BCAA VMINO Vegan Aminos
- Build Muscle via Muscle Protein Synthesis
- Increase Athletic Endurance
- Decrease Muscle Fatigue & Breakdown
- Minimize Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
- Promote Fat Loss & Lean Body Composition
- Buffer Lactic Acid
- Support Healthy Lifestyle
VMINO The Better BCAA
The VMINO BCAA Advantage
BCAA's can have positive affects on athletic performance, muscle growth, recovery, fat loss, and the healthy lifestyle. However, not all BCAA products are made the same. We believe in providing you the absolute best product:
- Fermented Vegan BCAA’s - Did you know most aminos on the market are derived from duck feathers, animal skin, cock combs, and animal hair? BCAA VMINO uses plant-based non-GMO BCAA's.
- 2:1:1 Ratio - Scientific trials have shown that a 2:1:1 ratio of Leucine : Isoleucine : Valine is the most effective combination for real results.
- 0g Carbs and 0g Sugars - ideal for paleo diets and those trying to boost fat loss
- No Artificial Dyes and No Fillers
- Added Bicarb Electrolytes - to help buffer lactic acid in the muscle, and in turn improve athletic performance
- Light and Delicious Taste - always looking forward to the next sip!
BCAA's For Muscle Growth
The key to building muscle is triggering a process in your body called muscle protein synthesis (MPS). Each time you perform resistance exercise (ie weight lifting) you trigger MPS.
What and when you eat will also stimulate MPS.
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) stimulate MPS each time you consume them, in turn helping your muscles grow.
BCAA VMINO provides a clinical dose of BCAA's in a 2:1:1 ratio of Lecuine : Isoleucine : Valine that scientific trials demonstrated to be the most effective for triggering MPS.
BCAA's for Recovery and Endurance
BCAA supplementation will decrease muscle breakdown and decrease muscle fatigue.
Muscle Protein Breakdown (MPB) occurs during all forms of exercise including during anaerobic exercise (ie weightlifting), during aerobic exercise (ie long-distance running), and during composite exercise (ie most sports).
BCAA's will help significantly decrease this MPB. As a result, BCAA's limit Exercise Induced Muscle Damage (EIMD), and in turn will curb the dreaded Delayed Onset Muscle Sorness (DOMS) that kicks in 1-2 days after working out.
By minimizing EIMD and DOMS, athletes are able to recover faster and perform at a higher level.
In addition to improvements in recovery, BCAA supplementation will also improve endurance in both aerobic and anaerobic athletes by reducing muscle fatigue.
BCAA's for the Healthy Lifestyle
Many scientific trials have demonstrated that BCAA's can benefit and support many aspects of health. These trials included the young, the old, the athletic, and the sedentary, and the scientists performed them under a wide array situations. Some of the results included:
- Support muscle mass and decrease muscle loss (sarcopenia)*
- Improve satiety after eating and thus support decreased food intake*
- Support proper glucose metabolism*
- Associated with being leaner*
- Stimulate PGC-1α (what some scientists are calling exercise in a pill) that supports health parameters*
- Support brain and liver*
Each time BCAA VMINO is produced, the product is batch tested to ensure your safety. Heavy metals, yeast and bacterial counts are quantified.
In addition, Vmino Raw is further tested by LGC International to ensure that the product is banned substance free. The World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency have identified and banned over 220 performance enhancing drugs. Athletes that compete on the world stage such as Olympians, Professionals and Collegians are prohibited from using any products that may contain these banned substances.
LGC tests and certifies under their Informed Choice and Informed Sport programs that products wearing their badge are banned substance free.
Dioxyme is proud to take the extra step and be part of the Informed Sport programs so that athletes at the highest level can gain the unique advantage of our supplements with peace of mind.
BCAA VMINO Ingredients & Usage
How to get the most out of your supplements
Each serving of BCAA VMINO provides 7 grams of BCAA with 0 carbohydrates and 0 sugars. For those calculating your macros, each serving delivers about 28 calories directly derived from the amino acids.
Mix one scoop of VMINO in 10-14 ounces of water depending upon your taste preference.
FOR ATHLETIC BENEFITS: Take BCAA VMINO prior to your exercise and competition. This will trigger muscle growth and improve endurance, while decreasing muscle breakdown, muscle damage, and muscle soreness. We also suggest taking BCAA VMINO one other time during the day to further support muscle growth and minimize muscle breakdown. Studies show muscle breakdown will begin to occur approx. 2-3 hours following a meal. BCAA supplementation will help stop this.
FOR HEALTH / DIET BENEFITS: Take VMINO BCAA 2-3 times a day. Use VMINO in place of your normal drink (ie sode or sports drink). If you use it in between meals, it will help offset hangry pains, and keep you focused on your diet goals.
VMINO is not for use by those with pre-existing medical conditions; those taking any medications; those under the age of 18, or women who are contemplating pregnancy, pregnant or nursing. Always consult your physician prior to starting a new supplement, diet and exercise regime. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
BCAA VMINO Science
What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?
