Cellucor’s Alpha Amino has the right idea: load up on all the amino acids while providing other helpful supporting ingredients and proven post-workout ingredients. As always, the results lie in the actual dosage amounts, which are a bit of a mystery with this supplement, since everything is measured in groups.
The Good: Lots of amino acids, good supporting ingredients, tastes good, stackable.
The Bad: Proprietary blends without detailed dosage amounts, pricey, suggested serving size inadequate.
It may take you a bit of trial and error to find the right serving size for your own needs, which is never a fun experience. Combine that with a somewhat pricey product, and it can add up in the meantime. Regardless of the inconvenience at first, Cellucor Alpha Amino is a decent post-workout supplement that has a lot of potential benefit.
Routine workouts tend to take a lot out of you, especially if you’re really going for it every time you hit the gym. If you start to wear down over time, your body will be sore, you’ll feel sluggish, unmotivated, and probably kinda cranky. While your body can do a pretty good job of healing on its own, it needs some help if you want to stay at maximum levels in a healthy manner.
The key to this is giving your body a boost of many of its own natural substances it creates to heal after physical activity. This gives you a leg up, and a much more efficient system that can quickly recover from what you’ve put it through, bouncing back in quick fashion to go through it all again. You tissue, muscle mass, joints — they are all benefitted by this, and proper recovery helps your gains and physique.
This isn’t news to most of you. There are lots of post-workout supplements available, and the key is finding the right one that best suits your needs. No matter what you think you need, amino acids should be at the top. These natural compounds are the building blocks of protein, and help facilitate protein synthesis. This in turn promotes muscle recovery, increases endurance, and can even reduce body fat.
Cellucor Alpha Amino strives to give you all of the crucial amino acids you need, with some other ingredients that can help as well. They have largely pulled this off, but the details are a bit tricky, resulting in some rough waters when first using this supplement. Still there’s plenty to like, so we’ll start there.
Like I said earlier, they have the right idea, it’s just that pesky lack of actual dosage amounts. Here’s what’s to like.
The three compounds that make up BCAA are L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine. L-Leucine is often considered the most beneficial and effective, so Cellucor included what is essentially three different forms of leucine: instantized leucine, leucine nitrate, and leucine peptides. That’s a lot of leucine.
Overall, the “Alpha BCAA Matrix” measures out at 5,000 mg. 2,500 mg of leucine is the recommended daily amount, so we’ll just assume the other 2500 mg is a potent mix of the remaining two BCAA. No, we don’t know how much of each is in this, but we do know that it’s more than enough.
Taurine and Coconut Water Powder – These are two of the main components of Cellucor’s “Alpha-Hydration Formula,” which contains other parts as well. Hydration is key in recovery. Taurine draws water into muscle cells, which is very effective in helping reduce pesky cramps, while improving overall recovery and performance.
Coconut water replenishes electrolytes and hydration levels after a workout. Again, we don’t know how much of which is in this, but taurine is effective when coming in at around 2 g, while 500 mg of coconut water can be beneficial. This “formula” is 3,000 mg, so there’s likely enough of each.
This supplement also contains other supporting ingredients such as chia seed extract, sunflower lecithin, magnesium, potassium, and more.
Pretty self-explanatory. It’s absolutely crucial to know how much of each ingredient you are getting. Cellucor chose to lump it all together, so we’ll never know. This makes it harder to stack, as well as knowing what you’re getting in the first place, and what works for you.
This leave you with having to tinker with the dosage until you find the amount that gives you what your particular body needs. This also leads to using more of the product faster, which means more money spent, partly at the expense of your own experiment. Alpha Amino isn’t exactly cheap, so this can be a big turn off for some.
1 scoop, which contains 12.8 g. Mix with 8-12 ounces of water.
Cellucor Alpha Amino definitely has the right idea. While there are some unproven or marginal added ingredients, the bulk of this supplement is loaded with all of inclusions you could possibly want in a recovery supplement. Unfortunately, the mystery dosing could lead to mediocre results during your own usage.
The taste is a bright spot for sure (try the watermelon,) but it’s going to take some tweaking on your part until you discover what amount is best. The fact that this is a post-workout supplement and not pre-workout leaves you having to wait for results before making adjustments. Alpha Amino may very well work for you, but be prepared to have to work to find out.