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HICA Max by Labrada

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  • Creates explosive gains in muscle and strength
  • Rapidly accelerates workout recovery so you can train more often
  • Reduce DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), allowing you to train harder1
  • Is the most powerful non-steroidal muscle growth stimulator in existence

HICA-MAX™ is a powerful, non-hormonal, natural stimulator of muscle growth. Its chewables contain 100% pharmaceutical-grade leucic acid, also known as alpha-hydroxy-isocaproic acid (HICA) – a natural metabolite of the branched chain amino acid, leucine.

HICA-Max™ is one of the newest additions to the Labrada Nutrition line, and presents a new pathway to supporting muscle growth for everyone, male and female, pushing muscle to the point of breakdown during vigorous weight lifting session or power workouts. HICA-Max™ is designed to work in a catabolic environment. Recreational lifters easing through a simple circuit or group fitness class are unlikely to find benefit. Heavy lifters will benefit from this novel ingredient.

The active ingredient in HICA-Max™ is L-α-hydroxyisocaproic acid, abbreviated to HICA. Chemical nomenclature, (the system that defines proper naming of chemicals) recognizes other names for HICA, including 2-Hydroxy-4-methylpentanoic acid, 2-Hydroxy-4-methylvaleric acid, and leucic acid. HICA is a metabolite, or degradation product of leucine, the essential branched chain amino acid. The conversion rate of leucine to HICA is very small, so taking lots of leucine will not provide effective levels of HICA.


HICA-MAX™ works by increasing protein synthesis (anabolism), and decreasing muscle protein breakdown (catabolism). Its mode of action has been suggested as an independent mTOR signal transducer, which is a “cell-signaler” for muscle protein synthesis. Leucic acid also interrupts muscle protein breakdown by activating nuclear factor kappa B and inhibiting caspase-8. It may also activate IGF-1, a growth factor that helps age-related decreases in your body’s growth hormone output.

Unlike prohormones or anabolic steroids, HICA-MAX™ activates ¬anabolic and anti-catabolic pathways without directly affecting your body’s hormonal balance. HICA-MAX™ gives you maximum muscle growth without negative side effects, and you’ll never have to cycle off of it.


HICA is a metabolite of leucine, via KIC. However, leucine supplementation does not elevate blood levels of HICA. Therefore, HICA supplementation is necessary to achieve efficacious levels in muscles.

HICA binds H+ (acid) which builds up in the muscle cell as work exceeds the aerobic threshold (e.g. high-intensity lifting, sprinting).

HICA binds ammonia (NH4+) which builds up in the blood and creates fatigue.

HICA can be reaminated, providing a pool of leucine for post-workout recovery and cell-signaling.


HICA Max by Labrada Reviews

90 Chewables
Assorted Flavors
HICA Max, 90 Chewables, Assorted Flavors (Sold Out) 

HICA Max by Labrada Supplement Facts

Supplement Facts

90 ChewablesAssorted Flavors
Serving size 1 Chewable Tablet
Servings per container 90
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3
Total Carbohydrate 1.5 g 0%
HICA (Leucic Acid) 500 mg 0%
Sugar Alcohol (as Xylitol) 1.5 g 0%

 Other Ingredients

Xylitol, Natural & Artificial Flavoring, Malic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Silicon, Sucralose, FD&C Red No.40 lake, FD&C Blue No.2 lake, FD&C Yellow No.6 lake.

 Directions for HICA Max by Labrada

Take 1 chewable tablet, 3 times daily on an empty stomach. Take one dose immediately after exercise. Bodybuilder/weight trainer/ football player: 20mg per kilo of weight per day. Wrestler/sprinter: 15mg per kilo of weight per day. Aerobic athletes: 10mg per kiko of weight per day. There is no need to cycle off HICA-MAX.

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