AMINO SWITCH™ is a highly absorbed Vegan Friendly dairy and lactose
free Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) & Essential Amino Acid (EAA).
Unlike most BCAA's AMINO SWITCH™ contains all 9 EAA’s at the Perfect Muscle
Ratio. This ratio is designed to help SWITCH ON nutrient recovery.
EAA's are absorbed considerably faster and more efficiently than whey protein because
they don’t require digestion.
At SWITCH NUTRITION™, we use a specific EAA ratio to maximise Net Nitrogen
AMINO SWITCH™ is naturally sweetened with stevia and is also...
? GLUTEN FREE
? LACTOSE FREE
? SOY FREE
? DAIRY FREE
? NO ADDED SUGAR
? KETO FRIENDLY
? VEGAN FRIENDLY
? 100% OPEN LABEL
? 100% AUSTRALIAN OWNED & MANUFACTURED
? MANUFACTURED IN A GMP & HACCP CERTIFIED FACILITY
AMINO SWITCH™ contains added essential Co-Factors, Balanced Electrolytes,
Vitamins and Schisandra chinensis for greater overall results.
The above information is merely a guide and is NOT a recommendation or a treatment
protocol for any health conditions or diseases. You should always consult with a
qualified health care provider before changing your supplement, training or nutritional
strategy. Supplementation should not be attempted by pregnant or breastfeeding
women, anyone on prescription medication or children under the age of 15 unless
advised by your qualified health care provider.
Serving Size: 1 scoop (8g)
|Per 8g Serve||Per 100g|
|Fibre||0 g||0 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0 g|
|Calcium||72.3 mg||904 mg|
|Potassium||69 mg||862 mg|
|Magnesium||31 mg||388 mg|
|Sodium||78 mg||975 mg|
Average Qty Per Serve
|MAP AMINO MATRIX™|
|Schisandra chenensis (10:1 Extract)|| |
|Vitamin C|| |
|Vitamin B6|| |
|Vitamin B12|| |
NOTE: The Nutritional Information & Ingredients is for Mango Kiwi flavour. These may slightly vary depending on different flavours.
Before Training: Consume one (1) serving of Amino Switch™ in 400 - 600 ml (13.5 - 20 oz) of water.
After Training: Consume one (1) serving of Amino Switch™ in 400 - 600 ml (13.5 - 20 oz) of water.
Between Meals: Consume one (1) serving of Amino Switch™ in 400 - 600 ml (13.5 - 20 oz) of water.
Note: Made on a production line that also produces products containing Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Egg, Nuts and Seeds.
Although it isn't cheap, Amino Switch is a quality product packed full of all the essential amino acids. It tastes great (for the most part) and is a hard to come by all-natural, colour-free blend.
- Full essential amino acid matrix
- Addition of an anti-cortisol recovery matrix
- All natural
- On the more expensive side
- Red raspberry is super sweet
Switch Nutrition is an Australian brand who are relatively new to the market. The Amino Switch is an essential amino acid (EAA) blend and of their key products in their arsenal for pre, intra and post-workout.Â
Nutrition & Directions
Amino Switch is a blend of essential amino acids, amino acids that your body cannot produce, and you must obtain through diet. The amino acids included within the product include:
- L-Leucine 884mg
- L-Valine 745mg
- L-Isoleucine 668 mg
- L-Methionine 642 mg
- L-Threonine 580 mg
- L-Lysine 500mg
- L-Phenylalanine 179 mg
- L-Histidine 154 mg
- L-Tryptophan 148 mg
Note that this also includes the three branched chain amino acids (BCAA's); L-Leucine, L-Valine and L-Isoleucine, which are also classed as EAA's.
As an intra-workout (and pre/post-workout) product, the idea of having a blend of EAA's is important to support a positive nitrogen balance while training, which minimises muscle breakdown, and aids performance and recovery.
The inclusion of all the essential amino acids is a big plus for this product (many intra-workout products only include BCAA's). If you are deficient in any of these amino acids, it may have an impact on your performance and recovery.
L-Leucine is often found in abundance in most intra-workout formulations due to its role in preserving lean mass, promoting insulin levels and in activating mTOR to promote muscle protein synthesis. While many other formulations often have at least twice as much L-Leucine as the other BCAA's (typically it is a 2:1:1 ratio), Amino Switch has a comparable amount of L-Leucine. Interestingly, whey protein isolate will also typically have almost twice as much L-Leucine than L-Valine and L-Isoleucine. This relatively lower amount of L-Leucine may be a drawback to some people.
