Bulk Powders Instant BCAA powder review

Read our full review of Bulk Powders Instant BCAA powder to see if it is a supplement you should add to your regime

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Bulk Powders Instant BCAA comes in six flavours, or completely unflavoured Photo: Bulk Powders

There has been lots of talk about the benefits of taking branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) to help with muscle recovery after workouts in recent months.

The reason for this is simple: consuming BCAA powder can support muscle regrowth and shorten recovery times after the gym.

BCAA are essential amino acids which contain a 2:1:1 ratio of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.

They are available in certain foods and protein powders, but can also be consumed as a separate supplement, which is where Bulk Powders Instant BCAA comes into play.

Bulk Powders are a UK-based nutrition company founded in 2005. The British company has become increasingly popular in recent years since their undergoing a big brand makeover back in 2013.

Here, we review Bulk Powders Instant BCAA powder to find out if it is a supplement you should consider adding to your regime.

Product website: http://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/instantised-bcaa.html

The basics

Let’s go back to the basics for a moment. When you work out at the gym or take part in a gruelling sports session, we increase the breakdown of muscle (catabolism). So, in order to maintain muscle mass we must ensure we can balance this with muscle rebuilding (protein synthesis).

Now, as I previously mentioned, BCAA do not occur naturally in the body, meaning that we need to get these essential Amino Acids from the food we eat.

This is where taking a good BCAA powder comes in. Giving your body an extra boost of protein in the form of BCAA can help you recover and speed up protein synthesis to help you get bigger and leaner.

There are usually two ways in which you can consume BCAA as a supplement: as a powder or as a tablet.

When looking for the best BCAA powder, there are only three things you really need to bear in mind: the quality of the ingredients, ease of mixing, and taste.

Instant BCAA comes as a powder to be mixed with water and is available in seven flavours from (the very positively reviewed) Cola to Watermelon. There is also an unflavoured version.

The 100g (around 10 servings) unflavoured bag costs £6.49. The 1kg bag at £39.49 offers the best value at around 39p per serving.

You can learn more about Instant BCAA here: http://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/instantised-bcaa.html

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Using the Bulk Powders website is pretty straightforward Photo: Screenshot

The taste

Playing it safe, I went for the unflavoured version, but the six different flavours, ranging from Cola to Mixed Berry, and Watermelon to Mojito have very good reviews on the Bulk Powders website.

Let’s be clear – the unflavoured version is exactly that – unflavoured, and therefore the taste is not mind-blowing. But there is something satisfying about drinking it after the gym, knowing that it is going straight to your aching muscles.

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If you’d rather something more palatable, I’d recommend choosing one of the six flavours on offer.

Instant BCAA has been ‘instantised’ (whatever that means) and dissolves quickly when mixed with water. We all know that there’s nothing worse than trying to down a lumpy supplement drink after the gym.

The powder is 100 per cent pure Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine in a 2:1:1 ratio, and its ease of mixing is one of the major plus points.

If you don’t like the idea of taking BCAA in the form of a powder, Bulk Powders also offer a tablet version.

When should you take BCAA powder?

Before, during or after excercise? There is no simple answer to this one.

There’s plenty of debate on the whether we should consume pre during, or post exercise, but my personal preference was to take the BCAA powder straight after the gym.

If you are training in a ‘fasted’ state (exercising on an empty stomach), BCAA have been known to help prevent muscle breakdown during your session, so taking them before the gym could be a good idea in this case.

What other people are saying about it

As always, I had a look around the internet to gather a picture of whether Instant BCAA is liked by people who have used it.

It generally has very positive feedback, with the ease of mixing a recurring theme in many of the reviews.

One person found that the taste of the Mixed Berry flavour was too sweet for them, and there were a couple who didn’t like the unflavoured taste, but overall it seems to be a very well received product.

Verified buyer Gasper wrote on the Bulk Powders website: “Totally worth it! The best tasting BCAAs you will ever drink. This isn’t just a good tasting BCAA drink. It’s something I would actually like to drink even if it was just some normal juice.”

Andreas wrote in his review: “A very effective product, perfect for pre, intra or post workout supplementation.”

You can read more reviews here: http://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/instantised-bcaa.html

Quick overview

The benefits:

– The price – Good value for money from a reputable British company.

– The taste – Others didn’t, but I was happy to drink the unflavoured version.

– Mixes well – Less time shaking, more time drinking.

The drawbacks:

– Delivery issues – Some reviews mentioned problems with delivery but these seemed to always be resolved directly by Bulk Powders.

– Delivery price – Delivery for orders less than £49 costs between £2.95 and £3.95. Orders more than £49 are delivered for free.

The best price

Instant BCAA powder is good value for money and the best deal is the 1kg unflavoured version for £39.49, which works at out around 39p per serving.

The flavoured versions cost £42.99 for the 1kg pouch, which is about 43p per serving.

UK delivery is free on all orders more than £49.

Review conclusion – our final thoughts

This is a great product for anyone looking to make sure that their hard work in the gym is not going to waste. Bulk Powders say that this is one of their most popular products and I can believe that, because its low price and high quality make it a winner.

Overall, this is a strong BCAA product and customers seem to think the same. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

For more information and to buy: http://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/instantised-bcaa.html

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