MyoZene®: The Category’s Most Explosively Anabolic Ultra-Rapid-Action Mass-Builder
By now, we can basically stop extolling the virtues of MyoZene and let our customers take over for us. If you go over to ProSource.net, you’ll see that scores of satisfied users have made MyoZene our highest-rated mass-builder ever, and their experiences with MyoZene are truly extraordinary. When it comes to maximizing the narrow window of anabolic growth available to athletes after a workout, there’s simply nothing better. And, of course, MyoZene continues to be firmly established as virtually the only mass-builder clinically validated in a product-specific study linking it to significant strength/muscular endurance increases.
MyoZene contains a rare and highly specialized hydrolysate technology that speeds aminos and other growth factors to muscles during that critical time right after a workout. In addition, potent amounts of the amino acid L-leucine, micro-pure Creapure® creatine (the world’s best), and highly bioavailable N-acetyl-L-glutamine have been infused into this superior mass-gain formula. If you’re serious about packing on muscle and increasing strength, MyoZene’s powerful formula is absolutely perfect. In fact, it’s clinically validated.
MyoZene was the subject of a key scientific study presented at a high-profile conference of the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine. In the one-month study, experienced weightlifters underwent upper-and lower-body strength testing and body composition analysis, followed by a six-day-per-week split-body-part exercise routine for a month. Within the test’s time frame, the MyoZene-receiving subject group experienced gains of 24% in strength/muscular endurance at the mid-study point, and an impressive 32% at the end of the study. For this group to get results like that in such a relatively brief period of time is exceptional, to say the least!
MyoZene’s long-standing ranking as the top product in its category has taken on historic proportions over the years. At this point, serious bodybuilders are either supplementing with MyoZene … or they’re not really serious at all.
Flavors include: Lemonade, Fruit Punch, Orange.
Creapure® Creatine Monohydrate: The World’s Purest, Most Preferred Form
Creatine has been shown in numerous scientific studies to help add volume to muscle cells, which in turn supports size and growth. It also has a direct action on strength enhancement and exercise stamina via its role in creatine phosphate production, an absolutely necessary compound for muscle contraction to occur. But like other supplements, the quality, form and purity of the material makes all the difference. There’s one source of creatine that stands head and shoulders above all others when it comes to peerless purity, efficacy, and power. Creapure® German creatine monohydrate, manufactured by AlzChem, is the premier micro-crystalline creatine monohydrate, which is recognized as the gold standard by industry experts and top bodybuilders from across the country. (Other newer and trendier forms of creatine simply don’t enter into the discussion, as they haven’t been validated by clinical science.) ProSource’s Creatine Monohydrate is 100% sourced from Creapure® creatine monohydrate so you can be sure you’re achieving maximum results.
Glutamine: Pure & Potent Muscle Recovery Agent
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue; this fact alone should be compelling enough information to make it one of the top supplements in any hardcore bodybuilder’s arsenal. But when its specific benefits are examined, it becomes truly indispensable. Glutamine is recognized as a key ingredient for muscle growth and repair, is essential for maintaining intestinal function and immune response and is responsible for amino acid homeostasis during periods of severe stress (such as exercise). With all this going for it, it’s obvious you need to use the purest and highest grade you can find of this crucial amino. Fortunately, ProSource provides the highest quality available free-form L-glutamine from Ajinimoto Labs, the world’s premier supplier of premium-grade L-glutamine. Furthermore, this amazing amino is offered at the best price anywhere. Available in powder and convenient capsules.
Beta Alanine: Increase Power and Endurance
with this Super Amino
Most experts in the field of exercise physiology will agree that reducing fatigue during workouts is essential to increasing strength and muscle mass. Savvier athletes have unlocked these power reserves via beta alanine. This rate-limiting precursor to carnosine synthesis (a dipeptide that is concentrated in skeletal muscle) has been shown to elevate muscle carnosine levels by more than 60%.This is vital because increased muscle carnosine levels correlate positively with increased energy production and workout capacity. With an impressive list of research-supported benefits along with stellar user reviews, it seemed inevitable this popular amino acid would establish itself as one of our best sellers. ProSource’s Beta Alanine is 100% pure, premium-quality material to ensure maximum efficacy. And as always, ProSource offers an ultra-premium grade of this valuable amino with the highest purity available to raise your most intense workouts to an even greater level.
Super AKG: Best Muscle Pump for the Money
The muscle-building and strength-enhancing benefits of arginine have been helping athletes increase size and strength for years now due to its ability to facilitate the production of nitric oxide, in turn producing a muscle “pump” that can enhance bodybuilding workouts. This vasodilation effect was improved upon even further when researchers produced the first arginine-alpha-keto-glutarate (arginine AKG), a form of arginine that is specifically designed to greatly enhance its nitric oxide producing function. This technology has been a great boon to bodybuilders, but unfortunately, arginine-based products are usually higher priced. Conversely, ProSource was able formulate Super AKG with the same muscle pump enhancement as those higher-priced products but at a significantly reduced cost. And proof of its efficacy is its key ranking among the best sellers in this category. Stellar reviews from athletes and fitness enthusiasts have long cited ProSource Super AKG as the best pump for the money.
Mega BCAA: High Quality Anti-Catabolic and
Stamina Support Powerhouse
Every serious bodybuilder knows just how important BCAA’s are to maximizing results. The reasons are numerous. During prolonged workouts, BCAAs are taken from muscle tissue to provide as much as 15% of total energy requirement. Therefore, consuming sufficient BCAAs before and after workout helps to prevent training-induced muscle breakdown, thereby improving recovery times and enhancing muscle growth. BCAAs may also play a key role in delaying fatigue so you can push yourself harder, faster, and longer. ProSource’s Mega BCAA contains a precise ratio of leucine, isoleucine, and valine aminos, with superior potency, purity and effectiveness. Plus, ProSource’s Mega BCAA is available in both powder and capsule form for added convenience. If you’re looking for the ultimate anti-catabolic tool for intense training (without the glossy price) our top-selling Mega BCAA fits the bill.
Acetyl L-Carnitine: Bodybuilding Super Nutrient
Acetyl L-carnitine can be of great benefit to athletes, bodybuilders or anyone looking for increased exercise endurance and recovery. This valuable compound is a more bioavailable form of the amino acid L-carnitine, an important metabolic agent derived from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Weight trainers have found acetyl-L-carnitine to have physique enhancing properties and endurance assistance benefits when used before workouts, probably due to its role in facilitating the mobilization of certain nutrients into the mitochondria to help support energy. And because acetyl-L-carnitine is non-stimulating, it can be used along with thermogenic products such as caffeine or yohimbe without risk of over stimulation. In addition, recent scientific discoveries have shown that L-carnitine may have benefits in supporting androgen receptors, thereby assisting muscle recovery. ProSoure’s Acetyl L-Carnitine supplies 1,000 mg per 2 capsule serving and is 100% pure, ensuring maximum results from one of the industry’s most versatile supplements.
L-Leucine: Pure, Protein Synthesizing Aminoo
This essential amino acid, both alone and as one third of the branched chained aminos (BCAAs), has demonstrated impressive anabolic activity and is also one of the more researched compounds in the sports supplement business. L-leucine is best taken around workouts (before, during and after) to help support recovery by assisting with increasing protein synthesis. The bottom line with this amino: more leucine in the body, more mass growth after exercise. It is especially useful for athletes or bodybuilders following a high intensity workout as well as those dieting who need to reduce muscle catabolism while following a low calorie diet along with increased exercise activity, especially cardio. Free-form amino acids such as L-leucine are hydrolyzed, making L-leucine an ideal supplement to be taken during exercise because of its fast utilization. This powerhouse amino has become one of the more popular anabolic support supplements in recent years at ProSource.
Blox: Amino Acid Blend for
Blox is a ‘silk-protein’ derived formula that combines a blend of 5 amino acids: alanine, glycine serine, valine and threonine. Silk aminos are known for their low molecular weight (which allows easy absorption) as well as antioxidant properties, having previously been used in topical hair care and cosmetic products for those very reasons. This flavored, powdered formulation is designed to be taken before, during and/or after workouts to help support performance and enhance muscle synthesis. With its efficient absorption, the amino acids in Blox should prove to be a good choice for any weight lifter or bodybuilder looking to increase anabolic results and assist exercise endurance and recovery. Although it is still fairly new and more feedback is needed to verify its effectiveness, Blox is offered by the well-respected manufacturer BPI (the makers of A-HD and 1 M.R.) and should prove to be another quality addition to their line.
Blue Raspberry, Fruit Punch, Lemonade, Watermelon, Grape.
Mega Taurine: Multipurpose Amino Acid
Taurine is an often overlooked amino acid that, although not as well-known as some other aminos such as glutamine, leucine or arginine, has proven itself to have many positive benefits for weight lifters and physically active people. You’ll often see taurine listed in pre-workout formulas, and for good reason. It has an apparent anti-catabolic effect during exercise, which can make a difference in muscle growth during and after workouts. Oddly enough, taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid but also the second most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue where it helps with fluid balance in the cells, which may in turn support protein synthesis. Take L-taurine before and directly after exercise to support muscle cell hydration and anabolic enhancement. Ultra premium grade ProSource Mega Taurine provides 500 mg of 100% pure HPLC-tested free-form L-taurine to ensure maximum effectiveness of this simple but potent amino acid.
