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Coulaid
06-15-2006, 11:06 AM
BCAA +G FAQ!



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BCAAs (l-leucine, l-isoleucine, and l-valine) are probably the most essential amino acids for athletic performance and endurance. It has been well documented that amino acids are responsible for protein synthesis; hence they are considered the "building blocks". Recent studies suggest that the BCAAs are the most important of all amino acids for improvement in efficiency of fitness, muscular growth and recuperation 1 . Some experts believe that even moderate exercise can drastically increase your body's need for one of the BCAAs, L-Leucine. 2 3

BCAA+G helps increase nitrogen retention, boosts protein synthesis and protects your muscles from the stress and trauma of heavy training and dieting4 . During intense training or dieting, free amino acid pools (in muscle tissue) decrease, drastically reducing protein synthesis (the ability to build muscle). Research has indicated that BCAAs and Glutamine supplementation support this free amino acid pool in the muscle tissue, increasing protein synthesis and allowing the body to build and maintain lean muscle mass. Because the body cannot manufacture its own BCAAs , their importance in the diet are vital for maximum muscle growth and recovery.
Current investigations on protein balance and exercise suggests that BCAAs are used as a "direct" source of energy to a much greater extent than previously thought - as they are oxidized in the muscles and not the liver. The BCAAs are the most rapidly absorbed of all amino acids; in fact, 70% of BCAAs immediately pass through the liver and are "pushed" into the muscle tissue where the majority of the metabolism takes place. BCAAs are also responsible for muscle production and energy production. They may also be of benefit to you during extreme dieting by decreasing the catabolic (breaking down) effect of muscle tissue by balancing testosterone to cortisol ratios.
L-glutamine is the most abundant “free” amino acid in the body but is considered a “non-essential amino acid” since it can be synthesized in the body from glutamate by the enzyme glutamine synthetase or by oxidation from proline in the liver. In muscle, the concentration of free glutamine appears to influence whether muscle will break down (low glutamine content) or build (high glutamine content). Athletes suffering from “overtraining” have shown to have low blood glutamine levels that persist for extended periods of time. These decreased concentrations may lead to decreased immune health and slower recovery times following exercise. Subjects supplementing with oral glutamine show elevated plasma concentrations of both glutamine and growth hormone, suggesting glutamine’s potential benefit in terms of performance and overall body composition.
BCAA+G contains a precise, bioengineered ratio of Branched Chain Amino Acids and Glutamine, which are clinically proven to be conditionally essential for building muscle size, strength and enhancing muscle endurance. BCAA+G maximizes protein synthesis, nitrogen retention and most importantly, protects hard earned muscle from the stress of heavy, intense training and dieting. Clinical investigations have proven that the amino acids in BCAA+G increase energy production as well as help the body recover faster after intense training. While taking this powerful stack in addition to a calorie-restricted diet and intense training, individuals have noted gains in lean mass while dramatically decreasing body fat. Vitamin B6 has been added to enhance amino acid utilization directly into the muscle.

Who should use BCAA+G ?
Branch Chain Amino Acids are perfect for those who feel adverse conditions where the body may go into catabolic mode.

Sport Practices\Events
Bodybuilders
Prolonged Calorie-Deficit State.

I already get protein from my diet, should I still use BCAA+G ?
The main purpose of BCAA is to help you stay out of a catabolic state. If you feel your diet is consistent and compliant to your needs then BCAA are not necessary.

Where Can I Buy BCAA+G ?
Bodybuilding.com Cyber Store

How Much Does BCAA+G Cost?
The 1000g Powder Costs $50 or 5 Cents Per Gram Of BCAA
The 150 Caps Costs: $19 or 12 Cents Per Gram Of BCAA

What Flavor Is BCAA+G ?
Lemonade

How Should I Take BCAA+G ?
BCAA+G can be taken in two ways: mixed with water or placed directly on the tongue. If you want to mix it with water you can use anywhere from 4oz to 32oz of water. The only time more water would be needed unless your using 8 or more servings.
If you wish to place BCAA+G directly on your tongue place 1-3 scoops at a time on your tongue and wash down with water. You may want to begin with one scoop at a time until you get accustomed to doing this.
For the capsules just take like any other capsule you would.

