Cytosport makes world’s best sports nutrition supplements to meet the standard requirements of the strength trainees and the athletes. You can always trust on this brand and expect great products from the pipeline> on the same tides I thought about using Cytosport monster amino, a BCAA supplement from the makers of muscle milk.
Cytosport has done their homework well and that’s the reason why this branch chained amino acid (BCAA) supplement is popular. There are two variants – 125 grams and 375 grams of monster amino. I purchased 375 grams variant in sour apple flavor for $30. The BCAA supplements take good time to prove their benefits. So, I took a 30 serving can and took it just after my workouts along with dextrose for one month. Each serving gives you 9 grams of amino acid in a ratio of 8:1:1. There is 8 times leucine than the isoleucine and valine. There are additional 3.5 grams of leucine in the pepform or bonded form.
Thus, the label reads 3 grams of protein. This means the formulation is quite good and proficient to boost the amino acid pool with leucine after and during workouts which finally will result in an anabolic environment. You can expect great recovery from exhausting workouts with these branch chained amino acids. It has no added sugars. One can use it during gaining as well as losing phase. Branch chain amino acids are essential for every bodybuilder especially for those who are training seriously. Monster amino has citrulline malate which gives out pumping effects to the muscles. It is precursor of major metabolic reactions in the body and citrulline malate improves the development of muscles by aiding positive anabolic environment.
The amino acid powder has a mild fruity aroma. You can mix it in water easily and there are not too many lumps as it happens with most of the BCAA supplements. I won’t say it says great but I won’t rate it bad.
There are no issues with digestibility. It perfectly assimilates with my diet routine as well. You can always carry them along in a shaker along with 40 to 50 grams of glucose for an insulin spike after workouts. It will help in muscle growth by sparing wasting of muscle after hard core workout.
I haven’t used so many BCAA supplements before in the past. I can compare it to Scivation Xtend which is another very popular BCAA supplement. You may consider other brands as well but I have found it really effective and more than enough to met my requirements. I’ll rate it well because it’s quite economic and doesn’t taste like chemicals.
Cytosport Monster Amino helped me gain muscle mass without any fat gain. It will rather boost the basic metabolic rate. It was proved in a study that BCAAs when taken before, during and after workout proved to b as efficient as consuming twice the amount of protein. I used them with creatine (post workout) and beta alanine (taken pre workout) and increased my complex carb intake for a significant gaining. Overall, monster amino is quite effective in my humble opinion and easily available both online and offline. Therefore, you can give this a try if you are looking out for amino acid or BCAA supplementation.
I can summarize this review by scoring monster amino out of 10-
Taste – 7/10
Digestibility – 9.5/10
Effectiveness – 9/10
Availability – 10/10
Price – 8.5/10
Overall score – 9/10
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Cytosport Monster Amino, 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
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