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Zycor™: The Ultimate Fat-Loss Catalyst
and Category Leader
Marketing people will tell you that the best products generate their own advertising, and that’s certainly true of Zycor. With each bottle of Zycor sold, word-of-mouth affirmation spreads like wildfire and sales chart ever upward. Zycor is the best-selling fat-loss catalyst we’ve carried here since the golden age of ephedra-based products. Indeed, the upsurge in sales of Zycor has cut into the margins of its competitors so severely, Zycor now out-sells them all.
The story of Zycor begins with the results of a pair of clinical studies on its core ingredient that shocked the industry. In the combined results of two preliminary randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled studies on Meratrim™, Zycor’s ultra-potent main ingredient, subjects lost an average of 4.5 lbs in a mere 14 days!
These extraordinary results continued with subjects losing a remarkable total of 11.5 lbs by the end of the 8-week studies. Subjects also achieved significant reductions in waist and hip size, which further underscores the fact that this formula is specifically attacking body fat. Results like these, confirmed by two major preliminary clinical studies, are what separates Zycor from the competition!
In retrospect, it can be seen that BioQuest’s superior research and development efforts have enabled the company to open up a competitive and scientific advantage in the fat-loss category that may be insurmountable. The BioQuest R&D team has revitalized the category of fat loss from the ground up, providing athletes with a transformational tool that will enable you to attain what was for the most part previously unattainable, in terms of a lean, ripped physique. We’re very proud of the fact that Zycor is still distributed exclusively by ProSource, and is certain to remain the standard against which all competing fat-loss supplements will be measured for years to come.
Stern, et al (2012). Manuscript in preparation. “Meratrim™ brand proprietary blend of two natural plant extracts.” “Meratrim™ is exclusively distributed by InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc.”
Vectron®: Clinically Validated Fat-Loss Protein
Vectron’s unique weight management system called Prolibra® is clinically proven to provide dramatic results. In an independent, randomized, double-blind, 12-week clinical trial, subjects who took only 24 grams of Prolibra® daily showed significant improvements in the ratio of lean mass to fat as compared to a placebo group. That’s why it continues to grow in popularity and retain its best seller status in this highly competitive category.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla.
BetaStax®: Reformulated with Razberi-K!
BetaStax has now been reformulated with Razberi-K, a transformational agent that achieves results by increasing norepinephrine-induced lipolysis. This process is ideally suited to work with BetaStax’s matrix of potent ingredients trade-named PureWay-Slim®. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at the University of Miami, subjects taking PureWay-Slim® saw significant reductions in body weight, waist and hip circumferences when compared directly to placebo treatment, in as early as two weeks.
Tonalin® CLA: Stimulant-Free Diet Supportt
This versatile body-toning lipid has been the subject of a significant amount of scientific research focused on its ability to help support repartitioning. Tonalin® CLA from ProSource is a highly purified form that is ideal for those who are sensitive to stimulants, or are looking to stack with their stimulant-based thermogenic. It provides 1600 mg of CLA per dose, standardized at 80%, the highest quality available of this extensively researched and effective diet aid.
Razberi-K: High-Quality Source of this Exciting
New Diet Support Compound
The ongoing research on Razberi-K has proven to be as impressive as the real world results this relatively new compound is rendering. Along with green coffee bean extract, this natural phenolic compound (responsible for the aroma in raspberries) has joined the short list of exciting new diet support botanicals that can help enhance the physique without stimulation. In addition, Razberi-K has other benefits beyond those of most stimulant-based diet support ingredients, including a powerful free radical scavenging activity. But as always, it is crucial to seek out genuinely bioactive sources of the ingredient in a dosage matching that used in clinical research. As always, ProSource has sourced out the industry’s most superior form. This ultra-premium-grade Razberi-K contains only the highest-quality Raspberry Ketones
[4- (4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one] in a 100 mg serving for optimum potency and effectiveness.
Green Coffee Bean Extract: Potent Non-Stimulant Diet Support
The word is out on this remarkable nutritional diet support ingredient. Over the last few years, the research on green coffee bean extract has continued to impress to the point where this intriguing compound is certain to render decided benefits for the bodybuilder. ProSource has made sure of it by offering the highest-quality, most potent form available on the market. Sourced from premium, unroasted green coffee beans, and standardized to contain an unsurpassed 50% chlorogenic acids, a compound that has been shown to help provide powerful diet support, ProSource’s Green Coffee Bean Extract is yet another in their long line of superior-quality sports supplements. Athletes and fitness-conscious people looking for an effective non-stimulant-based diet support product would be wise to consider this outstanding, ultra-premium-grade Green Coffee Bean Extract.
Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite: A Potent, Higher-Stimulant Form of the Popular Hydroxycut Brand
The experts at MuscleTech have established a strong reputation within the industry by applying due diligence—in the form of product research and development—for many years now. Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite is a shining example of those efforts. This potent diet support product is targeted for bodybuilders who prefer higher amounts of stimulants or those looking for an effective product to help break through a diet plateau. This most recent evolution of the Hydroxycut brand contains 2 “Rapid Release” thermo capsules per dose, containing the key thermogenics of Caffeine anhydrous (270 mg), green coffee (200 mg), Coleus forskohlii (250 mg), theanine (100 mg), cocoa extract (100 mg) and yohimbe (56.3 mg). Clearly, Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite offers bodybuilders and other athletes serious energy support in the pursuit of leaning out.
Razor Ripped: Cutting Edge Herbal Formula
for Extreme Definition
We’ve all experienced it—a wedding, vacation, interview, bodybuilding competition—when you absolutely need to look your best. In those target days, there’s one supplement that complements your workout and fitness regimen better than any other. Razor Ripped is a state of the art cutting agent that works super fast to help you achieve maximum results without sacrificing muscle fullness. Razor Ripped contains a targeted blend of nature’s most potent compounds for reducing excess water weight, revealing rock-hard muscle in all its glory. A cut above the others in its class, Razor Ripped takes its power to a higher level with the core addition of a hydroxanthine complex and a potent green tea extract to help fuel thermogenesis, thereby helping to rev up metabolism and enhance calorie burning. This superb combination of toning and thermogenic agents exerts a ripping, shredding power ideal for showing off your vascularity and definition on those special occasions. Be prepared for any event with Razor Ripped.
Animal Cuts: Well-Rounded and Effective Thermogenic Complex
Animal Cuts has attained a decent niche for itself in the industry by providing a host of effective ingredients that help enhance definition and support dieting goals. For thermogenic and metabolism support, Animal Cuts contains a 750 mg complex of extracts from green, oolong, black and white teas, as well as coffee bean extract and an additional 750 mg thermogenic stack that includes caffeine, kola nut, guarana, yerba mate, raspberry ketones and Coleus forskohlii. In addition, it also includes a blend of dandelion root, Uva ursa leaf, along with juniper berry fruit, and a 500 mg blend of DMAE, Bacopa monniera and Huperzine A, among other compounds that are too numerous to mention. This multi-faceted complex has become a popular favorite with athletes looking for an all-in-one dieting supplement that’s effective and complete.
Shred Matrix: Wide Range of Support Ingredients
Shred Matrix uses an extensive ingredient profile, including decent amounts of zinc and chromium along with biotin, magnesium, pantothenic acid and niacin, which are added to help assist energy and support metabolism. A thermogenic matrix of guarana, green tea, Camellia sinesis and suma are also included, along with yerba mate, cayenne and yohimbine HCL, among others. Further additions to the product are the diet support nutrients alpha lipoic acid, glucomannan, banaba extract, white kidney bean, Gymnema sylvestre leaf, Uva ursi and dandelion. This Muscle Pharm entry also provides a blend of adaptogens, which includes Panax ginseng, 5-HTP and astragulus. Finally, a digestive complex of lipase, amylase, protease and bromelein finish up the list. Clearly, Shred Matrix has thrown the kitchen sink into this formulation, which has earned it a solid showing in this key category.
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Zycor™: Fuel Your Most Productive Workouts Ever with a State-of-the-Art
Thermogenic Energy Catalyst
There are few things in this world as satisfying as powering your way through an enormously ramped-up workout and realizing you still have energy to spare for a big finish. That’s a feeling that bodybuilders with Zycor in their supplementation arsenal are very familiar with. And that’s why Zycor is so enormously popular with bodybuilders unconcerned with fat loss.
Even as bodybuilders have raved over the transformational power of Zycor in recent months, they have been particularly emphatic in praising the advanced formulation’s capacity for generating a dynamic and long-lasting upsurge of energy. Athletes are crediting Zycor for substantial increases in stamina and work output, resulting in the most productive and intense workouts they’ve ever experienced. (Of course, if you’re also interested in the exciting new future of diet support and fat loss, you should definitely check out the Diet Supplements section of this Best Sellers Guide for an in-depth review of Zycor and its revolutionary, ultra-potent weight-loss matrix trade named Meratrim™.)
