Product Review – Now Foods BCAA Big 6
BCAA or Branched Chain Amino Acids, what are they? Well I really didn’t know, so what better time to find out and give them a try.
I received two canisters of the watermelon flavor, two canisters of the grape flavor and a shaker bottle.
Here is the information provided online:
- Endurance & Recovery*
- 6 Amino Acids / 8,000 mg
- Vegan, Caffeine Free
BCAA Big 6 is an advanced caffeine-free sports supplement formulated to support exercise endurance and recovery from intense workouts.* BCAA Big 6 features branched-chained amino acids (BCAAs) to support muscle retention and recovery, and betaine to help maintain fluid balance during exercise.* BCAA Big 6 also has taurine, which can further support endurance.* BCAA Big 6 includes L-citrulline and L-glutamine to complement this formula.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
How did I use these?
First I read the directions and just needed to try it. I sampled the watermelon flavor first. I put one scoop to 14-16 oz of water, then I just shook it in a water bottle. The taste was good.
I went for a run and when I returned planned to drink it all. It’s recommended for before, during or after exercise. When I came back from my run, I drank as much as I could.
I then got creative and decided an easy way to consume during a run would be to eat it, so I made gummy bears! While they were fun to make, I am not sure I choose the best recipe, they were quite rubbery. Recipe – https://reflexsupplements.com/simple-homemade-bcaa-gummies/
I then tried the grape flavor, just shake with water. I preferred this flavor to the watermelon. They were both very pretty in color.
I then thought I would experiment with sour gummy bears, so I found a different recipe with less gelatin, and they turned out a lot better, but I think I added too much citric acid -which made them sour. Recipe – https://steelfitusa.com/2017/10/simple-bcaa-gummies/
To follow up, I was working consuming a drink a day for recovery purposes. I had just run the Des Moines Marathon on a Sunday, and on the next Saturday I was running the Hawkeye Fallout 50k.
While I think the product tastes great, my biggest challenge was consuming so much liquid. I do not drink a lot of water on a normal day, I really try to hydrate before a big race. So, for me it was hard to add this much liquid to my day. Perhaps, I am just not as focused as I should be with nutrition.
However NOW Foods was a great product to learn and try something I wasn’t familiar with. It’s a clean, highly-tested brand. They conduct more than 16,000 tests each month for identity, purity, strength and composition to ensure that what’s on the label is in the bottle. AND, now they’re third-party certified via Informed-Sport for added product purity assurance. The Informed-Sport program certifies that their products have been tested for more than 200 banned substances by their world-class sports anti-doping lab.
If you would like to try for yourself use code 20NOWBCAA on Amazon.com (or visit this link https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A1G65M39SCQHX5) for 20% off both varieties of BCAA Big 6. Code is limited to one-time use only, thru Nov 15.