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2009 Best in Class Award Winners Announced
Articles by ProSource
| Jan 1, 2009
2009 Best in Class Awards
Diet & Energy
Multi-Vitamins & Minerals
Diet & Energy
Recently, weight-loss technologies have gone from the one-dimensional stimulant-based fat incinerators (which unfortunately have a propensity to burn muscle as well) to the inclusion of multi-pathway technologies. A few weight loss products now forgo the stimulants altogether, while others offer a more subtle alertness and incorporate advanced technologies from patented extracts and highly advanced compounds. At the heart of these new formulas are ultra bioactive botanicals that have been highly processed to offer results quicker and more effectively than anything since the banned 'fat-burning legends of yesterday'.
The Ultimate Rapid Weight-Loss Super Pill
Of all the products we've added to our catalog in over a decade, few have been as instantly and tremendously popular as
. This fat-burning thermogenic powerhouse has made a huge impact with a proprietary matrix of ultra-bioactive, premium-grade energy factors that provide for a dramatic energy rush that you literally can feel within
. Many bodybuilders are comparing this explosive energizing rush to the kind produced by the previous generation of high powered 'fat-burning legends of yesterday'-based thermogenics. However,
appears to offer two major advantages which make it far superior to those products. More specifically, it delivers its extraordinary energy surge without nervousness or jitters, and equally important, it's not followed by the dreaded crash typical with 'fat-burning legends of yesterday' based thermogenics. This profound effect sets BetaStax apart from anything we've tested before, but it gets even better. At the same time, BetaStax triggers a significant appetite suppression effect achieved by way of diminished postprandial glycemic load and subsequent enhanced release of the neuro-hormone Cholescystokinin (CCK), which has been linked to weight-loss efficacy.
Working synergistically, these physiological processes have the power to promote statistically significant weight-loss in as early as
, as documented in a landmark clinical study conducted by independent medical researchers at a major American university.
In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study
, 50 healthy volunteers were randomly assigned to take placebo or 250 mg of the main active ingredient in BetaStax.
Weight, waist and hip circumferences, basic metabolic panel, blood glucose, and lipoprotein levels were measured at baseline and then at 2 and 4 weeks. The results were astounding. According to the researchers, the consumption of 250 mg prior to two major meals daily resulted in significantly greater reduction in body weight, waist and hip circumferences when compared to placebo treatment as early as 2 weeks and continuing up to 4 weeks.
At the same time, BetaStax is also a powerful
that has earned ecstatic praise from an expert panel of ProSource testers convened to assess its effectiveness. This energy surge is triggered by a powerful new energy co-factor called sulbutiamine which has the unique ability to cross the blood brain barrier and yield profound effects on wakefulness, memory, focus, while providing an almost euphoric rush. This breakthrough energy co-factor is combined with premium grade methylxanthines along with other potent adrenergic amines for maximal energy output.
BetaStax is an ultimate rarity in the weight-loss categoryâ€”an original, innovative technology based on cutting-edge research and development, validated by a landmark independent clinical study. If you want explosive energizing power that you can feel within minutes along with rapid weight-loss results that you can see in as little as 2 weeks, BetaStax represents the outer limits in power and efficacy offered by today's science.
Scientific Reference: 1. PureWaySlim(r) Supplementation: Positively Impacting Human Health. Dario Pancorbo M.D., Carlos Vazquez M.D., and Mary Ann Flecther Ph.D., University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
Unique energy booster/appetite suppressor
MHP's product successes usually arise out of intensive, high level research that goes far beyond simple blends and following the format of previously successful formulations. And their highly advanced
is a perfect example of this. A rather sparse formulation, this one-per-day neurotropic none-the-less provides signifi cant focus and energy with an
effect that easily compares with some of the best in this category. This is accomplished by Dren's advanced, cutting edge mesolimbic beta agonist complex, which includes a synergistic combination of caffeine, L-5 hydroxytryptophan, yohimbine and other support compounds designed to facilitate energy, plus keep serotonin and norepinephrine levels in balance. According to a considerable amount of ProSource customer feedback, this methodology has a potent and lasting energy effect along with substantial hunger relief. A well-conceived and advanced addition to
's leading edge formulations, Dren represents a unique and effective product addition that well deserves its place in Best in Class for 2009.
The swiftly evolving Mass Building category has had its share of technological advancements of late, as ultraquick absorbing hydrolyzed proteins, BCAA and KIC based formulations, as well as less traditional approaches to protein synthesis enhancement have all seen surges in popularity due to the higher quality versions being clinically validated and delivering incredible user results. Of course, the creatine-based mass builders still hold revered status among athletes, and for very good reason. Clearly, there is much more to come from these and other emerging breakthroughs in anabolic/anti-catabolic support, nonprotein research methods.
MyoZene: The ultimate, clinically validated muscle protein synthesizer
If you're looking to truly maximize your muscle gains,
is perhaps the single best supplement we can recommend. It is the product that many of the sport's most elite bodybuilders rely on to help add pounds of
lean muscle mass
in the shortest time possible.
is unique in that it is the only product of its kind powered by an elite premium protein source previously available only in medical preparations. This specialized protein source is hydrolyzed to such a high degree that it actually mimics your body's own digestive actions. It is not to be confused with standard hydrolyzed proteins because the degree of hydrolysis is so much higher and the speed of absorption is almost instant.
Clinical validation for the efficacy of MyoZene's protein hydrolysate technology has been swift in arriving. In a study presented at a high-profile annual conference of the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine, normal well-experienced weight lifters underwent upper- and lower-body strength testing and body composition analysis, followed by a sixday-per-week split-body-part exercise routine. Test measurements included muscular strength/endurance and key markers of special interest to athletics coaches. Within the test's time frame (one month), the MyoZene-receiving subject group gained 26% to 32% strength/muscular endurance. This is remarkable especially when considering that creatine ingestion or protein alone have resulted in considerably less strength, muscle, and endurance gains in previous studies of those compounds. The MyoZene-drinking subjects (ingesting one serving within 45 minutes of finishing the exercise session) also experienced truly extraordinary gains in lean muscle within just four weeks, and at the same time actually reduced some fat too. Rarely, if ever, has a nutritional technology yielded such power to produce measurable increases in lean muscle in such a short time period.
This electrifying study result represents a clear validation of recent research that suggests that ultra-rapid-action protein hydrolysates are necessary in shutting down catabolism and bolstering muscle anabolism in the extremely short muscle-building time-window after intense workouts. Even as this
study has become the talk of the latest American College of Sports Medicine conference, top athletes are already making their preferences known with their purchasing decisions. Since its introduction, MyoZene has rapidly emerged as one of the most sought-after products in the quest for extreme muscle growth.
If building muscle is your primary goal, you simply cannot find a more efficient and effective nutritional tool than
â€”the ultimate muscle protein synthesizer.
MyoShock: Comprehensive and novel â€ ï¿½Heat Shockâ€ ï¿½ mass builder
Never ones to rest on their laurels for long, the research and development people at
are expanding the parameters (and vocabulary) of mass-building once again with their introduction of the notion of
Heat Shock Proteins
is designed to increase anabolism by facilitating accelerated protein synthesis and the activation of intracellular growth signals, each in response to the stimulus of elevated body temperatures linked to intense training (hence the â€ ï¿½heat shockâ€ ï¿½ scientific rationale).
