Cellucor has been a strong supplement company ever since it’s arrival onto the market a couple of years back. Recently, they’ve been fairly quiet with new releases ever since the introduction of the COR Performance Series of product. However, Cellucor have used that time wisely and invested in some serious research and development and have come up with a range of new supplements, one of which is their amino acid supplement, Alpha Amino.
Cellucor Alpha Amino Highlights
- Blend of Essential & Non-Essential Amino Acids
- 3 Types of the Anabolic Amino Acid Leucine including a Peptide Form
- Hydration Formula with Electrolytes, Chia Seed and Coconut Water
Cellucor Alpha Amino Ingredients & Dosages
Cellucor Alpha Amino can be considered as predominantly an intra-workout supplement with typical during workout ingredients. More than just branched chain amino acids however, Alpha Amino is an upgraded version of their COR Performance Beta BCAA supplement, which is more suited for use prior to a workout thanks to common pre-workout ingredients such as beta alanine and citrulline. Cellucor’s Alpha Amino contains:
- Alpha BCAA Matrix (5,000mg) - BCAA Blend featuring 3x Leucine which combines three different types of leucine as well as the other two branched chain amino acids.
- Alpha Hydration Formula (2,500mg) - Utilising a combination of chia seeds, coconut water and electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium.
- Alpha Amino Complex (2,500mg) – Including a range of 10 essential & non-essential Amino Acids including added glutamine and citrulline.
Alpha Amino will be available in a 30 serving tub of 366g with each 12.2g serving at least 10g of the three active complexes of ingredients. The supplement is also said to be sugar and stimulant free.
Cellucor Alpha Amino Pros & Effectiveness
Amino acid supplementation is a great way to support recovery and muscle protein synthesis. Studies have shown that the essential amino acids and especially the branched chain amino acids are responsible for the majority of muscle protein growth and synthesis with protein supplementation. Combining more essential amino acids along with a protein powder may be an excellent way for more advanced and seasoned trainers to elicit gains. Added non-essential amino acids will help to support a range of functions including for exercise performance, immune support and a strong recovery aid. Being an intra-workout, the addition of a hydration complex is a smart idea, especially for those trainers who tend to have longer sessions over an hour. Coconut water and chia seeds are increasingly popular hydration ingredients thanks to the availability of electrolytes, important for muscle function and chia seeds which are known to help retain water.
Cellucor Alpha Amino Cons
Alpha Amino is essentially just amino acids and hydration support ingredients, meaning there are very few negatives. 6-8g of essential amino acids are all that’s needed to elicit the ergogenic changes and Alpha Amino certainly provides the bulk of that amount with the rest easily coming from a good post-workout shake.
Cellucor Alpha Amino Taste & Mixability
Cellucor Alpha Amino is an excellent tasting product as it’s very easy to flavour amino acid supplements. Think BPI Sports Blox, Scivation Xtend and Gaspari Nutrition Aminolast for example. With all the ingredients micronized, the product also mixes extremely well with no grittiness or residue. Currently Cellucor Alpha Amino will be available in 4 flavours including Icy Blue Razz, Fruit Punch, Lemon Lime and Watermelon.
Cellucor Alpha Amino Verdict
The idea of Alpha Amino is great, a simple yet effective supplement to aid in protein synthesis and muscle recovery. While it might seem like a simple supplement, the true calibre of a supplement is whether it works and Cellucor Alpha Amino will most certainly tick that box.