Essential Amino Energy is an energy boosting pre-workout supplement, which can also be taken as a pick-me-up during recovery days, or after the gym to help keep you going.
It is a blend of amino acids and caffeine based ingredients, manufactured by Optimum Nutrition, the US sports supplement company that is a subsidiary of huge global nutrition group, Glanbia.
The formula doesn’t give us much to get excited about if we are honest. Caffeine and amino acids – for the most part – are proven ergogenic ingredients, but you can get other products that do more for you per serving.
One of the upsides is the amount of flavours available, something Optimum Nutrition have always been very good at.
It’s a basically decent pre-workout, and it can be used as a replacement for coffee on rest days, but other than that, it’s not remarkable.
Promised Benefits of Essential Amin.o. Energy
- Essential Amino Acid Delivery
- Recovery for Muscles
- Focus and Energy
What Is Essential Amino Energy?
The amino acids blend in the powder is basically a full profile of essential amino acids. “Essential” in the context of amino acids means that we are not capable of synthesizing them ourselves and therefore must obtain them from our nutritional consumption.
The most useful Amino Acids for use as energy boosters and physique enhancement are the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), which are: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.
Leucine is the chief, as it encourages the muscle growth processes via the mTOR pathway. Isoleucine and Valine have potential fat storage prevention and anti-fatigue properties.
What’s more, BCAAs can be quickly metabolized directly within muscle tissue as fuel. This gives them the edge as a bona-fide pre-intra-post workout supplement.
The other essential AAs in the blend are generally used for other purposes, such as gut health, cognitive function, stress handling and so on.
The other aspect of ON’s Essential Amino Energy is the caffeine, green coffee and green tea extract. This portion of the formula is included for the nervous system type energy lift, increasing both mental and physical intensity.
Essential Amino Energy can be used as a pre-workout, intra-workout (during exercise) or even a recovery drink.
The following is based on 2 scoops of Essential Amino Energy, totalling 9 grams. Optimum Nutrition say 2 scoops is good for a pick-up and 4 scoops is pre-workout strength.
Amino Blend – 5g
- Beta-Alanine (as trademarked CarnoSyn)
*The above ingredients (exc. Beta-Alanine) are micronized for better mixing.
Energy Blend – 160mg
- Caffeine (from green tea)
- Green Tea extract
- Green Coffee
NOTE: per 9g serving (2 scoops) there is 100mg of caffeine
Side Effects and Standard Precautions
The usual precautions apply here: pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and the elderly should not take this product.
People who are taking medication, or have a pre-existing medical condition should consult their doctor as to whether it is suitable for them.
Chances of you experiencing negative side effects are minimal, but there is always potential for someone to at some level.
The caffeine sensitive amongst us might get a bit jumpy or jittery, maybe nauseated if they dive right into the 4 scoop dose. We’d advise taking 1 scoop to assess you tolerance level if you are concerned about the caffeine.
BCAAs can cause mild stomach upset when taken in large quantities. The amounts here should be fine but it’s worth mentioning in case.
Conclusion and Recommendations
Essential Amino Energy is a good “no-frills” workout supplement. With Optimum Nutrition you can rest assured you are getting good quality ingredients regardless of what they are.
If we were to be overly critical, we’d say that it’d be nice to know more precise ingredient ratios, but we’ve come to realize that some of our favourite workout supplements don’t break it down on the label either.
We wouldn’t opt for Essential Amino Energy over the more effective Blackwolf range that we’ve found are the best workout drink supplement currently available, but it’s a good basic energy provider.
If you want to see how the Blackwolf products do it, click the link below…