Initial analysis of Zycor’s proprietary combination of ultra-bioactive, premium-grade energy factors reveals that they are precision-targeted for ultra-rapid delivery and a dramatic energy rush that can be felt within minutes. At the same time, unlike the less-sophisticated technologies present in most existing thermogenic supplements, which generate a jittery over-stimulated feeling followed swiftly by a calamitous energy crash, the thermodynamic complex in Zycor is specifically designed to ramp up energy smoothly and efficiently without the notorious steep energy crash associated with competitive formulas.
Significant muscle mass gains derive directly from super-intense, high-volume, max-output workouts. If you’re among the few who haven’t experienced Zycor’s awe-inspiring surge of workout energy and intensity, it’s time you stepped up to the category’s leading energy catalyst!
Stern, et al (2012). Manuscript in preparation.
“Meratrim™ brand proprietary blend of two natural plant extracts”.
“Meratrim™ is exclusively distributed by InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc.”w
BetaStax®: Newly Reformulated Thermogenic
with Added Lipolysis Benefits
BetaStax is a supplement rarity—an acclaimed performance-enhancing energy and stamina booster that just keeps getting better. It has long been celebrated for the smooth and powerful energy surge it triggers, a welcome alternative to the jitters and energy crash that accompanies standard stimulant products. And now BetaStax contains Razberi-K, a transformational agent that achieves phenomenal results by increasing norepinephrine-induced lipolysis, an effect that has been linked to enhanced thermogenesis and oxidation of bodyfat. This additional pathway of weight loss activity combines with BetaStax’s primary PureWay-Slim® technology to create a highly synergistic weight loss approach. BetaStax delivers both dramatic diet support benefits and an amped-up infusion of energy that is guaranteed to help make your workouts a first-class effort every time. Add BetaStax to your regimen and elevate your fat-loss and performance results into the stratosphere!
Extreme Caffeine: High Grade Caffeine and Tyrosine—The Perfect Match
Caffeine is the most popular stimulant in the world, and a very effective energizer for athletes and bodybuilders. In addition to its 200 mg of the highest quality caffeine, ProSource’s Extreme Caffeine also contains 250 mg of L-tyrosine. Tyrosine is a perfect complement to caffeine as it tends to keep the user from developing those “burn outs” and keep an even flow of energy, utilizing the caffeine boost to the fullest. Bodybuilders particularly like the very clean power and potent effect that Extreme Caffeine provides to support intense bodybuilding routines and long work days—or weekends. Whatever type of activity, Extreme Caffeine delivers long lasting energy to power through workouts every time, and does so for far less money than most energy formulas available. In addition to all this, you have the ProSource 100% satisfaction guarantee. Sometimes simpler is better, and in the case of Extreme Caffeine, it’s less expensive as well.
Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite: Popular, Higher-Stimulant Form of the Hydroxycut Brand
Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite is a higher stimulant thermogenic for bodybuilders who like that extra edge in their workouts. This customer favorite from the innovators at MuscleTech delivers the stimulant effect thanks to its “Rapid Release” caps that contain first and foremost 270 mg of caffeine anhydrous per dose. The other key energy and diet support compounds include Coleus forskohlii, theanine, green coffee extract and yohimbe. This amped up version is the latest evolution of the Hydroxycut brand and like its forbearers has gained a foothold as a solid and popular addition to both the Diet Support and Energy categories.
Animal Cuts: Comprehensive Array of Compounds in Convenient Packets
For starters, Animal Cuts contains a 750 mg blend of energizers including caffeine, kola nut, guarana, yerba mate, raspberry ketones, and Coleus forskohlii, known for their positive effects on energy enhancement and metabolism. Also included is a 750 mg natural antioxidant blend consisting of green tea, oolong tea, black tea, coffee bean and white tea extracts, all standardized for their polyphenol
content. If this weren’t enough, several other blends are added as well, including dandelion root, uva ursi, juniper berry and celery seed, along with the amino acid L-tyrosine and olive leaf, plus nutrient utilization enhancement from cayenne, bioperine (black pepper) and Hoodia gordonii. A comprehensive list indeed. Although some of the ingredients are a bit lower in potency than we’d like to see, overall Animal Cuts is a fairly powerful entry to this highly competitive category.
Essential Amino Energy: Combination of Energizing Botanicals
and Anabolic Aminos
Generating energy for workouts takes a combination of many different nutrients, and this is the
premise on which Optimum Nutrition’s Essential Amino Energy bases its formulation—blending
specific ratios of free form amino acids plus potent botanicals. Designed for energy support as well as exercise and endurance enhancement, Essential Amino Energy contains a 5 gram blend per serving of BCAAs, arginine, glutamine, tyrosine, beta-alanine, and aminos that help enhance the production of nitric oxide. In addition, green tea extract and green coffee extract are added to further assist energy levels during workouts. This is not a high-powered ‘pump and burn’ formula for gym warriors, but a lower-keyed blend nicely designed for exercise routines ranging from cycling and aerobics to medium exertion bodybuilding regimens. And at only 10 calories per serving, Essential Amino Energy will still support your
workouts without adding to your waistline.
Flavors include: Fruit Fusion, Concord Grape, Orange Cooler.
Amino 1: Versatile, Stimulant-Free Amino Formulation with an Array of Support Compounds
MusclePharm’s Amino 1 looks to have a similarly effective formulation to their earlier entries,
such as Assault, with good potencies in a well-designed and versatile package. This endurance/recovery support formula contains amino acids, vitamins and energy enhancement ingredients in a powdered drink mix format with 3 grams of BCAAs, plus a 4,775 mg blend of glycine, alanine, citrulline malate, L-carnitine L-tartrate and coenzyme Q-10. In addition, there is a 2.2 gram blend that consists of taurine, goldenseal, beet root extract, slippery elm and others intended to help hydration during and after workouts. To round out the list, Amino 1 also provides vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and the electrolytes
magnesium and potassium, with no sugar. Amino 1 is a multi-use formula that can be taken before,
during or after bodybuilding or aerobic routines and, because it contains no stimulants, it can be used for workouts late in the day.
Flavors include: Lemon Lime, Cherry Limeade, Orange Mango, Fruit Punch.
Amino X: BCAAs and Other Aminos in a
Micronized, Effervescent Formula
Amino X contains micronized versions of BCAAs, taurine, alanine and L-citrulline plus 500 IUs of vitamin D, for a nicely potent 10 grams in all. Another addition to this formula is its effervescent powdered format, a technology that provides purported absorption assistance, although the actual scientific
evidence behind this has not been shown to be conclusive. Regardless of whether the effervescent effect is valid or not, these potencies of micronized anabolic compounds should provide quality support for even intense bodybuilding routines. The proof, as always, is in the performance, and Amino X does very well in customer feedback. Amino X can be taken like any other BCAA product, before, during, or after workouts
to help bolster performance, aid in recovery and assist mass growth.
Flavors include: Blue Raspberry, Fruit Punch, Watermelon, Green Apple.
Xenadrine XT: Potent Energy Enhancer from a
Longtime Leader in the Category
Xenadrine XT is a high energy formulation in the popular and highly effective Xenadrine line that is designed for extreme thermogenics, maximum intensity and hyper-energetic workouts, providing bodybuilders with energy support while also offering some diet support benefits. This high intensity formula contains 270 mg of caffeine, 200 mg of green coffee bean extract, 56.3 mg of yohimbine bark extract, 50 mg of rhodiola root extract plus other support compounds. Formulations with this level of power will provide the user with a significant boost, but remember to follow directions carefully to assess tolerance. Xenadrine XT is a good choice for bodybuilders and athletes looking for that extra performance edge along with a potential body slimming tool.
5-Hour Energy: Well Known, More Mainstream Option
One of the more nationally known entries, 5-Hour Energy is a convenient liquid formula providing a blend of B-vitamins, minerals and amino acids along with enough caffeine to help you get going and keep going for up to 5 hours. This popular energy shot starts with a 1,870 mg blend that includes taurine, glucuronic acid, malic acid, n-acetyl L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine and caffeine—all well-known energy support and endurance enhancing compounds. Next, a blend of B-vitamins, 30 mg of niacin, 40 mg of vitamin B6, 400 mcg of folic acid and 500 mcg of B12 are included to enhance metabolism and nutrient support. A nice plus for this convenient pocket-sized energizer is that 5-Hour Energy contains zero sugar and only about as much caffeine as a cup of premium coffee. For the weekend warrior or as a mild work-day pick-me-up, this formula hits the mark.
Flavors include: Grape, Berry, Orange.
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NytroWhey® Ultra Elite™ : Bodybuilding’s Ultimate Super-Protein, Now
in a 5th Amazing Flavor—Cookies & Cream!
In the premium protein category, there are the mega-hyped, supermarket-stocked formulations and there are the state-of-the-art products that serious bodybuilders really use. NytroWhey Ultra Elite is, most emphatically, a denizen of the second category. Its unparalleled anabolic power is a textbook case of the finest science combining with the purest, most potent protein source the world over.
