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Scivation Xtend BCAA Review

Posted on July 19, 2013

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Updated May 2019


Let’s get the ball rolling by saying that the good people at Scivation have been around for decades. And in that time they’ve carved out a name as the true innovators in the body-building and sports nutrition supplements market. 

Scivation-Xtend-1.jpgScivation XTEND was the first intra-workout catalyst product on the market. And there have been plenty of copycats who’ve tried – and failed - to replicate it.


These clever Scivation sports scientists really have stayed one step ahead and now they’ve reformulated and revamped XTEND to improve its taste, mixability and performance. 


What is Scivation Xtend?

Scivation Xtend BCAA is something of a legend in the intra-workout supplement category. Body-builders, weight trainers and athletes around the world love it and it’s also backed by university studies that demonstrate that it can help build muscle, burn fat and maximise strength.


What’s Inside it? (and what isn’t)

One of the things that makes XTEND better than other intra-workout supplement is that it’s much more than just BCAAs (branched chain amino acids if you’re not in the know – the building blocks of protein) and Glutamine in a nice-looking tub. 


For starters, XTEND also contains 1000mg of Citrulline Malate and 640mcg of Vitamin B6 that help to give you more energy and make better use of protein so you really can train harder. The upshot is you’re going to build some serious muscle


Then there’s 1,19mg of “proprietary electrolytes” that really help you replace what you’ve lost in sweat and ensure you can work harder and for longer.


XTEND BCAA also gets a big tick for being sugar free and calorie free.


But back to the BCCAs. It’s BCAAs that will really help you with muscle gain. XTEND packs a punch, as it’s loaded with these 3 essential amino acids including 3,500mg of Leucine, which really fires up protein synthesis as well as Isoleucine and Valine in the famous 2:1:1 ratio.


Xtend BCAA Key Ingredients


Ingredients Benefits
    • L-leucine is a essential amino acid as are all the bcaa’s.
    • L-leucine helps maintain muscle tissue through sustaining nitrogen balance 
    • L-leucine is the strongest off the BCAA’S. But if you don’t have enough or any off it in proportion to other amino acids you wont be able to benefit from the effects.
    • The anabolic effects of protein are reliant upon leucine because of the protein synthesis "spark" it creates.


  • L-Isoleucine increases endurance 
  • Assist in the repair and rebuilding of muscle 
  • Isoleucine is broken down for energy within the muscle cell as fuel  
  • Isoleucine should always be taken with the other 2 BCAA’S (leucine and valine), which  play a role in the anabolism state for growth and recovery 
  • Repair and growth of muscle tissue and maintaining nitrogen balance in the body.
  • It is an essential amino acid, meaning you need to get it through food or supplements.
  • Supplies energy to the muscle
  • Increases endurance and aids in muscle tissue recovery 
  • L-Glutamine can regulate blood glucose levels and is converted to glucose for energy if the body needs it.
  • It also supports HGH levels 
  • Helps the immune, nervous and digestive systems.
  • Glutamine can protect the brain from ammonia toxicity as well as providing energy to the brain.
  • Improves short and long term memory.
Citrulline Malate 
  • Increases vasodilation, via nitric oxide
  • Decreases lactate levels 
  • Improves strength 
  • May help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.
  • Stimulates the liver and kidney to remove toxins
  • Anti-fatigue properties 
Electrolytes (Potassium, Chloride, Sodium)
  • Replenish fluids and minerals 
  • Prevents dehydration 
  • Boosts Stamina, Cognition and Performance by reducing dehydration
Vitamin B6
  • Vital for energy production.
  • B vitamins play a vital role in the production and metabolism of neurotransmitters.
  • B6 helps carry signals from one nerve cell to another and are essential for brain development.
  • B6 can make you feel happy by increasing serotonin levels.



What are the benefits of Scivation XTEND?

One of the key benefits is that it’s got science behind it. It has the ability to switch on muscle building via mTOR, giving you the fuel to boost training intensity and speeding up your recovery time. 


What about the taste?

When you’re full flight in a training session, the last thing you want is an overly sweet drink. That’s the beauty of XTEND. The flavour masters at Scivation have created some great tasting, clean and refreshing flavours that can really hit the spot.


In fact, these are some of the best tasting supplements on the market. You certainly won’t think you’re drinking a supplement because it tastes more like a fruit juice or cordial, without the carbs and sugars of course.


The Scivation Xtend BCAA Flavours Include:

  1. Grape
  2. Green Apple
  3. Lemon Lime
  4. Strawberry Kiwi
  5. Orange
  6. Pink Lemonade
  7. Blue Raspberry
  8. Pineapple
  9. Watermelon
  10. Fruit Punch
  11. Strawberry Mango
  12. Mango


With 12 flavours, you won’t get tired the Xtend taste any time soon.


Is Xtend easy to mix?

XTEND scores a big ten out of ten for mixability. It dissolves extremely well in the quantity of water that’s recommended, with no lumps or residue. Plus, there’s little foaming or frothing.


And the verdict?

XTEND does exactly what it says it will. In as little as 8 weeks you’ll be clocking up more energetic workouts, you’ll recover faster and you’ll notice big gains in strength, power and endurance.


Even after a really heavy training session, your muscles won’t be complaining quite as much so you can get back into the gym faster and start training again.


If you haven’t tried XTEND you’re definitely missing out on one of the best intra-workout supplements around. Scivation isn’t kidding when they call it the “most advanced BCAA intra-workout” supplement. In fact, it's Australia's most popular BCAA.