Chaos and Pain is a US company which specialises in bodybuilding supplements, and features some mythology inspired advertising. The company was formed by bodybuilding and horror fans Jamie Lewis and Wayne Banks, who met as students at Arizona University.
Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex may suit you if you are looking for a post workout supplement. It provides a range of ingredients that may help aid recovery and muscle building. However we cannot see it working as an energy drink and unless you take part in a gruelling regime that requires instant recovery, waxy maize starch seems a little superfluous with many experts recommending dextrose or even bread as superior. That said it does not look bad and we have seen a lot worse on the market, even if this one does seem slightly overpriced.
Potential side effects may include; gas, diarrhoea, constipation, mild dizziness, vomiting and nausea, stomach pains, headaches, muscular pain, and skin irritation.
This supplement contains glutamine which can provoke an allergic reaction in some users.
Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex is quite expensive. Each 17.02 oz (484g) tub contains just 20 servings so if you use it regularly you will need to buy fresh supplies on a regular basis.
Buy from the Chaos and Pain website and it costs $34.99. Available flavours are; Elysium Fruit, Mango Ambrosia, Lemonberry nectar, and Cherrylime Chimera. You can choose your flavour at the point of sale.
Shipping is calculated at the point of sale, and the company are happy to ship worldwide.
Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex is also available via Amazon USA, where we found the Lemonberry Nectar flavour on sale for the same price as the website.
Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex looks ok as a post workout supplement, and if you use it as such you may find that your recovery is easier. It contains some reasonably good ingredients albeit like the BCAAs in low quantities and although there is a risk of side effects, these are not life threatening or usual.
However as with other Chaos and Pain supplements, it does seem a little lacklustre when compared with their bizarre advertising hype and away from this, there is nothing to set this apart from numerous other post workout supplements on the market.
In our opinion this supplement is expensive and for a pot containing only 20 servings it does not seem good value for money. Overall, we do not recommend Chaos and Pain Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex to our readers.
Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex is a powdered supplement that you add to water or other liquid, in order to make an energy drink. It is available in four flavours; Elysium Fruit, Mango Ambrosia, Lemonberry nectar, and Cherrylime Chimera and is part of the Chaos and Pain Olympus range of products.
Mercury Extended Energy BCCA Complex is supposed to improve endurance. It is aimed at all types of athlete whether out on the track or in the gym. The principle ingredient is waxy maize starch, a complex carbohydrate rich in a substance called Amylopectin, often described as a plant version of glycogen.
Because glycogen, the carbs stored in the muscle tissue become depleted by exercise, taking Amylopectin (waxy maize starch) as a post work out supplement may be effective at replacing lost glycogen and make recovery easier and more pain free. Many people take dextrose for much the same purpose.
However the named part of this supplement are the BCAAs. Branched Chain Amino Acids so named for their molecular shape. are important for health and recovery, and assist in muscle repair after exercise. There are three BCAAs; Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine, and although they are available in diet in foods such as meat, chickpeas, and wholegrains, supplementing will deliver more and faster!
Directions are not provided but we suggest adding one scoop to a glass of water and drinking after a workout
Other ingredients include Glutamine, Citrulline Malate, Taurine, and Sodium Bicarbonate. Take a look at the ingredients tab for full information.
Overall Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex looks pretty good as a post workout supplement, although there is some debate about the need for waxy maize starch.
Chaos and Pain is a US company. There does not seem to be a listed address but the company does provide a phone number. The company are also active on social media, including Facebook and Instagram where they can also be contacted.
The most distinctive feature about this company is their name and the use of some fantasy and mythology based advertising.
We have covered Chaos and Pain Cannibal Kraken Whey in a previous review. This supplement was part of the grisly named Cannibal range, but we found it did not live up to its meaty promise.
The Chaos and Pain Olympus range lacks the shock value of Cannibal and includes supplements named Titan, Jupiter, and Helios.
According to the product description,
“Mercury is the World’s first comprehensive BCAA formula designed to sustain athletes through long workouts, while providing slow carbs and electrolytes to prevent cramping and crash.”
