Overview of Sparta Nutrition Spartan BCAA
The BCAA vs. EAA debate is still alive and well. You know how you tackle it? Include BOTH in your formula. (Technically BCAA are EAA so…) Sparta Nutrition did just that with their new Spartan BCAA product that just so happens to be one of our favorite BCAA/Amino products available today.
Spartan BCAA is awesome. Simple and to the point. It uses a branded source of EAA combined with 2:1:1 of BCAA to make this product while still giving you the proper dosing, great taste and 30-servings. This is one of the best amino products on the market today. Give it a shot, you won’t regret it.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Sparta Nutrition Spartan BCAA on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the amount of aminos used, as well as the kind of aminos, the ratio and other ingredients involved in the making of this BCAA powder.
We then look at effectiveness. A high BCAA product will be effective. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Lemon Drop.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of BCAA products on the market; both with and without caffeine.
Amino products come in all shapes and sizes…right? Spartan BCAA is delivering on both BCAA and EAA while not cutting any corners.
We start with 5g of 2:1:1 Instantized BCAA. This is the optimal ratio you want of your BCAA. A 5g serving is in-line with what we’d expect in this industry. They are instantized, but they are not vegan. That would be my only feedback. Molecular they are the same (vegan and non-vegan) it’s just that with vegan sources you know where it is derived from.
The EAA profile is the new Amino9 branded ingredient from Compound Solutions. This is a great ingredient blend of EAAs from one of the most respected ingredient creation companies on the planet. You get 3g of that for a total of 8g aminos.
Overall, this is a great, straight to the point amino product featuring quality ingredients. Sure, it’s not fermented vegan BCAAs but I can live with that.
Whether or not your BCAA are fermented vegan or regular, it doesn’t change the effectiveness of it. I look at amino products for effectiveness based on two things: muscle soreness reduction and does it keep me hydrated.
There was not any DOMS experienced while using Spartan BCAA. My body is used to my rigorous workouts, so I don’t expect much to begin with, but a product of this caliber helps support that.
In terms of keeping me hydrated, it does a great job. It tastes so great you just want to keep drinking it. That is key. It also hydrates you to allow you to keep your endurance up, which is beneficial.
On aminos, the effectiveness really is an extension of the ingredient profile. With 5g 2:1:1 BCAA and 3g Amino9 blend, you would be sitting pretty.
One of my favorite tasting amino products of all time was Tri-Pep from Metabolic Nutrition – lemonade. Lemon Drop from Sparta is right up there, if not better than Tri-Pep. It is amazing. It is refreshing. It is delicious. That is key. It tastes just like a lemon drop. When you’re clanging and banging and sweat is pouring, there isn’t much better than a tasty BCAA product like Lemon Drop.
A serving size of Spartan BCAA is 9g (actives are 8g so not bad). You want to mix this up in a full shaker or gallon jug. With 20oz of water, this mixes prefectly fine. There is not any residue that you get in your mouth or left inside the shaker. Check out the video above for the demo. Couldn’t be happier with it.
The ideal value for BCAA products is $1 per serving. That is just BCAA. This comes in just over, but you are also getting 3g of Amino9 for a total of 8g of aminos (technically 8g of EAAs). There are other products recently released that feature 8g of EAA but 6g of that are BCAA. This uses a branded ingredient which does drive the cost, while they use fermented BCAA. This is not a bad price and the value is there. It is head-to-head with some of the other top notch products on the market today.