Kenny Croxdale wrote:
Another solution is to purchase leucine and add it to your diet, rather than having to consume 2 gram of protein per kilo of body weight.
This is actually the method recommended by Dr Eades in his 6 Week Cure book. Interesting. Ivy also recommended it in his book, Nutrient Timing.
However, leucine is very expensive compared to other proteins, about 10 times per gram. King of Cheap
No one is cheaper than I am.
With that said, let me assure you that Leucine is one of the cheaper amino acids there is.
Leucine 17 cent for 2.4 grams
That based what I just paid for for the large size from musclefeast.com
Whey 44 cents for 24 gram of protein
That is based on the Vitaminshoppe.com whey protein that I purchased.
According to the label, 2.4 gram of the whey is leucine. That equates to the leucine in the whey being about 18 cents.
I understand that you get a lot more amino's in the whey.
Adding Leucine to Your Whey
If you add 2.8 gram of leucine to your whey you end up with 5.2 grams of leucine.
That brings the total cost up to 61 cents.
Doubling Your Whey
Doubling your whey to 48 gram would give you 4.8 grams of leucine.
That would bring the cost up to 88 cents.
That means you can get obtain a little more leucine in your protein drink for 27 cents less.
3 Times A Day X 30 Days
If we spike our whey with leucine rather than doubling our whey protein, ingest it 3 times a day X 30 days that means we save $24.30 cents.
Leucine is Cheap
So, leucine is cheaper than you think.
It's also found in BCAAs, usually 50%. In both protein and BCAAs it's the leucine you're actually paying for, the rest is along for the ride. Your Are Right.
When you purchase BCAAs, you spending money you don't need to. That because as you stated, leucine is the work horse of the "Three Amigos".
Unless you have a reason to want to exclude the other proteins, whole protein is the way to go, from a price point of view.