It has been formulated, “to stand up to the needs of extreme endurance and strength athletes…”
It is important to note that this supplement is not the World’s first comprehensive BCAA formula. Most fitness supplement brands provide similar looking BCAA supplements.
The formula is explained more fully,
“Not only does Mercury contain your standard BCAA in a 2:1:1 ratio, but it also contains Waxy Maize Starch, Taurine, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Citrulline Malate for sustained energy and power, Glutamine for improved recovery, and Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, and Magnesium Citrate for electrolyte management.”
“Impressed? We sure are. The only thing worse than losing overall is losing after an incredible start. Avoid the crash- make like it’s the 17th Century drink some Mercury.”
Make like it’s the 17th Century drink some Mercury? Where did that even come from? We thought we were supposed to be channelling our inner Greek Gods not going back to the 1600s… Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys, Charles 1st Black Death… none of this era is known for health and fitness.
This supplement contains some good ingredients that may make it effective as a post workout supplement, although possibly not so effective as an energy drink.
The BCAA content at 4000mg per serving may help recovery as claimed, although it does seem a little underpowered compared to many other BCAA supplements on the market which usually contain around 5000mg per serving.
According to research,
BCAA supplementation recovers peripheral blood mononuclear cell proliferation in response to mitogens after a long distance intense exercise, as well as plasma glutamine concentration. According to these findings, it is possible to consider the BCAA as a useful supplement for muscle recovery and immune regulation for sports events.
Glutamine is the body’s most abundant free amino acid. It is made in the muscles and directed to the body where it is needed. Following exercise, supplementing glutamine may help aid recovery.
Citrulline Malate is an amino acid which converts to L Arginine once ingested. L Arginine is an amino acid which is important for nitric oxide production which is important for blood flow and the widening of the arteries.
However there is some dispute about the need for the principle ingredient Waxy Maize Starch. Although Amylopectin does help the body restore lost glycogen immediately after exercise, unless you are going to immediately continue training, it seems unnecessary. Following exercise, your glycogen levels will deplete by around 40% and this will rise over the next 24 hours following the carbs you consume in meals.
Unless your training regime is extremely gruelling or you are riding in the Tour de France, you don’t really need to supplement with waxy maize starch. You can let the body heal itself naturally with diet instead. Studies suggest that eating white bread has a similar effect, and raises insulin levels more effectively.
Mercury Extended Energy BCCA Complex is a powdered supplement you add to water in order to make a recovery drink. Each serving is equal to 1 scoop (24.2g)
This supplement also contains electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals in the body that help balance fluid levels, and stimulate the nerves throughout the body. These can be lost via sweat, diarrhoea, vomiting, or dehydration.
Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex should be fine for most people, but some of the ingredients may cause problems for some users.
Potential side effects to waxy maize starch are likely to be mild, but may include;
Glutamine may pose problems for some users. It can provoke an allergic reaction and may also cause;
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Speak to your doctor first if you have an underlying medical condition, or are taking prescription medication in case of interactions. Cease use if you experience side effects and seek medical advice if these are serious or continue.
We found some customer reviews for the Lemonberry flavour of this supplement posted on Amazon USA. However not all of these were convincingly genuine, especially as there were very few verified purchases and that some reviewers seemed unreliable.
We only looked at the 4 customers (out of 16) who had made verified purchases. Here are 3 of customer comments;
Finally an endurance drink that works. Been racing for years and have tried all the “traditional” ones and they are all sugar. Mercury has been phenomenal for keeping me hydrated and from cramping. This stuff is legit and is all I’m going to have on my bike, during my runs, and in my ruck.
Great product. Good taste.
This product is excellent. Great tasting stuff, and it definitely has made a positive difference in my long-distance / endurance training.
According to the terms and conditions, Chaos and Pain do offer a 100% money back guarantee if you buy from the website, but there are no further details how you go about claiming a refund.
You can buy Mercury Extended Energy BCAA Complex direct from the official Chaos and Pain website. Chaos and Pain ship overseas, so this supplement is available to customers outside the USA as well as US buyers.
You can also find a limited selection of flavours via Amazon USA.
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