How Many Servings Do I Get?
The 1000g Bottle: 166
The 150 Cap Bottle: 30

How Many Grams Of BCAA Per Serving?
5g of BCAA per serving

How Many Grams Of BCAA Per Bottle?
The 1000g Bottle: 830g of BCAA
The 150 Cap Bottle: 150g of BCAA

How Many Grams Of Leucine Per Serving?
2.5g

How Many Grams Of Leucine Per Bottle?
The 1000g Bottle: 415g
The 150 Cap Bottle: 75g

Can’t I Take Bulk Leucine And Get The Same Effect As BCAA+G ?
This is possible but be aware that this can create an undesirable imbalance. Although leucine is thought of the king of the BCAA’s, the 2:1:1 ratio in BCAA+G helps with balancing of the BCAA’s.

How Many Grams Of Glutamine Per Serving?
1g Of Glutamine Per Serving.

How Many Grams Of Glutamine?
The 1000g Bottle: 166g of Glutamine
The 150 Cap Bottle: 30g of Glutamine

I Hear Capsules Are Not Cost Effective, Why Should I Get Them?
Yes, compared to powder capsule are more expensive but they offer a lot more convince compared to the powdered. No need to bring a container of BCAA+G when you can bring a few capsules.

How Much BCAA+G Do I Need?
Optimal dosing of BCAA+G would be .17g per pound of bodyweight. For a 200lb person it would look like: 200x.17=34g of BCAA. 34/5(grams of BCAA per serving)=7 servings (rounded up from 6.8) or 21 scoops.

Can I Use Less Then .17g Per Pound Of Bodyweight?
Yes. Most users have noticed enhanced recovery any where from 15g-20g. That would be 9-12 Scoops of BCAA+G .

When Do I Take BCAA+G :
Begin to consume your BCAA+G 15 minute’s pre workout. Sip 1/3 of it pre, 1/3 during and 1/3 post workout. This will ensure great recovery.

What Should My Pre-Workout Schedule Look Like?
1 Hour Pre Workout – Pre Workout Meal
15-10mins Pre-Workout Begin Sipping BCAA+G

Can I Use BCAA +G Before Mourning Cardio?
Yes. BCAA+G would be a great addition to your AM cardio routine. BCAA’s will help preserve you lean body mass while your performing cardio in a fasted state.

Can I Take It At Other Times?
Yes, but it is not needed. Many people like to take BCAA’s with breakfast and before bed. Many people have reported incredible gains by sipping BCAA’s through the day.

If I Want To Use It During The Day How Much Should I Take?
A constant supply of BCAA throughout the day will help avoid catabolic situations especially during exercise. Depending on bodyweight, 10g-20g is advised. That would be anywhere from 6-12 scoops of BCAA+G .

I Have Practice Out In The Heat, Would BCAA+G Be Good To Take?
Yes! Studies show that BCAA supplementation can help increase endurance during prolonged exposure in hot conditions.5 Please remember that BCAA’s do not replace your water during practice, You must stay hydrated. You should also keep your BCAA+G cold.

Can BCAA+G Be Stacked With Other MRM Products?
Yes! I would stack BCAA+G with MetaBolic Whey, Driven and Creatine Monohydrate for improved results and recovery. Drink your Driven 30-45 minutes pre-workout and begin to sip BCAA +G 15mins prior to workout. Continue to sip BCAA +G during and post workout. Your pre workout times would look something like:

1-Hour Pre Workout: Pre Workout Meal (MetaBolic Whey + Oats)
30-45minutes Pre Workout: 5g Creatine Monohydrate + Driven
15 minutes Pre Workout: Begin Sipping BCAA +G
Workout
Immediately Post Workout: Finish BCAA +G + 5g Creatine Monohydrate
When You Arrive Home: Post Workout Meal (MetaBolic Whey + Oats)

Coulaid
06-15-2006, 11:08 AM
1.) Ohtani M, Sugita M, Maruyama K. "Amino acid mixture improves training efficiency in athletes.." Feb 2006 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16424143&query_hl=5&itool=pubmed_docsum>. J Nutr. ;136(2):538S-543S.

