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Vitacost ARO 3X™ Amino Plus BCAA Natural Orange Punch -- 30 Servings

Vitacost ARO 3X™ Amino Plus BCAA Natural Orange Punch
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Vitacost ARO 3X™ Amino Plus BCAA Natural Orange Punch -- 30 Servings

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Vitacost ARO 3X™ Amino Plus BCAA Natural Orange Punch Description

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  • Easy-to-mix powder with no artificial flavors or sweeteners
  • 2:1:1 BCAA ratio (3,500 mg isoleucine + 1,750 g leucine + 1,750 g valine) with added glutamine and citrulline
  • BCAAs help maintain optimal performance during exercise†
  • BCAAs help maintain lean muscle mass†
  • BCAAs support muscle tissue against breakdown†

What is ARO Amino Plus?
Performance and recovery support come together in ARO Amino Plus, a natural orange punch-flavored mix delivering 7,000 mg of total BCAAs plus glutamine and citrulline, per single-scoop serving. You can count on ARO Amino Plus for its great, natural taste—no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, dyes or hidden ingredients. Simply stir with 8 oz. of cold water for a refreshing, amino acid-loaded drink you can enjoy every day.
BCAAs (branched chain amino acids—named for their branch-like chemical structure) are among nine essential amino acids needed, but not made, by the body. They help maintain optimal performance during exercise and promote muscle recovery after sports activities. †
Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid (not normally required in the diet and found in the body in a proportionally high amount compared to other amino acids). It’s a major transporter of nitrogen and supports all types of cellular functions. It serves as an important precursor for protein synthesis, as well as a precursor to L-glutamate (an amino acid involved in energy metabolism).


Why choose Vitacost ARO Amino Plus?

  • Combines BCAAs, glutamine and citrulline
  • 30 servings per container
  • Easy to mix—no blender or shaker cup required
  • Natural orange punch flavor—no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or dyes
  • Free of undeclared ingredients
  • Gluten-free
  • Refreshing taste

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


About Vitacost®
Vitacost® food products are manufactured to high standards of quality and safety. Each Vitacost® product meets or exceeds the standards and requirements set forth in the FDA’s Code of Federal Regulation (21 CFR, 111) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).


As a dietary supplement, mix 1 scoop with 8 fl oz water. Use daily as desired or as directed by a healthcare professional.


Keep dry and at room temperature (59°-86°F [15°-30°C]).

Free Of
Artificial sweeteners, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, crustacean shellfish, fish, soy, gluten, titanium dioxide.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Scoop (17 g)
Servings per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrates4 g1%
   Sugars3 g
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI)0.6 mg30%
Chloride (from sodium chloride, potassium chloride)150 mg4%
Sodium (as sodium chloride, sodium citrate)200 mg8%
Potassium (as potassium chloride)160 mg5%
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)7000 mg*
L-Leucine3500 mg*
L-Isoleucine1750 mg*
L-Valine1750 mg*
L-Glutamine2000 mg*
L-Citrulline (as citrulline malate 1:1)500 mg*
Electrolyte Blend
sodium citrate, potassium chloride, sodium chloride
1000 mg*
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Natural flavor, organic agave sweetener, citric acid, malic acid, stevia extract (rebaudioside A), sunflower lecithin, gum arabic, calcium silicate, beta carotene color and monkfruit extract.

Pregnant or lactating women, those with diabetes, hypoglycemics and people with known medical conditions and/or taking drugs should consult with a licensed physician and/or pharmacist prior to taking dietary supplements. Keep out of reach of children.

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I understand taking supplements can become a complicated chore, especially if you’re taking a complex multivitamin or several different supplements at once. It’s nearly impossible to keep track of every nutrient. So I decided to do the dirty work for you and drummed up an easy-to-read chart of how and when to take specific supplements. I sifted through all of our Vitacost brand supplements to help you optimize absorption.


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Supplements that provide energy, including formulas that feature caffeine, should be taken in the morning when you can get the most out of them. After all, you’re most likely looking for a boost to help you be productive at work, in school or during athletic performance. Also, taking energy-supportive supplements at night can impair sleep patterns. If first thing in the morning is too early for your body, aim for at least five to six hours before going to bed, so you can still enjoy a solid night’s sleep.

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Supplements that induce a relaxing or calming effect are best left for your evening routine. One clear nighttime supplement is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that supports a relaxed state of mind and promotes healthy sleep. But 5-HTP, also known as serotonin, is another supplement you certainly want to take in the evening due to its calming effect.*

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