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For the Ultimate Protein Value, Quality Beats Quantity
For the Ultimate Protein Value, Quality Beats Quantity
By Admin | Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:52:09 AM America/New_York
It's no secret that
protein is the single most important macronutrient in the muscle-building equation. Therefore, the first and foremost product on any
bodybuilders supplement list should be an ultra
high quality protein formulation.
Even better, is a precise regimen of specialized proteins to address
the specific and varying biological needs at different points of the
day. The following article provides an effective strategy for
maximizing muscle growth through optimal
protein supplementation. Since ultra-premium proteins have been
specialty for over a decade, we will highlight some of our own leading
brands which we sincerely believe represent the best options on the
But before we get into that, by
now, you're probably aware that prices on proteins have been
skyrocketing. Of course, all kinds of food prices are rising, and
protein production has proved particularly vulnerable to market
conditions consisting of increased grain costs and increased overseas
demand for protein.
What you may not know is that
companies have three different strategies at hand for coping with price
increases. The easy-but-honest method entails passing on cost increases
to customers. Plenty of companies are doing so. Then there's the
dishonest method. Some manufacturers of middle-of-the-road,
undistinguished proteins know that if they raise prices, they'll lose
their customers. So they opt to save money by reducing
protein quality and loading up on junk content.
To protect yourself from these less-than ethical manufacturers, you have
to become adept at reading nutritional facts panels. Beware of
undocumented protein content expressed as combinations. For instance,
if a manufacturer lists "
whey protein isolate and
whey concentrates," you can bet you're getting mostly inferior ion-exchanged whey concentrate. Likewise, beware of "bargains."
Since many "econowheys" already typically contain lesser-quality whey
concentrates, those compromises can mean added dextrose and
maltodextrin, or added inert gelatins and fillers that (technically
speaking) can be classified as "
protein content," though they have no anabolic potential.
Finally, a select few manufacturers are trying to hold the line on
costs by purchasing elite-quality proteins in bulk, cutting out
middle-men protein wholesalers, and passing the savings along to
consumers. Here again, being able to read and understand a nutritional
label will ensure that you get real value for your protein dollar.
Although pricing in the protein
market has risen sharply in recent years, the good news is that thanks
to a recent major scientifi c advancement, we may actually have
available to us TODAY the single best protein value ever offered. The
way we look at it is like this. We consume protein to help
In the past, we had to consume massive amounts of protein to build only
a small amount of muscle over a long period of time. The reason for
this is that the previous generation of proteins were somewhat slow
acting and in many cases poorly absorbed. Now thanks to a new elite
form of protein, we can get much greater biological benefi t from a
much smaller amount of protein. Ultimately, this can mean greater
results from less protein in much shorter amounts of time.
This new advancement that has recently taken the bodybuilding world by
storm is a specialized
premium form of
whey protein hydrolysate.
This is the elite form of ultra fast-acting protein that professional
bodybuilders use religiously after each workout to stimulate rapid
muscle synthesis during the critical window of opportunity for growth
that occurs post training. There are vastly varying grades of whey
hydrolysate but recently a
premium form has hit the market that
yields a high percentage of small chain peptides that can be absorbed
quickly enough to optimize the timing for substantial muscle synthesis.
This can literally mean the difference between dramatic growth and a
wasted workout. This is why BioQuest's MyoZene has become so popular among elite pro
It provides, by a significant margin, the highest level of hydrolysis
of any product we've found anywhere. While other products contain
mostly slow acting large chain polypeptides, MyoZene
is the only product we've seen that provides the fastest acting di- and
tri- peptides which are absorbed into the bloodstream almost instantly
upon ingestion. For all out muscle growth, an ultra hydrolyzed protein
such as MyoZene consumed immediately after high intensity training
represents the best protein option available (see regular MyoZene in the Muscle Building Category or the low-carb version, MyoZene UltraPro in Premium Proteins).
While fast-acting whey hydrolysate is most useful after training, to
support optimal growth and recovery during other times of the day,
there are a number of excellent choices.
First and foremost on the list would be an ultra premium product like our elite new NytroWhey Ultra which provides the highest grade of Ultra/Cross Flow Micro-Filtrated
Whey Protein Isolate
rich in natural growth factors and critical microfractions not found in
standard grade proteins along with an added dose of whey hydrolysate to
jumpstart the transport of
into muscle tissue upon ingestion. In essence this is a relatively fast
acting protein with the highest possible biological value and the most
perfect ratio of muscle-building amino acids and powerful growth
factors. This product has become one of the all-time best sellers
because its quality is truly unsurpassed in virtually every aspect. ProSource
has sourced this highly specialized protein from the world's premier
whey protein supplier for unparalleled purity and potency. The
legendary NytroWhey line is what has made ProSource a leader in the
bodybuilding world and this latest version is by far the best yet.
Likewise, the original NytroWhey and NytroWhey Extreme are both premium
and highly anabolic muscle fuels that offer ultra high grade whey
isolate ideal for maintaining positive nitrogen balance and promoting
new muscle synthesis.
contains a unique blend of superior quality CFM whey isolate and whey
hydrolysate (thus combining a fastand ultra-fast acting protein
source). The particular proteins used in this product are of a much
higher grade than what is used in most competitive products. As a
result, the NytroWhey products yield superior biological values and
contain potent growth factors not found in standard proteins. These
superior proteins are found in all of the NytroWhey brands and are one
of the primary reasons that
NytroWhey has literally
dominated this category for nearly a decade. The result is
extraordinary biological values and truly amazing taste. And the best
part is that since ProSource eliminates the middlemen and sells these
ultra-grade proteins direct to consumer, we are able to keep the price
close to what lesser quality standard proteins sell for.
Longer-interval, timed-release proteins occupy an important place in
your regimen as well. Here, you're looking for a blend of WPI with
slowerabsorbing proteins like egg albumen and micellar casein. These
proteins are ideal for use prior to anticipated gaps in protein
consumption such as during the work day, when traveling, and most
notably prior to bedtime. A product like NytroPlex-GF,
for example contains each of these critical nutrients in signifi cant
amounts, plus an anabolic lipid blend for sustained anabolic
support.One thing that sets
NytroPlex-GF apart from
standard grade proteins is the inclusion of it's highly growth factor
rich micellar casein. Some experts believe that this specialized form
of casein may offer an added muscle-building edge beyond any other form
of protein available thanks to its powerful spectrum of critical growth
factors not found in other forms. Recent customer feedback seems to
support this theory as NytroPlex-GF has emerged as one of our highest
rated muscle-building proteins of all time.
Here at ProSource, providing the
best protein products
available has been our passion since day one and clearly our
uncompromising commitment to superior quality has not gone unnoticed by
consumers. Currently the premium
ProSource protein brands
outsell all other proteins in our line up combined. A growing number of
elite bodybuilders and other professional athletes have relied on the
ultra-premium grade ProSource proteins for over a decade for one simple
reason. They are truly unequalled in quality, purity, value, and
popularity. This is one category that has truly progressed by leaps and
bounds over the past decade. The great news is that there are now a
number of outstanding "5 star" protein choices available as you'll see
in the preceding pages.
Perhaps the category's single biggest development is
Vectron, the revolutionary new protein by
We literally learned of this remarkable new product just as this issue
was going to press. Upon reading the compelling clinical literature
Vectron, our product test panel unanimously
concluded it belonged at the top of the ranks in this category (and by
a significant margin). For more details, read up on this exciting new product only on www.prosource.net.