We're always intrigued by the novel mechanisms of action that accompany
, though our first inclination is always to scrutinize the ingredients panel. Here we find free-form L-arginine content for NO-triggered vasodilation and enhanced nutrient delivery, as well as L-glutamine-AKG, which is useful for postponing and reducing post-workout catabolism. We also find an unspecified amount of the well-proven cell-volumizing agent creatine monohydrate. Also included is gammaaminobutyric acid (GABA), which is sometimes linked to support of growth hormone levels, plus 400 mg of caffeine anhydrous. This is an enormous wallop of stimulant content and will certainly spur a significant increase in workout intensity.
Less common ingredients in
include the Chinese herbs schisandra chinensis (said to support muscle endurance) and paeonia lactiflora (included to help with reducing muscle cramps). Bilberry extract has been included for its vasodilatory action and for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
All of the above compounds have been subjected to MuscleTech's proprietary Nano-Diffuse micronization processing, which is said to speed uptake and increase bioavailability. All in all, MyoShock (which will be appearing on retailers' shelves in early 2009), appears to be a well-rounded, comprehensive addition to MuscleTech's mass-building product line. As always, we'll keep you posted on user feedback.
Aminodrol: Maximum strength anabolic/anti-catabolic mass builder
arrived this last summer, bodybuilders across the country have had new reason to celebrate. Aminodrol is a highly potent anabolic/anti-catabolic complex that provides an ultra high powered spectrum of mass-building compounds designed to target multiple pathways of lean muscle growth. Its formula is similar toâ€”but even more potent thanâ€”its predecessor. It goes beyond any powerhouse formulation with the addition of a clinical strength dosage of university-tested L-carnitine L-tartrate, which has been shown to stimulate growth of androgen receptors in muscle tissue. This maximum strength, multi-pathway formula includes the most powerful matrix of anabolic/anti-catabolic compounds of any product available today, including a high level of beta alanine, which has been shown to promote dramatic increases in muscle strength, endurance and recovery, making it a must-use supplement for any serious weight-trainer. As far as amino-based anabolic/anti-catabolic formulations go, it's apparent the new champion has arrived.
Protein, bodybuilding's most essential element, remains the foundation of any mass-gain regimen. Enhanced utilization and increased speed of uptake are all the rage in this category, with the best premium proteins containing ever-increasing amounts of rapid-uptake whey hydrolysates that yield even quicker-absorbing protein fractions for results above and beyond the basic protein. Meanwhile, the latest development has been the advent of a clinically validated weight management whey protein matrix that may be the beginning of a revolutionary muscle support/weight-loss category.
Vectron: Highly advanced protein clinically proven to target fat loss while preserving lean muscle mass
Awarding the top spot in the Premium Proteins category is easier than it has been in previous years because the winner is a protein formula like no other in existence.
ï¿½ from ProSource is an entirely new type of protein, a truly innovative, first-of-its-kind supplemental protein designed to help athletes get truly ripped while preserving lean muscle.
is the first and only precision-targeted, bioactive protein matrix to contain Prolibra, a weight management system clinically proven to improve the ratio of lean to fat mass. As such, Vectron has the potential to radically simplify and streamline the traditional â€ ï¿½growth cycle.â€ ï¿½ In the past, a handful of technologies have claimed this ability. But none have had the results from independent human clinical trials to validate those claims. Vectron does.
In an independent, randomized, double-blind, 12-week clinical trial commissioned by the makers of Prolibra and published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, test subjects showed significant improvements in the ratio of lean mass to fat while taking just 24.4 grams of Prolibra per day compared to a control group taking a placebo. That's not a misprint. Subjects achieved these extraordinary results using less than 25 grams per day. That's how potent and effective this protein is. In contrast, literally hundreds of grams of standard proteins have not achieved such extraordinary results in any published data we've seen.
Prolibra's power in promoting lean mass retention is critical for any diet or exercise program because muscle is more metabolically active and may improve calorie expenditure, thus supporting further weight loss. Remarkably, the subjects taking Prolibra retained twice as much lean muscle with 79% fat loss compared to the control group at 51% fat loss. Prolibra is highly exceptional in this regard as no other whey-derived system has been clinically proven to achieve this type of body composition improvement in a 12-week period (not to mention at such a modest daily dose). Remarkably, the Prolibra group, using just 24.4 grams per day lost 6.1% fat, which is a powerful testament to the extraordinary potency of this remarkable supplement.
Additionally, Prolibra appears to help maintain a healthy glycemic response by reducing post-prandial glycemia. In a study conducted by Glycemic Index Laboratories, participants experienced a statistically significant reduction of up to 37.8 glycemic index units when Prolibra was added to a liquid meal. This mechanism of helping maintain already healthy levels of blood sugar in turn may assist appetite control and enhance weight loss. Its remarkable power is supported by three separate clinical trials (two focusing on body composition, and one focusing on glycemic lowering power).
offers the most comprehensive approach to getting truly ripped while retaining hard-earned muscle mass that we've ever seen. As a result, Vectron goes directly to the top of our Premium Proteins ranking.
Monster Milk: High calorie, lower carb performance protein
From the makers of the popular Muscle Milk line, the wide-spectrum
is an interesting new entry that bridges the gap between typical weight gainers and slower-release nighttime proteins. It contains a 50-gram matrix featuring isolated milk protein, whey isolates, caseinates, lactoferrin, L-glutamine, glutamine peptides and 5 grams of free form BCAAs. At 350 calories per serving, it'll bulk you up. At the same time, it has lower carbohydrates (17-18 grams) than a typical weight-gainer, and is fairly low in sugar, so non-hard-gainers can consider this protein as a solid option for staving off overnight catabolism, too.
also packs a calorically dense serving of healthy fats in the form of sunflower and/or safflower oil, medium-chain triglycerides, canola oil, and CLA. Finally, you'll find one gram of creatine from (Kre-Alkalyn) and 500 mg of Aminogen. On the minus side, Monster Milk is fairly high in sodium (430 mg) and some saturated fats. Summing up, however, Monster Milk packs a wide array of fast- and slow-uptake proteins into a respectably high-impact protein.
Up Your Mass
The days when eating protein bars was a grim chore are basically over. Today, most are entirely acceptable, and at least one brand manages to rival the best candy bars when it comes to taste. The next challenge was to combine great flavor with premium, highly anabolic protein. A select few companies have raised the bar with elite protein sources and other quality ingredients, while still delivering gourmet taste. Accordingly, the public has responded favorably to those bars that use premium whey isolate, healthy fats and healthier carb profiles.
Supreme Protein: The best tasting, premium quality protein bar on the market today!
The most remarkable development in the protein bar marketplace in recent years is the fact that there isn't much competition for the top slot as the category's ideal combination of taste and quality.
's wide margin of superiority is only growing wider as new and even more delicious flavors of the elite-quality, power-packed protein bar take their places on the shelves. Indeed, Supreme Protein's legions of fans have a treat in store for them with the launch of the new
Rocky Road Brownie Supreme Protein bar
, a terrific crunchy, creamy, vanilla-almond-chocolate departure from the already wildly popular
Caramel Nut Chocolate
Peanut Butter Crunch
varieties. This scrumptious dessert for hard-working muscles and lean bodies is such a sheer flavorful delight that it easily rises to the high standards of taste set by the original Caramel Nut Chocolate bar. That's quite a feat, since the Caramel Nut Chocolate bar has won
14 major awards
since the beginning of the year, including "Protein Bar of the Year" and "#1 Best-Tasting Bar" from major publications and retail associations across the country.
literally stands alone as the world's only true gourmet protein bar composed of the highest quality protein blend (30 grams, including premium whey isolate). The protein blend in Supreme Protein is so anabolically active that it is the first bar of its kind that we know of that can be eaten immediately post-workout to trigger anabolism and support muscle repair and growth, while helping athletes stay lean. This superior protein content, in and of itself, sets it far apart, but there's more. In fact, a lot more. Supreme Protein contains healthy fats, including flaxseed oil, an excellent spectrum of vitamins and minerals, and zero trans fat.
