Amino Lean (AminoLean) RSP Nutrition – Our Review

Amino Lean from RSPAminoLean is RSP’s answer to the torrent of BCAA and amino acid based workout supplements which have bludgeoned the bodybuilding and sports supplement market in recent years.

BCAAs and amino acids have been popular with athletes, gym goers, sportsmen and sportswomen for a long time due to the fact that were scientifically proven ergogenic supplements (those which improves physical performance/physique) in the early days of such science.

It’s simple really, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle tissue…you’ve heard it all countless times before.

The difference is that BCAAs have been studied continually since the good old days and there’s nothing supplement companies like more than ingredients which proven themselves time and time again, and become more versatile with it.

These days, said companies can add claims like – “Leucine triggers mTOR signalling for anabolic muscle growth” or “Valine competes with tryptophan in the brain and wins, which reduces fatigue during exercise” or “Isoleucine promotes fat burning and prevents fat storage.”

All of these claims have some weight to a certain extent, but for us there’s no real need to keep up the hard-sell where BCAAs are concerned – we know they work and they are good for several reasons (which we’ll get to) but it’s whether they are included in the supplement at effective quantities, and furthermore, what additional ingredients are paired with them to make the product more powerful or diverse.

Those are the real points to consider when you are looking at one of these workout supplements.

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Promised Benefits of AminoLean

AminoLean is intended to help the user:

  • Build Muscle
  • Boost Energy Levels
  • Burn Fat

Bench Man Woman SpottingIt’s essentially an all-round workout formula – like most supplements in the same category – and a change from the usual stimulant riddled pre-workout drink mixes that are also available.

BCAAs are a prominent feature of the formula because they have roles to play in all of the above advertised benefits. What makes BCAAs unique in the amino acid group is their structure, which allows them to be used directly inside muscle tissue as a source of fuel for contraction force and repetition endurance.

Leucine is famous for its ability to stimulate the mTOR pathway in the muscle growth process. In short: it triggers protein synthesis, thereby helping you grow muscle from your resistance training and stemming the flow of catabolism.

Isoleucine, another BCAA, has been shown (in early research) to promote the usage of stored fat as fuel. Additionally, it may prevent the storage of new dietary fat.

Valine has a unique and different effect when supplemented. During exercise, we experience the effects of increasing serotonin levels, which ultimately makes us tired. Valine actually competes with tryptophan – the fatigue hormone that serotonin increases – in the brain, and more often than not wins. This victory means that tryptophan is blocked from having its effect. Thus, Valine can be viewed as having an anti-fatigue effect.

AminoLean actually contains the full spectrum of essential amino acids, the effects of which range from increased blood flow to improved cognitive function. All good benefits during a workout.

On top of this, there is a dedicated “Weight Management Blend” that includes ingredients associated with a reduction in body fat.

Finally there’s an energy and focus element in caffeine, sourced from the green tea (in the weight management blend) and Theobromine.

Key Ingredients and Formula Potential

The following equate to 7.8g of AminoLean (2 scoops / 1 serving).

Amino Acid Blend – 5,000mg (5 grams)

  • L-Taurine, Beta Alanine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, L-Glutamine, L-Citrulline, L-Arginine, L-Tyrosine, L-Histidine, L-Lysine Hydrochloride, L-Phenylalanine, L-Threonine, L-Methionine

Weight Management Blend – 1,500 mg (1.5 grams)

  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid Powder, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, Green Tea Extract, Green Coffee Extract

Natural Energy and Focus Blend

  • Caffeine (from green tea above) and Theobromine

Important to Note: There are 30 servings per container. A single serving is 2 scoops. RSP warn users against exceeding 8 scoops in a 24 hour period OR 6 scoops in a 4 hour period.

We have no problem with the Amino Acid Blend. There’s not much you can do different than what RSP have here.

The Weight Management Blend has a couple of good ingredients in L-Carnitine and Green Tea but they are more useful to us here as energy providers than fat burners.

Side Effects and Health Considerations

doctorThis supplement should only be used by adults who exercise on a regular basis.

Those who should not use AminoLean are Pregnant and Breastfeeding women, Children, Elderly people and those suffering from a medical condition which precludes the use of such supplements (check with your doctor), and those who are on prescription meds (again, check with your doc).

The average user should be fine with this product but we’d exercise caution and start with a single scoop (half serving) to assess tolerance.

