Overview of Primeval Labs EAA Max
You want to know how you combat the EAA vs. BCAA debate? Give us both! That’s what Primeval did with EAA Max.
EAA Max features 5g 2:1:1 BCAA along with just under 1g of other EAAs. We also get 2g of carbs to help. Overall, a solid BCAA product that could feature more EAAs if you look at others on the market but still one of our better amino products overall with the additional features involved.
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Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Primeval Labs EAA Max 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: Smash Berry.
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.
Primeval Labs is getting into the EAA/BCAA mix with their EAA Max. We start wtih 5g of 2:1:1 BCAA. This is the optimal level of BCAAs per studies. It is combined with 820mg of EAAs. This can be disappointing if you look at other on the market offering 2-3g of EAAs BUT with that said, a lot of those other formulas feature Leucine and Isoleucine in their EAA mix contributing to those twice. This is important to keep in mind because those who tout 3g of EAAs most of that is made up of BCAAs.
EAA Max also gives you 2g of HBCD Carbs. This isn’t a lot, but it is a top tier carb that will help with uptake into the blood stream for the aminos to be used properly. Other amino products in this boat typically don’t offer this feature.
We also get 500mg of D-Ribose. This helps with exercise energy.
Overall, this isn’t just a 2:1:1 BCAA formula, but does include 820mg of other EAAs (that are NOT your BCAAs), 2g of HBCD carbs and 500mg of D-Ribose. A solid product on paper.
The studies are conclusive that BCAAs don’t work without the presence of other EAAs. Typically when we consume BCAAs we have food in our system. However, if you do happen to work fasted, having the EAAs is going to be beneficial for you. You look for muscle soreness or DOMS when it comes to an amino product. Very little to any DOMS, and I workout hard.
Really, 5g of 2:1:1 BCAA should help alleviate muscle soreness and EAA Max does. I would love there to be about 5g of HBCD carbs, but the 2g does help with the absorption into the blood stream to help this work quicker.
When you think of Smash Berry, think of mixed berry. This was a flavorful powder, but a little on the sweet side. I am not a big fan of tart, but too sweet, for me (subjective) isn’t the greatest either. If you’re a sweet person and like that kind of taste, you’ll enjoy this.
I thought for a 12g serving size, EAA Max mixed very well in your typical shaker cup. I would consume this intra-workout so I would be using 20oz of water. BCAAs by nature are not soluble in water, but this mixed well without a lot of visible particles in the liquid.
Check out the full mixability demonstration in our video.
I love seeing an amino product offer 5g of 2:1:1 BCAA for $1 serving. In the case of EAA Max, we are getting 5g of 2:1:1 BCAA with 820mg of EAA, 2g of HBCD carbs and 500mg of D-Ribose for $1 a serving. This is a solid value that you don’t find everyday. Worth every penny!