ProSupps HydroBCAA: A BCAA with All the Essentials!

ProSupps HydroBCAA

ProSupps has reformulated their amino acid / hydration formulation HydroBCAA to now include all of the essential amino acids (EAAs).

We’ve been touting the superiority of EAAs over BCAAs heavily lately as most of the recent research indicates that BCAAs are altogether inferior for stimulating muscle protein synthesis and preventing muscle protein breakdown.[1]

That being said, the vast majority of companies out there are still only making BCAA-only amino acid supplements due to the cheaper manufacturing cost, ease of flavoring, and hype that BCAAs have received over the years.

We’ve seen a slight uptick in EAA formulas, notably led by the likes of NutraBio Intra Blast, Primeval Labs EAA Max and Adamantium Aminos by Granite Supplements. Well, now you can add another brand to the list that’s shunning BCAA-only formulas in favor of EAA formulas — ProSupps.

That’s right, the makers of two of our favorite protein bars (MyBar & MyBar Pro) have revamped their previous BCAA-only/hydration supplement HydroBCAA to now include ALL of the EAAs.

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HydroBCAA Ingredients

HydroBCAA has retained its rather stout 7g dose of 2:1:1 BCAAs in the new version, but now it includes ALL of the other EAAs too! 3g worth to be exact, bringing the total amino acid yield to an impressive 10g essential amino acids.

As for what’s been removed, ProSupps has removed 2.5g of glutamine and 1g of citrulline. For a comparison, we’ve listed both of the ingredients panels below so you can see the changes between the old version (left) and new, EAA-enhanced version (right).

  • BCAA 2:1:1 (7g)

    ProSupps HydroBCAA Ingredients

    HydroBCAA contains 4 times the amount of EAAs as most other EAA formulas on the market…HOLY COW!

    ProSupps has retained the same impressive 7g dose of 2:1:1 BCAAs in the new version of HydroBCAA, meaning you’ll get 3.5g leucine and 1.75g each isoleucine and valine. It was once believed that the key to maximizing was anabolism (muscle-building) was constantly fueling the body with BCAAs; however, research has shown that all of the EAAs are required to significantly stimulate muscle protein synthesis.[2] Furthermore, not only is consuming BCAAs inadequate for stimulating muscle protein synthesis, they’ve also been shown to be ineffective for preventing muscle protein breakdown.[1]

    ProSupps is embracing the latest scientific research and opting to make the switch from a BCAA-only formula to one contained all of the essential amino acids required for protein synthesis, which we’ll get to next.

  • EAA Blend (3g)

    ProSupps HydroBCAA Flavors

    HydroBCAA is available in 8 delicious flavors.

    As noted up top, ProSupps has wisely upgraded HydroBCAA to include all of the essential amino acids (EAAs) required to support muscle protein synthesis, not just the three BCAAs as its previous version did. That means in addition to leucine, isoleucine, and valine, we’re also getting a solid 3g worth of:

    • Threonine
    • Phenylalanine
    • Lysine
    • Histidine
    • Methionine
    • Tryptophan

The one minor issue is that we don’t know how much of each EAA we’re getting. While this isn’t a huge deal, it would be nice to have some disclosure on the amounts, as that’s been the trend of most of the newer EAA formulas hitting the market, as seen in EAA Max by Primeval Labs — but note that HydroBCAA has 4x the EAAs than some other “EAA” supplements!

Prop Blend to Protect the Crazy Flavoring?

We know that EAA formulas are notoriously difficult to flavor, so perhaps it could be that ProSupps chose to keep the ratio hidden so as to protect their “secret sauce” on how they worked the EAA amounts to get the flavoring spot on.

Given the flavors listed next, it’s clear ProSupps wants to hit the ground running here:

Flavors Available

ProSupps has launched EIGHT (yes 8!) flavors of HydroBCAA, and some of them sound pretty wild. The full initial release list of flavors is:

ProSupps HydroBCAA Thirst

We’ve tried several of the new flavors of HydroBCAA, and they’re ALL delicious.

  • Blackberry Lemonade
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Miami Vice
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Sex on the Beach
  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Texas Tea

Tea is definitely the “it” flavor in the industry right now, with everyone trying to nail the perfect ratio of sweetness, refreshingness, and “lemoniness” that are the trademarks signs of proper southern sweet tea. NutraBio’s Intra Blast is Mike’s favorite in that regard. It’ll be interesting to see if ProSupps delivers on their Texas Tea and how it stacks up to some of our other favorite sweet tea flavors.

Meanwhile, Miami Vice was originally perfected by VMI Sports in their K-XR pre workout, and for VMI, that’s a blend of Strawberry, Pineapple, and Coconut. Great stuff to drink while training in the heat!

ProSupps brings EAA to your BCAA

While it might be a slow transition away from BCAAs to EAA amino acid supplements, the tide is definitely shifting. It’s refreshing to see companies big and small embracing the latest research and opting to use EAA based formulas which continue to be shown to be superior to BCAA only products.

HydroBCAA is the latest EAA rich formula to hit the market….who’ll be next?!

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References

  1. Wolfe RR. Branched-chain amino acids and muscle protein synthesis in humans: myth or reality? J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2017;14(1):30. doi:10.1186/s12970-017-0184-9. https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-017-0184-9
  2. Volpi E, Kobayashi H, Sheffield-Moore M, Mittendorfer B, Wolfe RR. Essential amino acids are primarily responsible for the amino acid stimulation of muscle protein anabolism in healthy elderly adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;78:250–8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3192452/
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