Conclusion and Recommendations

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We’d prefer not to have the weight management blend in there to be honest. It seems RSP just want to put that stuff in everything but really, you just become immune to their effects if you have them in all the supplements.

The BEST workout supplements in the Amino Acid and general workout energy/muscle class are those manufactured by BLACKWOLF.

Blackwolf have dedicated their business to these types of workout products and they have the biggest and most effective (huge 30 gram scoops!!) blends of ingredients.

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Magnesium – The Most Important Mineral You Never Cared About

Magnesium Symbol WoodMagnesium is not in the headlines, it sounds like something your chemistry teacher used to bore your tits off about on a Wednesday afternoon, and it certainly doesn’t sound nearly as cool as passiflora caerulea, whatever the hell that is.

But…magnesium should be in the headlines, it was something your chemistry teacher explained (and you probably should have listened) and it does a bog load more for you than that passithingywhatsit shite.

There are lots of reasons why people in the third world are deficient in a multitude of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, but there are precisely ZERO reasons why the average person in the social-media-infatuated developed first world might ever be deficient in anything in their entire life.

And yet…it’s one of the most common deficiencies in the developed world. Second only to Vitamin D.

And that’s just stupid.

What’s the Big Deal?

Magnesium is an essential mineral – “essential” being the key word here. You can’t love without it and you can’t be healthy with too little of it. You can be okay with just enough of it, and you can be Optimus Prime with the perfect amount of it.

So, if you had the choice, would you want to be a wet fart or the leader of the Autobots?

Here’s what magnesium does for you:

  • Keeps your Blood Pressure in the green
  • Improves Insulin Sensitivity so you don’t become a Type II Diabetic
  • Increases Bone Mineral Density
  • Helps you Sleep Deeply
  • Boosts Muscle Oxygenation and Aerobic Exercise
  • Protects your Brain from Depression, Seizures and ADHD
  • Reduces chance of Migraines and reduces frequency if you get them often
  • Helps Relieve Symptoms of PMS

If any of the above evokes feelings of longing, then you might be a good candidate for the global magnesium correction program (not a thing) and perhaps you might start thinking about getting more from (a) your diet, or (b) a supplement.

Magnesium is supposed to be the second most prevalent electrolyte in your body. Pretty much wherever there is fluid in your body, there should be a certain concentration of magnesium. And considering we are basically just sacks of fluid held together by bones – which, by the way, also need magnesium – it’s a pretty big deal!

Fair Enough – What About the Diet Thing?

Yes, magnesium is in food. Yes, you can correct a magnesium deficiency with diet. No, most westerners and first worlders don’t eat enough of the right foods.

We’re talking about:

  • Leafy greens – e.g. spinach, swiss chard
  • Other veg – e.g. potato skins, tamarind, okra (ladies fingers), Edamame
  • Nuts and Seeds – e.g. almonds, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, cashews
  • Fruit – e.g. prickly pear
  • Beans and Legumes – e.g. peas, black-eyed peas
  • Soy produce – e.g. Tempeh, soy beans, soy nuts, tofu (that’s been made with Mg)
  • Fish and Seafood – e.g. salmon, mackerel, crab, pollock
  • Other – e.g. quinoa, toasted wheat germ, All Bran

Meats and poultry don’t contain much magnesium at all, and neither do nearly all grains. Basically the food types that much of the first world diets are based on.

When was the last time you took a crab sandwich and quinoa salad to work for lunch, with a little bag of almonds for a snack?

Not only do most of these foods satisfy a good portion of your magnesium quota, but they are good for you in all sorts of other ways.

How much Magnesium do we Need per Day?

Between 200mg and 400mg per day is recommended. Average portions of the example foods above contain between 40 and 90mg.

Some things like shell-less pumpkin seeds give you over 300mg of magnesium per 1/4 cup.

Talk To Me About Supplements

SupplementsSupplements are a good way to boost your dietary intake so that you are reaching that daily 200 – 400mg.

In fact out of all of the essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, we highly recommend a supplement or supplements that at least fill out your Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and Zinc requirements. Others are easier to get from your food, but those three will get you on your way.

There are multi-vitamins available, but they are often dosed according to recommended daily allowances, which come from antiquated studies done by government health agencies about a thousand years ago. For example, most countries’ RDA for Vit D3 is 400 to 800 IU, which is just not enough for an adult that lives above the 37th parallel.

