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Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein Review

May 13th, 2009 No comments

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Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein


What if you could gain muscle while sleeping?

It might not make sense, but…

a slow digesting protein can be great for you.

It’s not obvious at first, especially when you’re used to getting protein to your muscles right after a workout. That’s a great time to start promoting muscle growth, but the window of opportunity is small.

What if there was a way to trickle in the muscle building protein over a few hours? If you’re sleep 6-8 hours a day, why not make that time as anabolic as possible?

Enter Casein Protein

Unlike whey protein which your body can quickly absorb, casein protein takes much longer to absorb. We’re talking hours here.

Casein is pH sensitive – this means that when it hits your stomach, it combines together into a gel that is harder to digest. Most other proteins start to break apart in the stomach acid though.

Once it hits your digestive track, it’s going to be slowly broken down and absorbed over time. So as you sleep, your body will keep getting protein.

What’s In It?

ON has a great profile on this casein. 24grams per scoop, with a killer amino acid composition. It’s also very calcium rich owing to it’s two types of casein proteins – one of which is calcium caseinate.

Only 1 gram of fat.

I’m a fan of ON – I like their flavors and protein quality. I’ve never been let down by getting gassy or indigestion from them either.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking to add a good nighttime protein, this is the place to start. ★★★★☆

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Labrada Pro V60 Plus Review

April 14th, 2009 No comments

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Labrada Pro V60 Plus


The Claim

“A Blend Of 5 Time-Released Proteins!” –Labrada

Let’s Be Honest Here

You’re not getting 5 time-released proteins with this.

Inside the Pro-V protein blend, I’d break it down into 2 categories:

1. short term digestion: Whey Protein Concentrate, Agglomerated Egg Albumin, Micro Ultrafiltered Whey Protein Isolate, Ion Exchange Whey Protein Isolate.

Or to keep it simpler – this is a standard whey combination with some egg protein thrown in.

2. long term digestion: Calcium Caseinate, Sodium Caseinate

Digestion rates are different for these two, but let’s be honest here. They are both casein.

You can mix whey isolate with some casein to give a longer anabolic period, and I’m not going to knock doing that if it works for you. But I think you could probably come up with your own blend.

Pricing

I’m finding online prices around $25 for a 1.75 pound jar. Labrada has a recommended dose of 3 scoops per serving, for 60grams protein total though. Hence the V60 name.

At the rate advertised, you’ll go through a jar in right over a week if you take it once a day. No thanks – I’d rather not spend over $100 a month on just one protein source.

At the price, I’d recommend getting a good casein protein powder for bed, and drinking a good whey concentrate post workout.

If you really want the balance from the addition of egg protein too go to the grocery store.

Labrada set some high goals, but I’m just not digging this. It tries to do too much and ends up costing too much.★★☆☆☆

MuscleTech Mass Tech Review

April 10th, 2009 1 comment

MuscleTech Mass Tech

MuscleTech Mass Tech


The Claim

“Forces massive muscle growth directly on your chest and arms”
“Causes explosive gains in strength fast”
–MuscleTech

I Call Bullshit

There’s no way to target muscle growth to a certain part of your body through supplementation alone.

There’s no way a supplement will cause strength gains. That only comes from *gasp* hard work and stronger muscle fibers.

But you say ‘oh, it’s just the advertising. It’s marketing, cut some slack’. No thanks.

Johnnie Jackson shills for them in some ads claiming “It’s been the hardest for me to pack mass onto my legs and since I’ve turned my attention to using Mass-Tech I’ve had more success and more consistent success in bodybuilding.”

Wait, I though Muscle Tech will cause “growth directly on your chest and arms”?? No wonder Johnnie’s having a hard time packing mass onto his legs!

Is Mass Tech a good supplement? Would it help you gain muscle? Probably – it is basically a combination of whey protein isolate and concentrate, with a little casein and a whole lotta maltodextrin. It’s an advanced blend but must be aimed at people looking for a shortcut.

MuscleTech’s marketing sucks though.

MuscleTech treats you like an idiot. Go somewhere else. Negative -1 star.

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