Amino is a BCAA/Intra-Workout manufactured by Ghost. 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.
Quick SummaryA BCAA/EAA intra workout product that does an average job at aiding in recovery. Very good at hydration, but its a bit steep of a price point unless you get this on sale.
Introduction39 years old and I lift 5 days a week, currently doing GZCL UHF 9 week. I have become a huge fan of the Ghost Lifestyle line of supplements in the last year, and decided to run the ones I had sitting in my closet. This was part of my mini Ghost stack. I always like to use any BCAA/EAA product with hydration during my workouts, as it works best for me when it comes to recovery and staying hydrated during my workouts. After trying Ghost BCAAs last year, I was curious how this one measured up.
Ingredient ProfileAs you would expect from Ghost, a fully disclosed label. In recent times it seems that companies are now hiding their dosing of BCAA/EAAs to advertise they have the secret combination. I am here to tell you that its all nonsense, and you should be confident enough in your products to fully disclose your simple BCAA and EAAs. Enough on that, lets break this down:
First of all you get 2g Carbs, 0g Sugar, 72mg Calcium, 55mg Sodium, and 210mg Potassium. Of note this contains Tree Nuts (coconut), so if you are allergic beware.
Instantized BCAA 2:1:1 (5g): This breaks down to 2500mg Leucine, 1250mg Isoleucine, and 1250mg Valine. This is your pretty standard dosing of BCAAs, but I do like that Ghost used Insantized BCAAs here. Leucine stimulates muscle protein synthesis and slows down muscle damage after workouts, Isoleucine creates glucose giving your body energy, and Valine promotes muscle protein synthesis and muscle tissue growth.
Ghost Amino Acids (3.5g) This nets you 1,000mg Citrulline, 850mg Lysine, 850mg Threonine, 500mg Phenylalanine, 100mg Histidine, 100mg Methionine, and 100mg Tryptophan. Citrulline is their to support circulatory health, Lysine helps build a healthy immune system, Phenylalanine converts into tyrosine which is needed to form important brain chemicals to regulate our metabolism, Histidine aids in your bodies response to substances, Methionine helps body to remove fat, and Tryptophan produces seratonin to influence emotions and mood. I am not real sure what Threonine does. Citrulline is dosed appropriately for an Amino product, and the rest I would assume so, as I really do not know proper doses for all of them.
Ghost Smart Hydration (1.9g) This breaks down to 1,000mg Taurine, 500mg Organic Raw Coconut Water Powder, 150mg Alpha-GPC, 100mg Potassium Citrate, 50mg 5-HTP, 50mg Sodium Gluconate, and 50mg Calcium Lactate Gluconate. All of these are here to support your hydration as the name would imply. This worked well in this department so the dosing is fine for me.
Not a bad profile overall, no real nonsense or fillers here. Everything here has its purpose.
Taste/Mixability/DosingTaste: I ordered the Fruit Punch flavor and did not enjoy it that much at all. No matter if I watered it down with 16oz of water, did 6-8oz of water, or used very cold water, the taste just was not that great to me. It had a hint of fruit punch but had some strange taste with it that is hard to describe. I was a little disappointed here as Ghost usually pumps out some amazing flavors.
Mixability: Some slight foaming when you shake it up, but it settles down very quickly. The big issue I had here is that it stained my shaker cups red, that was a pain to clean out by hand.
Dosing: I tried this one scoop Intra, but then had to move to one scoop intra and one scoop mid afternoon on training days. This was expected as my body likes to get around 10g of BCAAs during intense workouts. I took one scoop on rest days in the morning. The label basically states to take this as needed, whenever you want some hydration and recovery, so use this as needed and what is most effective for you.
EffectivenessThis is always interesting to discuss because some people cannot tell the difference between Amino Acid products or even notice if it does anything for them. Me and Clipper were recently discussing this in my log, and Wis3guy nailed it, that the older you get, you need more recovery and at my age I can definitely tell a difference of products and when I take it or not. So you young people may not really even need Aminos in your life, but you will see a difference as you age. I started this at just one scoop a day during my workouts, and it did aid a bit in recovery, but I was still sore. So after a week I bumped it up to one scoop intra and one scoop mid-day on my training days. This did a good job at diminishing most of my DOMS, but they still existed, so it was not totally eliminated. I have had Amino products in the past that completely got rid of my muscle soreness, granted it may come down to which workout plan I am on as well. With 2 scoops though this did its job on an average level for me, nothing too outstanding.
