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BCAA 5000 Powder

  By: Optimum

BCAA 5000 Powder is a BCAA manufactured by Optimum. BCAA is short for branched chain amino acids. They are the building blocks of protein and can increase protein synthesis, muscle recovery and endurance during workouts and have also been shown to reduce body fat.

Does BCAA 5000 Powder work?
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I'm amazed to not find a lot of very in depth reviews on this product. I'll admit this is a pretty simple product in theory, but that doesn't mean careful consideration shouldn't be taken in it's use.

I came to buy this supplement because I realized the amount of BCAAs I was getting from my supplements was pitifully low. And since 35% of your muscles are comprised of BCAAs it makes a lot of sense to get more if you don't already....
I'm amazed to not find a lot of very in depth reviews on this product. I'll admit this is a pretty simple product in theory, but that doesn't mean careful consideration shouldn't be taken in it's use.

I came to buy this supplement because I realized the amount of BCAAs I was getting from my supplements was pitifully low. And since 35% of your muscles are comprised of BCAAs it makes a lot of sense to get more if you don't already. According to BB.come the optimal amount of BCAAs to get in a day falls between about 8-16g on a 2:1:1:1 basis (So you need 1 gram of every other BCAA for every 2 grams of leucine.) I'm unsure if that ballpark number means you need that amount total or just leucine alone. I assumed it meant leucine alone and used that ratio to measure my other BCAAs.

Dosing: I drink casein with a scoop of this in the morning, whey with this after working out and casein again before I go to bed. This put me about in the ball park of 10-11g of BCAAs from the powder and what is contained in the protein powder I use. I personally weigh about 160lbs so I think I'm on the lower end of required amounts of BCAA, heavier people I would imagine need more.

Recovery: BCAAs play an integral role in your muscle recovery so extra BCAAs go a long way. I think it's important to target your BCAA intake when your body needs it most. (Post-workout, waking, and sleeping) With the extra BCAA I noticed less soreness when getting out of bed and overall I felt like I recovered much quicker than with lower doses of BCAAs. They are definitely linked to how fast you recover and how fast your muscles repair.

Mixing: They say it's "instantized" no idea what that actually means, but it does not completely mix. I blender my protein up and this stuff still has some small white crystals at the bottom. Also for being "unflavored" they have an awful, almost vomit inducing flavor if you happen to get them on your tongue so beware of that. Probably the only thing I don't like about this product.

Value: There are 60 servings in a container. It lasts a looooong time. One lasts 2 months for me which for about the 30$ it costs is definitely an excellent value in my opinion. Excellent bang for your buck.

Overall: In the end in the right dosing this will definitly help with recovery, and rebuilding phase. The dosing depends on the kind of person you are and you should always consider what your own specific needs are, but overall this is a great supplement and I think should be a part of any serious lifter's stack.

I quoted some numbers. I got them from here. This also has some great info about the effects of BCAAs http://www.BodyBuilding.com/fun/BCAA.htm
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Good Recovery
  • Easy To Use

This stuff works, plain and simple. I found it really helped with recovery and mass building.

I won't kid ya it tastes pretty bad and it doesn't dissolve easily. Still I found that if mixed with a little whey (1/2 scoop of EAS vanilla) and skim milk. I can mask the taste and texture pretty well.

Again, the results are good.
This stuff works, plain and simple. I found it really helped with recovery and mass building.

I won't kid ya it tastes pretty bad and it doesn't dissolve easily. Still I found that if mixed with a little whey (1/2 scoop of EAS vanilla) and skim milk. I can mask the taste and texture pretty well.

Again, the results are good.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Recovery
  • Bad Taste

I started incorporating intermittent fasting into my bulking and cutting routines so naturally I wanted to invest in a quality BCAA product. I trust Optimum with many of their other products so naturally this was the first one I jumped on.

This is my first BCAA supplement I've taken so I can only vouch for the effectiveness but not so much in price / quality compared to others of course.

I use 10g of BCAAs 30 min before my workout which I do fasted (usually 16-20 hours of fasting). It does an excellent job of keeping my body anabolic.

In regards to results I have...
I started incorporating intermittent fasting into my bulking and cutting routines so naturally I wanted to invest in a quality BCAA product. I trust Optimum with many of their other products so naturally this was the first one I jumped on.

This is my first BCAA supplement I've taken so I can only vouch for the effectiveness but not so much in price / quality compared to others of course.

I use 10g of BCAAs 30 min before my workout which I do fasted (usually 16-20 hours of fasting). It does an excellent job of keeping my body anabolic.

In regards to results I have continued to see lean mass gains, even some percent drop in body fat during my bulk. As far as strength during workouts I think that BCAAs are placebo in that regard and that isn't their purpose.