And then there's the taste. Look at a cross-section of a Supreme Protein bar, and you'll see four distinct layers of flavorful confection that make every bar a treat you'll look forward to throughout the day. Much like its superiority in the protein quality department, Supreme Protein is truly light years ahead of the competition in taste and texture.
As far as we're concerned, all three flavors of the amazingly delicious Supreme Protein mark the evolution of the protein bar into a full-fledged muscle-supporting agent of the first class. Try the new
Rocky Road Brownie
and see what we mean! Also available in smaller Snack Size.
Macrobolic Bars: High quality protein, meal replacement bar
Products in MHP's high quality line of meal supplements are based around the notion of a preferred ratio of carbohydrates/ proteins/fats calibrated for optimal muscle support, fat utilization, and maintenance of high physical performance. In this case,
Macrobolic protein bars
follow the same basic formula as the popular meal replacement powders by MHPâ€”a 45/35/20 ratio of carbs, protein and fat that balances good taste with a high quality protein matrix. One important difference in the bars versus the powder though, is the inclusion of milk protein isolate, which actually gives the bars a slight edge in regards to overall protein content. In addition, it contains a good balance of macronutrients and mostly slower-digesting carbohydrates such as polydextrose, which makes for a good pre-workout pick-me-up. On the other hand, the slower-digesting proteins and carbs in this product are not really preferred for a post-workout regimen. With quality macronutrients in preferred ratios aboard, Macrobolic bars are very well suited as a mini-meal for support of mass gains along with more significant protein sources. For a level of quality surpassing most other bars in its league and a thoughtfully designed ratio of carbs, protein and fat, Macrobolic certainly well-earns one of our higher ratings.
Up Your Mass: Big mass gain bar with 45/35/25 ratio
The protein bar with the memorable name has been an instant hit with ProSource customers. This big 100-gram Up Your Mass bar provides a 45/35/25 ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, making it a valuable mealreplacement option for athletes and bodybuilders on the go. Indeed, this specific ratio is most often associated with support of lean muscle growth. The
Up Your Mass protein bar
recipe is anchored by a respectable â€ ï¿½protein matrixâ€ ï¿½ formulation consisting of soy protein isolate (a slower-uptake protein particularly rich in glutamine and arginine), milk protein isolate, calcium caseinate and whey protein concentrate.
Up Your Mass
is also highly uncommon in this category in that it is one of the few bars that does not contain significant amounts of useless gelatin as one of its protein sources.
The carbohydrates, meanwhile, are of the low-glycemic index variety. MHP's carb complex, dubbed a Slow Carbï¿½ carbohydrate blend, contains tapioca starch, rice flour, and oat flour that won't unnecessarily spike your blood sugar levels and result in an unwanted energy crash later. In a marketplace that contains more than its share of low-quality bars composed of substandard ingredients, Up Your Mass is one of the few that athletes can eat with confidence. It is, simply put, one of the better protein bars on the market today.
The most notable improvement to meal replacements has been the addition of more health-oriented carbs along with more premium proteins. The few manufacturers who have incorporated these ingredients have (not surprisingly) taken a considerable lead in popularity, leaving a wide margin between the elite and the makers of less desirable MRPs. With the public becoming more health conscious each year, products with complex carbohydrates (oat bran, rice bran) and proteins such as micellar casein for longer satiety and CFM whey hydrolysates for superior utilization are much preferred.
NutriPure Supremeï¿½: Superior nutritional profile, repartitioning MRP
is the premier prototype of a new kind of MRP, one that boasts a number of cutting-edge features that elevate it literally into a category of its own. This delicious, state-of-the-art Super-High Nutrient Repartitioning System is a complex of super-advanced proteins and a superior carbohydrate/fiber/healthy fats profile precision-targeted to drive simultaneous muscle growth and fat loss.
Unlike virtually every other product in the MRP category,
contains premium grades of CFM whey isolate and micellar casein, plus whey hydrolysate subjected to an unusually high degree of hydrolysis. This broad spectrum of ultra-rapid, medium- and slow-absorption proteins has the capacity to drive anabolism for many hours at a time. Until the introduction of NutriPure Supreme, it was virtually unheard of to include such elite protein sources in an MRP. In fact, it's the only MRP we've found that contains a high percentage of the elite form of micellar casein protein. This is the same type of specialized protein that made the original Met-Rx so desirable among hardcore bodybuilders back in its heyday (the current generation of Met-Rx no longer includes this very expensive protein source).
At the same time,
provides a superior carb blend including complex oat bran and sweet potato powder, which makes for extended energy levels, glycogen replenishment, and satiety. NutriPure also incorporates 7 grams of anabolic lipids per serving from healthy sources (high-oleic sunflower oil, CLA, and flaxseed) and a full compliment of vitamins and minerals for antioxidant protection, energy production and macronutrient assimilation/absorption.
Finallly, a digestive enzyme blend has been added to support maximal use of NutriPure's high-quality protein. This is crucial, since a high-quality complex of digestive enzymes can double or even triple the rate at which whey protein is absorbed, resulting in raised levels of free amino acids and branched-chain amino acid levels (BCAAs).
NutriPure Supreme's superior nutritional profile and unsurpassed quality and flavor literally personify the Best in Class rating. Even as the competition (in many cases) takes a step back, NutriPure Supreme continues to reign virtually unchallenged in the category.
Macrobolic MRP: High quality formula of 45/35/20 ratio
The centerpiece of MHP's highly regarded meal replacement is a 45/35/20 ratio of carbohydrates/proteins/fats that seems sensibly calibrated for optimal muscle support, fat utilization, and maintenance of high physical performance. Indeed,
shows a considerable amount of forethought with regard to its quality protein matrix and natural carb complex, both formulated for intended sustained release.
On the protein side, it contains a 32-gram blend of soy protein isolate, calcium caseinate, and whey protein concentrate. These proteins are on the slower-absorption end of the spectrum, delivering extended-interval support, while providing significant amounts of critical amino acids. This blend also contains significant levels of the critical amino acids glutamine, arginine and BCAAs.
Macrobolic's carb matrix consists of low glycemic carbs derived from oats, barley and oat fiber designed to sustain energy, maintain glycogen replenishment, and create a feeling of satiety. Maltodextrin would normally be considered a deficit to any formula, but the amount here is not significant and Macrobolic's carb matrix is overall more complex and slow-absorbing than is typical for this category.
The lipid complex augments the formula nicely with essential fatty acids from superior sources such as borage oil, flaxseeds and evening primrose oil.
also provides MCT's (medium chain triglycerides) and CLA, which has been shown to help decrease fat and increase mass.
To complete the package, a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals rounds out its rich nutritional profile. Quality products in this category are few and far between. Macrobolic represents a refreshing change and well deserves its place in the top 3 ranking.
Zero Impact: Blend of slower-absorbing proteins and complex carbs
As its name suggests,
is a meal replacement designed to minimize insulin spikes and rapid-protein breakdown (and subsequent post-spike anti-catabolism) by creating an ideal bodily environment for prolonged protein synthesis. To attain this goal, VPX has mostly avoided typically fast-uptake proteins like whey hydrolysates and whey isolates in favor of slower uptake proteins in the form of undenatured micellar casein, HGF (High Growth Factor) whey protein, and egg albumen, with additional L-glutamine and peptide-bonded glutamine. These slow uptake proteins (or â€ ï¿½insulin-stabilizing proteins,â€ ï¿½ as VPX calls them) are meant to work consecutively and synergistically over a period of as long as seven hours to prevent muscle-consuming catabolism.
