When it comes to branch chain amino acids, there are essentially two different manufacturing processes. The first is called enzymatic fermentation, and the second is called chemical extraction. Enzymatic fermentation typically uses vegetable sources such as corn, and through multiple steps using enzymes, various free form amino acids are the result. This process originated in Japan to support the growing need for pharmaceutical grade amino acids for multiple medical infusion therapies.
The second process is known as chemical extraction. The starting material for this process begins with animal by-products such as hair, feathers, nails, claws, etc. that have high keratin content. Keratins are rich in amino acids and protein. Through various chemical breakdown and extraction processes, an assortment amino acids can be pulled from keratins to create raw materials. Essentially, many animals that end up in meat processing plants are donating their fur, feathers, etc. to support amino acid raw material products.
Just like the recent trend of amino acid spiking, the choice to use plant based vs. animal waste product based amino acids comes down to company ethics and standards. Many consumers were willing to pay cheap prices for amino spiked proteins that had a high nitrogen content, which was equated to real protein content. Evogen Nutrition never participated in this deceitful practice, and we released IsoJect™ ultra-premium pure whey isolate as a testament to our quality commitment.
The same goes for making the conscious choice to not utilize cheap BCAA’s derived from animal meat processing waste products and choosing to use more expensive vegetable derived amino acids. Now with the introduction of AminoJect Naturals, we are using the same purely refined fermented amino acids that have been used in EVP, EVP Plus, and Cell K.E.M. since their inception. Some companies set their quality standards very high, and some avoid them out of greed. Evogen Nutrition, and now Evogen Naturals, has clearly has chosen the higher path, and consumers have learned time and time again that with our products, you get what you pay for.