Are BSN Products Just Junk? A Full Breakdown of Their Ingredients

Who is BSN?

BSN (Bio-Engineered Supplements and Nutrition, Inc.) is a Nutrition store that started in 2001 and has distributed its products in 90 different countries worldwide. BSN's Product line ranges from Protein powders to Pre-workout energy drinks. BSN has sponsored many famous bodybuilders in the past decade including Ronnie Coleman, 8-time Mr. Olympia in 2005. BSN is owned by Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN), a company that owns plenty of other top-name brands like Slimfast and Optimum Nutrition to name a few.

Supplemental Facts Label

Supplemental facts label is a panel required by the FDA. It must list the names and the quantity of all the dietary ingredients contained per serving and their serving size. All Ingredients must be included either in the Supplemental facts panel or the ingredients list below. Herbal Extracts mentioned within the panel must be listed First by their Known name, then by Latin name (Botanical name), and then by the plant part extracted. Herbal Extracts,  Amino Acids,  Vitamins,  Live microbial, and minerals are all considered active ingredients.

Active and Inactive Ingredients

Active ingredients are the ingredients in supplements that have a physiological effect on the body. These are the ingredients that most health claims are based around like, More Pumps or Faster Recovery. You can usually find these ingredients in the Supplemental Facts panel if you cannot distinguish between the active and inactive ingredients.

Inactive Ingredients are everything else and have multiple functions from making the supplement taste better to helping your body absorb the product better. As there are many benefits, there are also many drawbacks because this is where we find junk like artificial sweeteners, fillers, and binders.

Proprietary blends

Proprietary blends are custom blends of ingredients that make their products unique. They give these blends a Custom name and place it on the label. Companies usually do not want the secret sauce of their products to be made public. To do this they must list the blend’s ingredients in the order of greatest content to the least and declare the total weight. Blends can consist of 99% of one ingredient and 1% of ten others and call it a proprietary blend so pay close attention to the first couple of ingredients on a list.

 

BSN Website:

https://www.gobsn.com/en-us

* All Ingredients listed in Red are JUNK

BSN Product List

BSN Amino X Ingredients

Fruit Punch

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit
Caloriesother10Calorie(s)
Total Carbohydratessugar2Gram(s)
Vitamin Dvitamin25mcg
Sodiummineral270mg
Amino Acid Interfusion Blendblend10Gram(s)
Micronized BCAA Blendblend  
L-Leucineamino acid  
L-Valineamino acid  
L-Isoleucineamino acid  
L-Alanineamino acid  
micronized Taurinenon-nutrient/non-botanical  
L-Citrulline, Micronizedamino acid  
Efforsorb EnDura Compositeblend2Gram(s)
Sodium Bicarbonateother  
Citric Acidnon-nutrient/non-botanical  
Malic Acidnon-nutrient/non-botanical  
Cholecalciferolvitamin  
Caffeinenon-nutrient/non-botanical150mg

Other Ingredients 

Natural & Artificial flavors, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), Lecithin, Sucralose, Beet color, FD&C Red #40, Acesulfame Potassium

BSN Nitrix 2.0 Ingredients

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit
Caloriesother5Calorie(s)
Total Carbohydratessugar<1Gram(s)
Niacinvitamin12mg
NITRIX 2.0 Proprietary Blendblend3.6Gram(s)
Concentrated NITRIX Compositeblend  
L-Citrullineamino acid 
Hawthorne extractbotanical  
Pomegranate extractbotanical  
Grape seed extractbotanical  
Pterostilbenenon-nutrient/non-botanical
Red Pepper extractbotanical  
Trans-Resveratrolnon-nutrient/non-botanical
Black Pepper extractbotanical  
Myogenic Matrixblend  
Creatine Monohydratenon-nutrient/non-botanical
Creatine Hydrochloridenon-nutrient/non-botanical
Creatine Anhydrousnon-nutrient/non-botanical

Other Ingredients:

Stearic Acid (C18:0), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Croscarmellose Sodium, Polydextrose, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), Hydroxypropyl Cellulose, Red 40, Yellow 6, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2

BSN Syntha-6 Ingredients

Vanilla Ice Cream

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Caloriesother200{Calories}
Calories from Fatother50{Calories}
Total Fatfat6Gram(s)9
Saturated Fatfat2Gram(s)10
Trans Fatfat Gram(s) 
Cholesterolfat60mg20
Sodiummineral190mg8
Potassiummineral190mg5
Total Carbohydratessugar13Gram(s)4
Dietary Fiberfiber5Gram(s)20
Sugarsugar2Gram(s) 
Proteinprotein23Gram(s)46
Vitamin Avitamin   
Calciummineral  10
Phosphorusmineral  10
Vitamin Cvitamin   
Ironmineral  2
Magnesiummineral  4

Other Ingredients:

Protein & Amino Acid Matrix Comprised of (Calcium Caseinate Casein; Egg Albumen; and Glutamine Peptides; Micellar Casein; Milk Protein Isolate; Whey Protein Concentrate; Whey

