Why Fermented? Not all BCAAs are equal. Did you know that not all BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) supplements are created equal? Not from the ratio, or additional ingredient standpoint... but from the actual QUALITY of the aminos themselves. There are a several different ways to produce amino acids, and the most common method is a harsh acid extraction from animal products. This process, which involves hydrolysis for several hours using high heat and strong acids, creates amino acid hydrolysates that must then be filtered, dried, and refined to make them fit for human consumption. This is the most popular way to produce amino acids due to the abundance of raw materials, lower cost and ease of manufacturing. This process may produce a product that is contaminated with allergens. The other, less common, and more expensive method of production of amino acids is accomplished through the fermentation of cultures in a pharmaceutical lab. Through this process, no animal products are used as starting materials; and no harsh chemicals or high heat treatments are used to manufacture the aminos. The result is a higher quality, allergen-free, and more efficacious amino acid product. Labrada proudly uses fermented BCAAs and L-glutamine in BCAA POWER, to ensure that you receive the highest quality and value for your dollar, while protecting you from contaminants found in lower quality amino acids.