At the same time,
contains significant amounts of complex, unrefined carbohydrates, including whole-grain high-protein rice, flax seed meal, oat fiber, oat cereal solids, whole grain barley, oat bran, and rice bran, included specifically to prevent blood sugar spikes. Finally, Zero Impact provides plenty of essential fatty acids and the fat-burning lipids sesamin and CLA. although taste might be an issue for some consumers accustomed to richer, more carb-laden MRPs, fitness-conscious people looking for a dependable, low-glycemic source of essential nutrition will find
to be a highly suitable choice.
In the highly competitive T-boosting category, it's all about ingredient quality and advanced processing methods, as a handful of products have emerged as clearly superior. The best products contain high-grade, standardized extracts of Tribulus terrestris that would have been unimaginable just a few short years ago. Elevated protodioscin contents in these ultra-pure herbal extracts have delivered clinically validated testosterone enhancements unsurpassed since the days of prohormones. Non-androgenic aromatase inhibitors have made signififi cant technological leaps as well.
AndroTest Extreme: Clinically validated, ramped up T-booster with Testofen
It wasn't so long ago that the
was known more for extravagant product claims than for hard, verifiable science. Fortunately, that all changed with the appearance, first of
, then of
. Now, for the first time ever, choosing a truly effective all-natural testosterone-enhancing agent is easy. Simply choose the one with a key primary ingredient that has been clinically validated in a landmark study.
takes the groundbreaking technology that made original AndroTest a revolutionary formulation and ramps up its T-boosting power even further by incorporating the latest and most powerful herbal precursor agentâ€”a specialized fenugreek extract standardized for 50% fenusides and trade-named Testofenï¿½. This potent extract contains steroidal saponins, sapogenins, and furostanol saponins, which act as precursors for the synthesis of sex hormones. Remarkably, this precursor compound has been shown in a human clinical study to increase free testosterone levels by 98.81% (after 8 weeks in healthy subjects), while decreasing skin fold thickness in triceps and thighs by 20.18% and 14.64% respectively, with no reduction in bodyweight (indicating a direct reduction in body fat, and an increase in muscle mass). These astounding results were achieved with a clinically administered daily dose of 600 mg of Testofenï¿½, the same daily dosage that is present in new AndroTest Extreme.
This new innovation is combined with two more potent clinically verified T-boosting compounds: an Ultra-Complete Spectrum Highly Active Bulgarian Tribulus standardized for an unprecedented 40% protodioscin (up to 40 times more potent than standard forms of tribulus), and an LJ-100 Specialized Extract of Eurycoma Longifolia standardized for 28% bioactive glycopeptide compound and clinically verified to produce significant increases in both free and total testosterone levels. This powerful synergy enables AndroTest to strongly influence multiple mechanisms/pathways of testosterone production, maintain it in its free and unbound (or active) state, and inhibit conversion of testosterone to estrogenic hormones. The result of all this hormonal activity is transformationalâ€”greater anabolic potential, increased vitality, and enhanced sexual performance. In short, everything you're looking for from testosterone support, without the drawbacks associated with prohormones.
These innovations give rise to what is clearly the #1 product in this category and the most potent product of its kind ever created. If you're serious about boosting your natural production of testosterone, then AndroTest Extreme is an essential component of your supplementation regimen.
AndroTest: Standardized clinically validated super potent T-booster
The only competition this T-booster seems to have is its offshoot
. That's because the
franchise dominates the top ranks of the test-boosting market with this independently validated, product-specific clinically tested Tribulus product. In a major placebo-controlled, double-blind study, AndroTest caused (not just one of its ingredients, but the actual AndroTest formula) statistically significant increases in free testosterone levels, up to 218% over baseline, and statistically significant increases in total testosterone levels, as high as 275%. These results represent actual increases over BASELINE (as opposed to figures compared to a placebo), which makes the numbers truly extraordinary. This means that some subjects using AndroTest experienced nearly a three-fold increase in their testosterone levels. Equally impressive is the fact that the increased testosterone levels (after two weeks use) were maintained throughout the duration of the study, which is especially important since sustained increases in testosterone are the key to really enhancing muscle growth.
is the first
ever standardized for a minimum of 40% to 48% protodioscin, the most beneficial compound found in Tribulus and by far the most potent on the market. AndroTest also contains a powerful extract of the only Tongkat Ali (also known as Eurycoma longifolia jack) standardized for active constituentsâ€”LJ-100ï¿½. One study has found that LJ-100 by itself also significantly increased average testosterone and DHEA levels after just one month's usage. Surprisingly, other manufacturers are still scrambling to meet the test-boosting level that ProSource achieved with this original AndroTest a couple years ago. The only thing more powerful in this category is the like-named Extreme version shown on the adjacent page.
CryoTest: Innovative new formulation with enhanced uptake
Until recently, even the best T-boosting products contained anabolically active herbal content and not much else. That's starting to change now, as some supplement manufacturers are beginning to address matters related to testosterone enhancement, including androgen receptor count, DHT conversion, and GH levels.
, not surprisingly, is a leader in this area. Its new
contains the herbal T-boosting factors you'd expect to see, such as Avena sativa extract and Eurycoma longifolia extract. (No Tribulus terrestris extract, the most reliably documented T-boosting herb, however.)
then tackles the ingredient uptake issue in a couple of interesting ways. First, it includes L-carnitine fumarate. This is a variation on L-carnitine-L-tartrate, a compound that has been linked to increased androgen receptor levels, which in turn enables higher uptake of testosterone in muscle tissue and consequently greater lean muscle growth. Secondly,
contains an unspecified amount of N-Acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine (melatonin), which is reputed to have an enhancing effect on the growth hormone/IGF-1 axis during intervals of resistance exercise. CryoTest is also said to contain ingredients, which would inhibit testosterone's conversion to the unwanted metabolite dihydrotestosterone (DHT), though this claim merits more investigation. MuscleTech is famous for its comprehensive multi-pathway supplemental technologies, and CryoTest would appear to be another prime example of this philosophy at work.
Super Pump 250
If you're still hoping to â€ ï¿½warm upâ€ ï¿½ once you hit the gym, you're giving away a tremendous potential performance and mass-gain edge. Pre-workout technologies have boomed in recent years, propelled by intensive research into compound synergism and the development of more effective processing techniques. The basic thrust of these optimizers is contained in the tried-and-true AKG/creatine format with energy co-factors (B-vitamins, caffeine). Meanwhile, more progressive manufacturers have added mechanisms to help prolong the AKG â€ ï¿½pump,â€ ï¿½ deliver even more muscular energy, and boost endurance.
naNO Vapor: Advanced and popular pre-workout powerhouse
NaNO Vapor is an excellent example of a product moving to
Best in Class
due to overwhelming customer support. Here at ProSource, we often have trouble keeping naNO Vapor in stock, so
must be doing something right. MuscleTech's penchant for including somewhat obscure proprietary matrixes (which are difficult to analyze because of undocumented dosages) on their label sometimes makes us wary, but if sheer sales volume offers validation, then
's tremendous popularity is apparently well-founded.
contains six different proprietary blends designed to affect vasodilation (arginine), cell volumization (creatine monohydrate, taurine, creatine anhydrous, creatine malate), peak energy (caffeine anhydrous, yohimbine, yerba mate) focus (vinpocetine), carnosine potentiation (beta alanine), and protein synthesis (leucine).