BSN NO Xplode Vaso Ingredients

Jungle Juice

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Caloriesother10Calorie(s)
Total Carbohydratessugar2Gram(s)1
Vitamin Cvitamin200mg222
Calciummineral40mg3
Sodiummineral15mg1
Pump Blendblend   
Micronized L-Citrullineamino acid8Gram(s) 
Creatine Nitratenon-nutrient/non-botanical1Gram(s) 
Hydrolyzed Caseinprotein300mg 
resVidanon-nutrient/non-botanical15mg 
Endurance/Performance Blendblend   
Beta-Alanineamino acid3.2Gram(s) 
Creatine Monohydratenon-nutrient/non-botanical3Gram(s) 
Energy/Focus Blendblend   
Caffeine Anhydrousnon-nutrient/non-botanical300mg 
Yohimbe bark extractbotanical37mg 
Little Clubmoss Whole Plant Extractbotanical25mg 

Other Ingredients:

Natural and Artificial flavor, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), Calcium Silicate (Ca Silicate), Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Red 40, Lecithin

BSN Endorush Ingredients

Watermelon

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Caloriesother5{Calories}
Total Carbohydratessugar<1g<1
Sugarsugar g 
Riboflavinvitamin2mg118
Niacinvitamin12mg60
Vitamin B6vitamin12mg600
Folatevitamin200mcg50
Vitamin B12vitamin120mcg2000
Calciummineral9mg1
Phosphorusmineral25mg3
Magnesiummineral12mg3
Chromiummineral10mcg8
Sodiummineral7mg<1
Potassiummineral15mg<1
ENDORUSH PROPRIETARY MATRIXblend8g 
NOX (Endurance & Performance) Fusionblend   
L-Arginine-Alpha-Ketoglutaric Acidnon-nutrient/non-botanical 
CarnoSynamino acid  
L-Citrulline-Malic Acidblend   
L-Citrulline-Alpha-Ketoglutaric Acidnon-nutrient/non-botanical 
L-Histidine-Alpha-Ketoglutaric Acidnon-nutrient/non-botanical 
Ener-Tropic (Energy & Nootropic) Rushblend   
Taurinenon-nutrient/non-botanical 
N-Acetyl-Tyrosinenon-nutrient/non-botanical 
Glucuronolactonenon-nutrient/non-botanical 
Methylxanthinenon-nutrient/non-botanical 
Glycerol Hydrating Polymersblend   
Potassium Glycerophosphatemineral   
Magnesium Glycerophosphatemineral   
Phospho-Electrolyte Replacementsblend   
Di-Calcium Phosphatemineral   
Di-Potassium Phosphatemineral   
Di-Sodium Phosphateother   
Insulino-Mimetric Matrixblend   
Cinnulin-PFbotanical   
Chromium Propionatemineral   

Other Ingredients:

triple filtered Water, Natural & Artificial flavors (Milk), Phosphoric Acid, Citric Acid, Sucralose, Potassium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Acesulfame Potassium, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Silicate, FD&C Yellow #5, and FD&C Blue #1

BSN Cellmass 2.0 Ingredients

Blue Raz

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Caloriesother10{Calories}
Total Carbohydratessugar1g<1
Proteinprotein2g4
Calciummineral20mg2
Cellmass 2.0 Proprietary Blendblend8.3g 
Recovery Compositeblend   
Myogenic Matrixnon-nutrient/non-botanical 
Insulino Interfusionblend   

Other Ingredients:

Natural and Artificial flavors, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Calcium Silicate, Silicon Dioxide (SiO2), Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1

BSN True Mass Ingredients

Cookies & Cream

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit
Caloriesother760{Calories}
Caloriesother590{Calories}
Calories from Fatother160{Calories}
Calories from Fatother150{Calories}
Total Fatfat17g
Total Fatfat16g
Saturated Fatfat4.5g
Saturated Fatfat4.5g
Cholesterolfat138mg
Cholesterolfat130mg
Total Carbohydratessugar94g
Total Carbohydratessugar70g
Dietary Fiberfiber6g
Dietary Fiberfiber6g
Sugarsugar39g
Sugarsugar15g
Proteinprotein62g
Proteinprotein46g
Vitamin Avitamin5298IU
Vitamin Avitamin5000IU
Vitamin Cvitamin64mg
Vitamin Cvitamin60mg
Vitamin Dvitamin580IU
Vitamin Dvitamin400IU
Vitamin Evitamin37IU
Vitamin Evitamin30IU
Vitamin Kvitamin80mcg
Vitamin Kvitamin80mcg
Thiaminevitamin1.7mg
Thiaminevitamin1.5mg
Riboflavinvitamin2.4mg
Riboflavinvitamin1.7mg
Niacinvitamin20mg
Niacinvitamin20mg
Vitamin B6vitamin2mg
Vitamin B6vitamin2mg
Folic Acidvitamin452mcg
Folic Acidvitamin400mcg
Vitamin B12vitamin6mcg
Vitamin B12vitamin6mcg
Biotinvitamin300mcg
Biotinvitamin300mcg
Pantothenic Acidvitamin10mg
Pantothenic Acidvitamin10mg
Calciummineral964mg
Calciummineral362mg
Ironmineral18mg
Ironmineral18mg
Phosphorusmineral629mg
Phosphorusmineral629mg
Iodinemineral150mcg
Iodinemineral150mcg
Magnesiummineral456mg
Magnesiummineral400mg
Zincmineral17mg
Zincmineral15mg
Seleniummineral70mcg
Seleniummineral70mcg
Coppermineral2mg
Coppermineral2mg
Manganesemineral2mg
Manganesemineral2mg
Chromiummineral120mcg
Chromiummineral120mcg
Sodiummineral528mg
Sodiummineral330mg
Potassiummineral1584mg
Potassiummineral770mg

