Read CSN's in-depth review about Dedicated BCAA Sensation
Dedicated is a relative newcomer to the sports supplement world, but made a huge impact with their pre-workout, Unstoppable, which was one of the most hard-hitting and effective pre-workouts to enter the sports supplement market over the last few years.
Building on this success, BCAA Sensation is the latest high-quality supplement from Dedicated. Sensation is not just a standard BCAA supplement; it has plenty of added extras to help to take your performance and recovery to the next level.
Claims and benefits made by Dedicated about BCAA Sensation
Dedicated does not pull any punches when describing what makes BCAA Sensation so good… “it is the ultimate BCAA drink mix to fuel athletic performance during sporting activities”.
Branch chain amino acids (BCAA) play essential roles in the creation of new muscle tissue, helping to boost recovery and performance… “research has shown that Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) play a critical role in the muscle building and recovery process”. (Read more about BCAA's)
However, there are plenty of other high-quality BCAA supplements out there, so what makes BCAA Sensation so special? Dedicated claim that BCAA Sensation contains “several ground-breaking additional ingredients that have an immediate effect on performance, endurance and muscle building”.
This makes it unlike many other BCAA formulations and these added extras make BCAA Sensation “the must have cocktail for any athlete focused on muscle growth and optimal recovery”.
Dedicated BCAA Sensation ingredients
As you would expect from a BCAA supplement, the main ingredient is the amino acid leucine. Leucine is a nutritional trigger of protein synthesis, a pathway that creates new muscle proteins, boosting recovery and muscle growth. Leucine on its own though is not quite enough, so the inclusion of isoleucine and valine complete our BCAA portion of Sensation, and are also components in the creation of new muscle tissue and maintaining performance.
In terms of supporting performance, the inclusion of Citrulline Malate is something that gives BCAA Sensation an added extra when compared to similar supplements. Citrulline Malate may help to delay fatigue and increase oxygen uptake into the muscles via increased blood flow, which helps drive nutrients into the muscle and remove waste, supporting muscle recovery and growth and providing the often elusive ‘pump’.
BCAA Sensation also contains the amino acid taurine. Taurine is an important amino acid for promoting proper cellular fluid balance; a properly hydrated cell is a properly performing cell, helping to support performance and increase your training capacity. Taurine is also well known for its association with mental performance, boosting cognitive function and allowing you to stay focused during training.
The unique component of Dedicated BCAA Sensation is Epo-Drol and is a “100% unique and exclusively standardised” formulation for Dedicated Nutrition. Epo-Drol is an extract of the Rhodiola plant, which contains a compound called salidroside. Salidroside is suggested to increase red blood cell activity, helping to support oxygen transport which in turn helps to prevent fatigue and sustain performance. BCAA Sensation also contains ‘Super Grape’; this unique grape seed extract contains polyphenols and epicatechin, which further enhance blood flow, muscle pump and performance.
Last, but not least, BCAA Sensation contains Astragin, a compound known to enhance nutrient absorption, not only of the other ingredients of BCAA Sensation but also other foods and supplements in your diet.
CSN's recommended usage
Dedicated BCAA Sensation is best taken just before and during your workouts to boost performance and support recovery. Simply mix 1-2 scoops in 200-500ml of water to your preferred taste.
Can it be stacked with any other sports supplements?
Dedicated BCAA Sensation goes well with any other muscle-building supplements such as creatine to increase strength and performance, and other protein sources, like whey or mass gainers, to further support recovery and muscle growth.
For the athlete concerned with performance, adding a carbohydrate source intra or post-workout can help to support recovery and performance, including our own CSN brand highly-branched cyclic dextrin or Vitargo.
Summary of Dedicated BCAA Sensation
Dedicated BCAA Sensation takes a standard BCAA formulation and gives it a little extra edge, containing citrulline malate, grape seed extract and ‘Epo-Drol’ to support nutrient and oxygen transport and blood flow to the muscle. Therefore, BCAA Sensation not only supports recovery and muscle growth but also performance and muscle pump, providing much more than your typical BCAA supplements.