2.) Norton LE, Layman DK.. "Leucine regulates translation initiation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle after exercise." Feb 1998 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16424142&query_hl=5&itool=pubmed_docsum>.J Nutr. ;136(2):533S-537S.

3.) Shimomura Y, Yamamoto Y, Bajotto G, Sato J, Murakami T, Shimomura N, Kobayashi H, Mawatari K.. "Nutraceutical effects of branched-chain amino acids on skeletal muscle.." Feb 2006 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16424141&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum>.J Nutr. ;136(2):529S-532S.

4.) Mittleman KD, Ricci MR, Bailey SP. Branched-chain amino acids prolong Exercise during heat stress in men and women. Jan 1998 < http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=9475648&dopt=Abstract>
Med Sci Sports Exerc. ;30(1):83-91

cxm
06-15-2006, 11:21 AM
Cool, awesome job Coulie! :)

buc77
06-15-2006, 11:26 AM
Awesome! Im just finishing up my bottle, so i'll post a review as soon as possible.

Coulaid
06-15-2006, 11:37 AM
Thanks guys. Looking forward to the review buc!

NumberTwentyTwo
06-15-2006, 11:38 AM
Goof FAQ :cool:

Bloute
06-15-2006, 11:57 AM
Nice job Coulie !

Coulaid
06-15-2006, 11:59 AM
Thank you...

jframe
06-15-2006, 12:21 PM
Good job very good infromation.

Coulaid
06-15-2006, 03:28 PM
Thanks J.

Coulaid
06-15-2006, 03:50 PM
Like to thank Muzi for his help on this one too.

bulletman
06-15-2006, 06:31 PM
very timely post, I'm considering this or scivation xtend, any points for comparison? I kind of like having the more favorable BCAA to glutamine ratio of the MRM product...

40-Yard Dash_2
06-15-2006, 06:35 PM
Horrible job on both Muzi and Coulaid's part. :D

TimoteoS
06-15-2006, 06:50 PM
This is stuff is AWESOME! even though they reccomend dumping the scoopn in your mouth and chasing with water, I add mine into a water bottle, shake it and let it sit in the fridge and it is great! The first BCAA I ever used and I love them!! Bottom line, go out and get some.. its available for 11 bucks for the small one at a certain site ;)

MuZI
06-15-2006, 06:54 PM
very timely post, I'm considering this or scivation xtend, any points for comparison? I kind of like having the more favorable BCAA to glutamine ratio of the MRM product...

Both are wonderful products and you can't go wrong with either.

I hope you get great results with BCAA and PM/IM me if you have any questions.

snwdevl10
06-15-2006, 07:32 PM
Good FAQ bro.

I just got my bottle in a couple days ago, I like it already.

heavyduty
06-15-2006, 07:37 PM
Why is it recommended to put directly on tounge, any benifits?

TimoteoS
06-15-2006, 07:41 PM
Why is it recommended to put directly on tounge, any benifits?
It does not dissolve very well at all. That why I let it sit in the fridge and it works like a charm

Coulaid
06-15-2006, 09:01 PM
Why is it recommended to put directly on tounge, any benifits?
Flavoring was also designed to be put on the tounge. No need to IMHO tastes great in water. No benefits in terms of effectiveness.

Coulaid
06-15-2006, 09:16 PM
Good FAQ bro.

I just got my bottle in a couple days ago, I like it already.
Good to hear!

SPACECLOWN
06-18-2006, 07:54 PM
Nice post Coulaid. I start another log this week and this is in my line up. I begin my morning workout with it tomorrow and will critique it in my review for ya and shoot ya link when I have it up.

Coulaid
06-18-2006, 08:51 PM
Nice post Coulaid. I start another log this week and this is in my line up. I begin my morning workout with it tomorrow and will critique it in my review for ya and shoot ya link when I have it up.
Sounds good spaceclown! Looking forward to it. What dosing are you using?

