USPLabs AminoLIFT+ Upgraded: Taking on AmiNO Energy

Note: This page has been updated with new ingredients on July 5, 2016 from its original write-up on May 1, 2014.

USPLabs AminoLift+

USPLabs is back with a revamped version of its amino energy supplement AminoLift+.

No doubt by now you’ve come across one of the many energy amino products that have burst onto the market over the past year or so. This is a burgeoning market set to capitalize on all those coffee and energy-drink fiends who need several “pick me ups” during the long work day.

One of the first energy amino products to come around was the original AminoLIFT by USPLabs. Now that some time has passed, USP has decided to make a few minor – yet very positive – tweaks to the formula leading to the release of AminoLIFT+.

New Formula Differences:

  • BCAAs now first in the amino acid blend – more of what’s important
  • 110mg of caffeine in the new version, compared to ~100mg in the original
  • Reduced # of ingredients in “Focused Energy Blend” but larger dose overall

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In the above stores, to see if they have the new formula, either look for the new Mango Margarita flavor, or look at the store’s label and see if they have AminoLift+ with the BCAAs (leucine / isoleucine / valine) first in the ingredients panel.

AminoLift+ Ingredients

Not much has really changed all that much from the original AminoLift formula. Most noticeable are the increased dosage of aminos (7g) as well as an increased “Focused Energy Blend” from 402 mg to 470mg. Other than that, there’s not much different.

  • AminoEssentials+ Blend (7g)

    • BCAAs (2g)

      USPLabs AminoLift+ Ingredients

      The new version of AminoLift+ has some minor upgrades over its predecessor including a bit more caffeine and a disclosed amount of BCAAs.

      Here’s the most prominent change (i.e. improvement) over the original AminoLift: the BCAAs are listed FIRST in the amino blend instead of being spread throughout the myriad of other aminos to come. Additionally we also know that there are a total of 2g of BCAAs in each scoop of AminoLift+, which we had no clue of how many there were in the original.

      As you may remember branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are the three crucial amino acids (Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine) used by the body to drive muscle protein synthesis.[1,2] During intense exercise, catabolism (muscle breakdown) takes place, and if this occurs too often (or too long), you start to lose all of your gains. Thankfully, BCAAs do a great job of preventing catabolism.[3]

      If you’re not consuming BCAAs pre workout, it’s crucial to consume them during (and after) your workout, or whenever it’s going to be a LONG time between major meals or snacks.and after to preserve the lean muscle mass you’ve strived so hard to build.

      While it’s not a mind-blowing amount, it’s still good to know how much you’re getting.

    • Other Aminos

      Making up the rest of the 5g of amino acids in a single scoop is a combination of L-alanine, L-glycine, Taurine, L-Citrulline, L-Glutamine, L-Lysine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Methionine, L-Histidine, and L-Threonine.

      Again, we don’t know how much of each individual amino we’re getting in each scoop. And, much like the original the collection of aminos contained in AminoLift+  seems to be geared more towards general health, hydration, and endurance, rather than strictly going towards maintaining the pro-anabolic state induced by BCAAs.

      If it’s BCAAs you’re really after, you’d do better checking out USPLabs ModernBCAA+ or one of our other top BCAA products.

  • Focused Energy Blend (470mg)

    • Choline Bitartrate

      USPLabs AminoLIFT New Formula

      Bringing the “Focus” is the choline bitartrate. We’re big choline lovers here at PricePlow

      Bringing the “focus” of the Focused Energy Blend is the essential nutrient choline. This ingredient is synonymous with improving focus and the “mind-muscle” connection during workouts.

      To really see benefit from your workouts, you need to be in the zone and breakdown every single muscle fiber to get maximal gains.

      Choline bitartrate is one of the more common, cheaper forms used, and requires a slightly higher dose than Citicoline, a.k.a. Choline CDP. Though we don’t know how much choline is in AminoLift+, we’d venture a guess that there’s roughly 250-300mg of it based on the makeup of the blend.

      Lastly, choline also helps improve endurance and weight loss by increasing concentration of betaine in the body.[4,5]

    • Caffeine (110mg)

      Another modest increase from the original formula is that caffeine has now been increased from roughly 100mg / scoop to a verified 110mg / scoop. This is slightly more than your average cup of coffee, and about 100mg less per serving than your standard pre workout nowadays.

      The amount of caffeine is ideal for a mid afternoon pick me up or a solid energy boost if you’re in the middle of an endurance event or really, REALLY long gym session.

    • Grape Seed Extract

      Last, but not least, we have grape Seed Extract, which is typically seen in nitric oxide enhancing blends. Reason being, is that grape seed extract has been shown to increase N.O. production and improve recovery time between training sessions.[6] Furthermore, grape seed extract has also been documented to be protect the brain against glutamate, the “neuron cell death” molecule, thereby providing some cognitive benefits and classifying grape seed as a “neuroprotectant.”[7]

Flavors Available

USPLabs AminoLift+ Stack

Although only two flavors were mentioned at AminoLift+’s launch, a third, mango margarita, has also been added to the lineup!

When originally announced, AminoLift+ was only listed as having two flavors (fruit punch and watermelon). However, shortly after its announcement, USPLabs acknowledged the release of a third flavor.

As it stands now, the three flavors are:

  • Fruit Punch
  • Watermelon
  • Mango Margarita

Takeaway

When energy aminos first came on the scene, we weren’t sure if they were “the next big thing” or just a blip on the constantly revolving door of trends in the supplement industry. After more than a year of being flooded with all sorts of energized amino products, they’re most certainly here to stay, which given the “energy-crazed” state society always seems to be in, assured it’s status as a mainstay.

If you need a midday bump or looking for some extra “oomph” during a sporting event, the combination of aminos, choline, and caffeine in AminoLift+ should be just what the doctor ordered.

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References

  1. Norton LE, Layman DK. Leucine regulates translation initiation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle after exercise. J Nutr. 2006 Feb;136(2):533S-537S.
  2. Blomstrand E, Eliasson J, Karlsson HK, Köhnke R; Branched-chain amino acids activate key enzymes in protein synthesis after physical exercise. J Nutr. 2006 Jan;136(1 Suppl):269S-73S
  3. Shimomura, Y., Murakami, T., Nakai, N., Nagasaki, M., & Harris, R. (2004). Exercise Promotes BCAA Catabolism: Effects of BCAA Supplementation on Skeletal Muscle during Exercise. The Journal Of Nutrition, 134(6), 1583S-1587S. Retrieved from http://jn.nutrition.org/content/134/6/1583S.long
  4. Elsawy, G; Effect of Choline Supplementation on Rapid Weight Loss and Biochemical Variables Among Female Taekwondo and Judo Athletes. J Hum Kinet 40 (2014)
  5. Penry, J; Choline: An Important Micronutrient for Maximal Endurance-exercise Performance? Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 18.2 (2008)
  6. Camic CL., et al.; Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research / National Strength and Conditioning Association; “Effects of arginine-based supplements on the physical working capacity at the fatigue threshold;” May 2010
  7. Ono K, et al. Effects of grape seed-derived polyphenols on amyloid beta-protein self-assembly and cytotoxicity. J Biol Chem. (2008)
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  • Ken

    Has anyone had a chance to taste the new version? The last version was the worst tasting amino acid supplement I have ever had.