TNT Hydro-Cell BCAA 3:1:1 - Product Review

It is about time that we had a go at some BCAA products. They are an extremely popular range of product in the health and fitness world yet also widely debated and controversial. 

About TNT Hydro-Cell BCAA 3:1:1

There are more than 20 amino acids in existence and nine are considered “essential” because they cannot be internally produced and must be found in your diet.  Amino acids are used by your body to produce protein. Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are three of the nine essential amino acids which comprise BCAA formulas.

When it comes to its usefulness, the jury is sitting in a solid divide when it comes to BCAA’s (or Branched-Chain Amino Acids) and their effectiveness. Some swear by it and say that they are an excellent source of muscle building/retention (depending on whether you are building or cutting). Others say that they are garbage and a complete waste of time and money.  

That being said, a US study has shown that BCAA’s most definitely help as an integral aid when it came to maintaining lean body mass (such as lean muscle, of course) while in a caloric deficit. In other words, BCAA’s are much better recovery agents than they are muscle builders. Additionally, evidence shows that BCAA’s are extremely useful for diets that lack complete amino profiles (such as vegan diets as well as a few variations of vegetarian diets too), and can help fill missing pieces of the puzzle when people who live these kinds of lifestyles try to build muscle. 

Hydro-Cell has a good formulation of 3:1:1. This means that it has 3 parts of leucine for every 1 part of isoleucine, and valine in this formulation. This makes it an extremely effective combination of BCAAs for muscle retention and dietary gap filling. 


Hydro-Cell is a great product to use when you are in a deficit or are cutting for any particular purpose and looking to retain all your hard-earned muscle. As I stated above, this 3:1:1 formulation makes it excellent for retaining muscle and giving you enough of a protein synthesis spike to overshadow muscle protein breakdown for the duration that it is being used.

Its mixability is fine as well. It does not get too foamy after it mixes with water which is good thing. However, you do have to mix it or shake it quite thoroughly to get a smooth texture.

Like most TNT products, the taste is also quite strong, and the flavour of the product really comes through quite potently, so I used a little extra water to dumb down the intense flavour. However, it did taste great and I was happy to drink it.  


This product has a serving size of 12g. This gives you 6g of BCAAs per serving and each tub has around 30 servings. If you are using one serving a day, that is a solid month’s worth.  


Another TNT product that gets a 4 out of 5 for me. It has a great formulation and is excellent value for money.


TNT Hydro-Cell BCAA 3:1:1

HYDRO-CELL BCAA 3:1:1 ATP has been purposely developed to meet the rigorous performance nutrient requirements of elite level athletes, who subject themselves to gruelling workouts daily.

Providing 6g of BCAAs in a 3:1:1 ratio and unmatched in terms of efficacy and merit.

D-Ribose, an important pentose sugar that plays an active role in energy intermediate production, like ATP, for a prolonged workout intensity and rapid intra-workout recovery. Infused with a unique blend of electrolytes, phosphates, and Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt, which all act as a buffering agent complex to reduce the build-up of acidity during intense workouts, acting as a muscle hydration accelerant and key muscle performance regulators to improve nerve function and upregulate muscle cell activation!

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