NytroWhey Ultra Elite is sourced with protein content formulated by Glanbia® Nutrition, the USA’s foremost protein manufacturer. It is far and away the most potent and powerful source of aminos ever incorporated in an ultra-premium protein powder. This stunning new development in cutting-edge protein technology begins with a new ultra growth-factor-rich Cross Flow Microfiltration (CFM) Whey Protein Isolate (Provon®) that provides maximum bioavailability and spurs elevated blood amino acid levels for hours. The other signature muscle-builder in NytroWhey Ultra Elite is TherMAX® Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate, a proprietary, premium, ultra-rapid action WPH designed to flood aminos into the bloodstream immediately upon ingestion. These two advanced proteins are unprecedented in their anabolic action, a level of mass-building power that is increased still further with a third component. Patent pending Leuvon™ 590 CrossFlow Nanofiltration (CFN™) delivers an advanced Leucine-Bound Leucine Peptide (LBLP) essential to switching on anabolism. Leucine directly activates a critical compound in muscle that functions like a molecular switch to turn on the protein synthesis machinery in muscle. And NytroWhey Ultra Elite contains up to four times the leucine found in other whey protein products.
And then, of course, there’s the taste. The NytroWhey line has always been famous for its rich and delicious flavor, and NytroWhey Ultra Elite simply raises the bar again. The premium protein category’s most luscious flavor line is receiving a smooth, creamy addition in new Cookies & Cream, an ice-cream-parlor quality recipe of infinite taste-bud satisfaction!
Flavors include: Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Mint, Cookies & Cream.
NytroWhey®: The Legendary 100% Pure
Whey Isolate That Started It All
Here at ProSource, we still get emails every day about the legendary protein that ushered in a new era of ingredient quality and bodybuilding results. Because it’s the highest quality whey isolate available, NytroWhey yields an unprecedented nutrient infusion of aminos and other microfractions needed for mass growth support, including the most fragile protein fractions (alphalactalbumin, lactoferrin, and glycomacropeptides) that are essential catalysts for enhancing bioavailability, immune response, and anabolism. For the most advanced, muscle-building super protein product on the market today, go with NytroWhey Ultra Elite, but for pure and potent 100% whey protein isolate, nothing beats NytroWhey original, now available in the classic 2 lb or the econo-size 4 lb container. The original NytroWhey was so far ahead of its time, other manufacturers still can’t approximate its purity, potency and delicious flavor.
Flavors include: Strawberry, Natural, Chocolate Mint, Vanilla, Chocolate.
Vectron®: Superior Muscle Mass Support
in a Clinically Validated Fat-Loss Protein
When it comes to precision-targeted infusions of potent aminos designed to support muscle tissue, few formulations can rival Vectron, which delivers tremendous results in each 24-gram serving. And, of course, that’s just the beginning of the Vectron story, as its fractionated protein complex called Prolibra® has been validated in an independent, randomized, double-blind, 12-week clinical trial (published in the Journal
of Nutrition and Metabolism) in which subjects taking it retained twice as much lean muscle while at the same time experiencing 79% fat-loss compared to the control group at 51% fat loss. That’s an amazing result. Add in the fact that its manufactured by Glanbia®, the USA’s foremost producer of elite protein content, and a world leader in protein flavoring technologies, and you’ve got a luscious daily protein formula that is an essential tool for achieving your ideal physique and performance.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry.
Ultimate Casein: Bodybuilding’s First and Only
Super-Premium Micellar Casein
While other manufacturers try to get up to speed in the whey protein stakes (a race BioQuest has
already won with its flagship MyoZene mass-builder), BioQuest is incorporating the latest breakthroughs in casein research into the industry’s first elite-quality micellar casein product. Micellar casein has unique benefits for muscle growth by virtue of a slow absorption rate that contributes to a 34% reduction in protein breakdown and higher, more balanced, leucine levels over an extended period, setting the stage for an anti-catabolic effect that can last several hours or more. Its superior amino acid profile has also been enhanced with added BCAAs for even greater anabolism, plus Aminogen® for more efficient absorption of amino acids. The elite grade of casein in Ultimate Casein also results in a luscious taste and texture completely unprecedented in a casein supplement. Based on the enthusiastic response, Ultimate Casein is destined for a long stay on our Best Sellers list!
Flavors include: Chocolate, Vanilla.
MyoZene® UltraPro: Breakthrough Low-Carb
Ultra-Hydrolyzed Protein Formula
The original MyoZene gets a lot of the spotlight as the flagship mass builder here at ProSource, and for good reason, but MyoZene Ultra Pro is making a huge name for itself as well. Athletes, of course, are ecstatic about MyoZene’s cutting-edge combination of ultra-rapid-action aminos and insulinogenic carbs. At the same time, others clamored for a MyoZene they could take at any time of the day or night—while still getting the same enormous anabolic benefits of the original formulation. MyoZene Ultra Pro contains the same ultra hydrolyzed protein as the original but without the carbs. It does contain high doses of leucine to directly stimulate mTOR within the muscle cell to promote the initiation of protein synthesis and 4-hydroxyisoleucine has also been included for its insulinogenic properties. The result is a formulation that has long been one of our top sellers here at ProSource.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Vanilla.
100% Gold Standard Whey: Solid Anabolic Protein Formula at a Good Price
As economical protein formulas go, Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Whey Gold Standard contains a good nutrient profile, with 24 grams of mostly whey protein isolates, whey peptides and whey protein microfractions, over 5 grams of BCAAs, 4 grams of glutamine, 1 gram of fat, 30 mg of cholesterol and only 1 gram of sugar. Its shorter list of ingredients places 100% Whey in the category of the more Spartan blends that can be used as a starting point for additions of other sports nutrition ingredients such as creatine, glutamine, arginine and other extras that many bodybuilders prefer to add themselves for a specialized mix. In addition, this longtime favorite bulk protein is also instantized, which means it mixes in water almost effortlessly. 100% Whey offers easy mixing, solid proteins, good nutritional profile and a good price. And what’s more—the taste is pretty good as well.
Flavors include: Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla and many more.
Syntha-6: Sustained-Release Protein with Satisfying Taste
This popular econo-protein is an inexpensive way to satisfy your protein needs during the day as well as help recovery and muscle synthesis after workouts. Syntha-6 provides 28 grams of protein from whey concentrate, whey isolate with whey isolate peptide fractions, calcium caseinate, micellar alpha and beta caseins and caseinates, milk isolate, egg albumen, glutamine peptides, along with 6 grams of fat primarily from MCT—which may not only help provide anti-catabolic benefits but can also make a richer-tasting product. Included in its 200 calories per serving are 5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of sugar with 15 grams of carbohydrates, mostly from polydextrose. This type of sustained uptake protein formula would be better with a more complex carb blend, but the remainder of the ingredients are solid, making Syntha-6 one of the better budget formulations.
Flavors include: Chocolate Cake Batter, Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Banana, Mochachinno, Orange Smoothie, Chocolate Mint, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, Caramel Latte, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
MyoFusion Probiotic Series: Economy Whey with Added Probiotics and Taurine
Gaspari Nutrition has always made quality one of their top priorities, and their low price bulk protein MyoFusion Probiotic Series is no exception. This 24-gram-per-serving blend starts with whey protein concentrate, brown rice concentrate, whey isolate, egg albumin, and even has some partially hydrolyzed whey (a very quickly digesting protein) along with the amino acid taurine for enhanced cellular hydration, and probiotics to assist with the digestion of the protein matrix. In addition to the assimilation help, probiotics have also been shown to support immune system function, and this particular form of probiotic is designed to survive shelf storage without refrigeration. The MyoFusion quality continues with 9 grams of carbs, 3 grams of sugar and only 2 grams of fat. Those looking for a name brand with a budget price may do well to take notice of MyoFusion Probiotic Series.
Flavors include: Delicious Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, Strawberry and Cream, Cinnamon Roll, Banana Perfection, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter.
Combat Powder: Wide-Spectrum Protein Blend
Combat Powder enters the list as a budget protein formulation with a muscle-feeding matrix that provides a fairly decent blend of fast, medium and slow absorbing proteins. Included in this 25-gram blend are whey protein concentrates, hydrolysates and isolates, egg albumin and micellar casein along with glutamine, BCAAs, arginine, glycine, alanine, lysine, tyrosine, methionine and other growth assisting aminos—a spectrum of essential and anabolic proteins. Combat provides 1.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of sugar, placing it in the low-carb as well as low-cost categories. Also added is a digestive enzyme blend that includes lactase and protease to help with assimilation of its varied protein blend. Combat Powder is a solid contribution to the economy protein line with a decent protein matrix, easy mixability and good taste.
Flavors include: Cookies and Cream, Banana Cream, Vanilla, Triple Berry, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Orange Creamsicle, Chocolate Milk, Smores.
Elite XT: Quality Budget Protein
From an Industry Leader
This popular entry from Dymatize is powered by a matrix of slower-release proteins that includes micellar casein, calcium caseinate, soy isolate protein, egg protein, egg albumin, along with whey protein isolate and concentrate. BCAAs are also added to assist in the mass building equation, along with a diverse blend of healthy oils including sunflower, MCTs, flax seed, borage, CLA and evening primrose. Other ingredients include 6 grams of carbohydrates, zero sugar and 2 grams of fiber, amounting to a fairly decent nutrient profile when compared to the majority of entries in the budget protein category. Elite XT’s formulation has the characteristics of a protein bodybuilders can enjoy during the day or as a nighttime infusion. It is clearly a quality entry in the category.