Supplements designed with physical performance in mind are probably your best bet. They usually come with a good Vitamin and Mineral base that takes exercise and sweating into account. They usually contain additional ingredients for helping you grow muscle, burn fat, boost testosterone, or a combination of some or all of them.

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Vit D and Zinc have been proven in this context and the jury is still out on Magnesium, but whether it does or not, it’s good to have it in healthy doses in those products.

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Grenade AT4 Testosterone Booster – Review and Recommendations

Grenade Testosterone Booster UKAT4 is a dietary sports supplement manufactured by Grenade in the UK, although they sell their products in the UK, Europe and America.

They have the rather unique packaging of a plastic grenade which holds the capsules, instead of a regular bottle (or even a fist like the fat burner Instant Knockout).

Testosterone boosters are one of the most wide ranging categories of supplements in terms of quality. Much like diet pills and fat burners, they are mostly terrible, with a few good ones, and even fewer great ones.

We tested Grenade AT4 to find out where on the spectrum it lay. Of course, we had a fair idea what it would do from the ingredients and the feedback from both athletes and non-athletes alike.

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What Are the Possible Benefits of AT4?

Prime Male and IKO Body MusclesTestosterone boosters are of course mainly for increasing your testosterone levels, but that in itself means relatively little unless you have a grasp of the positive impacts of doing that.

Grenade AT4 is geared more towards the sportsman / athlete / gym-rat and so concentrates on muscle gain and strength.

  1. Help build and retain Muscle mass from training
  2. Increase Strength gains post workout
  3. Speed up Recovery between workouts

There’s a whole load more benefits to boosting testosterone though, like: cognitive function, mood, vitality, sexual health, heart health and more.

Optimal hormone balance can even help you lose fat and keep muscle.

Key Ingredients and Formula Potential

The ingredients in AT4 are presented below as the daily total. There are two servings a day so if you want the per-serving amounts then just halve the ingredient quantities.

  • Vitamin D3 – 25mcg (1000 IU)
  • D-Aspartic Acid – 3000mg
  • Fenurextm Fenugreek – 720mg
  • Passiflora Caerulea -147.5mg
  • Boron – 9.5mg

Vitamin D3 is essential to our survival but there is an amount which avoids death, an amount which prevents a deficiency (about 400 IU) and an amount which is sufficient for an average adult male to get all of the benefits of it, like healthy bones, testosterone and even happiness. That amount is between 1000 and 2000 IU. You can obtain some from the sun synthesis and some from diet so this 1000 IU is a pretty good start.

D-Aspartic Acid has a claim to fame where in one study it increased the free testosterone levels of some athletes by nearly 50%. It acted fast too, only 2 to 3 weeks. It needs to be cycled for best results which is why Grenade advise you on how to take it 5 days on, 2 days off and 8 weeks on and 4 weeks off.

Fenugreek is a libido enhancer, but a lot of bodybuilders and weightlifters still swear by its effect. It has mixed results in clinical trials and seems to just be something companies still use because of its reputation and not necessarily because of the facts.

Passiflora Caerulea is fairly unknown compared to the others and there isn’t much research out there to judge it on. What there is doesn’t look too promising for testosterone.

Boron looks very positive in terms of testosterone increase, and it’s effective i doses of about 5 – 10mg. A rarity in the supplement world.

Formula Potential – overall that’s a good recipe and will have a testosterone boosting effect if you are either suffering from low levels naturally (due to age for example) or have depleted levels from intense workouts.

It is not the most comprehensive formula and doesn’t have some of the most basic test-boosters in the business, like Zinc. However, what it does have is present in effective dosages and not just there for show.

Side Effects and Health Considerations

doctorDo follow the guidelines on the bottle as set out by Grenade. There is a cycle schedule which you should adhere to as it will help rather than hinder your results.

There should be no side effects for the average guy, but be sure to check with your doctor if you suffer from a pre-existing medical condition.

If you are taking medication then ask them if it is suitable to be taken alongside.

Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children should not be using this supplement.

Conclusion and Recommendations

Grenade AT4 SupplementWe liked Grenade. It gets the dosages right on the D-AA, the Boron and the Vitamin D3. These are some effective ingredients.

We would however say that there could be more to the formula but it’s probably down to profit margins at that point for them.

We have tested some the best and some of the worst products available and so we can say with reasonable certainty that you would not be disappointed with Grenade AT4.

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