NaNO Vapor also offers a further refinement on its â€ ï¿½nano-particulationâ€ ï¿½ technology. MuscleTech's chief claim to fame in this category lies in its sheer speed to diffusion and bioavailability. MuscleTech's original â€ ï¿½nanoparticulationâ€ ï¿½ processâ€”pneumatic and jet-milling processing that results in micron-sized particles small enough to enhance absorptionâ€”has been further augmented to presumably facilitate an extra measure of micronization and swift uptake. This supplement utilizes a combination of arginine-based vasodilating compounds as a potentiator of nitric oxide in the bloodstream which can, in turn, facilitate increased vasodilation, enhanced nutrient delivery, and an extended-duration muscle pump. This synergistic blend of compounds facititates the accelerated shuttling of nutrients and anabolic hormones to muscle cells that is vital to muscle repair and growth. And, as any experienced athlete can attest, the â€ ï¿½pumpâ€ ï¿½ derived from an effective NO-potentiator can pave the way for truly impressive vascularity and striation.
At the same time, naNO Vapor also provides a dose of leucine, which is useful in promoting protein synthesis, as well as creatine for cell-hydrating enhancements in size and strength potential, and beta alanine for its activity as a precursor for increased intramuscular carnosine levels (which, in turn, is a key contributor to increased performance and delayed fatigue). Finally, naNO Vapor supplies some thermogenic content (black tea standardized for 50% EGCGs, Theobroma cacao extract), BCAAs, and some extra carbs (mostly maltodextrin) for insulin activation.
We get a considerable amount of feedback on this product, almost all of it laudatory with regard to naNO Vapor's superior capacity as a workout energizer and focus enhancer. All-in-all, we believe naNO Vapor is the most advanced product in this highly competitive category.
Dark Rage: Specialized nutrient transport & stimulant blend
's innovative new pre-workout, pump-inducing technology that's previously only been used by professional bodybuilders. This formulation contains compounds that are specifically intended to stimulate the release of EPO, which sequentially increases red blood cell production and blood volume to the muscles, which, in turn, helps to enhance oxygen transportation and the delivery of anabolic nutrients to muscle tissue for performance and mass growth. Featuring the traditional pre-workout compounds nitric oxide and BCAA's,
also includes a complex array of proven and purported ingredients for red blood cell production such as arachidonic acid, echinacea, cobalt, albumin, and iron. To enhance pre-workout intensity, Dark Rage also includes unspecified dosages of stimulants: beta-methoxy PEA, caffeine, glucuronolactone, and yohimbine. Although new to the market, the combination of a top quality brand like
and their comprehensive formulation of key ingredients, has more than earned Dark Rage a Best in Class standing in this important bodybuilding category.
Super Pump 250: Pioneering product in the category
Super Pump 250
is one of the pioneering products in this category and has become a leading product in this preworkout genre for its effective and synergistic use of a wide range of high-grade compounds. This powerhouse from Gaspari targets crucial aspects of weight training and mass growth such as antioxidant protection, energy enhancement, nitric oxide facilitation, nutrient delivery, mental focus and blood sugar utilization support. They've even included a secretagogue blend and test-booster among this â€ ï¿½all-in-oneâ€ ï¿½ product. Super Pump's powerful pre-workout formula starts with a tried-and-true matrix of L-Arginine-AKG and L-Arginine Ketoisocaproate (A-KIC) designed to enhance NO production and subsequent increased nutrient delivery and muscle pump. Then it links this technology to a number of additional complexes. The creatine component of Super Pump 250 is a combination of creatine monohydrate and dicreatine malate. Some of the more notable compounds include BCAAs to support anti-catabolism, a glucose polymer blend with added alpha lipoic acid, L-tyrosine, ginseng, and vinpocetine. A glucose polymer blend (plus alpha lipoic acid) is present to facilitate insulin activation. A thoughtfully formulated product of quality ingredients places
Super Pump 250
among the best in the pre-workout category.
One of the most fundamental aspects for the hard-training bodybuilder is optimal recovery. Without proper recovery from your workouts, muscle strength, size and overall performance can be compromised. Products that include quality protein, electrolytes and ample amounts of carbohydrates, yet are low in slower absorbing fat and fifi ber is of fifi rst concern. Some formulas have also taken it a step further by including hydrolyzed proteins as well as adding anabolic agents such as creatine, BCAA's and glutamine to these cornerstone products for the serious athlete.
MyoZene: Bodybuilding's ultimate extreme muscle growth post-workout formula
With ultra-rapid-action protein hydrolysate formulas now appearing in the product lines of several major manufacturers, it's interesting to recognize that the product that started it allâ€”
â€”is still far and away the gold standard in this increasingly crowded post-workout category. In fact, we'd be hard pressed to identify another close competitor.
is the breakthrough that established the scienceâ€”an ultra-fast-action anabolic maximizer derived from an advanced, cutting-edge protein source that undergoes an extensive hydrolysis yielding extremely low molecular-weight di- and tri-peptides. These small-chain peptides are absorbed directly into the blood stream, foregoing digestion and therefore capable of being more directly utilized for muscle synthesis. Added to this is an infusion of L-leucine to trigger further anabolic response, plus creatine and N-acetyl-lglutamine, a highly bioavailable form of the well-proven amino acid. The results of this revolutionary formula have generated uniformly enthusiatic consumer response.
And the customer feedback on this anabolic powerhouse is still coming in loud and clear, years after the initial breakout success of this
Best-in-Class mass builder
. Once a large number of bodybuilders saw what it could do (and how quickly it could do it), the demand for MyoZene was overwhelming, with reports of size gains unlike anything seen with standard whey proteins. With the arrival of decisive clinical validation for MyoZene's power, customer demand only increased.
In a study conducted at a major university in California, normal well-experienced weight lifters underwent upper- and lower-body strength testing and body composition analysis, followed by a six-day-per-week split-body-part exercise routine. Test measurements included muscular strength/endurance and key markers of special interest to athletics coaches. Within the test's time frame (one month), the MyoZene-receiving subject group gained 26% to 32% strength/muscular endurance. This is remarkable especially when considering that creatine ingestion or protein alone have resulted in considerably less strength, muscle, and endurance gains in previous studies of those compounds. The MyoZene-drinking subjects (ingesting one serving within 45 minutes of finishing the exercise session) also experienced truly extraordinary gains in lean muscle within just four weeks, and at the same time actually reduced some fat too. Rarely, if ever, has a nutritional technology yielded such power to produce measurable increases in lean muscle in such a short time period.
Overwhelming response from bodybuilders, scientific validation and extreme customer loyaltyâ€”these are the earmarks of a superior mass-gainer. If you're looking for the best post-workout muscle builder you can get, you need to look no further than
Anator-P70: Three-tiered high performance blend
Perhaps no product in the vaunted
line has impressed our product testers as much as
. Anator P70 represents MuscleTech's version of the powerful H/L/C (hydrolysate/leucine/carb) stack, and let us say a very good version. This powerful post-workout formula provides what appears to be a high-quality whey hydrolysate protein based on the fact that it delivers some level of low molecular weight di- and tri-peptides (perhaps the most important indicator of a good quality hydrolysate). These short chain peptides are obviously the key to any good post-workout formula because they are rapidly absorbed and highly efficient. In fact, many researchers believe they are absolutely essential to spurring anabolism within the very short one-to-two-hour growth window after intense exercise.
has also included leucine (although at an undisclosed level) for its activity as a facilitator of protein synthesis, along with 57 grams of high glycemic carbs (which is more than sufficient to trigger a substantial insulin spike to jump start amino transport). These three aspects of this formula alone set it apart from most competitive post-workout products but MuscleTech has taken it a step further with the addition of creatine monohydrate for cell volumization, NADH, and some additional amino acids.
