Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) are one of the most beneficial and effective supplements in your sports nutrition arsenal. BCAA’s, including leucine, isoleucine, and valine, are among the 9 essential amino acids which your body cannot produce and therefore you must acquire them from your diet. The essential BCAA’s are metabolized in muscle rather than in the liver, and are crucial building blocks of protein. Supplementing with BCAA’s will have many positive effects in the body, including, but not limited to, stimulating protein synthesis, increasing recovery, stimulating fat loss, and anti-catabolic effects.
Mutant has recently released their newest BCAA supplement in Canada, BCAA 9.7. It boasts a strong formula that will compete well in the increasingly crowded market. Here is my Mutant BCAA 9.7 review.
As the name implies, Mutant BCAA 9.7 provides 9.7g of amino acids per serving. 7.2g of this amino acid blend are fully instantized (for greater solubility) BCAA’s available in the preferred 2:1:1 ratio, leucine being the 2. The remaining 2.5g is a micronized volumizing amino blend comprised of taurine, glycine, L-glutamine, L-arginine, and L-tyrosine. BCAA 9.7 includes a blend of 8 electrolytes to keep muscles hydrated, as well as a proven and patented absorption accelerator. The formula is also fortified with magnesium for further protein synthesis support.
Mixability – 9/10
Recommended use: stir or shake 1 scoop with 250-500mL of cold water. Consume during training, or throughout the day on non-training days.
I always start sipping on my BCAA’s just prior to training, consume the majority during training, and then chug what ever is left just after training, before my whey protein isolate shake. I have found this to be the most effective use for me. That said, I usually mix the suggested 1 serving in 500-750mL of water. I had no big issues with the solubility of BCAA 9.7. There were a few random bits at the bottom but rarely much foam since I try to avoid shaking when possible. A little extra swirling can usually solve the problem. The results seem to be on par with other powdered BCAA’s.
Taste – 8/10
Mutant BCAA 9.7 is available in 3 flavours: blue raspberry, green apple, and watermelon. I tried green apple for something different, since most of my other flavoured supplements are watermelon or some sort of berry and I’m kind of bored with those flavours. I’ve had other products before in green apple and they were not good, but BCAA 9.7 green apple is pretty good.
Effectiveness – 9/10
In my opinion, supplementing with BCAA’s is a must! You can’t always feel the effects of them while you’re taking them, but you sure notice the difference when you don’t. And that’s not a good feeling. I felt pretty good while taking Mutant BCAA 9.7. My post-workout recovery was definitely improved and soreness was reduced. I like how it made my muscles feel, lean and fit. I also really liked the addition of the 8 electrolyte blend. I don’t have that in my usual BCAA supplement and I do feel it helped with hydration during training.
Overall – 8.75/10
Mutant BCAA 9.7 is a solid new addition to the BCAA supplement world. It provides a great dose of amino acids, specifically branched-chains at 7.2g, and the addition of an electrolyte blend is a good feature that some may really benefit from. Compared to other BCAA’s, I feel it falls a little short on flavour. Taste isn’t an important factor for me in determining my BCAA supplement, but I know that it’s important to some. The other short-coming, in my opinion, is the low dose of L-glutamine. I find I feel the best when I supplement with 4-5g of L-glutamine with my BCAA’s, and being the third ingredient in a 2.5g blend just isn’t enough for me. Of course you can always purchase a separate L-glutamine supplement and just add it to Mutant BCAA 9.7 if you’d also like your L-glutamine dose to be higher.