SPACECLOWN
06-18-2006, 08:57 PM
Sounds good spaceclown! Looking forward to it. What dosing are you using?
I am hanging about 205lbs and am starting with 15 scoops.

LiL_JaY
06-18-2006, 09:02 PM
Looking forward to this supp. Ill be ordering it in the next few days.

Coulaid
06-18-2006, 09:43 PM
I am hanging about 205lbs and am starting with 15 scoops.
Sounds good spaceclown! Thats about 25g of BCAA if my math is right.

Coulaid
06-18-2006, 09:44 PM
Looking forward to this supp. Ill be ordering it in the next few days.
Lil Jay... I look forward to you feedback. Best of luck preping for your show. I'll be in the same boat soon :)

Nathan1
06-18-2006, 09:46 PM
Good stuff.

The more 'FAQ's', the merrier...easier to search for answers. :)

I still need to try this product though, the lemonade just turns me off. Sounds like it tastes better than I may think according to this thread.

How about Pink Lemonade next? :D

(or bubble gum!!)

Coulaid
06-18-2006, 09:52 PM
Good stuff.

The more 'FAQ's', the merrier...easier to search for answers. :)

I still need to try this product though, the lemonade just turns me off. Sounds like it tastes better than I may think according to this thread.

How about Pink Lemonade next? :D

(or bubble gum!!)

Yes... thats the point. The reviews have been very positive. I will see if there are any other flavors in the works... As for the flavoring I don't think so though. BCAA's are very tricky to master in terms of flavoring. But i'll find out tomorrow!

MuZI
06-18-2006, 10:09 PM
Good stuff.

The more 'FAQ's', the merrier...easier to search for answers. :)

I still need to try this product though, the lemonade just turns me off. Sounds like it tastes better than I may think according to this thread.

How about Pink Lemonade next? :D

(or bubble gum!!)

I've sent in a request for a MuZI flavored one.. I'll let you know how it goes... I call it.. "Leche De Hombre."

SPACECLOWN
06-19-2006, 07:55 AM
I took it for the first time today 15 scoops in 24 oz of water. Taste is not that great but after a few sips you get used to it. BCAA + good taste just doesn't happen IMO. Ingredients are much more important than flavor. I also read somewhere mixabilty wasnt that gr8 but I had no problems with it. Also gotta say when I opened the can it was full to the brim and I love that. I just hate when I buy powdered anything and it only fills have the canister. Why don't they just use smaller tubs/canisters? I am sure it could save money for them. Another product that does well with this is Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide (no I am not a rep). Back to the subject I banged out numerous PR's today trying to punish myself to see how this product does and so far no soreness and I did not get pooped out mid way through which sometimes happens. Not sure if Placebo effect but the rest of the month will tell. Tommorow I will use it during bootcamp (cardio & calistenics) to see if it gives me any edge.

Coulaid
06-19-2006, 10:58 AM
I took it for the first time today 15 scoops in 24 oz of water. Taste is not that great but after a few sips you get used to it. BCAA + good taste just doesn't happen IMO. Ingredients are much more important than flavor. I also read somewhere mixabilty wasnt that gr8 but I had no problems with it. Also gotta say when I opened the can it was full to the brim and I love that. I just hate when I buy powdered anything and it only fills have the canister. Why don't they just use smaller tubs/canisters? I am sure it could save money for them. Another product that does well with this is Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide (no I am not a rep). Back to the subject I banged out numerous PR's today trying to punish myself to see how this product does and so far no soreness and I did not get pooped out mid way through which sometimes happens. Not sure if Placebo effect but the rest of the month will tell. Tommorow I will use it during bootcamp (cardio & calistenics) to see if it gives me any edge.

Well If you want you can go upto 32oz of water to see if that helps out at all. I agree if its a good profile taste can be 2nd or 3rd on my list. Let the BCAA's sit arounf for 10- 20mins and they should be gone. I wanna see how you do long term and at boot camp.

Best of luck.