Hydration wise, this did a great job. I felt hydrated throughout my workout and always had to take a pee break, which is a sign of being hydrated. To me this was the best part of the product for me.
ValueThis is where the product takes a bit of a hit. The best deal to find this is for $39.99 on Ghost's website, however if you use the code PRICEPLOW it knocks the price down to $32. For a 30 serving tub that comes out to $1.07 per dose. Since I required two doses that is $2.14 on training days which is not a great deal at all. Yes you are getting quality ingredients, but its just a bit too high for my liking. However, during the holidays Ghost often has specials, so be on the lookout for a good deal.
Side EffectsNone outside of increased hydration and a stained shaker cup.
ConclusionSo an average BCAA/EAA product, that has some great hydration aspects to it, and a below average taste. I was a bit disappointed in this, as I have high expectations from Ghost as most of their supplements are of high quality and very effective for me. I was not sold on this, but I still recommend this as this may work better for others. I am glad I gave this a shot, and this is worth a try at least once to see how it works for you.
I picked this up on special at the LA FitExpo back in January. I've always been a fan of Ryan Hughes(fitness model turned entrepreneur), and when he left BSN to start his own company, I thought I'd give it a shot.
Ghost is the first "lifestyle company". Their marketing campaign is interesting to say the least, and I'd advise you to check out their website and IG. They signed some really popular YouTube fitness guys, including Guzman and Chewning. I'm not a huge youtube guy, but even I know the significance of that.
Looks like they'll be the MTV of the supplement/fitness industry.
Ghost Aminos has a very solid profile at first glance. Along with 5 grams of the best BCAA ratio(2:1:1), they offer a bunch of other goodies, including Alpha GPC, Citrulline, electrolytes, EAAs, 5-HTP, and Taurine. So overall, it's not just a simple BCAA. I'd call it more of an intra-workout performance drink.
Nothing to complain about here really. I could imagine them making a product with this exact profile and adding some cyclic dextrin and creatine in the future.
I had the fruit punch flavor, and while it did not taste bad, it was not super enjoyable either. I guess the best way to describe it would be a fruit punch flavor with a slight hint of sourness to it. Personally, besides SizeOn grape from Gaspari, I haven't really been a huge fan of strong tasting intra workout products, I feel like they just sit in my stomach. Ghost Amino wasn't too strong in terms of flavor, but I noticed I enjoyed it more when I watered it down halfway throughout my workout.
Not bad and very drinkable, but nowhere near my favorites. It mixes very well, so that's a plus.
On another note, I had a few samples of the legend blue raspberry, which tasted really good, so I'm just regretting not getting the BCAA flavor of that instead.
As for dosing, one scoop, easy.
Ghost Amino was quite a joy to run. I had minimal cramps, increased recovery, and just overall better workouts. I've noticed a big difference recently in products that add EAAs and pump ingredients. I respond very well to citrulline, even in small doses like in here, so that was welcome. Adding EAAs to BCAAs just makes too much sense not to do at this point in time as it is.
The added Taurine and Electrolytes(from coconut water powder) was good, especially for my calves which constantly cramp as it is.
Really easy overview, but trust me, it outperformed many products I have tried in the past.
You can find this for $40 pretty much everywhere you look. While it's not cheap, like most of Ghost's products, it is a much more complete profile than most other products. This is not your simple MAN Sports Iso-Amino with just leucine, isoleucine, and valine. You get an overall performance drink here, so I'm not as concerned dishing out the money for this one.
I'd probably say $35 would be a better price for this myself however, but the price is still fair.
To note, I did get this for $20 at the LA Fitness Expo along with a tub of Legend(review coming as well).
Overall I'd say Ghost Amino is a very well-rounded product. It delivers in recovery, hydration, pumps, etc. The taste is alright, and I'm sure they will release a wider variety of flavors. The price, while not perfect, is fair if you you're looking for a boost in your performance as opposed to just a simple BCAA. I'd give it a try, especially if they ever have a sale on it. Looking forward to what else Ghost has to offer in the future.