A new breed of the amazing BCAA supplement is out today – The newly reformulated “Scivation Xtend 2.0″, which will simply be called Scivation Xtend as usual. Scivation has enhanced their #1 selling BCAA / Intra Workout product by adding electrolytes, and modifying the flavor systems.
The muscle-sparing amino acid drink consists of the proven 2:1:1 ratio branched-chain amino acids (Leucine:Isoleucine:Valine), as well as added Glutamine, Citrulline Mallate, Vitamin B6, and the added electrolytes as mentioned above. This formulated drink should be taken by an individual during and after any workout or rigid physical activity in order to get satisfying results.
Xtend 2.0 – The New IngredientsOne added benefit to the new Xtend formula is the addition of electrolytes in every bottle. We all know that intense workouts done by endurance athletes and bodybuilders cause our bodies to lose a lot of sodium and electrolytes. When one is suffering from such loss, muscle cramping occurs and muscle contractions are not as efficient – ie. you get fatigued and weaker. Scivation doesn’t want their athletes to suffer such pain, so Xtend has added such nutrients to replenish whatever electrolytes lost during such heavy training. The new electrolytes added are Potassium, Chloride and Sodium.
Xtend 2.0 Flavors – Users are LOVING It
This better formulated Xtend drink should definitely please your taste buds, but not everyone likes it as much. Put simply, the flavor systems have all been updated and they’re amazing. They include refreshing blue raspberry, refreshing watermelon, apple, grape, refreshing lemon-lime, orange, and lemonade. Watermelon is by far the most popular (and is also our personal favorite), but you really can’t go wrong with these new flavors.
Update, Feb 2013 – Blue Raspberry is now my favorite. I love this flavor!!
About the BCAAs in Scivation Xtend
The BCAA, or the Branched-Chain Amion Acids, are metabolized in the muscle and not in the liver, and function as an aid in building new proteins for the body. They can also be burned as a fuel to create energy that is needed by our body.
In the same manner, the new Xtend still uses the same great BCAA mix to serve as a growth factor in muscle size and strength. This is exactly why you should take it before and during any extremely hard workout (especially true for endurance athletes!), as they delay your muscles from becoming exhausted. Not only that, but they’ll keep you less sore the next day, and even further, they increase fat-burning!
Additionally, when you are working out on an empty stomach, such as during a cutting routine or in the morning, you definitely want BCAAs like Xtend in your bloodstream. This will keep your muscles from being catabolized, or torn down, when your brain and body need amino acids. If those needed amino acids are not in your gut and bloodstream, your brain will get them from your existing stores — your muscles!
Tearing your own muscles apart is the exact opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish – so prevent that by supplementing BCAAs if you work out “fasted” (empty stomach).
Other Xtend Ingredients
Citrulline Mallate is a great endurance nutrient. This powerful ingredient enables the athletes to train hard and recover quickly from all of the strenuous activities. It increases nitric oxide production, which then gives you increased bloodflow via vasodilation (the widening of the blood vessels). That extra blood flow gives you a “pump” in the weight room, but also temporarily increases strength, nutrient delivery, and endurance.
It’s common to have different forms of citrulline this in pre workout supplements – but Scivation was WAY ahead of its time when formulating this, and used this ingredient long before most pre workouts had it.
The next essential nutrient found in every Xtend product is Glutamine. This amino acid proves to be of benefit to a lot of things, but we’ll be first to tell you that it does NOT contribute to muscle mass growth.
It does, however, give improved brain function, improves / stabilizes our blood sugar via the GLUT-4 mechanism, decreases alcohol and sugar cravings, maintains overall good health and function of the line of the gut, strengthens our immune system, helps heal wounds fast, helps in the good functioning of the heart, and proves to be a benefit to treating cancer patients.
Where to Buy Xtend 2.0
At this point, basically every store you see will have the new Xtend. It will be clearly stated if you are looking at the old stuff – deals are occasionally out there for it, but they’re becoming more and more rare as we enter 2013.
What if I Still Want the Old Xtend?
Well, you can dig around for it, but we haven’t seen any deals for a couple of months. Instead, you’re better off looking at the Primaforce BCAA. Primaforce is owned by the same people as Scivation, and is their “value brand”. Hearing their requests for the old Xtend, they decided to put a formula similar to the older Xtend under the Primaforce Label, thus leaving the new Xtend alone.
As of writing, Watermelon Candy is the only flavor of Primaforce BCAA.
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