What are BCAA’S?
Though there are hundreds of known amino acids, we know 22 of them build proteins in the body, and 20 of them are encoded in our genes. Nine of these amino acids are essential, meaning we must consume them, because our body can create them on its own.
All of the amino acids play important functions in cellular metabolism, enzymatic processes, hormone production, and tissue function. Three of the essential amino acids are further sub-classified by their chemical structure. You may have guessed it, we refer to these three as the Branched Chain Amino Acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine. They are chemically characterized by having an aliphatic side chain (branched chain) off the main amino structure.
Leucine, isoleucine and valine make up 35% of the protein in muscle. As essential amino acids, they must be consumed in adequate amounts. The BCAA's play critical functions in fat metabolism, immune function, neurologic function, and muscle protein synthesis.
The Effects of BCAA Supplementation
BCAA’s trigger muscle protein synthesis via mTOR (the mammalian target of rapamycin) switch activation. The ideal supplement timing for BCAA’s is prior to intense exercise. Studies also show that consuming BCAA’s during exercise is beneficial for aiding muscle protein synthesis.
BCAA’s maintain lean muscle tissue and decrease their breakdown. Exercise produces the catabolism of muscle branched chain amino acids by activating the branched chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCKDH) complex. Supplementation with BCAA’s decreases this effect. As a result, BCAA supplementation decreases the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and exercise induced muscle damage (EIMD) that results from intense exercise. DOMS produces a decrease in exercise performance and is best minimized.
Branched chain amino acids have additional effects on the muscle building process. BCAA supplementation helps maintain the insulin dependent, anabolic state. Further, BCAA’s help maintain mass and increase strength during hypocaloric diets (fat cutting).
Studied athletes demonstrate a reduction in fatigue and the reduction in perceived exertion during exercise when supplementing with BCAA. This improves exercise performance and athletic concentration.
Endurance athletes competing in running, cycling, rowing and triathlon perform better with pre-exercise BCAA consumption. They decrease the athlete’s muscle damage, perceived exertion, soreness, and central nervous system fatigue. The endurance athlete’s anabolic signaling, immune response and overall recovery are improved with BCAA’s.
Beside the BCAA effect on lean muscle, BCAA may support loss of body fat via oxidation. People who take branched chain amino acids routinely tend to have less body fat, more lean muscle and thus better body composition.
Leucine, isoleucine and valine supplementation are noted to improve glucose uptake, insulin sensitivity, and immune function*. Studies also show that they increase the formation of new cellular mitochondria and thus may play a role in affecting lifespan*.
Branched chain amino acids have a positive effect on the Testosterone to Cortisol ratio in athletes performing high intensity exercise. HIIT can dramatically increase stress based cortisol levels that are catabolic and lead to immune and musculoskeletal breakdown.
The Proven 2:1:1 Ratio
Research shows that adequate doses of leucine alone increases muscle protein synthesis by as much as 145%. Adding the other two branched chain amino’s, isoleucine and valine magnifies this effect as they seem to function as cofactors.
The vast majority of studies support an ideal ratio of 2:1:1 in the dosing of leucine, isoleucine and valine. This means for every two grams of leucine that is given, one gram of isoleucine and valine is given. Many studies site the ideal dose of leucine at 3-4 grams. Most indicate that the total daily dosing of BCAA supplementation should be in the 14-20 gram range.
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- “Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage is Reduced in Resistance-Trained Males by Branched-Chain Amino Acids: A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Study” Howastone, Glyn. et.al. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2012), eCollection, accessed November 20, 2014, doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-9-20
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- Branched-chain amino acids, mitochondrial biogenesis, and healthspan: an evolutionary perspective Valerio, A., D’antona, G., et al. May 2011. 3(5), 464-470.
- Effect of BCAA Supplementation During Unloading on Regulatory Components of Protein Synthesis in Atrophied Soleus Muscles. Bajotto, G., Sato, Y., et al. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2011. 111, 1815-1828.
- Alterations in Amino Acid Concentrations in the Plasma and Muscle in Human Subjects during 24 Hour of Simulated Adventure Racing. Borgenvik, M., Nordin, M., et al. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2012. Published Ahead of Print.
- Potential Therapeutic Effects of BCAA Supplementation on Resistance Exercise-Based Muscle Damage in Humans. Da Luz, Claudia, Nicastro, H., et al. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2011. 8(23).
- Branched-Chain Amino Acids Supplementation Enhances Exercise Capacity and Lipid Oxidation During Endurance Exercise After Muscle Glycogen Depletion. Gualano, A, et al. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2011.51(5), 82-88.
- Effects of BCAA, Arginine, and Carbohydrate Combined Drink on Post-Exercise Biochemical Response and Psychological Condition. Hsu, M., Chien, K., et al. Chinese Journal of Physiology. April 2011. 542), 71-78.
- Excess Leucine Intake Enhances Muscle Anabolic Signaling but Not Net Protein Anabolism in Young Men and Women. Glynn, E., Fry, C., Drummond, M., Timmerman, K., Dhanani, S., Volpi, E., Rasmussen, B. The Journal of Nutrition. 2010. 140(11), 1970-1976.
- Amino Acid Supplements and Recovery from High-Intensity Resistance Training. Sharp, C., Pearson, D. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2010. 24(4), 1125-1130.
- Daily L-Leucine Supplementation in Novice Trainees During a 12-Week Weight Training Program. Ispoglou, T., King, R., Polman, R., Zanker, C. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 2011. 6(1), 38-80.
- Serum Predictors of Percent Lean Mass in Young Adults. Lustgarten, M., et al. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2013. Published Ahead of Print.
- Effects of carbohydrates-BCAAs-caffeine ingestion on performance and neuromuscular function during a 2-h treadmill run: a randomized, double-blind, cross-over placebo-controlled study Peltier, S., Vincent, L., et al. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. December 2011. 8(22).
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- Effect of Essential Amino Acid Supplementation on Quality of Life, Amino Acid Profile and Strength in Institutionalized Elderly Patients. Rondanelli, M., Opizzi, A., Antoniello, N., Boschi, F., Iadarola, P., Pasini, E. Clinical Nutrition. 2011. 30(3).
- BCAAs in Liver Disease: New Aspects of Long Known Phenomena. Plauth, M., Schutz, T. Current Opinions in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. January 2011. 14(1), 61-66.
- BCAA Levels are Associated with Improvement in Insulin Resistance with Weight Loss. Shah, S., Crosslin, D., et al. Diabetologia. February 2012. 55(2), 321-330.
- Oral BCAA Granules Reduce the Incidence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Improve Event-Free Survival in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis. Hayaishi, S., Chung, H., et al. Digestive Diseases. 2011. 29(3), 326-332
- Dietary BCAAs Ameliorate Injury-Induced Cognitive Impairment. Cole, J., Mitala, C., et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences. January 2010. 107(1), 366-371.
- Leucine-Protein Supplemented Recovery Feeding Enhances Subsequent Cycling Performance in Well-Trained Male Cyclists. Thomson, J., Ali, A., Rowlands, D. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2011. 36(2), 242-253.
- Exercise, Amino Acids, and Aging in the Control of Human Muscle Protein Synthesis. Walker, D., Dickinson, J., et al. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. May 2011. Published Ahead of Print.
- Higher Branched-Chain amino Acid Intake is Associated with a Lower Prevalence of Being Overweight or Obese in Middle-Aged East Asian and Western Adults. Qin, L., Xun, P., Bujnowski, D., Daviglus, M., Van Horn, L., Stamler, J., He, K. The Journal of Nutrition. 2010. 141(2), 249-254.
- Additional Effects of Taurine on the Benefits of BCAA Intake for the Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness and Muscle Damage Induced by High-Intensity Eccentric Exercise. Ra, SG., et al. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 2013. 776, 179-187.
- Branched-Chain Amino Acid Ingestion Can Ameliorate Soreness From Eccentric Exercise. Jackman, SR., et al. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2010. 42(5), 962-970.
- Branched-Chain amino acid Supplementation Before Squat Exercise and Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness. Shimomura, Y., et al. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2010. 20(3), 236-244.
- Nutraceutical Effects of Branched-Chain Amino Acids on Skeletal Muscle Shimomura, Y., et al. J. Nutr. February 2006 vol. 136 no. 2 529S-532S
**This information is derived from published scientific literature and it is not intended to imply, promise, or recommend that BCAA supplementation will have this effect on you.
Your Top Questions, Answered
Still Have Questions? We're Here to Help.
Branched chain amino acids are typically produced by a chemical synthesis using keratin based animal products such as bird feathers or cock combs. An alternative procedure can produce BCAAs from fermented plants. Though more expensive, it is a much more reasonable way to produce a product.
We have been able to eliminate all carbohydrates and sugars from VMINO. The only calories in VMINO are derived from the BCAAs themselves and equals about 28 calories per serving.
Vmino is vegan compliant and contains no animal based products.
We recommend mixing Vmino in 10-12 ounces of water. It has a light refreshing flavor with no after taste and can be sipped throughout the day, prior to a workout, or even during an athletic event.
The highest standard recognized for certifying facilities for Good Manufacturing Practices is NSF laboratories. As such, Vmino is produced in a NSF certified, GMP facility.
Nutrition timing studies show that for maximum muscular gains, BCAA’s should be taken 30-60 minutes prior to a workout, and a quick absorbing protein (like New Zealand Whey Protein) should be taken within 30-45 minutes after a workout.
BCAA VMINO stacks well with MPO and a wide variety of preworkouts.
We prefer to drink it at least twice a day. Once before a workout, and once as a regular drink rather than plain water.
Each time a product is produced, it is tested by a third party independent laboratory to ensure that it contains no banned substances such as steroids, amphetamines, and 220 identified compounds prohibited by WADA and USADA. This ensures your safety and peace of mind for professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes taking Vmino.
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