SPACECLOWN
06-22-2006, 10:12 AM
Couple quick notes. First off I am really liking this product. I feel I acutally have more stamina during cardio. Today was wickedly hot and humid and I ran my ass off. So I am here to say it works quite well for cardio and/or outdoor training.

Secondly for cutting do you think adding some L-Carnitine before cardio with my BCAA+G's would be ok? I was thinking of doing 1000mg 45 min before cardio.

Coulaid
06-22-2006, 10:27 AM
Glad you like it spaceclown! Adding the L-Carnitine would be a-okay :) how was it during bootcamp?

SPACECLOWN
06-22-2006, 11:54 AM
Glad you like it spaceclown! Adding the L-Carnitine would be a-okay :) how was it during bootcamp?

Dude I am liking this stuff. It seems to give me more stamina when running. Today I was sweating my nads off in the humidity and typically would have been winded but I still had pep to finish bootcamp with plenty of energy to run long distance. I usually don't take it till bootcamp starts and really drag ass for a bit then stamina picks up as bootcamp progress so I am going to try taking it 15 min prior to bootcamp like you suggested. Good stuff Coulaid.

Coulaid
06-23-2006, 12:22 AM
Dude I am liking this stuff. It seems to give me more stamina when running. Today I was sweating my nads off in the humidity and typically would have been winded but I still had pep to finish bootcamp with plenty of energy to run long distance. I usually don't take it till bootcamp starts and really drag ass for a bit then stamina picks up as bootcamp progress so I am going to try taking it 15 min prior to bootcamp like you suggested. Good stuff Coulaid.
:D

adoniscomplex
06-23-2006, 07:37 AM
i noticed in the fact it mentioned that taking l-luecine with out bcaas can create an inbalance but is it effective to to add bulk luecine to my during work out bcaa+wpi drink ?

Coulaid
06-23-2006, 05:34 PM
You can... but i don't see why you would. IMHO you would have enough luecine already from whey + BCAA's.

Madevilz
06-30-2006, 08:33 AM
If it tastes as good as Coolaid, im gonna buy it.

Bruinfan280
07-22-2006, 03:17 PM
how long is BCAAS good in water?

people say to mix it, an let it sit for about 20 minutes, and it dissoves better....

but thats 20 minutes to let it sit, and then an hour and a half sipping it pre and post workout

so the BCAAS are in water for 2 hours....it doent degrade?

MuZI
07-22-2006, 03:32 PM
how long is BCAAS good in water?

people say to mix it, an let it sit for about 20 minutes, and it dissoves better....

but thats 20 minutes to let it sit, and then an hour and a half sipping it pre and post workout

so the BCAAS are in water for 2 hours....it doent degrade?

I'm not a 100% sure the exact time it takes but I doubt it will happen in the length of a good workout.

I personally sip BCAA for 4-5 hours a day.

Yes, I've noticed that if I mix the BCAA with water it will not mix at all at first, give it 10-15 mins and shake it again to mix fully.

You could always put a scoop on your tongue and chase it wil water if it worries you.

Bruinfan280
07-22-2006, 03:39 PM
i was wondering if its more benficial to take 5 servings (25 grams MRM BCAA) on workout days and none on off days

OR 3 servings (15 grams on WO days) and 2 servings (10 grams) on off days....

ALSO, does it make a difference if you drink the BCAAs all at once or is it more benficial to sip it thorughout the day and get a steady supply (like protein)

MuZI
07-22-2006, 03:42 PM
i was wondering if its more benficial to take 5 servings (25 grams MRM BCAA) on workout days and none on off days

OR 3 servings (15 grams on WO days) and 2 servings (10 grams) on off days....

ALSO, does it make a difference if you drink the BCAAs all at once or is it more benficial to sip it thorughout the day and get a steady supply (like protein)


It is best to get protein on both days to avoid catabolism. If you're getting enough protein on non work out days do the 5 servings scheme... if not then you can the 3/2 scheme.

BCAA for me are most useful when sipped throughout the day for the reason mentioned above.

Please remember to stay hydrated, it is the summer you know :)