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    Is it necessary to supplement BCAA's


    If your using protien powder, according to the label it is loaded with Bcaa's wouldn't this be enough?

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    some people like to mega dose BCAAs to the tune of 30-40g....it does work to a certain extent...however i wouldnt call it nessecary
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    Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine?
    No, but I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N4cer
    Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine?
    No, but I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the taste.
    lol
    Where did I hear that?
    Oh yeah Patches O Houlihan
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    Quote Originally Posted by N4cer
    Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine?
    No, but I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the taste.
    Drink an ice cold one for me bro. I swore off the stuff recently.
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    I like BCAA/EAA's as additional supps. I can't say conclusively that they are in any way necessarry.
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    Outside of adequate food intake, nothing is neccesary
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    it's not necessary..

    is it good? yes.. very.. the more in tune with your body you are, the more of a difference you notice with bcaa supplementation...
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    BCAAs are very good, but certainly not necessary. I think you need to take at least 20g for them to work, so it can get expensive. If you buy the bulk make sure you mix it with a bit of B6 for absorption. Throw in some citruline malate and crystal light and you're good to go. Nutraplanet has a huge deal on Xtreme Formulations ICE right now.
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    the BCAAs in prtein help with protein synthesis, but very little. if you were to mega dose BCAAs you would find a lot of benifits from it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer
    the BCAAs in prtein help with protein synthesis, but very little. if you were to mega dose BCAAs you would find a lot of benifits from it.
    such as??

    not trying to bust your chops, just trying to learn more on these as well.. I honestly haven't taken any other than what's in my protein since the mid 80's... Are there any threads that will shed more light on the benefits of them? It seems like everyone & their brother takes them.
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    i just want everyone who is drinking their own urine to know... make sure you add fenugreek for that nice pancake good morning flavor
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    im all for BCAA's. Pre & post
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    Branch-Chain aminos are amazing.. I take at a min. of 40g a day, gives me good energy and my pumps seem more pronounced.. If I'm using Vaso Xp, the pump is really steady and lasts quite awhile..

    There's tons of info on BCAA's and liver health, energy production, just about everything.. I don't take with B6, the new ethyl ester form is probably a waste since they absorb pretty well on their own.. I use Optimum's BCAA 5000 powder, 10g 4x ED..
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    Very informative article. I just started throwing BCAA's into my supplement plan. Your post came at the perfect time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N4cer
    Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine?
    No, but I do it anyway because it's sterile and I like the taste.
    I just saw this thread and was going to say that funny ****..
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    So crystal light is strong enough to cover up the taste of straight BCAAs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moyer
    So crystal light is strong enough to cover up the taste of straight BCAAs?
    Yup!
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    I've just started using a during workout drink of..

    15 grams of whey
    30 grams of bcaa's
    1 bottle of gatoraid (about 40 carbs)

    taste isn't all that bad.. not all that great either.. Definately not a problem though...

    Energy seems to be up dramatically, through the course of the workout.

    I've also added 5 grams to my regular pre and post meals aswell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poobah
    I've just started using a during workout drink of..

    15 grams of whey
    30 grams of bcaa's
    1 bottle of gatoraid (about 40 carbs)

    taste isn't all that bad.. not all that great either.. Definately not a problem though...

    Energy seems to be up dramatically, through the course of the workout.

    I've also added 5 grams to my regular pre and post meals aswell.
    Nice drink
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poobah
    I've just started using a during workout drink of..

    15 grams of whey
    30 grams of bcaa's
    1 bottle of gatoraid (about 40 carbs)

    taste isn't all that bad.. not all that great either.. Definately not a problem though...

    Energy seems to be up dramatically, through the course of the workout.

    I've also added 5 grams to my regular pre and post meals aswell.
    what flavor of whey? what brand of bcaa's? what flavor of gatorade? I'm just asking because I can't think of any flavors that would taste well together... And 5g of BCAA'S to your pre and post workout meals? I thought they needed to be mega-dosed to be effective?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magickk
    what flavor of whey? what brand of bcaa's? what flavor of gatorade? I'm just asking because I can't think of any flavors that would taste well together... And 5g of BCAA'S to your pre and post workout meals? I thought they needed to be mega-dosed to be effective?


    Well I've been working my way through allthewhey chocolate mint blend..

    SO far chocolate mint/usplabs bulk pure bcaa's (no flavor)/ and orange gatoraid...

    Sort of tastes like a chocolate orange sickle, with a bit of a ick taste from the bcaa's.. but really it's not that bad. nothing like cee by a long shot.

    Bcaa's don't mix very well either.. so be warned.. but again it's dispearses enough just sort of gritty.. but no huge clumps.