Flavors include: Banana Nut, Fudge Brownie, Blueberry Muffin, Rich Chocolate, Rich Vanilla.
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Supreme Protein®: The Award-Winning, Top-Selling Super Bar Brand
It should come as no surprise that Supreme Protein® has, yet again, commanded the topspot in this appetizing category. In fact, this remarkable brand’s protein quality alone has it standing far apart from the competition. But when you add the amazing gourmet candy bar taste, you literally have the most delicious and nutritious protein bar on the market. That’s why bodybuilders from across the country continue to make Supreme Protein® an integral addition to their daily regimen. The mass market too, has gotten on board in a big way. This powerful snack-food delivers high-quality muscle-building nutrition, great taste and nearly as important, their convenience allows for easy and enjoyable consumption anywhere, anytime. Altogether, Supreme bars represent an essential bodybuilding tool for bridging the gap between major meals with a solid dose of premium protein.
In order to cover nearly every flavor preference, Supreme Protein® features eight delicious taste treats to choose from, including the original Caramel Nut Chocolate, Peanut Butter Crunch, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Rocky Road Brownie, Peanut Butter Pretzel Twist, Chocolate Caramel Cookie Crunch, Peanut Butter & Jelly and Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafer Crunch. In addition, each of these amazing flavors also contain the highest-quality protein profile available in bar form, powered by premium amino-rich whey isolate as the primary source. It’s no wonder then that Supreme Protein® has earned an unprecedented number of coveted awards from the industry’s top bodybuilding publications, mega-retailers like GNC and other retail associations across the country.
With its eight gourmet flavors and its growth-factor-rich anabolic advantages, Supreme Protein® is an award-winning juggernaut among protein bars and an incredible choice for those looking for a powerful assist in their weight training and athletic pursuits, or just a healthy snack when you’re on the go. At work, at play, or in the gym, there’s not a more convenient and delicious way to get the high-quality protein you need than with the one and only, ultimate super-food bar, Supreme Protein®!
Flavors include: Caramel Nut Chocolate, Peanut Butter Crunch, Cookies ‘n Cream, Rocky Road Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Cookie Crunch, Peanut Butter Pretzel Twist, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafer Crunch.
Promax: A Tasty Treat with a
Range of Flavors
Promax contains 20 grams of whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed whey protein concentrate, glutamine and BCAAs with a few vitamins and minerals as well as oat fiber, soy fiber and beet fiber that improve its overall nutrient profile a bit. Its sugar content is high, which can be viewed as a nutrition flaw, but of course this also adds to its good taste. It’s also available in a wide variety of flavors including Black Forest Cake, Lemon, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Double Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Mint and others. If you’re looking for great taste and big flavor selection, Promax is definitely a good choice.
Flavors include: Cookies ‘n Cream, Double Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Nutty Butter Crisp, Chocolate Peanut Crunch, Rocky Road, Lemon Bar, Chocolate Mint, German Chocolate Cake.
Zero Impact: Solid Nutrition in a
Higher-Calorie Protein Bar
It’s easy to give in to the idea that protein bars are just snacks. Some, however, manage to rise above the mediocre and deliver solid nutrition as well. Such is the case with VPX’s Zero Impact. Although not nearly at the level of our aforementioned number one bar in this category, this quality entry does offer some good nutritional benefits, like 30 grams of protein, 20 grams of mostly healthy fats, like almond butter and sesame, and additional support compounds such as CLA. The protein matrix contains milk isolate, whey isolate, whey concentrate and micellar casein, plus 35 grams of low glycemic carbs. Clearly, Zero Impact delivers more than just the average protein snack.
Flavors include: German Chocolate, Pumpkin Supreme, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate Peanut Butter
Power Crunch: Lower Protein Wafer Format
These layered wafer protein cookies contain 14 grams of protein, approximately 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates and good taste as well. Perhaps the most important component in any of the products in this category is the protein, and Power Crunch offers a good blend of hydrolyzed whey plus whey protein isolate. Although the amount of protein is low, these cookies fill a niche in this category by offering a lighter snack that can be consumed any time of day to fill in an athlete’s overall nutrition requirements. They can also be a convenient choice for workout enthusiasts who have a lighter routine such as aerobics, swimming, or softball, or for anyone who needs a between-meal protein boost.
Flavors include: Triple Chocolate, French Vanilla Crème, Peanut Butter Crème, Peanut Butter Fudge, Wild Berry Crème, Cookies ‘n Crème.
Tri-O-Plex: Delicious Whole Foods Bar
with Quality Protein
Chef Jay’s Tri-O-Plex bars have grown in popularity over the last few years largely due to its varied approach to the usual format. These tasty, cakey food bars deliver the requisite solid blend of protein in a unique whole grain recipe that includes 30 grams of quality protein from soy isolate, whey isolate and milk protein isolate as well as whole-food ingredients like oat flour, whole grain rolled oats, raisins, honey, fruits and peanuts, making them especially high in valuable natural fiber (6 grams). At 440 calories, 45 grams of carbohydrates and 15 grams of fat (mostly from canola oil) it’s also a good way to support energy levels and fuel better workouts. Good taste, great nutrition and plenty of protein makes the Tri-O-Plex bars a substantial choice for bodybuilders and regular folks alike.
Flavors include: Banana Walnut, Caramel Apple, Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter Banana, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Smores.
Protein Plus: Ingredient Packed Bar
from a Pioneering Brand
Protein Plus from the long-time popular MetRx line of sports supplements contains approximately 32 grams of protein from a blend of hydrolyzed collagen, whey protein isolate, whey protein hydrolysate, milk protein and calcium caseinate. In addition, Protein Plus has 2 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 7 to 9 grams of fat (depending on the flavor), with some of this number derived from healthier canola oil and soy lecithin. A vitamin/mineral blend is also added which includes vitamins C, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, E and folic acid, plus zinc, copper, calcium and biotin. MetRx has distinguished itself over the years by providing quality formulations, like Protein Plus, that keep customers coming back for more.
Flavors include: Chocolate Fudge Deluxe, Chocolate Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Roasted Peanut.
Quest: Lower Protein, Higher Fiber,
Despite its relatively low amount of protein (20 grams), Quest does deliver a positive nutritional profile that appeals to a solid base of users, and for good reason. It contains quality proteins like whey isolate and milk isolate, with little fat (5 to 10 grams depending on flavor) and it is nearly 100% naturally sourced. In addition, the Quest bar has the distinction of having the highest fiber amount of any protein bar in the industry, from a stunning 17 to 18 grams per bar depending on the flavor. Sweeteners used in this recipe include Lo Han Guo, a plant promoted in China for its longevity support, along with a small amount of sucralose. The prebiotic Isomalto-oligosaccharide is also included, which acts as both a fiber and sweetener, and may also have a positive effect on digestive health.
Flavors include: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Roll, Strawberry Cheesecake, Coconut Cashew, Lemon Cream Pie.
Oh Yeah!: ndulge in the Great Taste,
Sweetness and Texture
The Oh Yeah! bar’s chief claim to fame is its taste. When it was first introduced, it was one of the very few bars that could boast of a flavor comparable to candy bars, and it remains a favorite among athletes and fitness enthusiasts who put a premium on recipe, texture, and mouth feel. The Oh Yeah! Bar provides 26 grams of protein derived from soy isolate, whey isolate, milk concentrate, and calcium caseinate, plus essential oils and 4 grams of fiber. The Oh Yeah! Bar also contains zero trans fats, 31 grams of carbs, and 19 grams of fat (with slight deviations among flavors).
Flavors include: Cookie Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Peanut Caramel, Almond Fudge Brownie, Peanut Butter & Caramel, Vanilla Toffee Fudge, Peanut Butter & Strawberry, Creamy Vanilla & Caramel.
Big 100: The Original and Still Popular Triple Layer Bar
The Detour bar was one of the very first to promote the multi-layered technology that is
standard issue today for many now in the category. This still popular bar provides a
protein blend of whey concentrate, whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed protein, as well as calcium caseinate. It also has 34 grams of carbohydrates including 12 grams of sugar, and
14 grams of fat (much of this from soy lecithin plus peanut and canola oils). But Detour’s claim to fame is, and always has been its taste. Detour delivers enough satisfaction to earn a spot in the Best Sellers section.
Flavors include: Caramel Peanut, Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Crunchy Peanut Butter.
Big 100: Nutrient Profile Geared
Toward Meal Replacement
Met-Rx Big 100 provides 27 grams of protein from Met-Rx’s trademarked Metamyosin blend that includes mostly slower acting forms such as whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, calcium sodium caseinate, whey protein isolate, dried egg white and glutamine. These tasty bars also feature a very good potassium to sodium ratio, while also delivering a large dose of carbs, sugars, vitamins and minerals, which sets them up nicely for more of a meal replacement consideration.
Flavors include: Peanut Butter, Rocky Road Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker.
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NutriPure® Supreme: The Best Protein Profile in the Category,
Plus Other Nutrient Advancements
Premium sources of protein, fats, carbs and plenty of vitamins and minerals should be on the menu for any bodybuilder looking to get maximum results from their workout regimen. Knowing this, savvy athletes will fill their plate 5 or more times per day with the best nutritional support they can find. This requires not just the occasional between-meal protein, but a truly complete nutritional support complex.
