut is recommended.

i like as a female body builder. she's smart and i think has a good physique you could aim for.

good luck, enjoy the only sport where you try to look good naked, and the sport where no one would give you funny looks if you stripped down to your underwear to talk about your physique (it's so funny what i've seen happen in the gym and no one thought anything odd about it).

u/ZingelbertBembledack · 1 pointr/xxfitness

I stopped using pre made mixes to save money. I used to use Optimum Nutrition's Amino Energy. The grape flavor is amazing, and it didn't make me feel super jittery like others I tried. This is what I use now:

  • Cup of coffee with coconut oil
  • 2.5 g of Beta Alanine
  • 5 g of Citrulline Malate
  • 5 g of Creatine
u/hotsauce_in_my_bag · 1 pointr/orangetheory

Drinking a BCAA drink before my work and also on off days has helped me tremendously. I recover from my workouts much quicker and don't tire as easily. It contains amino acids to help your muscles recover/rebuild and also contains electrolytes to replenish the ones that you lost during your workout. This is the drink I use. I highly recommend it.

u/OMGWTFBBQL0L · 1 pointr/Fitness

I grabbed these and have enjoyed them. Don't get just a tub of BCAA powder because it tastes like death. Get it flavored.

u/shickari · 1 pointr/bjj

Personally I love "Optimum Nutrition" and "NOW Foods"... I like them because they're relatively cheap, easy to access all over the world, and they put ONLY the supplement you're buying in their products (usually)... some companies will sneak in weird ingredients that don't really need to be in the supplement. Oftentimes preservatives... If you buy supplements from the grocery store, that's often what you'll find.

I use Optimum Nutrition (ON) for BCAAs... for me, I like just taking BCAAs in pill form. You can buy a powder and put it in a shake if you'd like but the pills are easier for me... I take them at least 3-4 times per day. From what I've heard, the more the better when it comes to BCAAs.

NOW Foods is where I get all my vitamins and mineral or herbal type supplements. Also, I live in Germany and I can find lots of cheap and quality products at the supermarket... in the States, it was much more difficult. Fortunately, Europe is a bit ahead of the power curve.

Personally, I don't like Whey protein. It upsets my stomach too much. I use Hemp protein whenever I want a protein shake. Of course, it's much easier to get here in Germany so I understand if you go with Whey... honestly though, you can get the same effect from BCAAs (others might tell you differently... just my opinion).

EDIT: Whenever possible, DO NOT buy from GNC or some random store... Amazon is almost always cheaper.

u/eloquentnemesis · 1 pointr/bjj

BCAA and water right after, banana or other light snack after drive home. Super hot then super cold shower. Read/watch show for a little bit. Zinc/Magnesium/B6 supplement 15 minutes before sleep time. Bedroom is super quiet and I installed blackout curtains which make a huge difference.
IF all that isn't working, slap on the headphones and listen to this

u/Averen · 1 pointr/keto

LiteSalt is a go-to for me. Find it in grocery store near regular salt. It has sodium and potassium. Add it to a drink of your choice.


There are tons of flavors, it doesn’t take much to flavor my big Yeti cup (32oz of water) and it covers up the salt taste very well. It’s not a crazy preworkout or anything but good for the morning and afternoons

u/mewtwoDtwo · 1 pointr/amateur_boxing

Take this during a workout. I use it, works well and tastes decent too.

u/beauxbeaux · 1 pointr/Fitness

This is what I'm taking. There's no 'protein' section. So for one scoop, is it 9500 mg or 9.5 g of protein? (I just added all the AAs together to get that number)

u/Croxxig · 1 pointr/Fitness

Anyone have a BCAA brand the reccomend? I've started training fasted and notice that I do much better with some BCAA in my system plus I don't eat a lot of meat so I think they're beneficial to me.

Currently using this

The flavor is alright but it doesn't seem to mix well for me

u/SeekingEureka · 1 pointr/Fitness

This could be multiple things. The first thing that comes to mind is low blood sugar. Eating a preworkout meal may help you power through this. Also, I suggest Xtend for helping with endurance during your workout. It makes me feel more energized and able to push out an extra rep or two.

u/hintonmj · 1 pointr/nutrition

I've been a regular drinker for years (~4 standard drinks per night). It's obviously not the healthiest choice, but I take a number of supplements to (hopefully) mitigate the effects.

You've discovered what is probably the number one health detriment of drinking, sleep disruption. Lack of good sleep is going to destroy your health way faster than the direct physical effects of ingesting alcohol.