Other Ingredients:

A Sustained Release Ultra-Premium Protein & Amino Acid Matrix (Calcium Caseinate; Egg Whites; Glutamine; hydrolyzed Whey Protein; L-Isoleucine; L-Leucine; L-Valine; Micellar Alpha And Beta Caseins And Caseinates; Microfiltered Whey Protein Isolate; Milk Protein Isolate; Ultrafiltered Whey Protein Concentrate), Maltodextrin (Potato), Richmix Sunflower powder (Corn Syrup, Solids; Dipotassium Phosphate; Mono- & Di-Glycerides; Sodium Caseinate; Soy Lecithin; Sunflower Oil; Tocopherols; Tricalcium Phosphate), Polydextrose, Natural Flavor & Artificial Flavors, MCT powder (Disodium Phosphate; Medium Chain Triglycerides; non-fat dry Milk; Silicon Dioxide), Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate; Ascorbic Acid; Biotin; Calcium D-Pantothenate; Chromium Chelate; Copper Gluconate; Folic Acid; Iron; Magnesium Phosphate; Manganese Sulfate; Niacinamide; Potassium Iodide; Pyridoxine Hydrochloride; Riboflavin; Selenium Chelate; Thiamine Mononitrate; Vitamin A Palmitate; Vitamin B12; Vitamin D3; Vitamin K1; Zinc Oxide), Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Gum Acacia, Guar Gum, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain

BSN Syntha-6 Edge Ingredients

Fudge Brownie Flavor

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
Caloriesother150Calorie(s)
Calories from Fatother30Calorie(s)
Total Fatfat3.5Gram(s)5
Saturated Fatfat1Gram(s)5
Cholesterolfat50mg17
Sodiummineral260mg11
Total Carbohydratessugar7Gram(s)2
Dietary Fiberfiber1Gram(s)4
Sugarsugar2Gram(s) 
Proteinprotein24Gram(s)48
Calciummineral  15
Ironmineral  8

Other Ingredients:

Protein Matrix (Calcium Caseinate; hydrolyzed Whey Protein; Micellar Casein; Milk Protein concentrate; Whey Protein concentrate; Whey Protein Isolate), Sunflower Powder (Corn Syrup, Solids; Dipotassium Phosphate; Mono-and Diglycerides; Sodium Caseinate; Soy Lecithin; Sunflower Oil; Tocopherols; Tricalcium Phosphate), Cocoa, Natural and Artificial flavor, Lecithin, Salt, Gum Blend (Carrageenan; Cellulose Gum; Xanthan Gum), Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose

BSN Isoburn Ingredients

Chocolate 
IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit
Caloriesother120{Calories}
Calories from Fatother20{Calories}
Total Fatfat2Gram(s)
Saturated Fatfat1Gram(s)
Cholesterolfat10mg
Total Carbohydratessugar6Gram(s)
Sugarsugar1Gram(s)
Proteinprotein20Gram(s)
Vitamin Avitamin5000IU
Sodiummineral170mg
ISOBURN Blendblend1Gram(s)
Green Coffee extractbotanical  
LeptiCore Proprietary Blendblend  
Gum Arabicbotanical  
Guar Gumfiber  
Locust Bean gumfiber  
Blue-Green Algae extractbacteria  
Beta-Carotenevitamin  
Pomegranate extractbotanical  
L-Carnitine Tartratenon-nutrient/non-botanical
Choline Bitartratevitamin  
Banaba extractbotanical  

Other Ingredients:

Whey Protein Isolate, Cocoa, Sunflower powder (Corn Syrup, Solids; Dipotassium Phosphate; Mono & Diglycerides; Sodium Caseinate; Soy Lecithin; Sunflower Oil; and Tocopherols; Tricalcium Phosphate), Natural & Artificial flavors, Cellulose Gum, MCT powder (Disodium Phosphate; Medium Chain Triglycerides; nonfat Dry Milk; and Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Salt, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose

BSN Creatine Ingredients

Intra Workout

IngredientDSLD Ingredient CategoriesAmount Per ServingAmount Per Serving Unit% Daily Value per Serving
micronized Creatine Monohydratenon-nutrient/non-botanical5Gram(s) 

Other Ingredients:

None