NutriPure® Supreme is designed to deliver that high-end nutritional support by blending advanced proteins, healthy fats, fiber and top-quality carbohydrates into one truly exceptional product. This is not your average shake-and-chug whey—NutriPure stands apart with its advanced proteins, including 42.5 grams of premium grades of cross-flow micro-ultra filtered whey isolate and micellar casein, plus whey hydrolysate subjected to an exceptionally high degree of hydrolysis. This elite form of micellar casein protein found in NutriPure is quite rare in the MRP category, and is one example of how ProSource is fully dedicated to providing the best meal replacement in the industry. The NutriPure protein matrix fuels muscles with fast, medium and slow absorbing high-grade proteins over several hours, which is a must for bodybuilders and athletes to maximize mass, and this is one aspect where NutriPure stands apart in this category. This benefit alone would place NutriPure at the top of its class, but the list continues with a unique Energizing Nutritional Matrix which helps support energy levels, enhance satiety and replenish glycogen, and it also contains six grams of healthy lipids from sources such as CLA, flaxseed, high-oleic sunflower oil to support muscle growth, as well as a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals and a digestive enzyme blend. You require the best nutritional support you can get to optimize your workout results, and when it comes to MRPs, it doesn’t get better than NutriPure Supreme.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Vanilla Cream.
Macrobolic: Good Taste Fortified with Anabolic Support Nutrients
There’s only so much room at the top—and this is abundantly clear when reviewing the ingredients of entries in the meal replacement category. Most products tend to be sadly lacking in one area or another with the exception of a few, like MHP’s Macrobolic, which offers low glycemic carbohydrates, healthy fats and a fairly decent protein matrix. Its 32 grams of protein are derived from soy isolate, calcium caseinate and whey protein concentrate. The remaining ingredients make up for this to a good degree with a slow-absorbing and mostly natural carb blend, essential fatty acids such as borage, flaxseed, evening primrose and MCT as well as the inclusion of glutamine, arginine, BCAAs, CLA and a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals. With its anabolic support ingredients and overall solid nutrient profile, Macrobolic is suited to support mass building, intense athletic regimens and certainly make its way to the number 2 spot in the MRP category.
Flavors include: Fudge Brownie, Vanilla Cream.
Myoplex Original: Tried and True Formula
with a Great Taste
This long-time favorite maintains its popularity among bodybuilders by offering an anabolic formulation that delivers effective mass support. Myoplex’s blend includes 42 grams of ion-exchanged whey protein concentrate and isolate, calcium caseinate and milk protein isolate, with a low 2 grams of sugar. In addition, it is fortified with cell volumizing aminos, 3 grams of healthy fats (MCT and sunflower oil), L-glutamine, taurine, 27 vitamins and minerals, and 23 grams of carbs (maltodextrin and some oat fiber content). But this solid list is only part of the Myoplex success story. It’s also known for its great flavor which has won it many positive reviews over the years from a loyal following of bodybuilders and athletes. The older and simpler formulations like Myoplex still retain their popularity due to the tried and true approach involving a potent dose of protein with carbohydrates in the correct ratio along with basic support nutrients. Sometimes simple equals better.
Flavors include: Strawberry Cream, Chocolate Cream, Vanilla Cream.
MET-Rx Original: The Meal Replacement Formula that Started It All
For many years the name Met-Rx was practically synonymous with meal replacement and a very important formulation in the early evolution of bodybuilding supplementation. This pioneering MRP provides a blend of 37 grams of egg albumin plus milk and whey protein concentrate with 20 grams of carbohydrates to help support muscle glycogen loading and 25 essential vitamins and minerals. Also, over the years Met-Rx has made improvements from the original by removing the hydrogenated fats and aspartame while keeping its famous great taste in a low fat blend that has only 2 grams of sugar. There’s no sense arguing with a winning formula, and Met-Rx has certainly been a continuing, highly popular success with hardcore bodybuilders since its inception.
Flavors include: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Extreme Chocolate, Original Vanilla, Cake Batter, Berry Blast.
Lean Body: Bodybuilding Champion Lee Labrada Delivers with a Winning MRP
It’s a simple rule of thumb in the supplement industry: Better ingredients make better formulas. We know this is especially true with the more trusted sports supplement companies that take their research and development very seriously, like Labrada. An example is their Lean Body Meal Replacement which starts with a 40 gram blend of protein that includes cross flow whey protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, cross-flow micro-filtered whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate and glutamine peptides. This quality formulation continues with a mix of sunflower oil, MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides), flaxseed and borage oils that deliver a slew of “good” fats for health and exercise recovery along with 7 grams of fiber from polydextrose, Fibersol 2 fiber, oat flour, rice bran, plus vitamins and minerals. We’re never surprised to see Lee Labrada’s formulas contain nutritious and highly anabolic ingredients because he’s a champion bodybuilder himself and knows what it takes to win titles, and formulate quality products.
Flavors include: Chocolate Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream.
Isopure: MRP with a High Protein Content
This popular MRP uses a single protein source of ion exchange whey protein isolate—and lots of it, 50 grams per serving. In addition to this rather large infusion of protein, IsoPure MRP offers a decent nutrition profile of 25 grams of carbohydrates (from maltodextrin), 1 gram of sugar, zero fat and 25 essential vitamins and minerals. This comprehensive formula also includes glutamine and taurine for muscle growth support as well as some very important extras such as zinc, calcium, antioxidant vitamins and chromium for blood sugar support. IsoPure is unique in this genre as it is offered in both a convenient 20 pack arrangement and a bulk container of the same MRP formula as a more economical choice. A considerable number of bodybuilders and exercise enthusiasts rely on the IsoPure blend for its quality protein with a comprehensive back up of nutrition essentials.
Flavors include: Variety (Choc, Straw, Van), Strawberries and Cream, Peanut Butter Swirl, Chocolate, Creamy Vanilla.
Whey Gold Meal: Economical, Higher Protein, Easy Mix MRP
Whey Gold Meal is a 300 calorie per serving MRP offered in 20 packs or an economical 45 serving bag with a hefty 45 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fiber per serving. Proteins are whey protein concentrate, isolate and hydrolysates along with digestive enzymes, including Aminogen to assist protein, carbohydrate and milk sugar absorption. A comprehensive vitamin and mineral blend is also included along with 10 grams of BCAAs. This easy mix meal replacement is a bit high in sodium (390 mg) but overall the nutrient profile is fairly solid for this higher protein MRP. Optimum Nutrition has a good reputation for quality products and Whey Gold Meal is one of its better offerings.
Flavors include: Chocolate Crème, Vanilla Custard.
Ultramet: Lower-Sugar, Low-Fat MRP
Ultramet is a comprehensive formula that includes a decent 42 gram protein blend along with a good nutrition profile and only 3 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fat. Proteins used include ion exchange whey protein isolate, calcium caseinate, milk protein isolate, egg albumin and whey concentrate along with added L-glutamine and taurine for a protein matrix that is one of the better examples in this category. Ultramet also contains a solid vitamin/mineral blend along with MCT and borage oils as well as bromelain, a digestive aid. One aspect that sets Ultramet apart from many entries in this category is the use of a high-end extract of Garcinia cambogia, which has shown some use in helping dieters slim down without over stimulation or other harmful side effects. This important diet-aid ingredient, along with its low fat, low sugar approach, makes Ultramet fairly unique in this category and a suitable choice among bodybuilders who need that little extra help with their physique.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Vanilla.
Uni-Syn: Basic, No-Frills Blend Ideal for Customizing
Universal’s Uni-Syn is a simple, straightforward formula with a very good 44 gram protein blend, 22 grams of carbohydrates (mostly from maltodextrin), 2 grams of fat, 4 grams of sugar and 26 key vitamins and minerals. The idea behind this sparse formulation is to give bodybuilders who like to customize their MRPs some room to add creatine, flax, BCAAs, glutamine, arginine or any other combination of anabolic (or flavorful) ingredients to suit their particular needs. By itself, Uni-Syn actually has quite a solid yet basic list including a highly anabolic protein matrix consisting of ultra-filtrated whey protein concentrate, isolated casein peptides, total milk protein isolates, whey protein isolates, glutamine peptides and instantized egg albumin—not a bad base at all. However it’s used, Uni-Syn surely gets a thumbs up and solid placement in our top ten for its nutrient blend.
Flavors include: Strawberry, Creamy Vanilla, Chocolate.
Eat Smart: MRP with a Healthy “Whole Food” Approach
A protein/nutrition shake offering a list of many healthy and whole-food ingredients, Eat Smart by Isotori fills a number of needs for the purity-conscious bodybuilder and athlete. The protein quality of this MRP is good, with 19 grams of fast absorbing whey isolate and hydrolysates along with slowly absorbing casein proteins for an extended flow of amino acids to help prevent muscle catabolism. Additionally, carbohydrates are fairly low at 7 grams with 1 gram of sugar, 2.5 grams of fiber from oats, and a moderate 4 grams of fat, much of this from flaxseed powder and sunflower oil. But this is not a ‘health only’ formulation; Eat Smart provides glutamine peptides, 4 grams of BCAAs and 8 grams of essential amino acids to help with muscle synthesis and recovery. To top it off and put it firmly on our list, Eat Smart adds a decent vitamin/mineral blend along with digestive enzymes, making it clearly a solid entry in the category.