I struggled with bad sleep for a number of years. I believe in was a combination of more heavy drinking in the past and the stresses of graduate school.

Here's my recommendations for greatly improving sleep. Starting with the most helpful.

Glycine (3 grams before bed) - I found this recomendation on exactly for the problem of waking at night and this had probably the most obvious benifitial effect of any suppliment I've ever taken. It's an amino acid that I buy in bulk and mix in water with True Lemon to make a tasty drink before bed, but you could even eat it straight. Amino Acids tend to taste like sugar so you can save a lot of money by avoiding capsules.

L-Theanine (somewhere around 100 - 300 mg before bed sublingually and dose again if I wake up in the middle of the night) - I also buy this amino acid in bulk and keep an extra dose next to me throughout the night in case I do wake up too much. It helps you relax, lots of people like it. It's also good with caffeine during the day to improve focus and reduce jitters. The taste is a little acquired, but it's not too bad/strong. I kind of enjoy it.

Magnesium (citrate/glycinate oral or topical lotion) - This also helps with relaxation and is better with helping you fall asleep in the first place. I apply lotion because my digestive system does not handle oral well. Start small with oral and build up until you have loose stools then back off or go slower. I find that I sleep way more efficiently (as measured by FitBit) when I take the time to apply the lotion generously to my arms and legs before bed.

Slow release melatonin (5mg) - People have widely varying opinions about melatonin. I'm less sure how much it helps me, but I do take it and don't have any deleterious effects.

Let me know if you have any questions. I would order the glycine today. That stuff is amazing!

u/Kasheadams · 1 pointr/gainit

What are people's views on supplements? I've researched a bit but have seen very mixed opinions. I'm looking to buy: (Money not an issue, but do care about effectiveness)

Creatine Pills


Glutamine Caps

Currently only using whey protein, all feedback appreciated. Thanks in advance

u/learethak · 1 pointr/keto

No Problem.
Lately we've been using Stress Relax Magnesium Citrate (5% Magnesium) and Scivation Xtend BCAA- (9% Sodium + 5% Potassium + BCAA and B6) which it works out to ~$.98 a serving.
The GF prefers the flavors over the others (particularly the Zipfizz) and you also get BCAA so I figure it's a win.
The Scivation comes in a bewhildering variety of flavors, and I first heard about it on Tim Ferris' Podcast where he interviewed Keto Researcher Dr. Dom D’Agostino who had good things to say about it.

If you haven't listened to it you should, the Doc got into keto from the opposite direction, discovering it through his treatment of seizures and optimizing Navy SEAL performance in deep dives.

u/team_pancakes · 1 pointr/veganfitness

I don't know about "best" because they all taste horrible, but kaged muscle is vegan and it actually mixes decently in water.

True Nutrition is vegan and you can save 5% with code "GOVEGAN"

Micro Ingredients is vegan and pretty cheap.

I've heard people say purple wraath is vegan, but I haven't confirmed that with CL. I have a friend who trains BJJ and he sips on it through his workout. It isn't just BCAA's - it's BCAAs + EAA's + beta alanine + citrulline malate + betaine + ginger. I love the way it tastes.

u/jimmyw404 · 1 pointr/Fitness

If you're working out in a fasted state, try:

Additionally take a look at:

If you haven't already.

u/ALateNightJoke · 1 pointr/fasting

Damaging your muscles and not giving them what they need to repair themselves isn't the best idea. If you absolutely have to do it this way, then you want to stock up on some BCAAs and take them before your workout and all day until you eat.

This is a good brand that I really like.

u/JohnMarkSifter · 1 pointr/fasting

BCAA Branched Chain Essential Amino Acids Powder by BulkSupplements (1 kilogram) | 100% Pure 2:1:1 Instantized Formula | Pre/Post Workout Bodybuilding Supplement | Boost Muscle Growth

u/vegetto712 · 1 pointr/Fitness
  • Looking to buy a pre-workout BCAA to take before I work out on an empty stomach. I am looking at Xtend. Is this good? Anything better? Any suggestions?
  • I read somewhere that taking Calcium and Vitamin D supplements will assist in muscle growth / slow muscle loss if cutting, is there any truth to this?
  • Follow up question, when people refer to Vitamin D, is that D3 or just plain ole Vitamin D?
u/penguin_apocalypse · 1 pointr/running

I just bought a bottle on Amazon for like $5 for 60 capsules. Figured for $5, it's worth a shot.