Even as fast-acting proteins have evolved into ultra-rapid-action proteins, MuscleTech's
has managed to stay at the forefront of the category. Feedback from users of this product has been very positive and this is yet another indicator of the importance of high performance fast-acting post workout nutrition.
Dark Matter: New post-workout technology
represents a fresh and impressive approach to creatine transport and subsequent size and strength increases. It employs a sophisticated new technology that combines an effective fast-acting protein source and a multi-phase creatine with an insulinogenic complex that causes insulin levels to peak simultaneously with amino acid, creatine, and glycogen transport. The protein source is cutting edge as well, with an amino acid matrix fine-tuned for ultra-fast intestinal uptake. At the same time, Dark Matter triggers a spike in insulin levels via a tri-polymer carbohydrate matrix comprised of a low-viscosity, high-molecular-weight, osmotic waxy maize starch. Finally, Dark Matter incorporates a multi-source creatine/glycerol complex that provides an optimal amount of creatine for transport to muscle cells.
Introduced last year at this time, Dark Matter has swiftly accrued a solid fanbase of athletes impressed by its remarkable cell-volumizing power. This is a tribute to the high quality of the ingredients used here, as well as to the remarkable synergistic potential of Dark Matter's nutrient-transport technology. All this leading-edge science certainly represents a significant leap forward for creatine supplementation.
has a commitment to success through diligent research, as shown with
, which still earns our praises and another solid position in the Best of Class.
Products that incorporate high-potency dosages of chondroitin, MSM and glucosamine sulfate, the most well-verifified and clinically documented of all joint support agents, are the gold standard in this category. Meanwhile, one other ingredient has emerged recently as an extremely promising fourth addition to the list, with very impressive research to validate its effifi cacy. Cissus Quadrangularis has earned high marks for its anti-inflfl ammatory action, while providing a host of weight-loss, T-boosting, and heart health benefifi ts as well. No matter which, look for clinically supported dosages.
Ultra Cissus: Highly bioactive joint support super nutrient
is highly unusual in that its documented health benefits seem to increase with every scientific investigation it is subjected to. Already, supplementation with CQ has been linked to support of heart health, blood sugar regulation, and pain relief. Its capacity for cortisol down-regulation has made it an increasingly popular component in weight-loss formulas. It has even been associated with enhancement of testosterone production, by way of its effect in stimulating secretion of gonadotropins. While all of these benefits are currently subject to ongoing research investigations, CQ's value as a joint support agent is well-established.
Indeed, before any of the activities above were attributed to CQ, cissus was already a prime component in some of the more popular joint support compounds. The science behind this â€ ï¿½wonder nutrientâ€ ï¿½ is certainly compelling. Numerous research studies investigating the probable methods for this extraordinarily bioactive extract have been conducted with results suggesting it is highly efficient as a cortisol suppressor and anti-inflammatory, which can provide an environment favorable for connective tissue growth and even pain relief. Although the mechanism that cissus employs for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties is not completely understood, it has been suggested that it acts by preventing the conversion of arachidonic acid to inflammatory prostaglandins, which in turn may provide pain relief and joint protection. This anti-inflammatory action, however, is only part of this amazing herb's joint renewal and protection ability. Cissus has been shown to help suppress cortisol as well, which in turn induces an anabolic/anti-catabolic effect that helps preserve connective and muscle tissue during times of physical stress.
Not surprisingly, given its remarkable effectiveness, a number of CQ formulas have been rushed to market in recent years, possessed of widely varying purities and potencies. (This is also true of weight-loss formulations, which often contain undocumented amounts of unquantified CQ content.) Here is where a high-quality product like ProSource's Ultra Cissus really shines. ProSource Ultra Cissus is standardized for high active content and represents one of the purest and most bioactive forms available. Ultra Cissus contains 750 milligrams of a high-grade extract of Cissus quadrangularis standardized at 10% ketosterones, a dosage that is consistent with those used in clinical research.
Therefore, for its absolutely unique, singular and potent extract of the amazing Cissus quadrangularis,
deserves high honors in the Joint Support category.
Joint Command: Industry's most complete joint support complex
The secret to
's long reign in the
Best in Class
of the Joint Support category is actually no secret at all. Competing manufacturers are simply unableâ€”or unwillingâ€”to match Joint Command's extraordinary matrix of seven different joint-supportive active compounds. Instead, they are content to make due with the most common ingredientsâ€”glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate, often in inferior extracts or substandard potencies.
When it comes to ingredient quality, this is the category's gold standard. Joint Command's dosage (1500 mg) of pure, stabilized, 98% absorbable glucosamine sulfate is exactly calibrated to match the potencies that have generated noticeable improvements in joint health and flexibility in clinical research. Joint Command also contains a highpotency dosage of chondroitin sulfate, known for its ability to prevent cartilage breakdown, plus methyl-sulfonylmethane (MSM), an organic sulfate, which may help decrease joint degeneration and inflammation.
In addition to this â€ ï¿½Big 3â€ ï¿½, Joint Command also contains UC Type II collagen, which is a key component of connective tissue, and is essential for promoting strength, mobility, and flexibility. Lyprinol, a lipid oil extracted from greenlipped sea mussels, is included for its anti-inflammatory properties. Nexrutine is a powerful COX 2 inhibitor and finally, Fruitex, an organic boron oxy-compound, plays a critical role in keeping bones and joints healthy.
has been a runaway top-selling supplement in this category since shortly after it was introduced, while customer feedback has been unanimously positive, a state of affairs we expect to remain unchanged for some time to come.
ElastiJoint: Potent and popular powder form
Labrada employs a simple criteria for success: offer straightforward formulas with effective, pure ingredients. This method has received exceptional public acceptance in their meal replacements as well as their top shelf
formula, which follows the â€ ï¿½simple and pureâ€ ï¿½ criteria to the letter. This potent joint support product starts with a generous 5000 mg dose of hydrolyzed gelatin, a material needed for collagen, which in turn can be utilized to support connective tissue and cartilage. Next on the proprietary list is MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), a compound rich in sulfur, used by the body as raw material for connective tissue. Next up is glucosamine sulfate, which is one of the few compounds known to build and repair cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate is added, and needed, for structural strength and to create a porous structure in connective tissue for other nutrients to move through. Finally, the joint synthesis-support of 990 mg of vitamin C is added in a flavored powder form for maximum absorption. Simple, straightforward and pure, sometimes that's all it takes to make an effective and popular formula, and given their exceptional track record, Labrada seems to know this method very well. Complete and potent, ElastiJoint garners our Best in Class rating once again for its top notch performance and continued customer approval.
Gaining serious bodyweight requires massive intake of quality calories from protein, carbs and fats. In the past, weight gainers were only about the calories and often contained lower grade ingredients. Times have changed. Today, the top-notch formulas contain high-grade sources of protein such as whey isolate and carbs such as oats, brown rice, and waxy maize. They also provide key anabolic and anti-catabolic ingredients such as creatine, BCAA's, essential fats, tribulus and digestive enzymes to help propel even the stubborn hard gainer into a mass monster.
