Extensive BCAA/EAA Comparison (Xtend,NP Bulk, Purple Wrath, ICE (Ajinomoto) + Others)

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    Post Extensive BCAA/EAA Comparison (Xtend,NP Bulk, Purple Wrath, ICE (Ajinomoto) + Others)


    Please note: This is a work on progress. I am at a reduced 1-handed typing capacity. I will be mixing 1 serving of each with 500mL of water, taking initial photo, and two subsequent 20s shake +5 min settling time. I will be assessing taste, mixability and anything else of note. In the future I will try to review other products (IntraAid, PP's BCAA's, LG's EAA/BCAA) for you.

    This initial post will be heavily updated as I continue with this log, but with that said here are the initial contestants. I have already extensively used Xtend, PW & ICE, NP Bulk so expect written writeups soon. That blender bottle has been so loved the logo is almost 100% gone; 2 new NP ones inc to replace it.




    Purple Wrath (Lemonade)

    Purple Wraath (1084 grams) By: Controlled Labs

    Notes: This is an EAA product with BA, CitMal + Others. Be aware the BA causes paresthesia.
    $0.59/serving

    Taste: 8.5/10
    It tastes slightly artificial and not much like your typical lemonade, however it is still enjoyable. The flavour is stronger than many others, and 1 serving can easily flavour 600-700mL, which is a bonus for me.

    Mixability8.5/10
    It gets mixed after a few good shakes; not as good as Xtend but still quite reasonable. The 10 minutes can be shortened, but I wanted to give it time to settle, in the final shot , there are still the odd tiny clump.

    Initial --> 20s Shake + 10 min wait --> 20s Shake + 10 min Rest



    Xtend (Apple)
    Xtend (90 servings) By: Scivation

    Notes:A long time NP best-seller, and in my opinion the standard to which BCAA's are measured. Contains CitMal & Glu + the BCAA's.
    $0.48/serving

    Taste:9.5/10
    Almost perfect, I really like all the Xtend flavours. A very refreshing green apple taste. Watermelon is the most popular on NP, Lemonade is decent, and Orange is my favourite but mixes poorly (See upcoming mixage photos)

    Mixability 10/10
    In 3 minutes, absolutely nothing remains unmixed.

    Initial --> +3 minutes


    ICE (Lemon)
    ICE (2 lb) By: Xtreme Formulations

    Notes: This uses Ajinomoto BCAA's. Not instantized, but the texture is very different; it is lighter and fluffier than other BCAA's, very similar to white flour in texture.
    $0.53/serving

    Taste8/10
    1 serving is too weak to flavour 500 mL of water, I need to add about 3.5, so it loses marks. The taste is decent once you add more ICE to it, and the fruit punch is also not bad. Jjohn claims the grape is the best, which I will be buying later on.

    Mixability:10/10
    Note how some of the BCAA's float while some sink, unlike the other BCAA/EAA's thus far. Nothing at all on the surface, not even bubbles . Equivalent to the Xtend.

    Initial --> + 3 Minutes

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    Do you know if the ICE uses the instatized Ajinomoto or their regular BCAA? I am figuring the regular.
    Last edited by Frank Reynolds; 01-10-2009 at 06:35 PM.
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    Awesome man! Look forward to the review, as well as you geting some LG Bc+Eaa down ya throat :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by imprezivr6 View Post
    Do you know if the ICE uses the instatized Ajinomoto or their regular BCAA? I am figuring the regular.
    Was unable to determine, however I may email XF. Needless to say it already mixes v. well .

    Forthcoming are NP Bulk BCAA's (The unmilled batch from hell), and hopefully soon IntraAID & LG's BCAA/EAA. I will be doing the regular NP bulk BCAA's down the road, but not soon. If there's any I'm missing let me know.
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    Awesome thread Steveoph!
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    I've noticed the Xtend watermelon mixes a lot easier and faster than the apple flavor. Not sure why.
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    They are the regular Ajipure, not the IBCAA.. I had emailed them already.. THis was his response
    the regular, I have not yet tried their instantized so they have not made it to our formula as of yet
    Sounds as if it may wind up in there one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imprezivr6 View Post
    They are the regular Ajipure, not the IBCAA.. I had emailed them already.. THis was his response

    Sounds as if it may wind up in there one day.
    Thanks, OP updated. This means I still have to get my hands on some PP's iBCAA. If anybody can follow the same protocol I used (1 serving, +500mL water, picture, 20s Shake, then +3-10 mins, Picture) I would very happily add it to my review. Otherwise Ill see how I might get my hands on some.
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    great thread -- looking forward to NP bulk BCAA review
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNinja View Post
    great thread -- looking forward to NP bulk BCAA review
    I should be getting some milled NP BCAA's in the next few weeks. I'll post up the unmilled shots I made in a few minutes. In the mean-time, here's the batch of Xtend that was coarse/diff. than the rest. It was gritty and didnt dissolve completely even after 2 long shakes + rest intervals. The NP bulk unmilled was similar but white like snowflakes

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    Ajipure Instantized BCAA by Primordial Performance
    Notes: Supposed to be some of the purest around. 2:1:1 Ratio.
    Cost: $0.40/serving

    Taste: 4/10 (10/10)
    Can be mixed with whatever flavor you want because it comes unflavored.

    Mixability: 10/10
    Instantized so it mixes completely and easily. After 3 minutes, no clumps or anything floating.




