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Branched-Chain Amino Acids - Top 3 Supplements & Conclusion

Updated on February 25, 2014

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Now that we’ve built up a great informational background about branched-chain amino acids you’re probably ready to start supplementing.

But where do you start?

Let me help guide you by telling you about three of some of the top rated BCAA supplements out there. Yes, I know there are TONS of BCAA supplements out there, but we're going to focus on what customers seem to like the best.

Top 3 BCAA Supplements

Optimum BCAA 5000 Powder

You can save a good amount of money by buying your branched-chain amino acids in powder form in bulk. Optimum Nutrition makes a supplement that fits right into that category.

The BCAA 5000 Powder comes in a 336 gram container, which could last you about two months depending on how many servings you take a day.

A heaping teaspoon will have 5 grams of BCAAs in it.

Their mix is 50% leucine, 25% valine and 25% isoleucine which is pretty close to the recommended ratio I mentioned earlier.

This is the ratio you’re going to see in a lot of BCAA supplements: 2:1:1.


If mixing powder into a beverage isn’t for you then you might want to go with AST’s BCAA 4500 supplement.

Their supplement comes in capsules so it might save you a little time and hassle.

You can get them in 500 capsule bottles but you’re going to have to pop 6 capsules to get a serving!

One bottle could last you close to 3 months depending on how many servings you take a day.

Their branched-chain amino acid is the same as above (2:1:1) but you’re only going to get 4.5 grams per serving with this supplement, so that's a minor catch 22.

But if you're OK with popping 6 capsules at a time, and not getting a full 5 grams per serving, then this might be perfect for you.

Supplement Direct BCAA

You’ll save even more if you go with Supplement Direct’s BCAA powder.

You can get a 250 gram or a 500 gram container, which should last you a while.

One scoop will only contain 2.5 grams of BCAAs but that means you get 100 to 200 servings per container, depending on the size you get. (Or 50 to 100 servings if you want a full 5 gram serving)

Their mix is the standard 2:1:1 ratio.

But hey, maybe you want more options than 3 different brands, so check out the BCAA selection over at they have some of the best prices around, their shipping is super fast and they usually hook you up with a bunch of free samples with every order!

I hope that you’ve learned a lot about branched-chain amino acids from this series of articles and will start seeing results from them, if you decide to start supplementing.

By now you should know:

And now you know three of the top branched-chain amino acid supplements out there today.

Have fun reaching your fitness goals and aim for progress!

What BCAA Supplements Do You Take?

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      m.danish 5 years ago

      thanks so much

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      alex marlow 6 years ago

      excellent, very informative. very thorough thanks for taking the time

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      Ben Guinter 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad to hear the BCAA supplements are bringing you good results, Jacked! Thanks for reading!

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      Jacked 6 years ago

      Everything in this article is correct. I have used a bcaa supp for three months now and has worked great! Recovery is amazing and had resulted in awesome results. I recommend powder form as well.

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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks for reading Hello, hello, and Roger! I hope i'll help you reach your fitness goals.

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      Roger Homan 7 years ago

      Great information... essential reading... thanks for publishing...

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your interesting information.