The product does also feature an electrolyte blend of sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium which can have an impact on performance and hydration during your training. This is a typical and worthwhile inclusion for an intra-workout product.
Finally there is also an "Anti-Cortisol Recovery Matrix" which includes Schisandra Chinensis (10:1 Extract) and vitamins C, B6 and B12. There is some limited research to suggest that Schisandra Chinensis can assist in reducing stress and cortisol production which may inhibit muscle growth and recovery. This is quite unique for Amino Switch having not seen this included in an intra-workout formulation before. Meanwhile, there is a bit more research on the role of Vitamins C, B6 and B12 to manage stress and cortisol production, which may reduce recovery.
Another big plus of this product is that it contains no artificial flavours or sweeteners, using stevia as the sweetening agent. Further, no colouring is used which does mean there will be a greater concentration of active ingredients.
When we tally up all in the ingredients in the raspberry flavour, the total active ingredients listed comes to 5.16g (out of a 7g serve), yielding a total of 74% active ingredients. This means that 26% of the ingredient weight is attributed to the flavouring and sweetener, which is typical for an amino acid formulation.
All in all, the ingredients stack up for a well rounded intra-workout product.
Per serve there are 12.2 calories coming from the 4.5g of amino acids per serve. It's fat and carbohydrate free. Not much to complain about here.
What I love about the label is that all the active ingredients are listed with their respective amounts per serve (and per 100g). It is clear and concise - exactly what we would expect to see in a transparent label.
The label also clearly states some other benefits of the product, such as being gluten free, lactose free, soy free, naturally sweetened and vegan.
There are however two area's on this label that I feel could be clearer.
The first is where it states that this product "contains all 9 EAA's in the perfect ratio to support nutrient recovery". The problem is in defining exactly what "perfect" is for there are no universal standards. It certainly is a very good ratio, but whether or not this could be improved upon is certainly arguable.
Secondly, the label does state that 1 scoop of amino switch equals 30g of whey protein isolate. There is no explanation as to how this conclusion has been drawn. This may refer to the enhanced bioavailability of the free-form amino acids and thus just 4.5g (from one serve) is comparable to the approximately 26g found in WPI. Suffice to say, it is certainly not equal for a 30g serve of WPI will contain more protein, more calories, different ratio's of amino acids, as well as all the non-essential amino acids.
Directions & Servings
The label suggests to consume 1 serving before, during or after training in 500-700mL of water. You can certainly take this at all stages throughout your workout though the primary use will be during a training session.
A single serve does seem adequate and the amount of water suggested is ideal to fill up your shaker and keep you hydrated during your session.
One level scoop comes out at approximately 7g, which equals one serve.
Taste & Texture
There are five flavours available in Amino Switch:
- Green apple
- Mango Kiwi
This is a relatively diverse flavour offering and within the intra-workout category, this product ranks in the top 15% of products for flavour options available.
I have been really impressed with the flavours from Amino Switch. Most impressive is the lemonade which isn't too sweet and has a pleasant tang to it (much like a traditional lemonade flavour).
However my favourite flavour is the Mango Kiwi which is a very unique blend that we don't often see. The mango is quite prominent and very pleasant to be consuming during training.
Apple and watermelon are both very good and not overly sweet. For me, these are very hit and miss flavours across products, but the Amino Switch pulls it off quite well.
The raspberry flavour tastes just like a red frog (if you remember them from a kid). Personally, I find this flavour to be excessively sweet and would not recommend if you don't enjoy something that is super sweet - instead opt for the mango kiwi or lemonade flavours.
There is a subtle stevia aftertaste which I find to be most prominent in the raspberry flavour. And you can taste the bitterness from the L-Leucine and L-Isoleucine, though it has been masked fairly well.
Looking at our customer flavour rankings, green apple and watermelon both score perfect marks with mango kiwi and lemonade coming in at 98% and 97% respectively. These are all amazing user scores. However in-line with my notes on the raspberry flavour, it does rate significantly lower at 89%.
Flavour Rating Consistency
Unfortunately, the raspberry score at 89% does decrease the flavour rating consistency for this product as there is an 11% range of scores here from our customer ratings. This positions the product in the top 45% of the category.
