Amino Matrix Reviews
By: 4D Nutrition
Amino Matrix is a BCAA/Intra-Workout manufactured by 4D Nutrition. 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.
IntroductionI wanted to switch off from creatine for a bit. I needed to find one product with some ingredients for strength on it. So, i bought this because it contains betaine and some BCAA's on it. Good combo that works, at least for me. This is an intra workout product but i used it as pre. Even if i wanted to use it as intra i simply can't thanks to taste (tried all flavors)... If i am going to consume something during my exercise everyday i would like to taste at least decently.
Ingredient ProfilePersonally i love the addition of Betaine. On 2 scoops, you got a whooping 8 grams of BCAA's on a 2:1:1 ratio and 3 grams of Betaine for strength/endurance/vascularity.
Next we have 800mg Glutamine, 1.2g L-Citrulline Malate along with 1g Alanine and 800mg Taurine which are very underdosed as standalone but netherless not bad as extras.
The bad news are Artificial Flavors, Sucralose, Silicon Dioxide, Acesulfame Potassium, FD&C Red #40.
Too much dyes for me. You can find protein powders without too much dyes, fillers etc. but when you search for some pre/intras (in my country at least) almost all products are filled with all these.....Despite this i will keep searching for products that contain NO Artificial Colors, Flavors, or Sweeteners.
Taste/Mixability/DosingDamn i thought this would taste at least decently. How wrong i was. When you first open the container of both flavors (Passion Fruit and Fruit Punch) you get a really overpowering chemical smell. At least it predisposes you that it will taste really bad.
It's name is Passion Fruit but not once i get a slight hint of Fruit, instead i got a very strong chemical taste, along with a chemical aftertaste. It's like drinking 100% alcohol along with some hints of Military Boot. Definitely one of the worst flavors i have ever had. 1/10
Next we have Fruit Punch which is also bad (not so as Passion Fruit). It's not your typical Fruit Punch, it's way worse than that. Chemical taste and aftertaste but at least you get some hints of Fruit Punch and not Military Boot LOL. It's the lesser evil but still pretty bad. 3/10
I know that taste is subjective but i think most people would absolutely hate both flavors. I am struggling to drink those before workout, imagine drinking this as intra all the time while working out. Absolutely no way! Sometimes i would literally vomit after some seconds of drinking this.
Mixing is fairly good with some foam on the top but nothing too much. Dosing was 2 scoops, 15-20 minutes before workout.
EffectivenessThe effects are similar to creatine in terms of strength, 1-2 more reps during my exercises. Nothing out of mind but still pretty good. Increased vascularity (not big but not small difference either) thanks to Betaine but no pumps which is pretty expectable. Endurance was decent with less time resting between sets and helped with cardio a bit. In terms of energy no change and no focus because it doesn't contain any focus ingredient.
Effectiveness is being hammered by side effects. I don't think i remember one workout without being nauseous all the time. If you are on the verge of vomiting (thankfully i didn't inside the gym), you will have a reduced perfomance overall.
ValueI bought 2 tubs for 35 Euros (39.87 Dollars). If you use 2 scoops like me (1.16 Euros per serving) then it's pretty expensive.
ConclusionSome Strength, Endurance and Vascularity at the cost of really bad taste and being nauseous almost all the time. Simply you can't use this as intra due to taste. Unfortunately i am forced to stop using this. Personally i don't think it's worth the risk despite some positive benefits.