Scivation Xtend and MusclePharm Amino 1 are two quality and popular advanced BCAA supplements that are commonly used as an intra workout and/or post workout to improve recovery. While there are some similar elements such as BCAA content, the supplements differ significantly enough to make them distinct alternatives for anyone in the market for a BCAA supplement.
Xtend vs Amino 1 Ingredients
Naturally both Amino 1 and Xtend come with added BCAA. To add to this, both supplements also come with added glutamine and citrulline malate. But that’s where the differences end for these two supplements. Amino 1 has a whole host of ingredients not found in Xtend. These ingredients are found in the Cellular Energy & ATP Fueler and Amino Hydrate System proprietary blends that feature in Amino 1. The ingredients that feature in each of these blends are relatively unique as far as BCAA and intra workout supplements go. While the space in this review doesn’t permit us to go through each ingredient in detail, suffice to say that most of the ingredients have some credible level of science to support their ability to enhance performance and/or improve recovery.
In one sense, an argument could be made that Amino 1 may appeal more to active females with its content of more ‘natural’ ingredients such as coconut water, beetroot and multiple herbal powders. It’s hard to know whether this was intentional on the part of MusclePharm or not, but it’s reasonable to say that Amino 1’s ingredient profile is more desirable for the female customer.
However, the question of which supplement is better from an ingredient perspective can’t be answered without addressing the question of the respective dosages of ingredients.
Unique Amino 1 Ingredients
Cellular Energy & ATP Fueler
Amino Hydrate System
L-Glycine, L-Alanine, Citrulline DL-Malate 2:1, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, Coenzyme Q-10
L-Taurine, Coconut (Cocus nucifera) Water Powder, Beet Root extract (Beta vulgaris) containing Betaine (high nitrates), Goldenseal root powder (Hydrastis Canadensis), Sarsaparilla root powder (Hemidesmus indicus), Slipper Elm Bark powder (Ulmus pumila)
Xtend vs Amino 1 Dose
As touched on above, the obvious difference between Xtend and Amino 1 is that the later includes a much broader range of ingredients. The question then becomes do the extra ingredients that Amino 1 provides compensate for the reduced level of BCAAs per serve compared with Xtend. Probably not, but users of Amino 1 always have the option of upping their dosage to achieve high BCAA intake. Because Amino 1 is free of caffeine and other stimulants, it’s perfectly safe for users to double or even triple the dose without expecting any negative side effects. Amino 1 doesn’t have any ingredients that pose health risks when taken in large doses, which is a somewhat of a rarity for pre workouts and intra workouts these days.
Which supplement a particular individual chooses is likely to be affected by what they perceive to be an efficacious dose of BCAAs. The 3g of BCAAs that come standard in a serve of Amino 1 may be considered by many as sufficient, while others no doubt will rate the 7g of BCAAs in a standard serve of Xtend as more highly desirable.
Xtend vs Amino 1 Effectiveness
Even with less than half the BCAAs of Xtend, users of Amino 1 should still expect to see benefits from just a single serve of Amino 1. But with the generous dosing of amino acids in Xtend, it’s hard to argue against it being the more effective of the two. Citrulline and BCAAs are two ingredients that have credible research behind them in terms of the capacity to improve recovery and reduce muscle soreness and dosage is the single most important issue as far as efficacy is concerned. But Amino 1’s effectiveness comes in the form of its ability to attract a different type of customer by virtue of its unique and diverse ingredient profile.
Xtend vs Amino 1 Taste & Mixability
Both Xtend and Amino 1 share a decent taste, but one certainly notices the poorer quality taste of Amino 1 compared to Xtend, simply because of all the extra ingredients it contains. The mixability of Amino 1 is also noticeably poorer. Having said this though, there is very little cringe factor when taking Amino 1 and many individuals are likely to find the flavour and taste enjoyable.
Xtend vs Amino 1 Price & Value
On a cost per gram basis, Amino 1 is generally a little cheaper than Xtend, but this can vary from retailer to retailer. Both have a very similar server size at around 13g so the difference in value comes down mostly to ingredients. Even though you get much high levels of BCAAs per serve from Xtend, there are some who will perceive value more as a function of the range of ingredients as opposed to ingredient levels. So there are merits to argue for both supplements when it comes to value.
Taking all the above factors into consideration, it’s hard to draw a clear winner between the two. Both supplements have strong merits in their own rights. The winner really depends on the customer, with Xtend probably appealing more to your typical gym junkie, while Amino 1 may have more appeal to the broader health conscious individual looking for more value add out of their intra workout.
Winner: Too hard to say!
Although we try to be as objective as possible, we understand that opinions can vary between individuals. As such, the results of this comparison may not be agreed upon by everyone and should only be used as a guide.