Solubility & Texture
Amino acid formulations are notorious for not dissolving well in water. As you can see in the photo's this product does not entirely dissolve in water, but it gets most of the way there. This is only a very minor complaint as there is no graininess or unpleasantness when drinking the solution.
Within the amino acid category, Amino Switch is quite popular and sits within the top 8% of products that customers purchase.
Rate of Repurchase
Customers are very likely to repurchase this product. In the amino acid category, it sits in the top 7% of all products.
The average review score for this product is 96% which is an exceptional score. This positions itself within the top 16% of all products within the category.
Value for Money
Switch Nutrition's Amino Switch comes in two sizes - 30 serves (210g) and 60 serves (420g). For the amino acid product category this is quite good as competitors typically offer between 1-3 sizes. This does place Amino Switch within the top 8% of products.
The packaging is solid being a black plastic HDPE jar. This is a product that you can take to the gym or travel with, without worrying about the product spilling out.
Also included within the product is a scoop which almost perfectly measures the serving size of 7 grams.
After weighing a 60 serve (420g) raspberry jar, the product came out short at 411g, yielding approximately 98% of the claimed package contents.
Amino Switch is positioned right at the top of the category. Per serve, you're looking at around $1.67-$2 depending upon the size that you purchase. As compared to the remainder of the category, this positions the product in the bottom 33% of amino acid products on an amount per serve basis.
But does this make the product expensive? We also need to consider that it is one of the very few all-natural amino acid blends and is a more premium EAA product which does make it stand out from the crowd. This certainly isn't cheap, though it is unique and I do believe that this is a very good quality product.
Amino Switch is one of the few EAA's on the market that gets a lot of things right. It's all-natural, free from many allergens (soy, lactose, gluten), has a high active ingredient to flavour/sweetener ratio and also appeals to the vegan category. On the flip side, the amount of L-Leucine is lower than one would typically expect and although most of the flavours are outstanding, the red raspberry is going to be too sweet for some. This is a product that is loved by customers and recommended by us.
100 Day Returns
100 Day Returns!
• Easy and hassle free
• You can return both opened and unopened product (see below for details)
For up to 100 days from the day that you place your order, you can take advantage of our returns, even if you just change your mind!
Please note, this policy does not relate to items that are damaged in transit, lost or incur an issue beyond your control. In situations like these, we will either refund, credit or send a replacement to you without delay. Our 100 day returns is for your peace of mind if you don't like the product, or simply change your mind.
For any unopened product, just ship the item back and we will refund or replace that item! You can obtain a refund, store credit or product exchange to the same value. Just let us know within 100 days from the date of your order.
For any opened product (Club Z members only), we understand that trying new supplements sometimes carries some uncertainty. Perhaps you’re not sure about a new flavour, or you just bought the wrong product. So if you're not happy with your purchase within 5 scoops (or 5 serves) and 30 days from the date of purchase, you can send it back for a full money-back guarantee! The purchase must have been made when you had an active Club Z membership.
Please note that if your item was purchased as an advertised discounted shortdated item, the above time frames are limited to 14 days. Shortdated items are heavily discounted items due to a sooner expiry date.
If however there was any issue in receiving your order (for example, if your order was lost or damaged in transit) - don't stress! Just contact us and we'll fix things up for you.
Simply contact us by email, phone, chat or visit us in-store to arrange a return. Our returns policy is subject to our standard terms and conditions.
Whenever a problem is incurred that is not your fault, we will be happy to arrange return shipping (if applicable) and the shipment of any replacement goods to you to avoid any further cost and inconvenience. All you need to do is contact us so we can jump on it as quickly as possible.
Here's what we will do in certain situations:
- Your item has been damaged/lost in transit (we'll replace it)
- Incorrect goods received (although rare, we'll ship off the correct item)
- A problem with the actual product or anything else (we'll do what is necessary to fix things for you!)
So we can fix things quickly for you, please let us know of any issues within 48 hours of receiving your goods. In certain situations we may ask for a photograph (for example if the product is damaged in transit, so we can take it up with the delivery company to avoid future issues).
If you do receive an incorrect product, please do not open the actual product so we can arrange a resolution quickly.
In a nutshell, we work really hard on keeping you happy. So if a problem arises, just contact us and we'll do our very best to fix it!