If one has nutrition holes or bad workout timing maybe BCAAs can help with intra workout strength. But in my opinion it's strictly to help keep the body anabolic during exercise which this product does extremely well. (16-20 hours fasted training on a regular basis and gaining muscle mass / losing fat? Yes please! This is what BCAA's are for)


I'm about to go into my cut phase and I'll continue my 10g BCAA pre-workout protocol. I believe my cut will really put this next can of ON BCAA to the test as I'll be eating in only 4 hour windows daily, and dropping my calories from 3500 down to 2200 while also adding in some very highly intense cardio. I'll also be changing my bulk macros from 25p/50c/25f to 40p/30c/30f so we'll see how it does.

I believe BCAAs are essential in IF or fasted training protocol. But again I don't think you need to sip them throughout your day / workout if your nutrition is locked on. (That just doesn't make sense to me)

My training schedule is 6 days per week. While bulking I do chest, legs, back, arms, shoulders, rest and repeat.

I've been bulking with BCAAs and fasted training for the last 15 weeks and have gone up 15lbs overall, and went up from 6.5 to 8.5% body fat. (Over 10lbs lean) Again, I'm about to start my cut so we'll see what happens.

I'm going to stick with ON BCAAs as opposed to USP Labs Modern or 'Purple Wrath' or 'Xtend' because frankly I don't trust any BCAAs that taste good. That's just my opinion. I know USP has done some serious statements about "natural" flavoring for their modern stuff but still...makes me wonder.

Here's a quick rundown of the usual ratings...

Taste 0/10 - BCAAs aren't supposed to taste good. Man up!

Value 7/10 - I haven't tried competitor BCAAs but the fact that they claim to taste good throws me off. However ON BCAAs appear to be more expensive for slightly less servings on most websites I've seen. So Optimum isn't ahead of the game in regards to price from what I've seen.

Results 10/10 - I've been training after 16-20 hours fasted and have lost no strength (in fact I feel stronger) and have been gaining muscle mass consistently while using only 10g pre workout per day.

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Recovery
  • Easy To Use
  • Price May Not Be Competetive

COMMENTS (2)

  • Nutrexpert
    Rep: +472
    Trust: 100%
    October 20, 2012

    I've taken xtend and I'm currently taking purple wraath. I've taken unflavored BCAAs (like ON's that you're taking) and honestly the two you don't trust are much better. Purple Wraath has a much better amino profile and dose per scoop than this. Good taste does not mean it's bad! Especially with Controlled Labs (Purple Wraath).

    Still a good review though. Good luck on your cutting phase.
  • Jacob83
    Rep: +5
    Trust: 0%
    October 20, 2012

    Thanks man. Ya I admit I'm definitely not 100% sure about the other products.

    I've been seriously considering Modern BCAA's from all the good things I hear about it. The only thing that makes me hesitant is the added sodium. Supposedly every 5.7 grams (or something like that) is actually only 5 grams of BCAAs, so there's .7 of something else in every scoop.

    Might give it a go and see what happens. The leucine is higher as well but I hear that doesn't really make too much difference from a 2:1:1 ratio.

    I'll give it a shot and see what happens!


 

10.0

Takes a true man to slam this down unflavored with water. I take a scoop and put it in my water or gatorade before every single bench and leg day. It supposivedly gives you more muscular endurance and reduces the so called "catabolism" so why not slam it down.

Tastes bitter as can be but that shows how much damn artificial sweeteners they put in the stuff like xtend (dont get me wrong I love xtend) to mask the flavor.

Good value 25 bucks for 50 servings. It works according to studies so I trust it. Great product again by optimum.
Takes a true man to slam this down unflavored with water. I take a scoop and put it in my water or gatorade before every single bench and leg day. It supposivedly gives you more muscular endurance and reduces the so called "catabolism" so why not slam it down.

Tastes bitter as can be but that shows how much damn artificial sweeteners they put in the stuff like xtend (dont get me wrong I love xtend) to mask the flavor.

Good value 25 bucks for 50 servings. It works according to studies so I trust it. Great product again by optimum.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Recovery
  • Easy To Use
  • Bitter

taste: i bought the BCAA 5000 powder FRUIT PUNCH flavor and it really taste well! its like your just drinking a fruit juice! i give it 10/10 for the taste of the BCAA fruit punch flavor. as for the unflavored BCAA powder, i have no idea regarding its taste...

definitely my recovery...
taste: i bought the BCAA 5000 powder FRUIT PUNCH flavor and it really taste well! its like your just drinking a fruit juice! i give it 10/10 for the taste of the BCAA fruit punch flavor. as for the unflavored BCAA powder, i have no idea regarding its taste...

definitely my recovery time during work outs improved a lot! and muscle soreness was lessened too! as for the gains i gained some pretty amount of muscles. btw i stack this BCAA powder together with my Animal Cuts, Animal Stak and gaspari whey protein.

value: pretty decent price and the tub can last up to a month depends on how many you use everyday though.