Cyto Gainer: Well rounded, quality blend of weight gain essentials
Like other products in this category, CytoGainer is all about budging hard-gainers off their stubborn massbuilding plateaus with massive infusions of carbs and protein content. This popular CytoSport product uses a patented mix of branched and long chained maltodextrin molecules with low dextrose equivalence (a more complex, slower-absorbed carbohydrate). This interesting blend of carbohydrates places CytoGainer in the top tier of gainers as most of the others in this category rely on hefty amounts of plain maltodextrin (derived from corn starch), and other less desirable carb sources, which may cause unwanted effects such as excessive fat-storage. The 54-gram protein blend is of slightly above average quality with a fairly decent mix of ultrafi ltered non-denatured whey concentrate and pre-digested ion-exchanged whey hydrolysate. A few other premiums are added as well, like creatine monohydrate, chromium nicotinate and an extensive list of vitamins and minerals, including high potencies of antioxidants, B vitamins, copper gluconate and zinc oxide. The 3.25-lb jug contains 10 servings, the 6-lb jug contains 18. We've seen many products in this category that rely on large amounts of inferior carbs and low-grade proteins for their formulas. That's why quality products like CytoGainer will always receive higher rankings in our weight-gainer line up.
True Mass: Quality sustained-absorption formula
To reach the level of Best in Class in this category a product must offer highly anabolic yet sustained absorption protein, quality complex carbohydrates, good amounts of fiber and superior growth support nutrients. And True Mass by BSN covers these four criteria with flying colors. This sustained-release formula's primary protein source is whey concentrate, providing anabolic alpha-lactalalbumins. It also includes some microfiltered whey isolate with peptide fractions for more immediate protein uptake. The protein blend continues with caseinates and some micellar casein that provide extended uptake, topping off the total protein content at 46 grams. Adding to that are the support compounds glutamine, glutamine peptides and BCAAs. Next, True Mass contains maltodextrin and polydextrose, a long chain sugar molecule providing 6 grams of fiber and a slow uptake carb source. In addition, aminogen, for enhanced amino acid utilization, and papain, to further assist digestion are included. To round out this quality list are 17 grams of healthy fats, mostly from MCT and sunflower oil to assist energy and protein synthesis. When compared to other choices in this densely packed category, True Mass deservedly receives our Best in Class rating.
Multi-Vitamins & Minerals
Daily multiples have changed radically in recent years as high-potency A, C and E formulas have added antioxidant co-factors while supporting energy, endurance and focus. The standard vitamins themselves have changed as well with new forms of D, E and most of all C, which has shown the most notable upgrades with, in particular, a new, highly bioavailable form containing C lipid-metabolites. Many of the new upgrades in performance multi's have shown great promise and now go well beyond anything previously offered for protection and energy assistance.
Super MegaMax: Super potent daily multipleâ€”Best in Class
Vitamins and minerals are the nutrient precursors necessary for unlocking and unleashing the proteins, healthy fats, hormone-potentiating herbal compounds, and other anabolic nutrients found in every supplement you take. That's why supplementing with an ultra-high-potency, wide-spectrum multi like ProSource's Super MegaMax is of paramount importance. And that's why we're always updating and improving the category's highest-potency, most highly bioavailable, wide-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplementation.
In an industry in which many manufacturers offer the same obsolete vitamin formula year after year, MegaMax is always adapting and evolving to incorporate the latest supplement science. New Super MegaMax has been reformulated to include PureWay-C, an exciting new form of vitamin C that contains vitamin C-lipid metabolites. This consumer friendly form enhances the delivery, availability, absorption kinetics, distribution, uptake, concentration, and utilization efficacy of essential vitamin C in the body. PureWay-C also prolongs blood plasma and tissue retention of vitamin C.
Super MegaMax is specifically designed for hard training athletes and provides far greater potencies of key vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than competing formulas. For example, Super MegaMax contains 100 times the potency of energizing B-12 per serving, as compared to the popular Animal Paks formula. A supercharged potency such as this is especially important to hard training athletes because B-12, like all B-vitamins, is water soluble and much is lost through the sweat of an intense workout session. Super MegaMax delivers powerful antioxidant support, including lycopene, quercetin, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid and more not found in standard formulas. The MSM and boron content in Super MegaMax is crucial to joint health, while calcium boosts bone density and inositol assists with fat utilization. Finally, this elite vitmain/mineral/antioxidant formula is also rich in the mineral content needed to support proper composition of body fluids and healthy nerve function.
The most important test of a superior multivitamin is whether or not it actually makes you feel better. That's a test that MegaMax (and now new Super MegaMax) has been passing with flying colors for several years now as MegaMax has literally dominated the category when it comes to customer feedback ratings. Even as the hardcore daily multiple continually evolves to reflect advances in vitamin/mineral synethesis and optimization, legions of athletes and fitness enthusiasts know that they can count on
to support their high-intensity workout regimens and busy, active lifestyles.
Anabolic VitaKic: New daily multiple plus anabolics
's recent nano-particulation products have given new life to a well-established line with users reporting even better performance, greater mass increases and even quicker results than before. Now, this same technology is applied to their new VitaKic, a scientifically researched vitamin/mineral multiple, plus anabolic support formula with 100 micronutrients to enhance growth and performance. With VitaKic,
takes the unusual step of adding anabolic compounds like creatine monohydrate, alpha lipoic acid, glutamine, beta alanine and arginine, normally found in mass and performance enhancement products. Actually, they've taken this new dual formula concept to the utmost as the label reads like a â€ ï¿½who's whoâ€ ï¿½ in performance, growth, immune boosting and antioxidant compounds. A considerable list of botanicals including Ginkgo biloba, echinacea, bilberry, shiitake mushroom and epimedium (horny goat weed) are added, to name a few. The long list continues with CoQ10, L-leucine, taurine, L-carnosine, methionine and BCAAs. Of course, this comprehensive vitamin/mineral formula contains many of the standards you would expect including a decent amount of B vitamins, C, E and A, antioxidants, plus selenium, calcium, magnesium, iron and 150 mcg of chromium to assist blood sugar. Although some potencies are not noted, MuscleTech's long- standing reputation for research backed, comprehensive formulations is represented well in the new Best in Class VitaKic.
Activite Sport: Popular muscle support, antioxidant complex
's Activite Sport is no stranger to higher ratings. Regular readers of the Buyer's Guide will notice that it's been one of our top choices for some time now. And for good reason. This consistent customer favorite continues to maintain its popularity for effective use of â€ ï¿½food optimizingâ€ ï¿½ matrixes, combining this with bioavailable vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The food enzyme system, trade-named Anabolaseï¿½, is a complex of digestive enzymes, including Aminogen, Lipolase and Carbogen (a supposed carb utilizer) designed to help enhance the nutritional bioactivity of the full spectrum vitamin and mineral content. Activite Sport also provides an infusion of â€ ï¿½activated' vitamins (including Vitamin C mineral ascorbates, B co-enzymes and natural E), amino acid chelated minerals, and a high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) muscle recovery and antioxidant blendâ€”all in a purported time-release mechanism. The high level ORAC is partly due to pomegranate, grape skin and bilberry with standardized green tea as well as the inclusion of alpha lipoic acidâ€”an impressive list of free radical fighters. Activite Sportâ€”potent, effective and customer approvedâ€”exactly what we'd expect from
RTD's are a convenient and popular approach to fulfifi lling your nutritional needs when on the go. Although they may not replace your usual formulas, the better RTD's should follow the same scrutiny as their powdered counterparts. For protein, high quality sources such as whey isolate, micellar casein and milk isolate, even vitamins, minerals and low glycemic carbs. Pre-workout formulas should contain not only caffeine but assisting nutrients such as beta-alanine and arginine to make it a worthy alternative. Of course, taste is extremely important as well.
