This is a review I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, as I have scooped my way through three and a half tubs of this stuff. Anabolic State is a powder form branch chain amino acid (BCAA) supplement with added HICA, which we will discuss. It’s made by Nutribolics which is a Canadian supplement company that has successfully infiltrated the market over the past 10 years. With an abundance of BCAA supplements flooding the market, it’s beneficial to know which reign supreme over the others. That said, lets take a look at how Anabolic State fairs among other products in its class. Let’s dive in.
Anabolic State is indeed expensive relative to other BCAA supplements in its class. For 30 servings, you’ll pay $32.55 at Bodybuilding.com making the price per serving $1.08. This is on the high end of the price spectrum where flavored powder form BCAA supplements are at one end and unflavored pill forms are at the other.
I have personally given fruit punch, watermelon, blue raspberry and orange flavor a go, and I can tell you this stuff is delectable. There exists no bitter aftertaste from the sucralose, as is the case with some other products in this class and when you fill your bottle to 22 oz, the potency is ideal. This product also comes in a new blue raspberry flavor of which I have not tried. Since BCAA supplements are something most people sip on during their workouts, opposed to chugging them pre or post, taste is pretty important and although flavor is highly preferential, I have yet to talk with anyone who wasn’t less than thrilled with the taste.
Taking this supplement, I found mild decreases in the onset of delayed muscle soreness, but quite honestly, there are far too many variables at hand for this to be an accurate account. In search of some empirical evidence, I found a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that found increases in testosterone levels, and decreases in cortisol levels in a hand full of adult male lifters after supplementing for 4 weeks on a BCAA supplement at only 6 grams per day doing high intensity resistance training. This research is compelling in the context of creating an anabolic hormonal profile, but is limited by its small experimental and control groups. On a less scientific note, I often use Anabolic State to suppress hunger during fasted work outs and it seems to trick the hunger mechanisms that can be quite distracting while you lift, and this is despite having only 4 calories per serving.
This is where Anabolic State shines and may possibly be why this product is among the most expensive in its class. At 10 grams of BCAAs per serving, Anabolic State is one of the most potent supplements in its class, especially when you consider that each serving is only 12.5 grams. The downside is that Nutrabolics do not disclose the ratio of BCAAs as you can see in the nutrition facts on the right. You gotta love words like “Complex” and “blend” that these companies hide behind instead of just telling you how much of each ingredient you’re taking.
Anabolic State also contains HICA which stands for alpha-hydroxyisocaproic acid, a name you’ll never remember. This is just a metabolite of the BCAA Leucine that is supposed to support anabolism during intense workouts when muscle gycogen depletes. A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found a significant increase in lean body mass in a group of male soccer players during 4 weeks of resistance training and HICA supplementation. The lean mass gains were dominant in the lower body, and delayed muscle soreness was decreased as well. I got excited when I read this study until I found out that the researchers that conducted the study actually own the patent to HICA so ulterior motives may have been in place which undermine the results to a degree.
Although Anabolic State is relatively expensive, and the exact BCAA ratio is not disclosed, I still consider it a solid product, and my preferred supplement in this class. The wide profile of BCAAS and lack of unnecessary ingredients is ideal, and the taste is fantastic. If you are cutting and in need of some defense against catabolism, or you often train on an empty stomach, I would recommend this supplement. That said, I consider it a luxury and not a mandatory addition to your stack.
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