Hello again, SR! I’ve got a 1-2 punch of amino reviews for you: this one and one for iForce’s Compete. I’ve gone through both containers but wasn’t able to post reviews until now, so here ya go!
I decided I would treat myself this time around and actually get an amino supplement, and I want to thank Betancourt for giving me a full container of this for me to review. I’d also been hitting the weights pretty hard in order to prepare for my tougher gym sessions once my semester starts up again. I also was hoping for some improved endurance because I’m interning at a fitness club and I pretty much have to do some cardio-like sessions to get a feel for how the classes are taught, etc.
Let’s see what we’ve got-
Serving Size:1Heaping Scoop(12g)
Servings Per Container:28
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Vitamin B6 (As Pyridoxine HCL)
Vitamin B12 (As Methylcobalamin)
Magnesium (As Magnesium Citrate)
Zinc (As Zinc Citrate)
Selenium (As L-Selenomethionine)
Sodium (As Sodium Chloride)
Potassium (As Potassium Citrate)
Advanced Water Soluble BCAA Blend
Glucose & VO2 Max Blend
L-Taurine, L-Glycine, N-Acetylcysteine.
Alright, I like that this is a little more than just regular aminos in whatever order. B vitamins are great for giving a natural energy boost and they help absorb nutrients more efficiently, and it’s always a good idea to pair amino acids with electrolytes for better sports performance. As for the ‘Glucose & VO2 Max Blend’, I’m a little iffy on it. I like that they added the NAC to help with glutathione production, since it can help with oxidative stress and some say it helps improve VO2 Max, but the Glycine and Taurine are really not there for much. What bothers me more is that the NAC is all the way at the end so it’s probably a fairly small dose, while the rest is filler.
As for the aminos themselves, there’s a different ratio for every company. In my experience, around 80% leucine with 10% each of Isoleucine and Valine tend to work the best, but there’s nothing wrong with having a 4:1:1 ratio either.
Phew, so I’ve had a chance to try both the old and the new formula of this, so I’ll rate them both for the sake of completion.
The old formula tasted awful and I think that’s what Garlick and some other members have tried. It was terribly, unpalatably bitter. When I tried it just off-hand while at work, I had to pour out about half of it because it actually made me sick to my stomach. It was gritty, had a chalky after taste, and the grit at the bottom was like drinking sand; Fooing terrible.
The new formula on the other hand, actually isn’t so unbelievably atrocious. It isn’t good by any means, but I can down it. It isn’t quite so grainy and the bitterness is kicked down a notch and the licorice-y stevia taste is also a bit milder. There are also fewer clumps at the bottom and less foaming at the top. It’s nowhere close to as good as some other amino products but I think any diehard lifter, bodybuilder, or athlete will be able to down this stuff.
Easy, to a point. I had no trouble mixing this in a shaker cup, water bottle, or glass of water. Like I stated above, there are some clumps and it is a bit gritty, but the newer formula at least addresses a lot of the issues of the previous version. The foam that inevitably gets up near the top is especially bitter and it’s annoying having to taste that first to get to the actual liquid portion because it never quite goes away, it just stays and sticks to the side of the shaker unless you swirl it around to get it off. It’s sort of par the course for amino drinks, but it’s an issue nonetheless.
This is the part we’re all really wondering about, isn’t it? I can happily say that Pure Amino worked for me, but not as good as other products I’ve had in the past. For cardio and lifting sessions both, I noticed I was stronger and my rest periods were shorter. As far as preventing DOMS and helping me recover after utterly slaying myself in the gym…not really anything special here. The day right after my sessions I was only a little sore here and there. It was better than if I hadn’t taken it at all, but the second day always hit me like a ton of bricks and it didn’t matter if I had taken my Pure Amino or not.
Looking over the cost-benefit of this product, I can really only give it a ‘meh’ or a thumbs down. It’s around 30 bucks for 28 servings -which in and of itself isn’t bad- except that the taste will drive away most and I know that if I spend thirty bucks for a product that made me gag, I’d be pissed.
It really isn’t a bad product and it gets the job done, but I know other products that give the same (if not better) results that are actually not half bad to drink for around the same price. Because of this, I can’t really recommend it to anyone since there are several other supplements I’d suggest first. Hope this helps, wishing everyone a good one!