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!

 

 

 

The New King of Creatine is Here! | USPlabs® Modern Creatine™

USPlabs Modern Creatine™ Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off!

Creatine Works!

And, as one of the most studied ingredients around, Creatine has been shown to improve body composition and strength time and time again. [1-4] But, before you jump on the Creatine Bandwagon, the question you must ask is…

Which Form Creatine is the Best?

This extremely important question is one of Absorbability and Creatine Per Gram.

There seems to be a different form of Creatine coming out every other week with the most recent Creatine craze being Creatine HCl.  Creatine HCl claims that its increased solubility leads to a greater rate of Creatine absorption.  But, Ol’ Faithful—Creatine Monohydrate—has already been shown to be nearly 100% absorbable! [5-8]

At this point you may be asking yourself how you benefit from Creatine HCl if Creatine Monohydrate is already, arguably, as absorbable as it gets?  The answer…

USERS OF CREATINE HCl DON’T BENEFIT FROM INCREASED ABSORPTION; THEY JUST PAY MORE FOR IT!

Now that we’ve debunked the Creatine HCl solubility/absorbability myth, we’re left with the question of Creatine Per Gram.

Creatine Monohydrate is made up of a Creatine Molecule bonded to a Monohydrate Salt.  The resulting Creatine Monohydrate bond is only made up of 88% Creatine. [8] Therefore, for each very absorbable 1 gram of Creatine monohydrate you take, you’re really only getting .88 grams of Creatine.  Who knew?

Creatine HCl is made up of a Creatine Molecule bonded to a Hydrochloride (HCl) Salt.  Believe it or not, 22% of the Creatine HCl bond isn’t even Creatine.  At this point, if you’ve been duped into taking Creatine HCl, you should be getting a little concerned.  The result is that Creatine HCl is only 78% Creatine!

Shocking, I know!

There are other popular forms of Creatine, but it just gets worse from here.  For example, I won’t waste your time telling you that Magnesium Creatine Chelate is only 45% Creatine!

Enter Creatine Anhydrous…

A definition of Anhydrous is containing no water, especially water from crystallization, such as a salt. Therefore, the CREATINE ANHYDROUS MOLECULE IS 99-100%* CREATINE! [8]

Creatine Anhydrous also boasts the same, if not slightly better, absorbability as Creatine Monohydrate, nearly 100%.

*Non-Instantized. BioCRE™ instantized creatine anhydrous contains ≥ 96% creatine per gram.

References:

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2000 Mar;32(3):654-658
J Strength Cond Res. 2003 Nov;17(4):822-831
Physiol Genomics. 2008 Jan 17;32(2):219-228
Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2003 Jun;13(2):173-183
Eur J Appl Physiol. 2008 Jan;102(2):133-143
J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2007 Nov 12;4:17
J Clin Pharmacol. 2003 Jan;43(1):29-37
Amino Acids. 2011 May;40(5):1369-1383

 

The TRUTH from Purus Labs president on the new MyoFeed Protein

PURUS LABS MYOFEED

Inarguably one of the most influential nutrients an athlete can consume, we at Purus Labs® have always revered whole protein as a supplemental cornerstone. Until recently, however, we weren’t aware of the dire need for a quality manufactured “commodity” item such as this. We watched in disbelief as many companies were slapped with class action lawsuits for deceptive manufacturing practices. We listened to our customers’ pleas and answered the issue head-on by assembling a tiered-absorption pure protein with an amino acid-rich nutrient profile that goes beyond simple whey protein.

RATIONALE FOR CREATION

“Protein Spiking,” or “Amino Spiking,” has recently become a common deceptive practice throughout the sports supplements industry. In efforts to combat diminishing profit margins due to relentlessly rising protein prices, companies are slashing the amount of true, whole protein and replacing with cheap, free-form amino acids such as taurine, glycine, alanine or even arginine. They get away with this because they exploit a loophole whereby using these nitrogen rich amino acids, they fool the benchmark Kjeldahl methods for testing protein content. Functionally, this test relies on and measures nitrogen content to determine the amount of protein within a given sample; therefore, deceptively nitrogen-rich free form amino acids will not only register as whole protein gram for gram, but they register as far more protein than this allowing companies to use even LESS protein in their products. They mask these modifications by masquerading like they are adding extra amino acids, when in fact, they are substituting them for the whole protein you are paying for.

MYOFEED = ABSOLUTELY NO AMINO SPIKING!

CONSTITUENTS

Cold Processed Ultra Filtered Whey Protein Isolate– Further refined by more stringent cold filtering, removing more fat and carbohydrates than with whey concentrate, isolate protein more quickly absorbed than most other proteins. This provides an immediate spike in plasma amino acid levels and ushers them to muscles at a rapid pace.

Microfiltered Whey Protein Concentrate– Rich in BCAA content and boasting one of the highest Biological Values (BV),104, this has long been the benchmark standard for supplemental protein. It is quickly absorbed, not as quickly as isolate though, making them a great stack.

Micellar Casein– non-denatured milk protein, micellar casein has a very slow and sustained digestion/absorption rate compared to that of whey isolate and concentrate. Although it doesn’t have the acute effect on plasma amino acid levels that the other two forms do, its sustained digestion feeds your muscles for longer periods.

VitaFiber Prebiotic Fiber– Isomalto-oligosaccharide is an uniquely shelf-stable and gluten free prebiotic fiber. Consuming enough high-quality protein is one thing, but digesting and absorbing the protein is an even more important factor. This highly specialized fiber will encourage digestive health, ensuring the proper stage is set for your protein consumption to be maximally utilized.

Aminogen Digestive Enzymes– This goes hand-in-hand with our VitaFiber addition as this patented blend of digestive proteases has been shown by researchers that it can triple the rate of protein absorption, double the levels of free form amino acids, and increase nitrogen retention up to 32%. This highly studied enzyme blend will help ensure your protein is broken down, processed and absorbed efficiently and effectively.

SUMMARY

Entrust your daily protein requirements to Purus Labs® MyoFeed™ and eliminate the physical and financial risk of “Amino Spiking.”  Our mantra from day one, PRIDE OVER PROFIT, couldn’t be more applicable than now. We couldn’t just standby and let this travesty continue, so we created a solution…and our solution has natural cookie pieces in it.

MAN Sports to put out a powerful new thermogenic. LEAN Ph.D

With only teaser images and a few chats with the guys over at MAN Sports, the release of LEAN Ph.D™ 90 capsules will be epic and create a big splash in the thermogenic game early this year.

From the looks of the label, we can see that the claim is to have all day energy (hopefully no crash), superior focus & clarity, appetite & craving suppressant, and an effortless weight loss response. It appears they use an ingredient by the brand BioBumin® and each bottle contains 90 capsules. We will just have to wait a tad bit longer to check out the full ingredient panel as this product is still being produced.

Blackstone Labs Ostapure arriving in December

Blackstone Labs released information on the new Ostapure which is arriving this December.  Ostapure contains 10mg of pure Ostarine which is a class of chemicals known as SARMs or selective androgen receptor modulators. SARMs create selective anabolic activity at certain androgen receptors and not others, hence their name. Compared to testosterone and other anabolic steroids and pro hormones, the advantage of SARMs such as (Ostarine) MK-2688 is that they do not have androgenic activity in non-skeletal-muscle tissues.

Ostarine is effective in not only maintaining lean body mass (LBM) but actually increasing it.

Great for men and women!

Blackstone Labs Ostapure