Overall: im pretty impressed with BCAA 5000 powder fruit punch flavor. i will definitely make this product as a staple for my stacks. good job for ON!
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Recovery
  • Easy To Use
  • Fruit Punch Flavor Really Taste Good!
senorshake
Rep: +10
Trust: 5%
 

7.0

Wow this stuff is so gross. I thought unflavored would be mixable with my Protein shake which already has a strong taste, but this over powers it and the whole shake just tastes like dry cement pieces. It works really well though, I felt more energy and had faster recovery and it's really cheap. Got it for like 20 bucks at GNC with the gold card discount. I would just...
Wow this stuff is so gross. I thought unflavored would be mixable with my Protein shake which already has a strong taste, but this over powers it and the whole shake just tastes like dry cement pieces. It works really well though, I felt more energy and had faster recovery and it's really cheap. Got it for like 20 bucks at GNC with the gold card discount. I would just recommend you take the BCAA 1000 Caps by the same company. If you're going to get this, I recommend mixing it with something strong like cranberry juice.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Good Recovery
  • Increased Energy
  • Bad Taste

I might have more cons on my list, but the pros by far out weigh them.
I usually mix this with my pre-workout and post-workout drinks. It don't mix well and tastes bad. If I don't take it I can notice a difference in energy during workout and soreness post workout. It has helped me put on about 4lbs of lean mass while keeping my body fat in check. I have used this for about 4 weeks now stacked with creatine mono, whey...
I might have more cons on my list, but the pros by far out weigh them.
I usually mix this with my
pre-workout and post-workout drinks. It don't mix well and tastes bad. If I don't take it I can notice a difference in energy during workout and soreness post workout. It has helped me put on about 4lbs of lean mass while keeping my body fat in check. I have used this for about 4 weeks now stacked with creatine mono, whey protein, taurine, multi-vit, and GlycoMaize. This is one thing that I notice if I don't take it. The others are there because I think they should work and they might be but to a lesser and slower extent. Going to add to the stack this coming week.
I will buy it again.
Would like to see it at around $0.25-$0.30 a serving instead of $0.39.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Builds Muscle
  • Don't Mix Easy
  • Bad Taste
  • Too Expensive

I took Optimum Nutritions unflavored BCAA before (5 g) during (10g) and post (5g) and would take 10 grams upon waking up with my creatine.

Taste: 2/10
Unflavored BCAA tastes absolutely discusting and bitter but you need to just sack up and pound it down. It's not about the taste. I am not dinging this product at all based on taste because if a company can get BCAA to taste good, it is either loaded with tons of artificial flavoring or sugar.

Effectiveness: 10/10
I noticed substantial recovery after and during workouts. My muscles fatigued less and I was much less...
I took Optimum Nutritions unflavored BCAA before (5 g) during (10g) and post (5g) and would take 10 grams upon waking up with my creatine.

Taste: 2/10
Unflavored BCAA tastes absolutely discusting and bitter but you need to just sack up and pound it down. It's not about the taste. I am not dinging this product at all based on taste because if a company can get BCAA to taste good, it is either loaded with tons of artificial flavoring or sugar.

Effectiveness: 10/10
I noticed substantial recovery after and during workouts. My muscles fatigued less and I was much less soar than usual, especially after leg days. Keep in mind I also used 5 grams of glutamine from optimum nutrition after post workout every day

Mixology: 10/10
You pour this into any amount of water and it dissolves almost instantly

Overall, BCAA should be a staple in anyones supplement routine. It helps you make the most out of every workout and reduces catabolism and keeps your body in an anabolic state even when you are glycogen depleted at the end of your workouts. I give this product a two thumbs up because I can always trust optimum and they came through with a pure great BCAA product

Fair and Honest,
GodofSerbia1
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Good Recovery
  • Easy To Use
JTello99
Rep: +1
Trust: 0%
 

9.0

Price was not good but I feel very comfortable taking optimum BCAA. The taste of the unflavored was absolutely putrid but I am not going to hate on that because I knew what I was getting into. I would prefer buying unflavored to avoid artifical sweeteners. I paid 25 bucks for a 45 serving bottle so price was mediocre, not too bad. This stuff mixes excellent and I feel is very effective. I took this product before, during (mixed with my gatorade) and immediately after. I took with glutamine before and after and def. noticed increased recovery and energy in the gym. BCAA...
Price was not good but I feel very comfortable taking optimum BCAA. The taste of the unflavored was absolutely putrid but I am not going to hate on that because I knew what I was getting into. I would prefer buying unflavored to avoid artifical sweeteners. I paid 25 bucks for a 45 serving bottle so price was mediocre, not too bad. This stuff mixes excellent and I feel is very effective. I took this product before, during (mixed with my gatorade) and immediately after. I took with glutamine before and after and def. noticed increased recovery and energy in the gym. BCAA is crucial intra workout and I feel is a great product. I always trust the integrity of ON products so I will def. buy again!
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Recovery
  • Bad Taste

Great product. Great for recovery and for blunting muscle loss during a lean out. Its a pretty good energy source as well. Powders work better for me, and this one mixes pretty easy. A staple in my arsenal
Great product. Great for recovery and for blunting muscle loss during a lean out. Its a pretty good energy source as well. Powders work better for me, and this one mixes pretty easy. A staple in my arsenal
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