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Nature’s Best Zero Carb Isopure Whey Protein Review

April 13th, 2009 No comments

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Nature's Best Zero Carb Isopure Whey Protein


The Claim

Nature’s Best set out to create a product that didn’t hide anything from its customers.

Does it Deliver?

Ingredient numero uno is Ion Exchange Whey Protein Isolate. Isopure is going to act fast and digest quickly – this is a fine post workout protein.

Funnily enough the label lists a serving as 2 scoops, when you’ll normally only use 1 scoop for 25g of protein. Keep that in mind or otherwise you’ll burn through this fast!

Low Carb, Low Fat

For one flavor (dutch chocolate) there’s only 110 calories per real serving – definitely puts this in the low carb category. There’s no sugar in here, 2g of fiber, so the total carb count is a negligible 3g.

The other flavors have a label claim of 0 carbs.

I am a little curious how the other flavors use dried berry powders as flavorings, but add no carbs. I think it’s probably due to the sucralose used as a sweetener which would allow for the fruit to be negligible, but still add colorant and flavor.

If you don’t like artificial sweeteners this isn’t the protein for you. But when you go into the low carb category they are the norm.

Lots of Extras

A real plus for Nature’s Best Zero Carb Isopure is the addition of lots of vitamins and L-Glutamine. That will really help if you’re supplementing Glutamine anyway, and if not, it’s going to help muscle recovery and workout endurance.

The powder is also instantized so if you’ve only got a shaker cup you’re good to go. It will of course work well in a blender, too.

It’s sold in 3 and 7.5 pound containers. At the prices you find online, this is definitely a great buy – especially the 7.5 pound tubs. If you’ve never bought it before, don’t start out with that much though. But if you need it…wow, the tubs are giant.

The Bottom Line

Great price on a whey protein isolate. Nature’s Best also throws in vitamins and glutamine in this low carb protein.★★★★½

Bioplex Pure WPI

April 9th, 2009 1 comment

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Bioplex Pure WPI


Highlights

  • 22g per scoop
  • no carbs
  • “Pure” whey isolate

What’s In It?

The bulk of each serving is just whey protein isolate – 22 grams of protein per scoop. Bioplex gets the whey isolate via a proprietary cold microfiltration process. This is the industry standard now and it keeps the protein stable and good for your muscles.

It’s also going to be quickly digested. 22 grams is a good serving size – perfect for a post workout drink.

Whey isolates usually mix very well too, and Bioplex Pure WPI is no exception to this.

Price

At around $12-15 a pound this is on the pricey side per jar, but if you’re looking for JUST whey protein it’s a great deal since you’re not paying for additives.

Performance

Some people are very adamant about the flavors. I’d recommend the chocolate (it’s usually a safe bet for any brand). They all contain sucralose (boo), but no Ace K (yay).

Also, if you have trouble digesting whey and it causes you to bloat, keep in mind Bioplex does not include digestive enzymes in the powder. This is in the interest of purity, so either throw in a separate enzyme powder, or try a different brand.

Other than that, Bioplex Pure WPI delivers the goods – quick digesting whey without much junk.

The Bottom Line

This is indeed a pure whey protein isolate. No fat, no sugar carbs. I wish it didn’t have sucralose though. Enjoy!★★★★☆

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.★★☆☆☆

SNAC Proglycosyn Review

April 13th, 2009 No comments

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SNAC Proglycosyn


Highlights

  • 50g whey protein
  • stacked with creatine, glutamine, and dextrose
  • very low-fat

The Claim

“ultimate post workout recovery formula”

Sometimes it can be difficult, after hard workout, to come home and have to create a recovery shake. Proglycosyn gets around this by creating a preset dry mixture of common postworkout supplements. Some people might be fine with just whey protein, but if you are looking for a better anabolic shake keep reading.

Good for your muscles

Your muscles are looking for a quick blast of easy to digest protein immediately after a workout. This is also an ideal time to supplement creatine, glutamine, and any other vitamins bodybuilders like to stack. The real benefit of Proglycosyn is that you get all of these common supplements all at once in your shake – no extra bottles of supplements.

It’s pretty cool.

Each serving will give you 50 g of whey protein, along with 5 g of glutamine and 2 g of creatine. The protein comes in as whey protein isolate, so you know it will hit fast. If you’ve taken the other supplements too you’ll know that the dosing is pretty standard.

What about energy?

You know how tired you feel after a workout? Well, imagine how your poor muscles feel! They will be severely depleted of glycogen — your body’s main source of stored carbohydrate fuel.

To really boost your glycogen levels back up to pre-workout levels, you need to eat carbohydrates with a high glycemic index. Proglycosyn includes dextrose. Dextrose is a simple sugar that your body is capable of turning into glycogen stores very easily.

This will ensure your muscles are ready to go for next time.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for an all in one way, glutamine, and creatine stack look no further. Proglycosyn delivers amazing post workout nutrition in one shot. ★★★★☆