Does anyone know of a source of Paleo friendly BCAAs? A product without artificial colors or flavors, etc.
I need a good source, doesn't have to be flavored. I plan to weight train fasted and via Leangains.
I live in the U.S. and need a site that ships there.
I used BCAA's pre workout previously when training fasted. I noticed two things, a little more energy for the workout, and then less DOMS(soreness) on subsequent days.
Not wanting to continue buying powders, I had two choices. Eat before, or eat after.
Eating before left me weaker, blood had to go to my stomach etc to help digest food, not going to work.
Eating after left me a little drained in the workout but by eating steak or eggs after working out I was getting the BCAAs afterwards.
Simple solution: Caffeine. A cup of green tea or coffee pre workout gave me the boost and endurance. Then the meat after gave me the BCAAs.
No more need for expensive powders!
At 21 years of age, sir, I would suggest eating clean food and working out hard. Your body will take care of the rest and tell you when to eat and how much. If you lift heavy things and eat when your body says to, you will grow and be lean. Enjoy being young and don't worry so much about IF and BCAAs. Spend your money on being young and having some fun.
I use bodybuilding.com I do Leangains style IF with BCAAs and have tried both Xtend which has flavor and artificial sweetners and have also tried DNA which is a pill form with no additives.
GNC has an unflavored one as well. I bought the grape flavored Vitamin Shoppe version (Modern BCAA brand) after it ran out. Big mistake. It doesn't mix well, and it has way too much artificial sweetener.
The unflavored stuff tastes pretty awful. The flavored stuff tastes only marginally better, but there's so much sweetener that you're left very dry mouthed for a couple hours afterwards. Not good when Leangains recommends a pre-workout dose.
I'm going back to GNC. For some reason it mixed into water much more easily than the Modern BCAA brand.
I have tried 3 types of BCAA's
The first was Vitacost.com's brand NSI - Tastes was neutral and not exciting. Could not get it to mix, at all! terrible.
The second was Purple Wraath - The first time I used it was fine. Second and Third time was horrible. It felt like I was on fire from the inside out. I believe it was the Niacin & Beta Alanine in it.
The third one was Xtend - Cheaper than the wraath, plus does not have the niacin, beta alanine. If I was to buy again, I would get Xtend. But, I'm bothered by the sugar substitue, so I'm not sure I will purchase again.
Hope that helps.
I've been turning the same over in my head for a long time...
I think it's obvious that consuming any source or BCAA previous fasted training would prevent excessive muscle loss, but from an anthropological point of view: Where would our ancestors get that source of BCAA? Eating some meet of course... but then all the attributed benefits of the fasted training just disappear.
I would really like to hear other peoples opinion on this topic.
Anyway, as i've seen in many post, the generalized consensus always refers to any one of this:
Purple Wraath: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/clabs/purple.html
As far as I'm concerned, if I had to take this kind of supplements I think I would take this one: http://www.bullsportnutrition.com/anti-catabol.php
INGREDIENTS: BCAA’s complex (L-Leucine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Glutamine), natural flavors, citric acid.
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