• High amounts of leucine
  • Tastes Great
  • Good ingredient profile
  • Relatively expensive
  • Not very many servings
7.6Overall Score

Several reviewers and forum users are all raving about the new Alpha Amino from Cellucor. With any branch chain amino acid supplement, however, I am always skeptical. It often seems like a product that supplement companies make almost as an afterthought.

But I couldn’t ignore all the attention Alpha Amino was getting, so here’s my complete review which includes my personal thoughts after trying it out.

Why Take a Branch Chain Amino Acid Supplement?

Branch chain amino acids, or BCAAs are one of the most versatile supplements when it comes to improving athletic performance.

When taken during a workout, the body is able to immediately put BCAAs to work, helping with muscle contraction and serving as a source of energy for skeletal muscle. Several studies have also revealed that BCAAs are beneficial in reducing muscle damage and soreness. They can also help preserve glutamine stores and increase protein synthesis and promote growth.[1]

During your workout, taking BCAAs can reduce the amount of tryptophan and serotonin delivered to the brain. By decreasing the uptake of serotonin to the brain, your body is able to delay fatigue. This allows you to train longer and with more intensity.[2]

What’s In Alpha Amino?

Alpha Amino contains a pretty straightforward formula, and is comprised of the following:

Alpha-BCAA matrix: This matrix contains three different types of leucine including l-leucine, leucine nitrate, and leucine peptides. What’s more, it contains micronized forms of the other two BCAA’s l-isoleucine and l-valine.

Alpha-amino complex: To further boost muscle growth and recovery, alpha-amino contains additional amino acids such as glutamine which alleviates muscle soreness, and the amino acids arginine and citrulline for better nitric oxide production and muscle pumps.

Alpha-hydration formula: To improve hydration, this formula contains ingredients such as taurine, raw coconut water, and chia seed extract. Taurine improves cell volumization, drawing nutrients into cells. Coconut water and chia seeds are both packed with nutrients and minerals to enhance hydration and sustain you during your workout.

Personal Experience With Alpha Amino

As far as taste goes, I had the lemon lime flavor and thought it wasn’t bad. I sipped on it during my workout and felt fine, I didn’t feel sick to my stomach or anything. I thought it mixed well for an amino acid supplement. I’ve always had some foaming on top of my amino acid supplements, so it wasn’t any worse or different from other BCAA products I’ve tried.

Overall I felt Alpha Amino helped me get an extra set in during my back workout. It has a solid formula, and felt that it helped with recovery.

Final Thoughts On Alpha Amino

Cellucor’s Alpha Amino is a great BCAA product. I really like that it has the extra hydration matrix with the chia seeds and coconut water to help prevent muscle cramping and ensure adequate muscle hydration. The one aspect I thought felt short was the serving size, as each container only holds 15 servings.

[1]Gibala, Martin J. Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Amino Acid Metabolism During Exercise IJSNEM Volume 11, Issue 1 March

[2]Goldberg, A., The Regulation and Significance of Amino Acid Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle, Fed. Proc.: 37, 2301, 1978.

About The Author

Brian E. is from southern California and has worked for names like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe as a supplement expert and consultant. He currently lives in Utah and is studying marketing.

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