Hope that's a good link and I dumped the referral part properly. Change the quantity and it's currently $5.88.

u/Anonasty · 1 pointr/Fitness

I have been thinking to buy BCAA since I have not used it before. I found "Optimum Nutrition" in Amazon, does anyone have any experience with that brand? And do I really need it? I go to gym 2-3 times a week, some calorie deficit currently due cutting.

u/kennydanielle · 1 pointr/keto

I guess I should have mentioned..I'm drinking bcaas with an electrolyte blend in them Xtend BCAAs w/ electrolytes .

u/MafHoney · 1 pointr/xxketo

I've been using this and it's worked out great. No carbs which is helpful, and I think it's fine if you're not working out. Even on days when I don't workout I have a scoop of it with a giant glass of water and it's a really good pick me up.

I also take magnesium and potassium supplements to help out with vitamins I'm missing out on.

u/hemenway_90 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I train fasted between 8-9AM 3 days a week. On days I train I take BCAAs.

Is there any advantage to getting powder and drinking them or does it matter?

u/eb11b · 1 pointr/ketogains

I suggest taking a carb free pre-workout. The 2 I have found successful are your basic flavored ammino acids mix and the Cannibal FEROX (Watermelon Warmachine)

Both have helped give me enough gas to really push through a workout.

u/DamnDirty_Ape · 1 pointr/Hypothyroidism

Diet is the main way to mitigate systemic inflammation, but if you wanna go experimental/hardcore, try cryotherapy and have your doctor prescribe you low dose naltrexone. Also, 10 grams a day of glycine is very anti-inflamatory.

Don't go nuts with NSAIDs, but keep in mind they can help offer temporary relief!health--wellness/c1fri

u/PaulTheOctopus · 1 pointr/Fitness

I do Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy. This is what i usually get, though all the flavors are pretty good, really.

u/seacookie89 · 1 pointr/1200isplenty

Couldn't you take something like this to help maintain balance?

u/matt2001 · 1 pointr/ketoscience

I've been a vegetarian for many years and went keto in 4/15. I've now added fish (salmon).

Glycine makes a great sweetener. I found some on Amazon.

u/andrewsmd87 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I buy the pills. They're still relatively cheap and then you don't have to put it in anything. Just take them

u/NibblyPig · 1 pointr/leangains

Would that be this? As extensive googling has shown it tastes the least foul :)

u/jbhunter52 · 1 pointr/crossfit

Nice price drop on some BCAAs, I really like this brand. I use it to flavor some unflavored NOWsports protein I buy in 10 lb bags.

u/Marchosias · 0 pointsr/Fitness

Throwing my vote in with you, sounds like ketosis. Zombie should check his carb intake, and consider BCAA's pre-workout

u/crvel · -1 pointsr/leangains

Xtend is my favorite for IF because it doesn't have any carbs and is really tasty. I think the best BCAA powders should be listed 0 cals, but keep in mind it doesn't really matter because the protein breaks your fast anyways.

u/anikinfartsnacks · -1 pointsr/veganfitness

PlantFusion Complete Plant Based Protein Powder, Chocolate, 2 Lb Tub, 30 Servings, 1 Count, Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Packaging May Vary

Clean Machine Cell Block 80 Supplement, Natural Testosterone Booster, Estrogen Blocker, DHT Blocker, Cortisol Blocker, Non-GMNO - 56 Vegan Capsules

EFX Sports Kre-Alkalyn EFX, 240 Capsules

Scivation Xtend BCAA Powder, Branched Chain Amino Acids, BCAAs, Blue Raspberry, 30 Servings

u/1wf · -1 pointsr/leangains

I buy 400 count bottles. 5-10g seems like a lot of BCAA.

u/AFPJ · -2 pointsr/Nootropics

There are substances for modulating Ghrelin, alas your best approach is likely Naturopathic. Try getting 250G - 1KG of these and sipping on them with water throughout the day. Not only will you not feel as hungry, you will also feel fuller (muscle-wise) & calmer. Food-avoidance approaches wreck the body by starving it of crucial proteins & fats anyways.

In general, cravings on a diet mean you're trying to lose too much, too fast or have bad food choices / habits.

u/slbaaron · -6 pointsr/mildlyinfuriating

He just meant sweet drinks with caffeine, other than obvious energy drinks, for healthy choices here's an example, with 100mg per serving and some tea stuffs, complete with BCAA if you workout or want to maintain muscles.

I could drink coffee black or not, don't get the fight about it. They taste different. If you can enjoy a good IPA or stronger beer there's no reason you can't enjoy coffee black.