NutraBio BCAA Natural Powder: No Artificial Nonsense!

NutraBio BCAA Natural

NutraBio has rolled out the next addition to their new Natural Series of supplements with BCAA Natural packing 5g of BCAAs per serving.

NutraBio recently unveiled their Natural Series line of supplements when they released the new  NutraBio Grass Fed Whey Isolate in May 2017. The brand looks to keep the new releases coming, expanding the new Natural line of products with a June 2017 release.

NutraBio BCAA Natural is another all-natural supplement containing just 5g of 2:1:1 branched-chain amino acids per serving, with very little else in the way of sweeteners or flavorings.

As many supplement users know, raw BCAAs taste (and smell) pretty bad. A few other companies have attempted to make amino acid supplements that are free of artificial sweeteners (ie no sucralose and no Ace-K), but most have fallen flat because stevia is just too bitter to mask the already-bitter aminos. Can NutraBio do any differently?

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BCAA Natural Ingredients

Like every single other product in NutraBio’s arsenal of supplements, BCAA Natural touts a full disclosure label, but that’s not all. In line with the Natural Series of products, BCAA Natural contains no artificial sweeteners, colors, fillers, or flavorings — only all-natural ingredients to bring you a premium quality BCAA product.

  • BCAA 2:1:1 (5g)

    NutraBio BCAA Natural Ingredients

    BCAA Natural packs a full 5g of BCAAs per serving with very little in the way of sweeteners or flavoring giving as pure of a product as possible.

    BCAA Natural utilizes the research-backed 2:1:1 ratio of branched-chain amino acids, meaning each serving provides 2.5g Leucine, and 1.25g each of Isoleucine and Valine. BCAA research is extensive and has been shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and enhance recovery[1,2], especially when 2-3 grams of leucine is included, as it is here.

    Additional research also shows that the three BCAAs are able to sustain strength and performance during training as well as improve the rate of recovery and decrease perceived muscle soreness.[3,4]

  • Sweeteners

    Nutrabio uses a combination of 160mg monk fruit extract and 110mg stevia leaf extract to sweeten their BCAA Natural supplement. These are the same two sweeteners used in NutraBio’s Grass Fed Whey Isolate, the debut Natural Series product. In that supplement, however, they used 170mg monk fruit extract along with 125mg stevia extract.

    Stevia sweetened BCAAs haven’t been the biggest hit with the PP crowd, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one fares in comparison to the other naturally-sweetened ones sampled thus far. None of the others have used Monk Fruit Extract, so we’re hoping that will be a major difference-maker.

    Other natural BCAAs have also snuck in some sugar alcohols, high amounts of malic acid, and high amounts of sodium (labeled as “electrolytes”) in an effort to mask some of the taste.

BCAA Natural vs Other BCAAs

You may be wondering what the big deal is with NutraBio’s BCAA Naturals. Sure, it doesn’t use artificial sweeteners, color, or flavoring, but is there anything else that makes it different from the hundreds of other BCAA supplements on the market?

NutraBio BCAA Natural Benefits

BCAA Natural contains 5g of 2:1:1 BCAAs for better muscle recovery, performance and protein synthesis.

You bet there are!

100% Vegetable Based Aminos Used

For starters, you might be interested to know that the vast majority of BCAAs used in amino acid supplements are primarily derived from duck feathers and / or horse hair. If the thought of that is somewhat unappealing, you can find solace in NutraBio’s BCAAs which are 100% vegetable based and manufacturing using only natural fermentation.

Additionally, unlike the majority competitor products on the market, NutraBio manufactures all of their own supplements in a state-of-the-art GMP-certified and FDA-inspected facility. This means Mark Glazier and co. know exactly what and how much of each single ingredient goes into their products, ensuring only the highest quality supplements for you, the consumer. NutraBio thoroughly vets all of their raw material using FT-NIR spectroscopy so that nothing gets into their products that shouldn’t be there.

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And finally, you can check the third party lab test results conducted on all of NutraBio’s supplements, including BCAA Natural. Simply enter the lot number printed on your tub, and you’ll be instantly able to view the reports of the 3rd party lab test.

Initial Flavors Available

NutraBio Without Compromise

When it comes to quality, NutraBio is Without Compromise!

NutraBio has launched their brand new all natural BCAA product in just one flavor — Lemonade. Hopefully, as the Natural series continues to expand, so does the flavor lineup of the product. BCAAs are a task to flavor well, and all the more difficult when you’re only using natural sweeteners and flavoring agents, so expect to wait awhile before the next new flavor debuts.

Takeaway

While NutraBio’s latest release may not be for every lifter or weekend warrior out there, the number of those embracing the all-natural lifestyle and shunning artificial sweeteners / flavorings is growing, and that’s exactly who BCAA Natural is intended for.

If you’re sick of sucralose, Red 40, and products made from stuff like horse hair, but still want to enjoy some aminos while you train, NutraBio’s Natural Series is finally here for you:

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References

  1. Norton, L. E., & Layman, D. K. (2006). Leucine regulates translation initiation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle after exercise. The Journal of nutrition, 136(2), 533S-537S. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/136/2/533S.long
  2. Negro M, Giardina S, Marzani B, Marzatico F. Branched-chain amino acid supplementation does not enhance athletic performance but affects muscle recovery and the immune system. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2008;48(3):347-351. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18974721
  3. Gee TI, Deniel S. Branched-chain amino acid supplementation attenuates a decrease in power-producing ability following acute strength training. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2016;56(12):1511-1517. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26853239
  4. Waldron M, Whelan K, Jeffries O, Burt D, Howe L, Patterson SD. The effects of acute branched-chain amino acid supplementation on recovery from a single bout of hypertrophy exercise in resistance-trained athletes. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab = Physiol Appl Nutr  Metab. 2017;42(6):630-636. doi:10.1139/apnm-2016-0569. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28177706
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