Muscle Freaks Nutrition was awesome enough to send over the ALR Chain'd Out BCAA powder this month, and just in time! Since I was running low on my bcaas I was even more excited to try a new brand. Before I get into the review I should say that I've been a diehard user of Scivation Xtend for over ...
Muscle Freaks Nutrition was awesome enough to send over the ALR Chain'd Out BCAA powder this month, and just in time! Since I was running low on my bcaas I was even more excited to try a new brand. Before I get into the review I should say that I've been a diehard user of Scivation Xtend for over a year so I've been used to the texture and taste of that and have had to get used to using something different.
Let's go ahead and go over one of the biggest determining factors in you guys buying this, how it tastes. I used this product for a few days before writing this review to give myself time to get used to it. Chain'd out is a little less sweet than Scivation Xtend which is known for being a sweet tasting bcaa powder. Personally liking a sweeter taste, Chain'd Out takes a little getting used to. I would say it has a slightly bitter taste. Chain'd out also has a little more grittiness to it. I would compare it to drinking a shake that had creatine in it. I got the berry-banana flavor and I think it was pretty accurate. I still prefer Xtend's flavor but this wasn't bad.
Just like Xtend, Chain'd Out has 7,000mg of branch chain amino acids. It's also in the 2:1:1 ratio that's been proven to be extremely effective. Since obviously the BCAA content is what we buy this product for, I was really glad to see this. This product has several other herbal ingredients including Rhodiola Rosea Extract, Apple Peel extract, and a few others. Rhodiola Rosea Extract is said to improve endurance and from what little I was able to see, Apple Peel Extract works as an antioxidant. I haven't seen or hear of much research on these ingredients so I can’t honestly speak to their efficacy. However for the same price as Scivation Xtend and for the same cost, you won't be getting cheated if you decide to try it out. Some of you reading this may have more knowledge on these ingredients and can make a more informed decision.
At the end of the day I’m still a huge Xtend fan. I’m plan on trying Core Nutritionals’ Core ABC which I know has one of the best ingredient profiles of any bcaa product on the market, but until then I would say Xtend is the best I’ve used. Other than the grittiness of the powder I don’t mind using Chain’d Out though. The ingredient profile is pretty solid, the amount of servings compared to the price is really good (90 Servings, $54.95), and the taste isn’t bad either. If you’re looking for a solid BCAA product to switch it up or maybe to switch to full time, ALR Chain’d Out would be a pretty good choice.