Flavors include: Double Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Chocolate Chip.
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AndroTest® Extreme: Experience the Unprecedented Natural
T-Boosting Power of this Category Leader
We’ve all marveled at that one guy in the gym who seems to turn reps into muscle with outstanding efficiency, leaving us to wonder, How does he do it? Often the difference comes down to testosterone
levels. We all know that lowered T-levels are a fact of life in our later years and are associated with the lack of muscle tone and libido typical among the elderly. But decreases in T-levels start to manifest themselves in our 20s and even slight decreases can have a big effect on the exercise/mass gain equation. Fortunately, the science of all-natural testosterone support has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, most emphatically embodied in the AndroTest brand.
In an independent product-specific trial conducted with original AndroTest, those dosed with the industry gold-standard product emerged with statistically significant increases of free testosterone levels, up to 218% over baseline. In addition, statistically significant increases in total testosterone levels were also measured, with results as high as 275% over baseline. The fact such dramatic increases were observed is remarkable in itself — more-so is the fact that those numbers were over baseline, and not in comparison to a placebo group.
The key ingredient in AndroTest and AndroTest Extreme is a specialized, highly bioactive form of standardized Tribulus from Bulgaria that produces an unprecedented level of protodioscin content. Protodioscin is the most essential component to real T-boosting power. AndroTest Extreme incorporates this unsurpassed protodioscin potency and amps its extraordinary T-boosting effectiveness up another notch with the inclusion of a specialized fenugreek extract standardized for 50% fenusides. Trade-named Testofen®, this extract has demonstrated its own anabolic support activity in another clinical study.
Until another competing testosterone booster is formulated with the due diligence and attention to detail afforded to AndroTest Extreme, the long-established front-runner in this category will remain exactly where it is: a clear-cut #1.
ZMA®: ProSource Brand is the
World’s Best— SNAC System ZMA
Over the years, ZMA’s well-proven combination of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B-6 has become one of the most consistently successful formulas for optimizing strength, muscle growth and testosterone. In order to provide the highest level of these much-sought-after benefits, ProSource ZMA uses the same SNAC System formula shown in clinical research to significantly increase strength gains in college athletes. But ZMA is not only highly effective, it’s also highly affordable, further adding to its popularity. Although it’s not at the exceptional T-boosting level of AndroTest Extreme (no other product is for that matter), ZMA’s economical price and proven performance easily place it in our number 2 spot in this crucial category. ProSource ZMA works very effectively by itself or in combination with other supplement choices to increase the overall anabolic effect. Utilize the proven performance of ProSource ZMA for enhanced testosterone levels, strength and muscle growth potential.
TribuTest®: Most Potent Tribulus Terrestris Extract
in the Budget Category
ProSource has maintained its status as a leader in sports supplementation by offering top-notch formulas that athletes can rely on for optimum levels of strength, growth, and transformation. This unwavering dedication to quality is especially evident in the T-Boosting category, starting with clinically validated AndroTest and AndroTest Extreme for hardcore bodybuilders—and for those who want a high-quality product at a budget price—there’s TribuTest. ProSource TribuTest is a powerful, ultra-pure extract that supplies 1000 mg of genuine Bulgarian Tribulus. Tribulus terrestris from Bulgaria has been documented to yield significantly higher potencies and powerful saponins not found in tribulus from other parts of the world. TribuTest is specially processed to yield a highly bioactive standardized extract (40% minimum steroidal saponins). In our review of products in this category, and bolstered by the satisfied repeat buyers of TribuTest®, this is your best choice for an economical tribulus formula.
T-Bomb II: Popular, Multi-Faceted T-Boosting Support
ProSource not only provides the industry’s highest quality brand of supplements, but we also take great care to promote other quality brands deserving of your attention, like MHP’s T-Bomb II. This popular T-booster has earned its standing as one of the best sellers in this category thanks to a loyal following of bodybuilders and other athletes who continue to count on its wide-ranging combination of top-grade ingredients. Among them, T-Bomb II contains Tribulus terrestris (standardized at 15% protodioscin), fenugreek, red clover extract, Eurycoma longifolia (longjack), Avena sativa, Pygeum africanum, stinging nettle leaf, zinc and saw palmetto. Although the protodioscin content is on the light side, this is clearly a solid and comprehensive testosterone support formula. Not surprising, knowing it hails from the innovators at MHP, one of our industry’s most respected manufacturers.
AndroTest®: The Premier Natural T-Booster
with the Highest Potency Protodioscin Available
With the arrival of original AndroTest®, a new era in natural testosterone enhancement was heralded. Unlike other manufacturers, ProSource was willing to do whatever was necessary to create this new standard, and did so via a specialized multiple-extraction process of pure Bulgarian Tribulus terrestris, producing an unprecedented standardized minimum potency of 40% protodioscin, making it the single most powerful product in the category. Furthermore, AndroTest was the first Tribulus product to show significant increases in free testosterone, up to 218% over baseline, as well as statistically significant increases in total testosterone, up to 275%, in an independent, product-specific clinical study. And these results are actual percentage increases over BASELINE, not numbers compared to a placebo. Clearly, AndroTest delivers more natural T-boosting power than any other supplement on the market, with the exception of its amped up cousin, AndroTest Extreme.
AndroCept®: Scientifically Backed Androgen
AndroCept is a unique and vital T-boosting supplement that contains 2000 mg of a specialized L-carnitine L-tartrate (LCLT). In a major university study, LCLT was shown to be effective in promoting increased androgen receptor levels, thereby increasing testosterone available for anabolism. Also, in two crossover, placebo controlled trials, 2000 mg of LCLT per day, taken over a period of 3 weeks, showed reductions in muscle damage from high intensity resistance exercise. AndroCept utilizes the exact form and dosage of LCLT that was found effective in these studies. In addition to its help with testosterone transport and reduction of muscle damage, carnitine is recognized by researchers as being one of the primary energy support compounds in the cell, needed to transport long chain fatty acids into the mitochondria. Finally, because it does not increase testosterone itself, it can be used along with any T-booster in this section to dramatically enhance results.
Animal Stak: Multi-Ingredient Formulation in Convenient Paks
Universal Nutrition’s Animal Stak has held its place as one of the more popular all-in-one T-boosters for some time now by offering decent amounts of the well-known Long Jack, Avena sativa and Tribulus terrestris extracts. In addition, 750 mg of arginine AKG are provided to help facilitate muscle pumps. Animal Stak also delivers other key compounds such as D-gluconate, DIM, saw palmetto extract and quercetin. In addition, 250 mg of Mucuna pruriens extract is included to assist muscle growth and other benefits. Another nice addition to this formula is the inclusion of a 300 mg complex that includes acetyl L-carnitine and phosphatidylserine, plus a 250 mg liver support blend of milk thistle extract and lysophosphatidylcholine. Thanks to a thoughtful and comprehensive formulation, Animal Stak has earned itself a loyal following of “animal” lovers.
A-HD: Unique Blend of Key Compounds
A-HD is a unique testosterone booster intended to purportedly increase free testosterone levels via a 250 mg proprietary blend of a wide-ranging array of compounds, including a standardized complex of Cynara cardunculus, Curcoma longa, Capsicum annuum and Pelargonium graveolens, plus a 25 mg addition of niacin. Its other ingredients are too numerous to mention but overall A-HD has become a fairly popular entry in this category.
Tribulus 1000: Standard Extract of Tribulus Terrestris
NOW Tribulus is a pure Tribulus terrestris extract containing aerial parts and fruit of the plant standardized at 45% saponins, although there is no mention on the label of the protodioscin content (the active compound primarily responsible for raising testosterone levels). Despite the lack of documentation, NOW has a solid track record as a company, and their products usually do not
disappoint, as illustrated by its showing as a top-ten best-selling T-booster. While it is not as
comprehensive a formula as many other products in this category, for those bodybuilders looking
to augment their T-levels while staying on a tight budget, Tribulus might be the ticket.
Anatropin: Another Quality Product from Gaspari
This T-boosting support product from Gaspari utilizes a 625 mg propriety blend of velvet bean, Brassaiopsis glomerulata and Anacyclus pyrethrym DC extracts along with 10 mg of zinc for further testosterone support and 1000 iu’s of vitamin D3, which may have a positive effect on cellular growth (including muscle cells), although its connection with muscle anabolism has not yet been confirmed in clinical trials. Gaspari Nutrition has produced numerous successful mass-building formulations over the years with potent and well-researched ingredients that provide effective results, and Anatropin continues this tradition.