Nitro-Tech Hardcore: Tasty and nutrient-packed protein drink
Taste is one of the most desirable characteristics of an RTD, and in this, Nitro-Tech is definitely a front leader. Of course taste alone will not push you to a Best in Class designation as many RTDs have mastered superior flavor, but very few can offer great taste with low fat, low carb, low calories and high protein content like Nitro-Tech has managed to do. Each single-serving, 15-ounce can contains a significant 45-gram portion of milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, and whey protein concentrate, a blend that bears little resemblance to the blend of micronized whey concentrate, whey isolate, and partially hydrolyzed whey found in the premium powder Nitro-Tech format, but still, that's a considerable protein punch in a single serving can. In addition, Nitro-Tech Hardcore contains just 5 net carbs per serving, making them appropriate fare for carb-conscious athletes, as well as a single gram of fat per serving. This delicious drink also includes a 970 mg complex of additional ingredients including the aminos glutamine, L-taurine all of the BCAA's to help increase protein synthesis and support muscle recovery. Along with that NitroTech RTD's supply D-myo inositol, alpha lipoic acid and d-pinitol to not only help support glucose metabolism but also may help to further assist with nutrient transport. Also of particular interest is the low sodium content. At 80 mg per serving that makes this a standout product for those looking for a convenient on-the-go alternative to a premium protein. Finally, each tall can provides 26 essential vitamins and minerals along with blood sugar facilitators as well as performance enhancers and the anabolic aminos L-leucine, L-methionine and glutamine peptides. Despite their low carbohydrate and low fat content, Nitro-Tech RTDs make a creamy, smooth, and sweet treat as well. In a sports supplement category that offers little measurable variety in ingredient quality among various brands
Nitro-Tech Hardcore RTD
is due to become a top seller here at ProSource. *Actual Shipping Charges Apply.
Muscle Milk: Popular, high quality nutritional drink
Muscle Milk more than makes the grade when it comes to providing great tasteâ€”as legions of customers will attest. Of course, it's not the only quality Muscle Milk's RTD brings to the table. Along with its delicious flavor, Muscle Milk provides high-grade nutrition with its EvoPro Protein Complex (containing micellar alpha and beta caseins and caseinates, whey concentrates rich in alpha-lactalbumin, whey peptides, L-glutamine and taurine), and a vitamin and mineral blend that covers vitamins A, C, D, E and all the essential B vitamins, along with 200 mg calcium, iron, phosphorous, iodine, 100 mg magnesium, 30 mg zinc, copper, 120 mcg chromium, sodium and potassium. This popular ready-to-drink is additionally fortified with healthy fats, among them canola oil, sunflower oil and polyunsaturated longchain vegetable oils, which have been shown through scientific study to provide antioxidant protection as well as support muscle recovery and enhance energy. Rounding out the list is an amino acid blend (L-leucine, glutamine and BCAAs) plus phyto-nutrients including green tea and grape seed extract with a digestive enzyme blend. A comprehensive and anabolic formulation with great taste too, Muscle Milk RTD provides high quality in all aspects. *Actual Shipping Charges Apply.
Lean Body: High quality/protein RTD with BCAAs
In the ready-to-drink category, taste counts for a lot, but its crucial to have premium high-grade nutrition behind it. Labrada founder and former bodybuilder Lee Labrada took both points to task when creating this award winning high-protein RTD. For starters, the ultra-fi ltered milk protein isolate in Lean Body yields high amounts of important muscle building protein peptides, BCAAs, glutamine peptides and casein peptides. Add to this a 40 gram blend of whey concentrate and calcium caseinate protein with a moderate 9 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fi ber, 9 grams of fat (primarily from healthy MCT, borage and fl ax oil), completely lactose and sugar free and you have a solid foundation for meal replacement. Furthermore, while many RTD protein shakes are cooked at high temperatures for prolonged periods during processing, Lean Body is fl ash pasteurized for mere seconds, resulting in a higher quality, undenatured protein. *Actual Shipping Charges Apply.
Every athlete has targeted areas of concern beyond the basics of mass building and fat loss, such as cardiovascular, antioxidant, sleep or GH support. This category should have it covered. For herbalbased formulas, standardization is the key to ensure optimum potency and effifi cacy. Saw palmetto extract is an excellent example of that. Same with the omega 3's, with standardized EPA and DHA, which are especially important due to their far-reaching health benefifits.
: Premium, super potent Omega 3 fatty acids
Ultra-versatile and valuable Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked through medical research to a whole host of health benefits. Clinically, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are the specific fatty acids used to modulate markers for inflammation in the body caused by intense exercise. Omega-3s, particularly EPA and DHA, may very well play an important role in repairing injured cell membranes, reducing post-workout catabolism, and shortening recovery time after intense exercise. They are also valuable compounds for supporting joint mobility, flexibility, and strength. Clearly, Omega-3 supplementation pays big dividends for athletes. Of course, not all Omega supplements are created equal. This is where ProSource Omega-1250 comes in.
This state-of-the-art supplement contains an unprecedented 750 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids per capsule. For comparison, a leading Omega-3 product at a top nutritional retailer only contains a total of 400 mg of fatty acids per capsule. Still, many have far less. Many others contain inferior grades of EPA and DHA, which are scarcely bioavailable at all. On the other hand, ProSource Omega-1250 is derived from the highest-quality sources of Omega-3's and manufactured to meet ProSource's extraordinarily high standards.
If you want to shut down counterproductive post-workout catabolism while protecting your heart, muscles and immune system, Omega-3 fatty acids should be an important part of your supplementation regimen. And ProSource's Omega-1250 is the purest, highest-quality, most potent form of Omega-3 currently available, making it an easy choice for Best in Class in this category.
DopaTech-HGH: Optimum potency standardized L-Dopa
Long a best seller in the specialty supplement category,
has built a sizeable fan base over the years. Of course, athletes' keen interest in growth hormone (GH) production should come as no surprise. Human Growth Hormone or HGH (also known as somatropin) is produced by the pituitary gland and is essential for growth and regeneration of cells and tissues. Bodily production of HGH is very high during childhood and adolescence, but drops off considerably in the decades thereafter. The amount of published science devoted to the field of GH production is quite considerable. Currently, perhaps the most promising fields of this endeavor involves the powerful neurotransmitter, L-Dopa. In fact, in a major clinical study, a 500 mg dose of L-Dopa dramatically increased growth hormone levels from 1 nanogram to a remarkable 21 nanograms in just 90 minutes. An increase of this magnitude is truly extraordinary and this study serves as a compelling testament to the amazing power of this neurotransmitter. Of the several products on the market in this category, each 500 mg capsule of DopaTech-HGH delivers the highestquality and most potent extract of the vaunted Mucuna pruriens, standardized for 15% L-Dopa. DopaTech is a highly pure product that delivers the most potent GH secretagogue compound available at a maximum strength potency for truly meaningful effectiveness. As a result, this blockbuster best-seller continues as the optimum choice for anyone interested in peak performance and vitality.
The â€ ï¿½Goldâ€ ï¿½ standard in GH support
This time-tested GH support innovation has gained a loyal following of users over the years, which is the mark of a truly effective product. Contrary to what some younger guys might think, Secretagogue Gold is not only for the older crowd, because starting at age 25 (or even younger), growth hormone can begin its gradual decline in the body. This well-established â€ ï¿½bio-realityâ€ ï¿½ should make it clear how very important GH support is for optimum performance at almost any adult age. Based on Dr. Vincent Giampapa's research on hormone replacement therapy, the Gold starts with a proprietary matrix of pituitary support compounds (including amino acids glycine, tyrosine, arginine, and glutamine, plus GABA and, of course, the gold standard L-Dopa). Then it adds co-factors that help promote the suppression of somatostatin, a growth hormone antagonist. In addition, Secretagogue Gold includes choline and milk thistle for liver support, ALA and chromium for glycation regulation and a glucose polymer nutrient delivery system. This is a long-time, top-notch product from MHP.
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