    The bubbles are from our high powered faucet. It was about 95% mixed just by adding the water. The flavor is terrible but thats because it's unflavored. I usually sprinkle in some crystal light and it masks it just fine.
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    Oh, and its a blender bottle and I didn't even use the little ball thing when I mixed it.
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    I love how's it's broken down into $ per serving.
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    I really thought more people would appreciate this thread. Oh well. Also, does anyone have any suggestions to mixing leucine with water? The one time I tried, it was like it was so hydrophobic it started jumping out of that shaker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wearedbleedblue View Post
    I really thought more people would appreciate this thread. Oh well. Also, does anyone have any suggestions to mixing leucine with water? The one time I tried, it was like it was so hydrophobic it started jumping out of that shaker.
    A pinch of something acidic like lemon juice (Vit C might work, I should try that). I often frontload my leucine so its not an issue Othertimes I dont mind the floaty bits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    A pinch of something acidic like lemon juice (Vit C might work, I should try that). I often frontload my leucine so its not an issue Othertimes I dont mind the floaty bits.
    Agreed.
    I am a huge advocate of BCAA/EAA use, so I am in.
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    id like to see the new LG science bc+eaa reviewed.
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    Sent a request to LG for a sample to review, I'll let you know what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryaroberts View Post
    id like to see the new LG science bc+eaa reviewed.
    Me to ... obviously
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    Justin over at LG Sciences has been kind enough to send me out some BC+EAA to review so I'll get that up as soon as I receive it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wearedbleedblue View Post
    Justin over at LG Sciences has been kind enough to send me out some BC+EAA to review so I'll get that up as soon as I receive it!
    Sounds good.
    I will review it when I have some extra time this week. Would you guys like to see pictures of how it dissolves over time?
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    I was going to do it as soon as I receive the sample actually. If you want to chime in on the taste comparison, go for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wearedbleedblue View Post
    I was going to do it as soon as I receive the sample actually. If you want to chime in on the taste comparison, go for it!
    Oh, thanks for the permission.
    Good luck with it.
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    haha....good thread steve. you still on one hand?
    i've been on a mission to try every flavor/brand of bcas/eaa myself.
    so far i've done purple wraath (both grape and lemon flavors), np bulk eaa, np bulk bcaa, np bulk leucine, ice (tropical punch), core abc (tropical punch), xtend (orange, grape, watermellon, apple), and lg bc/eaa (blue raz).
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    I'm on the same mission hank.

    My list has been- grape is my favorite flavor. But i can tolerate about anything. lol

    Purple Wraath- on hand
    Xtend
    LG BC/EAA-on hand
    ICE- on hand
    Leucemine

    I have yet to try Bulk powders.

    Im on the fence with Intrabolic, thinking about buying some. ?

    All of the above I have really like thus far.
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    Well I'm trying to make this a pretty definitive thread; so feel free to add your own ranking, listing, photos etc. Ill have the milled NP bulk BCAA's pretty soon; I've got some unmilled photos lying around. Might have some IntraAid on the way as well.

    As for the hand, took the splint off a week ago, but the finger wont bend properly yet b/c the bone is very swollen. I tried lifting a barbell today with 25's and the pain was excruciating; I did do some light pulldowns, the first back-work in over 5 weeks, with the 3 fingers on the my right b/c I'm sure I'm losing some back muscle.
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    i just got the np bulk bcaas in today to get 10-20g per workout how should i scoop it out any tips, how do you guys do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ticco View Post
    i just got the np bulk bcaas in today to get 10-20g per workout how should i scoop it out any tips, how do you guys do it?
    i just threw in an old xtend scooper into mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    i just threw in an old xtend scooper into mine.
    Yup I use old Xtend scoopers and other random scoopers from Pre-WO supps. Somehow there's always an excess of Protein Scoopers, but these little ones come in handy; I think mine from Nimbus' Swell works out to 5g exactly of Creatine Mono
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    ok i have a few of the xtend ones hanging around ill give that a whirl ty hank reps to you! how many scoops do use hank?
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    Nice thread


    I have searched the internet far and wide to find a comparison between these products that has detail about taste and mixability. I found this by accident and I'm so glad. Thank you so much for doing it.
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    Thanks, Steveoph for the running comparisons. I have been lurking for some time and this subject has sparked my interest.
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    cool log bro, i havent had ice but i have found Xtend is King.
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    this is awesome. I have some LG bcaa, need to try it!
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    NutraPlanet's Bulk BCAA's
    http://www.nutraplanet.com/product/n...-s-1-kilo.html

    Notes: Finely Milled to avoid gritty clumps

    Cost: 0.432/serving
    (Standardized to Xtend: 0.28 for the BCAA's, 0.062 for the Glutamine, 0.09 for CitMal )

    Taste: Unflavoured
    Poor taste, sort of like stale water. Not sour/bitter, just blech. Flavour it using Crystal Light/Drink Crystals.

    Mixability: 8/10
    2 tbsps of BCAA's , (9.6g BCAA's)

    Initial --> 1st 20s Shake + Settle (2 Photos) --> 2nd 20s Shake + Settle



    2nd Trial: 9.6g of BCAA's + 1 Scoop Poseidon : No Significant difference (Photos = 1st shake & 2nd shake)

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    I would like to see you do a review of SciFit Shockwave, as it is the best BCAA I have had, and have tried almost all Xtends'.
  

  
 

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