Are you confused by all of the different variations of Xtend BCAA? You’re not the only one. Our friends over at Scivation were nice enough to put together informational videos outlining the differences between all of the products in the Xtend family. We’ve also outlined the main differences in our list below.
- Xtend BCAA’s – Original Xtend. 7g BCAA’s.
- Xtend Go – Xtend with caffeine for energy.
- Xtend Ripped – Non stimulant cutting formula for weight loss along with BCAA’s.
- Xtend Elite – Maximize power and endurance + BCAA’s. Contains Beta Alanine.
- Xtend Perform – Contains endurance blend with PeakO2 along with BCAA’s.
- Xtend Free – Does not contain artificial colors or sweeteners.
- Xtend Raw – Unflavored, uncolored BCAA’s.
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The Xtend Family
Scivation Xtend vs other Intra Workout Supplements
A common debate for years has been what’s the best intra workout supplement for boosting your results? Which will give you better performance in the gym, help with recovery, and build more muscle?
If you look at popularity and sales figures over the years, Scivation Xtend seems to be the one everyone loves. Why all the love for Xtend over all the others on the market?
- Delicious flavoring
- 7 grams of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s)
- 0 carbs, 0 calories
- And now multiple different versions, some of which include caffeine, carbs, Peak02, etc.
Xtend is marketed as burning fat, promoting recovery, and replenishing electrolytes and is NSF certified. If you’re purchasing the regular version of Xtend, you will pay less than $1 a serving. But when you start looking at Xtend Perform, Xtend Elite, or Xtend Ripped, the price point goes up well over $1 a serving.
Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s)
Xtend’s primary ingredient across the board is Branch Chain Amino Acids. The three primary BCAA’s are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These are three of the nine essential amino acids for the human body. BCAA’s have several roles in the human body such as signaling pathways and metabolism of glucose. Oxidation of BCAA’s may increase fatty acid oxidation meaning supplementing with BCAA’s can help with fat loss.
One misunderstanding about BCAA’s is that most think they are calorie free. BCAA’s are NOT calorie free. Here is the breakdown of calories per gram:
Leucine: 6.5 calories per gram
Isoleucine: 6.5 calories per gram
Valine: 6 calories per gram
So why does the label say zero calories? Supplement manufacturers don’t because they are not legally obligated to do so due to the following:
- the FDA regulations state that supplement manufacturers can’t declare the protein content of a product when this only contains individual amino acids.
- the FDA regulations allow supplement manufacturers to calculate the caloric content of their products using a number of methods, including the Atawater method, which involves adding up the calories from protein (4 kcal/g), carbs (4 kcal/gram) and fats (9 kcal/gram).
But that’s still a very small amount of calories in the grand scheme of things.
Essential Amino Acids (EAA’s)
If BCAA’s are only three of the nine essential amino acids, what about supplementing with EAA’s?
The nine essential amino acids are Methionine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine. EAA’s are called “essential” because the body cannot make them. They must be obtained through food sources or supplementation. Not only those going to the gym can benefit from EAA’s, but everyone can!
Multiple benefits of EAA’s:
- EAA’s stimulate the production of cellular energy and promote cellular repair
- Create critical enzymes for healthy digestion
- Prevent muscular breakdown during periods of intense physical and mental stress
- Improve, enhance, and protect the mitochondria, our cells energy factories
- Can curb hunger and improve metabolism
- Stimulate protein synthesis
So which should I take?
Both of them have positive benefits and are marketed the same. Companies selling BCAA supplements would have you believe BCAA’s are enough to stimulate protein synthesis. It is true a hefty dose of Leucine will help but getting all nine essential amino acids will produce a much better effect overall for the body. Supplementing with BCAA’s is still beneficial for maintaining glycogen stores and promoting fat loss. However research has shown EAA’s to be superior to BCAA’s.
What EAA supplements are available?
Plenty of intra-workout supplements on the market contain EAA’s. Here’s a list of some of the most popular EAA products sold here at Suppz: