Sports Drink

Decent enough, but you're better off with something else

MusclePharm Amino1 is a mixed bag. While some loved the results and flavor, others hated the flavor and saw little to no results. Some say MusclePharm Amino1 is worth a try, but I recommend sticking with long-term with a better tasting, less expensive sports drink.

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MusclePharm Amino1 is supposedly “the athlete’s cocktail,” a recovery and hydration drink that can “bathe your body in BCAAs.”

Amino1 says it gives you stamina, hydration, muscle building, and recovery. But is it worth it to put aside less expensive sports drinks like Gatorade, and go for the goal with MusclePharm Amino1?

Who Is MusclePharm?

MusclePharm, Amino1’s manufacturer, recently received the Rising Star award from GNC. The new company was started by a former NFL player who was frustrated with ineffective supplements that hindered rather than helped his performance.

Thus, MusclePharm promises “a superior line of sports nutrition products that are safe, free of banned substances, and formulated, tested and certified under the most stringent conditions in the marketplace today.” MusclePharm products are tested in performance facilities and are used by professional athletes.

Though MusclePharm’s products are popular, the business has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau. However, this is mostly because the BBB does not have sufficient information on the business.

Amino1 Ingredients

Some key ingredients in Amino1 will tell us about this drink’s potential.

Instantize BCAAs Patented Pending 3:1:2 Blend (3000 mg)

L-Leucine (1500 mg). Leucine is a BCAA, or branched chain amino acid, and the only dietary amino acid that stimulates muscle protein synthesis. This property makes it a catalyst for muscle growth and repair. It also increases growth hormone production and burns the deepest fat layers. [1]

L-Isoleucine (500 mg). Like leucine, the BCAA isoleucine increases endurance, repairs muscle tissue, and boosts energy. [2]

L-Valine (1000 mg). Valine and the other BCAAs constitute 70 percent of amino acids in muscle. Valine promotes muscle energy and tissue repair. [3]

Cellular Energy & ATP Fueler (4,775 mg)

L-Glycine. Glycine is one of the three amino acids that form creatine, which promotes muscle growth and energy. Glycine can also regulate blood sugar levels and provide glucose to tissue for fast energy. [4] Side effects may include nausea, upset stomach , and drowsiness. [5]

L-Alanine. This amino acid is a building block of protein and draws upon blood sugar as an energy source, thereby reducing body fat levels. [6]

Citrulline DL-Malate 2:1. Citrulline malate is an organic compound that reduced fatigue and increased ATP production during exercise in one study. [7]

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate. This vitamin-like compound counteracts high levels of free fatty acids and enhances carb metabolism. It may reduce exercise-induced muscle tissue damage, improving energy utilization in muscles. [8]L-carnitine L-tartrate also increased carnitine content in muscles in one study, improving exercise performance. [9]

Coenzyme Q-10. A substance in cells, coenzyme Q-10 generates energy, and thus it may boost energy and exercise recovery. But its use as a treatment for heart health and blood pressure is controversial. Coenzyme Q-10 may cause insomnia, liver toxicity, rashes, nausea, headache, heartburn, and dizziness. [10]

Amino Hydrate System (2323 mg)

L-Taurine. Taurine is an amino acid that maintains blood flow to muscle, metabolizes fat, and regulates insulin. [11] It has been used safely in studies lasting up to a year. [12]

Coconut Water Powder. Coconut water looks like a natural sports drink with high potassium and low fat. But in one study, it showed no difference in hydration and exercise performance from other sports drinks. It also caused bloating and upset stomach in some users. [13]

In comparison to Gatorade, MusclePharm Amino1 contains much fewer sugars and artificial sweeteners. While Gatorade contains the controversial high fructose corn syrup, Amino1 has 0 g sugar. Plus, Amino1 provides a unique BCAA blend.

While Amino1’s formula looks impressive, what do users have to say about this workout enhancer?

Amino1 Reviews

212 reviews on gave Amino1 an average of 8.9/10. Here’s what some users had to say:

• “Awesome product, best tasting supplement I have ever tried. The lemon lime tastes like country time lemonade, delicious!” (wilermke)
• “Every single time I took this product after a workout, it made me constantly run to the bathroom for the rest of the night . . . I would not recommend taking this product, and I will definitely be trying something else.” (dkelley1186)
• “Good stuff, I drank in between workouts and it helped with muscle fatigue. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from Amino1, but it certainly gave me a slight edge in the gym. It gave me just enough time to recover and move on without as much fatigue.” (SeriousFlow)
• “At first it tasted really good, but the aftertaste was that bitter, rancid coconut water taste that I despise.” (Vegas Dude)

Buying MusclePharm Amino1

Amino1 is available in 15, 32, or 50-serving containers and comes in 5 flavors: cherry limeade, fruit punch, glacier breeze, lemon lime, and orange mango.

It’s available from many retailers, but here are the best prices I found. I searched for 32-servings, but the price differences remain the same for other sizes.

StorePriceShippingBuy Now$29.99FreeBuy Now
Official MuslcePharm Site$29.99$3.99Buy Now$36.99FreeBuy Now

MusclePharm Amino1: Yay or Nay?

MusclePharm Amino1 is a mixed bag. While some loved the results and flavor, others hated the flavor and saw little to no results.

Some say MusclePharm Amino1 is worth a try, but you might want to stick long-term with a better tasting, less expensive sports drink.


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[2] “Isoleucine.” Available from:

[3] “L-Valine.” Ajinomoto. Available from:

[4] Joe King, M.S. “Use of L-Glycine By the Human Body.” 3 August 2011. Available from:

[5] “Glycine.” Available from:

[6] “L-Alanine.” Ajinomoto. Available from:

[7] D. Bendahan et al. “Citrulline/malate promotes aerobic energy production in human exercising muscle.” Br J Sports Med. 2002; 36: 282-289. Available from:

[8] Jessica Jacobs. “What Are L-Carnitine and L-Tartrate?” 5 June 2011. Available from:

[9] Benjamin T. Wall et al. “Chronic oral ingestion of L-carnitine and carbohydrate increases muscle carnitine content and alters muscle fuel metabolism during exercise in humans.” The Journal of Physiology. 2011; 589 (Pt 4): 963-973. Available from:

[10] “Coenzyme Q10 – Topic Overview.” Available from:

[11] “Taurine.” Available from:

[12] “Taurine.” Available from:

[13] Douglas S. Kalman et al. “Comparison of coconut water and a carbohydrate-electrolyte sport drink on measures of hydration and physical performance in exercise-trained men.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2002; 9:1. Available from: