Anywho, the reason for my return:
The Company Raw Barrel reached out to me to do a review on one of their products. They gave me a choice and since I don't use Glutamine or Creatine because I think they help so minutely that it's not worth my buckaroos, I went with BCAA's.
|Watch the Video Review Here!|
First an explanation of what Branched Chain Amino Acids Are. If you’re looking for a place to learn MORE about supplements, I highly recommend Examine.com. Here is an explanation from that resource:
BCAAs are important to ingest on a daily basis, but many protein sources, such as meat and eggs, already provide BCAAS. Supplementation is unnecessary for people with a sufficiently high protein intake (1-1.5g/kg a day or more)."
Raw Barrel says on the label that BCAA’s have "been shown to increase lean muscle mass by increasing your protein synthesis."
I believe that they came to this conclusion from a study funded by Scivation (a supplement company) that showed an increase in lean mass in trained men getting 14 grams. But as mentioned before it was funded by Scivation, the diet of the trainees wasn’t controlled and they also were given glutamine and citruline, mucking most of the direct correlation.
If you’re not getting the recommended amount of protein from food sources, I suggest that you do that before start supplementation. It’s cheaper and much more enjoyable.
So why take them at all?
Where I believe BCAA’s are most effective are if you are training first thing in the morning in a fasted state (meaning prior to eating breakfast) This kind of protocol is promoted with people who do intermittent fasting. If you’re interested in what intermittent fasting is...I recommend googling it.
Having taken the supplement for nearly 1 month I have nothing BAD to say about the product. But, at the same time I don’t have anything miraculous to say about it either.
The one thing I would say about the product is based on the argument about taking BCAA tabs versus taking it in powder form.
And it all comes down to dosages...
3000 milligrams per serving = 3 pills. To get recommended serving from the raw barrel product you need to take 6 pills. 3 before and 3 after a workout. With the bottle that's sold that equals 20 days of 6 pills per day.
To compare it to a competitor, One scoop of Scivation Xtend is 7 grams. That is equivalent to 7 pills of Raw Barrel. A 30 serving can gives you 7 grams every day for 30 days. Where as one bottle of the Raw Barrel pills gives you just 20 days taking 6 pills a day.
But Raw Barrel has a guarantee to all of their products. If you don’t see results you can ask for your money back.
For me, I probably will not personally pay for this product, but I’ve also stopped taking BCAA’s completely. The evidence doesn’t suggest that they do anything that’s worth the additional 20-40$ a month that I don’t already get from my groceries and my consistent training...But I'll let YOU be the judge.
Until Next Time,
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Your Absolute Best Doing It.
The Opera Bro
P.S. - I'll continue to post things on this site as they come up. I'm trying to separate my singing stuff from my training stuff and since I went ALL IN on my singing career the past few months and got that part of my life cooking in the right direction, I figure it's okay to feed the fitness writing wolf now and again.