Mutant BCAA’s Review

mutant bcaa 9.7Every person familiar with the fitness and bodybuilding industry must have at least heard of BCAA’s. But what are they really, how do they work and is it worth investing in a BCAA supplement?

Unlike other supplements, BCAA’s have been thoroughly researched and the studies show that BCAA supplements are indeed beneficial.

What are BCAA’s?

Let’s look at the basic science behind building muscle.  Muscle mass is equal to the rate of protein synthesis minus the rate of protein breakdown. If both are equal – you don’t gain or lose. If you break down more than you synthesize you will lose so it’s in your best interest to increase the muscle synthesis and recovery as much as you can. Especially during dieting and cutting you are more likely to cause catabolism with the calorie deficit and reduce synthesis.

So whether bulking or cutting (but especially the latter), you need to make sure to do your best to minimize catabolism (muscle breakdown) and maximize synthesis (growth).

This is where BCAA’s or branched-chain amino acids come in. They stimulate protein synthesis, possibly even more efficiently than regular protein on its own. BCAA’s have high bioavailability, they encourage cellular repair and muscle synthesis.

On the other hand BCAA’s reduce the catabolic effects of training and dieting. As you can see it’s a win- win situation. You won’t lose and gain more muscle! Quite a good outcome, if you ask me.

Other Benefits

Another benefit of BCAA’s is that they have the potential to increase workout performance.

During exercise, serotonin in the brain can increase the perception of fatigue and tiredness and cut your workout short. But BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan and serotonin in the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced. This will ensure your workouts are more productive.

Does Brand Matter?

Firstly, some people say that whey will do you just as well. Is simply not true as BCAA supplements contain them in a free form easily absorbable and ready to hit your body straight away.

So what brands dominate the market when it comes to BCAA’s?

Rankings show that Optimum Nutrition and Muscle Pharm are popular in the community. Personally I have tried Mutant and found that it was rather effective in putting on muscle mass and reducing recovery time. It has a good ratio of BCAA’s (high dose of leucine) plus glutamine. Capsules are easy and portable, and powders are tasty. You may think taste is not important but if this is something you used every day – well it is quite important not to gag every time you take a sip.

Give it a try

Especially if you’re just getting into the world of supplements – invest in a good quality product such as Mutant and observe how it works. More expensive isn’t always better but it helps to do research first.  If you love it – great, if not something else. And most of all remember – it’s the hard work, the diet and then the supplements.

Beef Protein Supplements – Breakthrough or Fad?

beef proteinEveryone with a keen interest in fitness and exercise knows the importance of protein in the diet. We also know it’s important to eat adequate protein before and after a workout to prevent muscle tissue breakdown and encourage growth. But sometimes this may be inconvenient. For example, some people bring meals to the gym with them and carry their food containers everywhere religiously. Perhaps you’re not willing to make that kind of sacrifice or you simply cannot stomach another chicken breast. That’s ok. This is why protein supplements were invented and over time they have gained great popularity in the fitness world. The most popular kind is whey protein – made from milk. But recently a new contestant appeared on the market – beef protein supplements.

High Quality Protein

Not all protein is equally easily digested and absorbed. The most efficient protein is found in eggs – as much as 94% of the protein is used by the body. Research shows the beef protein, given the right conditions can be as well absorbed as egg. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition has found:

“In cases where the protein value amounted to 15% of the diet, the protein derived from beef showed no cysteine deficiency, and the value used for growth was the same as of egg protein.”

To compare, cow milk protein’s biological value is, on average, 60%. Even though some whey formulas are fully absorbable they often contain sugar which slows down the protein digestion. Beef protein powders such as Muscle Meds Carnivor do not contain sugar. Moreover whey is digested in the intestine which often causes bloating and gastric issues. Beef protein’s digestion takes place in the stomach which should alleviate the swelling and gastrointestinal issues associated with drinking whey.

So you think you’re drinking a beautiful lean steak? Think again. What many people find unsettling is that beef protein powder is sourced from gelatin. Gelatin is made from cattle bones, hooves, ligaments, hides, ears, and other byproducts from the beef and leather industries.

Muscle Meds Carnivor Review

As an example, let’s look at the Muscle Meds product Carnivor. It contains 63% protein which compared to other brands is a bit disappointing. Also, compared to other beef protein products it is high in carbs (21/100g). On the plus side it does not contain any sugars and it is vitamin and mineral enriched. It truly is a great supplement for putting on lean muscle mass. The major downside is the truly horrible flavor – I found Vanilla Caramel revolting. On the plus side it’s quite easy on the stomach and efficient.

 Trial and Error

Hopefully in the coming years the beef supplements will develop even further and evolve into something with a less repulsive flavor. For now, I recommend you try and find a supplement that works for you personally. Remember, shakes should not be used as meal substitution. They can be an occasional addition to a healthy balanced diet but shouldn’t replace your real food protein sources.

 

 

 

 

A Review On Promera Sports Con-Cret Whey

Promera Sports, the makers of Con-Cret Creatine HCl, just released a new protein on the market.  It contains just whey protein concentrate (WPC), but don’t shrug it off yet not all whey protein concentrates are inferior.  In all actuality WPC is not inferior at all to whey protein isolate, its the grade of the protein that matters.  If you have tried WPC in the past and if you’re like me I am very sensitive to inferior proteins.  I would develop bad stomach cramps and bloating followed by the most fowl smelling gas that could gag a… well you know.

