It’s hard to believe that this is my first BCAA supplement review since I started Supplement Reviews Lab in 2018.
I used to be all about BCAA’s when I was younger.
Once I realized you can usually get most of your BCAA’s from food, I steered away from buying them in supplement form.
The truth is that this is the first amino acid supplement I’ve bought in a long time.
I honestly can’t even remember the last time I bought one. It’s been years, which is kind of crazy.
Anyways, I have another high-quality review for you here.
I came across this vegan BCAA supplement by Truth Nutrition about a month and a half ago on Amazon.
I started doing intermittent fasting and have been working out in a fasted state, which means taking a BCAA supplement to prevent muscle loss.
I’m really surprised with how effective this supplement has been and how much I’m enjoying it.
In this Truth Nutrition vegan BCAA review, I’m going to breakdown all the good things and bad things about it to help you decide whether it’s the right supplement for you.
What are BCAA’s?
BCAA stands for branched chain amino acids.
If you remember from your high school science class, branched chains are the building blocks of protein.
In layman’s terms, they provide structure to protein in your body and assist your body with a ton of stuff.
For our purposes, the primary task of concern here is building muscle.
BCAA’s specifically contain three essential amino acids being Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.
They’re essential because your body does not have the ability to make them which means you must get them from your diet.
You can get BCAA’s in a variety of food sources where you get protein to include meat, eggs, fish and dairy.
They’re a very popular supplement in the bodybuilding community for good reason.
Why take BCAA’s?
I said why I’m taking them above, but I’ll elaborate a little more.
With intermittent fasting, you go through a long period (16 + hours) of not eating.
It’s not as detrimental to gaining muscle as you’ve been told. It’s actually beneficial because it increases your growth hormone production.
The tricky part is when you work out while fasted.
Being in a fasted state while weight training can speed up the rate in which your body breaks down muscle.
BCAA’s basically hold it off until you are able to break your fast and get some protein in.
If I wasn’t doing intermittent fasting, I probably wouldn’t be taking them.
As it stands now, I take them right before my workout and they’ve helped me a ton.
About Truth Sports Vegan BCAA
I’ve never taken a supplement of theirs before, but they’re focused on producing natural and vegan supplements according to their website.
“Truth Nutrition strives to produce safe and efficacious,distinctive, premium-quality products while making every effort to anticipate ever-changing customer needs and meet the demands of a dynamic market with innovative products, effective support materials, and unsurpassed service. Whether you’re an elite athlete or an occasional gym-goer, our daily goal is to help you discover just how much more you can do, and find new ways to provide you with the caliber of sports nutrition that uniquely supports your goals.” – Truth Nutrition’s mission statement
Not that I’m against them in any way because I’m not, but I don’t typically buy vegan supplements.
It’s a little different in this case and I’m happy that this is vegan.
According to the company, BCAA’s that aren’t vegan are made from duck feathers and hair. Disgusting.
Truth Sports vegan BCAA are:
- Free of artificial flavors
- Free of artificial colors
- Free of artificial sweeteners
- Gluten free
- Produced in the USA
- CGMP certified
Ingredients and supplement facts
Ingredients: BCAA matrix (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine), citric acid, natural flavor, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, stevia rebaudiana leaf extract, sea salt, vegetable juice color (beet root), sunflower lecithin.
Calories: 10 (per serving)
Carbs: Less than 1 gram
Sodium: 85 mg (4 %)
Potassium 45 mg (1 %).
Very simple ingredient and nutrition profile.
Due to the low calories, this is the perfect option for someone working out in a fasted state.
When I bought these, I figured I wouldn’t really notice a huge difference, but I was wrong.
When I get to the end of my fasting window, my energy is pretty low and I’m usually hungry.
I drink these BCAA’s on the way to the gym and they give me a second wind.
Believe it or not, they actually curb my hunger and give me energy at the same time.
While some of it may be from the fasting, I’ve been having some of the best workouts I’ve had in a long time.
Now I don’t attribute all of that to this supplement, but I do believe it’s helping me by preventing protein and muscle breakdown for sure.
Aside from some black coffee, this has been the only thing I’ve taken before the gym for the last few weeks and It’s been working very well.
How to use and flavors
Truth sports BCAA’s are a powder. You just mix one scoop into water or some other type of beverage, shake it up and you’re good to go.
It mixes well.
Pretty good options and a nice change up from the ever so common fruit punch.
Taste and price
If you guys have read any of my reviews before, you know I don’t care about the taste of supplements all that much, but this one does have a unique taste.
I definitely do taste the watermelon flavor, but it quickly dissipates into a fermented banana type taste.
It’s not unpleasant, but it’s a little bitter.
If you’ve ever had a fermented food before like Kombucha, it reminds me of that.
As these are made during a natural fermentation process, that’s to be expected.
I actually like the taste of these quite a bit, but it’s definitely a little different and might be a deal breaker for some of you sensitive taste types.
I haven’t tried any of the other flavors currently, but I’m almost at the end of the container I have and will probably try blood orange next, so I’ll keep you updated.
This supplement costs right around $35.00 in every place I’ve seen it sold.
That’s a little over a dollar a serving and a fair price in my opinion.
It’s actually comparably priced to many of the commercial BCAA supplements on the market.
Who’s it best for?
Anyone looking to add muscle and prevent muscle breakdown with a BCAA supplement.
I’d say that it’s probably best for someone working out in a fasted state like I do currently in addition to that.
I’m not going to say that every bodybuilder needs this supplement because you can get your BCAA’s from food and protein powder for the most part.
That being said, many bodybuilders out there like taking a BCAA supplement regardless and I think this is a great option due to the high-quality ingredients and manufacturing process.
Do you really want to be taking something made of duck hair and feathers?
I know that I certainly don’t.
Adding it all up
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this supplement.
I’m getting great results that I wasn’t expecting.
These BCAA’s have been perfect for my purposes and I plan to continue using these as long as I am doing intermittent fasting.
It can be hard to find a good vegan BCAA supplement and ecstatic that Truth Nutrition is putting out such a good one.
This is a great supplement in my opinion and one that I would definitely recommend to a friend.
P.S. Have you ever tried these BCAA’s? I’d love to hear your opinion on them. I’d also love to hear any other experience, questions or comments you have about BCCA’s below!