    Any flavor of gatoraid will do though, I tried lemon to an that was fine.. I have some banana whey I might try next with the lemon? Might be sort of like a lemon marenge(sp) pie? lol or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magickk
    what flavor of whey? what brand of bcaa's? what flavor of gatorade? I'm just asking because I can't think of any flavors that would taste well together... And 5g of BCAA'S to your pre and post workout meals? I thought they needed to be mega-dosed to be effective?
    I drink something similar during my workouts:
    1 Scoop Grape Substance WPI
    10 scoops Grape Xtend
    50 grams Dextrose

    Sometimes I'll switch it up and use Watermelon WPI and Xtend.
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    Do you guys think 50g would be much more effective than 30g? I was thinking of trying 30g on off days and 40g on workout days for a month(about 1000g total).
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    I just tried the Lemon / Lime gatoraid with the Banana Whey...

    And its definately is the best combonation I've tried yet.. Taste alot like a lemon / banana pie, and almost completely covers up the taste of Bcaa's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek_aka_Beast
    I drink something similar during my workouts:
    1 Scoop Grape Substance WPI
    10 scoops Grape Xtend
    50 grams Dextrose

    Sometimes I'll switch it up and use Watermelon WPI and Xtend.
    I'm guessing than you think it is better to take the bcaa's with protein and carbs. The reason I'm asking is because I work a physicaly demanding job and don't have much time for breaks so currently I drink two mrps at work. I want to use a serving of extend at work in hopes of preventing catabolism between shakes. Do you think it would be more benefical to drink it with a shake, drink it by itself in between the shakes or to sip on it all day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by b_delgros
    If your using protien powder, according to the label it is loaded with Bcaa's wouldn't this be enough?
    Absolutely not!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstrong20
    I'm guessing than you think it is better to take the bcaa's with protein and carbs. The reason I'm asking is because I work a physicaly demanding job and don't have much time for breaks so currently I drink two mrps at work. I want to use a serving of extend at work in hopes of preventing catabolism between shakes. Do you think it would be more benefical to drink it with a shake, drink it by itself in between the shakes or to sip on it all day?
    bcaa's are absorbed better on an empty stomach, im assuming that is primarily what extend is.On a side note, I used to have to work long shifts where it was hard to get in all of my calories. Try adding 1 scoop of oats and a tbls of flax or canola to your mrps, if your working 8+ hours, two mrps isnt enough. This will give you another 500 cals. and wont add too much volume to the shakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstrong20
    I'm guessing than you think it is better to take the bcaa's with protein and carbs. The reason I'm asking is because I work a physicaly demanding job and don't have much time for breaks so currently I drink two mrps at work. I want to use a serving of extend at work in hopes of preventing catabolism between shakes. Do you think it would be more benefical to drink it with a shake, drink it by itself in between the shakes or to sip on it all day?
    I would sip on it between your shakes/meals to provide a constant flow of anabolic goodness
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    I think BCAAs are more important for people in strength oriented programs where they max out a lot. One of the things I've read about here and elsewhere, there's a great thread on the HST boards where this is touched on, and one of the most valuable things BCAAs give you is protection from central and periferal nervous system fatigue. I've supplemented them in the past on strength specific routines and the difference was remarkable. For less intense routines like HST which I do often they may still make a difference but it wasn't anything I could feel. They are very good at preventing burnout in my opinion.
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    If you guys are looking for a palatable, affordable way to get a lot of BCAAs in, here is what I just started doing:

    Xtreme Formulations ICE (Nutraplanet has it on clearance)
    Synergy Muscle's BCAAs ($30/kilo)
    Custom's Citruline Malate (A kilo is expensive, but lasts forever)
    B6

    I add 5 scoops of ICE another tbsp of BCAAs, a tsp of cit. malate and a bit of B6. The ICE covers up the flavor w/o getting too costly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek_aka_Beast
    I drink something similar during my workouts:
    1 Scoop Grape Substance WPI
    10 scoops Grape Xtend
    50 grams Dextrose

    Sometimes I'll switch it up and use Watermelon WPI and Xtend.
    Derek do you mix it in H2O or Gatoraide?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf
    If you guys are looking for a palatable, affordable way to get a lot of BCAAs in, here is what I just started doing:

    Xtreme Formulations ICE (Nutraplanet has it on clearance)
    Synergy Muscle's BCAAs ($30/kilo)
    Custom's Citruline Malate (A kilo is expensive, but lasts forever)
    B6

    I add 5 scoops of ICE another tbsp of BCAAs, a tsp of cit. malate and a bit of B6. The ICE covers up the flavor w/o getting too costly.
    What do you mix yours in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magickk
    What do you mix yours in?
    I have a 72 oz container, so I just add the powders, add water and shake. It dissolves by the time I get to the gym.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magickk
    Derek do you mix it in H2O or Gatoraide?
    Water. The Xtend is Watermelon flavored already.
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    Cool - thx guys...
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    i went too nutraplanet and it doesnt look like its on clearance too me? 43.99 for 2lbs
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    Just wanted to chime in and say that Scivation's Xtend, watermelon, is great. I like the profile with glutamine and citrulline. It's a good product overall and both mixes well and tastes good too.

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    bulk BCAA's are a lot cheaper than the pre-fab mixes, but you have to do your own flavoring. USP has BCAA's for $30/kilo incidentally. I defy anyone to beat that price! Nice job ceosm!
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    that is a good price, i was stating that someone said it was on clearance and its not in there clearance section that i can find
  

  
 

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