Apprehensively I gave the Con-Cret Whey a try to see if what they say about how the whey they used was superior to most other brands out there.  I tried both flavors, Chocolate S’mores and Vanilla Cake Batter and have to say the taste is on point.  The Chocolate flavor is a little different since it has that marshmallow sweetness added in, but the Vanilla is great!  I just used water and the consistency was a bit creamier compared to other protein powders I have tried.  If you used almond milk that would make it outstanding! What’s better yet there wasn’t any tinge of stomach cramping or bloating afterwords. Each serving contains 24 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 grams of fat which looks very similar to whey isolate formula’s on the market.  Promera Con-Cret Whey

Now lets dive into the technical aspects.  Promera uses Non-GMO Cold Processed Whey Protein Concentrate 80 for the protein source.  This translates to a single sourced protein that’s free of growth hormone’s (rBGH) and obtained from the highest grade of WPC.  The lowest “allowable” grade of Whey Protein Concentrate is 34.  This scale measures the purity,potency and nutritional value.  When other manufacturers use this inferior protein many add amino acids “amino spiking” to bring the protein content up.  This is what leads to the digestive issues most people experience when using WPC.  Since the grade is not disclosed, you have no idea how much quality protein you are getting.  Since 80 is the highest value available the protein doesn’t have to be altered to improve the protein content or amino profile.  It contains the highest value of probiotics, peptides and amino acids and the lowest amount of lactose.

Now that Promera has let the cat out of the bag per say, I think other companies out there will start following suit and up their game.  Con-Crete Whey has definitely set the bar for being one the highest grade WPC on the market today.  If you are unsure if the protein you are using now is good quality or if you think the bloating and gas is normal you need to check your label.

 

Quest Nutrition…Oh so good!

quest bar pumpkin

By now you have all heard of Quest Bars.  They are the most amazing protein bars you will ever try.  It is said to be the “#1 Protein Bar” available.  And I am inclined to believe so.  Not only is it simply delicious but it is packed full of very impressive nutrtional numbers.

Lets take a look at the newest badass bar for fall “Pumpkin Pie”.  As for the taste they do not disappoint.  They are a bit different then the other quest bars as they have a glazed coating.  When you bite into this delicious fall treat you will taste the chunks of graham cracker bites that are mixed in.  This bar definitely hits the spot when having a sweet craving!   There is a whooping 21 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber and only 4 net carbs.  Not to mention less than 1 gram of sugar and gluten free. All of the Quest Bars have pretty comparable numbers.

They are also all made with minimal ingredients and the ingredients that are in them are natural.  NATURAL is very important!  Here are the ingredients in most of the bars:

Whey and milk protein isolate

Soluble Corn Fiber (Prebiotic Fiber) (100% natural)

All natural almond or peanut butter

Almond, peanuts, or cashews

Sea salt, natural flavors

Lo Han Guo (a natural herb/sweetener)

Stevia

Sucralose

 Not much else goes into these bars making them a great choice for people who are concerned with having a more natural bar. quest bars

Another reason I LOVE these bars is because there is so much you can do with them besides eat them straight from the wrapper (I personally love them that way the best).  There are so many different recipes.  Below is one of my favorites:

 Quest Rice Crispy Treats……15 second recipe!

 

 

 

Chasing the Intense Energy & Extreme Pump – The Cellucor C4 50X Run Down

Since the launch of Cellucor G4 (Fourth Generation of Products), we can see they’ve taken the C4 Extreme and broke it down into separate series of C4’s. Not rolling out the C4 Extreme in the G4 series, but in addition to that, Cellucor has pumped out C4 Mass, C4 Ripped, and the latest arrival to SC, C4 50X.

So what makes the new 50X different from the others? Well the C4 Mass is as simple as it is named. They’ve added carbohydrates and additional creatine to the Mass blend; again simple. Reviews on this product are coming in slowly as the new G4 series has been picking up. The Mass has performing well with majority of our customers. We can’t say the same for the C4 Ripped as of yet with little to no feedback. – Stay tuned for those though!

The C4 Ripped has mass similarities to the Super HD Powder, yet still holding the C4 label. Could be that the Super HD Powder is being phased out? We will leave you to decide that.

On to the answer for the question above, what makes the C4 50x different from the rest? After quickly reviewing the nutritional panel and not going to much in depth, it appears quite simple. They’ve integrated TeaCor™, XCELICOR™ and the traditional Caffeine Anhydrous (I know same-old yada yada.) The most intriguing thing about this blend are the two “fancy” caffeine’s. Not by name but how the absorption rate by the body, each source provides. As old school caffeine anhydrous hits the system quickly and yet not as efficiently, meaning the body doesn’t process and absorb anhydrous to the fullest. On to the TeaCor™ and the XCELICOR caffeine’s.

Both TeaCor™ and XCELICOR™ are a more efficient, moderate to fast absorbing caffeine’s with lasting effects. What do I mean by “lasting effects”? It’s been tested that XCELICOR has lasting effects up to 6 hours after consumption. Say WHAT! Yes, the effect of XCELICOR compared to regular caffeine is that it’s been shown to improve mental clarity, greater concentration, improved energy & alertness, and most important, NO adverse effects.

The release of TheaTrim™ by Purus Labs, utilized the TeaCor™ compound well before C4 50X came out. The TeaCor™ seems to affect the brain, closer to the effects of caffeine in which stimulates the central nervous system and decreases the central nervous system at lower doses. The biggest difference between TeaCor™ and Caffeine is that TeaCor™ has been shown NOT to effect blood pressure, and also has been suggested that it has much less effects on the liver as it does not cause liver damage usually causes by stress when utilizing caffeine.

Okay, enough of the energy and focus talk. On to the pump compounds in the C4 50X. Again, briefly running through the panel we can see it contains the essentials, beta alanine, arginine AKG, and the most favorable Creatine Nitrate (N3-T™).

With the basics covered and the additional energy sources, the new Cellucor G4 C4 50X would definitely be an interesting product to try, and is now available!