Overview of VMI Sports Aminogex
VMI Sports may be on of the greatest sports nutrition companies on the planet when it comes to flavors in their portfolio. They nailed it with Protolyte and K-XR pre-workout. Anytime we get a chance to review a new product of theirs we get excited.
VMI Sports Aminogex is a BCAA product that is available in a wide variety of VMI flavors. They do a great job again on flavoring. Looking past taste, Aminogex packs in 7g of 2:1:1 BCAA per serving and the patent TRAACS system for hydration. Overall, this is a solid BCAA product, with great flavor and available at a good price. If you’re looking for an amino (BCAA) product, this one will provide you enough 2:1:1 BCAA per serving plus the addition of a hydration matrix.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed VMI Sports Aminogex 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: Tropical Mango.
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.
Many recent studies have been released that state BCAA’s alone is not sufficient to aid in protein synthesis and muscle recovery. In fact, some of these studies actually state the BCAA’s by themselves can actually slow the muscle-building process. There are studies upon studies, and we are a firm believer of EAA’s are the route to go, we needed to evaluate this product based on the BCAA category.
With that said, 7g of 2:1:1 BCAAs is solid. You will find 7g to be the magic number across many different products offered today. It used to be 5g, but supplement companies decided 7g was better (we agree). There is no indication on the label or the website that these are fermented BCAAs (from vegan sources) so we do need to keep that in-mind during this review.
After the 7g of BCAAs, we get 1.25g of Betaine. This actually aids in strength output and exercise performance. The typical dosage of Betaine that we see is 1.5-2.5g. We’d expect to see this in a pre-workout, but rarely, if ever, in a BCAA product. Solid addition.
VMI tosses in 400mg of Magnesium Glycinate Glutamine Chelate. What the hell is that? Great question, we’re glad you asked! We’ve all heard of Glutamine by itself where we would like to see it dosed at 5g to help with gut health. Glutamine in an amino acid chelate molecule allows for it to be more stable. Long story short, this is a better, stable form of Glutamine. A nice addition.
Then we get a variety of ingredients that aid in hydration backed by the patent TRAACs system. We are not going to get into TRAACs here, it’s too scientific, and honestly, that’s not what most of you care about. If you want to read more about TRAACs, knock yourself out by clicking here. These are higher quality forms of the ingredients. These ingredients, dosed at 50mg, are Magnesium Glycinate, Potassium Glycinate and Calcium Glycinate. VMI also tossed in 50mg of Sodium Chloride. These will all help with hydration.
Overall, a very nice profile. We’d like to see clear distinction on the sources of the BCAAs, other than that, nice work VMI.
Effectiveness of a BCAA product really comes down to the ingredients, ratio and dosing of the product. As you read the profile section you became aware that this is a quality BCAA product.
Hydration was the biggest thing I noticed from it. I would use a Blender Bottle at the gym, and it would be gone before my lift was done. Why? It quenches your thirst and helps contribute to exercise performance (thanks Betaine).
Regarding delaying or alleviating DOMS, the book is still out on that. I will say that I did not suffer a lot of DOMS, but I am also a seasoned vet in the gym and lactic acid isn’t really an issue anymore.
I am a HUGE fan of anything orange, mango or tropical flavor. I am a sucker for it. Tropical Mango was a good, solid flavor from VMI. I wouldn’t expect anything less from the company. I would not say it is the best flavor ever, but I believe it is a flavor everyone can and will enjoy.
This may be the best amino product I have ever had in terms of mixability. I never got any traces of undissolved particles in any drink. There wasn’t anything floating or sitting at the bottom of the cup like you find with some amino products.
I would mix one scoop of Aminogex with 20oz of water (Blender Bottle). See video for mixability test.
There are EAA products (BCAAs are EAAs) on the market that include the 2:1:1 ratio of BCAAs for $30 for 30-servings. This retails for around $29-$30 for 30-servings. It is not a bad value at all. It packs a good profile, a nice taste and great mixability. It would be worth your money.
We did not give it a perfect score because we are believers in the EAA system, and therefore if you can get 30-servings of EAAs for the same price, it would bring this rating down a point.