Max’s BCAA 10:1:1 is one of three new products to be added to Max’s rapidly growing Lab Series. While the name is relatively self-explanatory, one can miss the products’ key details if fooled into thinking it’s just a straight forward BCAA supplement.
Max’s BCAA 10:1:1 Highlights
Like all other products in the Lab Series, Max’s BCAA 10:1:1 is advertised as containing ‘pharmaceutical grade’ aminos together with being fat- and sugar-free. While these are great features, they are becoming relatively standard for many products in the BCAA supplement category. The other major highlight for the product is it comes free of fillers, sweeteners and flavours. In a nutshell, this means the product is not likely to taste great - but is perfect for the 'natural' types. We will touch on this issue more below.
Max’s BCAA 10:1:1 Ingredients & Dosage
In keeping with industry trends (and some of their newly reformulated protein supplements), the key feature of Max’s BCAA 10:1:1 is the inclusion of specialised forms of leucine peptides. Produced and marketed by Glanbia (parent company of Optimum Nutrition), leucine peptides have been popping up all over the place in various BCAA supplements and whey protein powders. This is on the back of some nice research showing that short-chain leucine peptides are more effective for stimulating muscle protein synthesis and recovery than ordinary leucine. As we have come to expect, Max's don't disclose how much leucine peptides are in the supplement relative to free-form leucine so its hard to know just how much of a 'peptide edge' it provides.
Max’s BCAA 10:1:1 Pros & Effectiveness
Without doubt, the inclusion of leucine peptides and the high leucine content is the best feature of Max’s new BCAA 10:1:1. There is some sound published research showing that in di- and tri-peptide form, leucine acts more powerfully as a muscle growth trigger than when delivered in free form. What’s more, there are added benefits such as an increase in glucose uptake in muscle (i.e. more rapid glycogen replenishment) and better endurance when used repeatedly.
Max’s BCAA 10:1:1 Cons
No added sweeteners or flavours is a big gamble to take for such as product, particularly given that BCAA mixes are not known for their pleasant taste and leucine peptides are inherently more bitter than free-form leucine. Certain individuals have low tolerance when it comes to bitter tasting branched-chain amino acids and therefore require flavoured mixtures to satisfy their fussy taste buds.
Max’s BCAA 10:1:1 Flavours, Taste & Mixability
In their own words, Max’s say users can take BCAA 10:1:1 straight in water if they're ‘hard core’, but otherwise recommend it be added to a protein drink. One thing for sure however, it is not a refreshing fruit-flavoured beverage like many other BCAA supplements. If one wants to take BCAA 10:1:1 straight in water, they will need to have a pretty high tolerance for bitter tasting substances or either have perfected the art of rapid swallowing.
Max's BCAA 10:1:1 Verdict
All considered, Max’s new BCAA 10:1:1 is a great supplement for anyone considering a new intra workout or BCAA supplement. With added leucine peptides and a very high leucine ratio, users are sure to experience better results than your average BCAA containing only free form branched-chain amino acids. For those select individuals seeking a sweetener and flavour-free, BCAA supplement, this is an obvious high quality choice.