BCAA: Real Deal or Hyped

Patrick Farnacio 3 years ago in Supplements updated 3 years ago 5

Hey Marc,

I saw this article by Michael Matthews, author of Bigger Leaner Stronger, basically says that BCAA does not live to the hype except if you're using it during fasted cardio/training. He also said:

"All we currently have is an unpublished study paid for by Scivation–the creator of the popular Xtend BCAA supplement–and headed up by Jim Stoppani, that…cough..demonstrated?…some remarkable results" https://www.muscleforlife.com/bcaa-supplement/

“The skeptic in me is tempted to chalk up some of the results to not just funding source (Scivation), but also the longstanding friendship between Jim Stoppani and the Scivation staff. The fact is, there’s no way to quantify the degree of commercial bias inherent in this trial – or any other for that matter.” https://www.muscleforlife.com/bcaa-supplement/

  1. What are your thoughts on his claims?
  2. What are your thoughts on the 10:1:1 type of BCAA's and how is it different from the 2:1:1?

I funded this study since I owned Scivation at the time:

1) They are legit, I was there

2) 2:1:! is much better. 10:1:1 is cheaper and bullshit

One last question, he mentioned that the test subjects were eating small amounts of protein a day that is why it worked. Were the subjects protein "deficient"? 


We designed the diet, they were at 1g/lb bodyweight a day

Okay. Thanks for answering :)