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Allmax Nutrition A:Cuts Review

Allmax Nutrition A:CUTS

A:Cuts is the latest amino-based supplement by Allmax which combines some weight-loss ingredients with BCAAs and EAAs…

 

A:Cuts is the latest amino-based supplement by Allmax which combines some weight-loss ingredients with BCAAs and EAAs…

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Conjugated Linoleic Acid

Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a term which refers to a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids (loosely referred to as ‘good fats’).  A:Cuts contains 500mg of CLA Triglyceride Powder, standardized to 60% CLA.

The theorized mechanism of action by which CLA induces weight-loss lies in its alleged ability to bind to the Peroxisome Proliferator activated Receptor (PPAR) which, when activated, may directly induce fat loss.

Unfortunately, the effects noted in rodents have not been replicated in humans, despite dozens of human studies being conducted. As discussed in our article, “CLA: A Waste of Time and Money?” any weight-loss from CLA supplementation is going to be very slight, and it’s just as likely that no weight-loss at all will occur.

Caffeine Anhydrous

Caffeine releases neurotransmitters such as Noradrenaline which induce lipolysis (fat-breakdown) so it does have direct fat-loss implications.  Combined with the other stimulants in the Lipo 6 Rx formula, Caffeine may also increase perceived energy and focus.

Green Coffee Extract

Green Coffee Extract contains Chlorogenic Acid which has been shown to block carbohydrate absorption in humans, thus mimicking the effects of a reduced carb-diet.

We discuss the weight-loss implications of Green Coffee Extract in-depth in this article.  It may be moderately effective for weight-loss when taken consistently prior to high-carb meals, but it’s no miracle fat-burner on its own.

Allmax lists the amount of Green Coffee Extract in A:Cuts at 125mg, not a particularly high dose and certainly not one that can be considered “clinical”.

Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid with antioxidant properties which give it a wide variety of implications pertaining to exercise.  It has been shown to reduce muscular oxidative stress resulting from exercise, making it an ideal recovery-aid.   Taurine has also been shown to improve performance in time-trial athletes which is thought to be related to a decrease in oxidative stress.

A:Cuts contains 2g of Taurine, a true clinical dose which is surprising given the relatively low doses of the remaning amino acid ingredients in the formula.

BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine)

The term “Branched Chain Amino Acids” (BCAAs) refers to the amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine which are commonly utilized together in a 2:1:1 ratio (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine). While Leucine does appear to be the most critical in regards to muscle protein synthesis, a 2009 study published in the “Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition” concluded that BCAAs (2:1:1) have a more pronounced effect on protein synthesis than the same amount of Leucine alone, indicating that all three is the best way to go.

A:Cuts contains the lowest dose of BCAAs per serving we’ve ever seen, and it’s not clear whether the 725mg is enough to convey any substantial benefit with regards to muscle protein synthesis or recovery.

EAAs

A:Cuts contains several Essential Amino Acids (EAAs), including Alanine, Glutamine, Histidine, and Glycine.  Although each of these amino acids may have its own inherent benefit, the collective goal is simply to support muscle protein synthesis and minimize muscular breakdown.

The  Bottom Line

A:Cuts contains an alarmingly low dose of BCAAs (just 725mg total), as well as some weight-loss ingredients that may not be particularly effective.  Taking A:Cuts on a consistent basis may encourage slightly more weight-loss than would otherwise normally occur, but with plenty of clinically-dosed amino supplement out there we can’t recommend A:Cuts.

Still don’t know which BCAA/Amino Acid supplement is right for you? Check out our Best Amino Acid Supplements List for some suggestions!

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