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AlphaFury® : Breakthrough Pump Catalyst
for Super-Intense Workouts
AlphaFury’s introduction set a new standard in the competitive
pre-workout category by offering a unique technology not based
on the usual arginine complexes but instead utilizing the cutting-edge, advanced vasodilation catalyst GlycoCarn® (glycine propionyl-
L-carnitine, or GPLC). This patented compound has been extensively researched and linked in clinical studies to the promotion of improved muscle pumps and performance, enhanced recovery after exercise and added strength during workouts. GlycoCarn® also has a powerful antioxidant benefit, which is active for extended periods of time to help protect muscle tissue and optimize athletic performance. If this weren’t enough, BioQuest’s AlphaFury also bolsters athletic performance and endurance with beta alanine for enhanced stamina and the postponement of fatigue, waxy maize carbs to upregulate insulin facilitation and provide fuel for your workout, and a natural stimulant/alertness agent for intensity and focus support. These highly synergistic mechanisms of action combine to facilitate a whole new level of workout performance and productivity for bodybuilders seeking a muscle-pump alternative to arginine-based pre-workout complexes. Moving the category forward with more potent formulations such as Alpha Fury takes elite-level research of the type bodybuilders have come to expect from the research team at BioQuest. If your current pre-workout supplement has been generating diminishing results, you owe it to yourself to step up to the power of new AlphaFury and its primary active technology GlycoCarn!
Flavors include: Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Grape.
Super Pump Max: Higher Potency Version of the
Popular Pre-Workout Classic
The formulators at Gaspari Nutrition wisely chose to concentrate their efforts on two important aspects when creating SuperPump Max. Muscle strength assistance, with L-leucine, L-citrulline, L-ornithine-L-aspartate and taurine along with ATP enhancement and stamina support ingredients. Another interesting addition to SuperPump Max is a coupled amino called L-alanyl-L-glutamine, which may have a higher bioavailability. In addition, the level of nitric oxide production was increased to support longer workouts and help improve performance and training intensity.
Flavors include: Fruit Punch Blast, Orange, Grape Cooler, Pink Lemonade, Blue Raspberry, Sour Apple.
Assault: All-Purpose Performance Support
Assault is a pre- and intra-workout drink mix designed to provide a performance boost from standard energizers (including caffeine) as well as some ancillary ingredients. It lists a 23-gram proprietary blend of beta alanine and rhodiola rosea; taurine, caffeine and L-tyrosine; BCAAs; creatine monohydrate, as well as arginine, glycine, glutamine and an assortment of herbs and vitamins. Nine grams of glucose polymers are added along with cinnamon extract and Astragulus root to assist metabolism.
Flavors include: Blue Arctic Raspberry, Orange Mango, Fruit Punch, Watermelon, Green Apple, Raspberry Lemonade.
1.M.R: Concentrated Pre-Workout Powder
1 M.R provides effective workout support compounds including L-arginine alpha ketogluterate, beta-alanine, L-taurine and creatine monohydrate. It is further enhanced with n-acetyl-L-tyrosine and several sources of caffeine, including guarana and yerba mate, along with ginseng and others to help exercise performance. Another addition to this formula is its natural antioxidant blend of vitamin C, acai berry and red wine extract, as well as L-leucine for further anti-catabolic support.
Flavors include: Lemon Lime, Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry.
N.O. Xplode 2.0: Updated Version Emphasizes Energy and Endurance
This new 2.0 version has proven a worthy successor to the original. The main thrust is nitric oxide enhancement with a proprietary blend that includes L-arginine AKG, L-citruline malate, rutacarpine, L-citruline AKG, L-histidine AKG, NAD and other compounds to assist vasodilation. To ramp up workouts to another level, an array of other pre-workout compounds are added such as L-tyrosine, vinpocetine, beta alanine, caffeine and a blend of electrolytes. It also includes maltodextrin, several forms of creatine and MCT oil. Another important aspect of this popular product is its zero sugar content. Finally, although the ingredient profile overall looks similar to the original N.O. Xplode, the recommended usage for new N.O.-Xplode 2.0 has changed. Users should now not exceed two scoops before workouts, which leads us to believe the stimulant profile has been bumped up, hinting that this new formula is developed slightly more for energy and endurance than its predecessor.
Flavors include: Watermelon, Green Apple, Fruit Punch, Blue Raz, Grape, Orange, Lemonade, Lemon Lime.
FusionForce: Multi-Pathway Pre-Workout Powerhouse
FusionForce is precision-engineered to address every physiological action needed for a high-intensity workout. It contains a potent complex composed of a precise ratio of nitric oxide-supporting L-arginine, L-arginine-AKG, and citrulline malate plus a potent dose of creatine monohydrate, as well as high-glycemic carbs for insulin potentiation. To bolster athletic performance and provide anti-catabolic support, it also contains beta alanine, BCAAs and N-acetyl-L-glutamine. In addition to this, a matrix of powerful stimulants is added for energy enhancement that includes green tea extract, L-tyrosine and glucuronolactone. This comprehensive list of ultra-potent ingredients can be viewed as an all-in-one formulation that optimizes training sessions from every conceivable biological angle, and for this reason FusionForce continues to be a favorite among high intensity bodybuilders who want to cover all bases with one product, while experiencing a genuinely powerful workout.
Flavors include: Fruit Punch, Orange.
Dark Rage: Popular Workout Optimizer
Dark Rage is one of MHP’s best-known formulations, featuring compounds that support muscle recovery and performance as well as decent amounts of other well-proven muscle growth promoters. Nitric oxide facilitation is supported by L-arginine AKG, citrulline, NAD, Pine Bark extract and others, while several forms of creatine (including creatine monohydrate) are included. Energy and focus are facilitated via caffeine, tyrosine, yohimbine, Huperzine A and vinpocetine, along with a vitamin and mineral blend. An endurance assistance blend is also listed which includes two types of beta alanine along with BCAAs plus other support compounds. Another complex of nutrients includes glucose polymers, echinacea and Ginkgo biloba, all well-known support compounds. MHP has a reputation for scientifically grounded formulas, which makes products like Dark Rage successful.
Flavors include: Grape, Fruit Punch.
X-Fit Trainer: Back-To-Basics Pre-Workout Technology
Sometimes the less-is-better philosophy in formulation technology can glean some good results. In the case of X-Fit Trainer, we have a basic combination of ingredients without any synthetic stimulants or chemicals, relying instead on simple muscle-building compounds along with well-researched herbs. The dosage of creatine and beta alanine together is 8.8 grams, enough by itself to support a decent intensity workout. Added to this is a botanical blend of raspberry ketones, green tea extract, Paullinia cupana (AKA Guarana, a performance enhancer) and 250 mg of caffeine. Withania somnifera extract is present, too, and purported to lower cortisol levels and assist endurance. These types of spartan formulas are always welcome to those who like the ‘less-is-more’ approach to supplementation, and X-Fit Trainer fits that category very well indeed.
Flavors include: Citrus Lime, Cranberry Orange, Tropical Punch.
C4 Extreme: Cell Volumizer Offers an Alternative Form of Creatine
Creatine nitrate is one of the core ingredients in C4-Extreme, a pre-workout/endurance support
formula that has received some attention from hardcore trainers recently. The idea behind this
new compound (NO3 fused to creatine) is that it’s apparently a more water-soluble version of creatine, which is said to facilitate better absorption. The research behind this compound is new and so far there is no conclusive evidence that it beats out creatine monohydrate for effectiveness, but the overall formulation of C4 Extreme with 1500 mg of beta alanine, 1000 mg of arginine AKG as well as a vitamin support blend could provide a boost, especially in synergy with creatine. In addition, N-acetyl-L-tyrosine (the more bioavailable form) is included along with 135 mg of anhydrous caffeine, Mucuna Pruriens and Synephrine HCL, all of these being well-known energy support and focus
Flavors include: Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Pink Lemonade, Orange.
Jack3d Micro: Reduced-Stimulant Version
of the Original
This newer pre-workout formula follows on the success of the original Jack3d but with a little less stimulant content than its predecessor, and no DMAA. Jack3d Micro still delivers a simple but effective blend of ingredients that are more focused toward pumps and sustained, smoother energy. Its Three Phase Pump System contains such key compounds as L-citrulline andarginine nitrate for increased vasodilation, caffeine anhydrous (but less than the original) and norcoclaurine for energy and focus, as well as several other contributing ingredients, including grape seed extract and caffeic acid. Finally, the blend is contained within a micronized powder format for enhanced absorption. Clearly, USP Labs has a solid handle on this category.
Flavors include: Lemon Lime, Fruit Punch.
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MyoZene®: The Flagship Extreme Mass Builder that Defined The “Ultra-Rapid-Action” Protein Category
For an athlete, few things are worse than starving muscles that have just been subjected to the trauma of a brutal workout. And yet, that’s just what many workout warriors are doing when they supplement with a protein formula that takes many hours to make essential aminos available to stressed muscle cells. With MyoZene, such a situation is easily avoided. That’s because it’s a “rapid action” protein powder derived from an advanced, cutting-edge source that undergoes an extensive hydrolysis, yielding extremely low molecular-weight di- and tri-peptides that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, foregoing digestion and therefore capable of being more directly utilized for muscle synthesis.
In addition to those highly bioavailable aminos, MyoZene from BioQuest maximizes post-exercise, muscle-protein anabolism and muscle glycogen
re-synthesis with its precision-targeted combination of creatine, extra L-leucine, and just the right amount of high-glycemic carbohydrates to up-regulate insulin and get the ball rolling. If you are trying to gain extreme muscle and strength, MyoZene’s recipe for gains is absolutely perfect. In fact, it’s clinically validated.
Brand-Specific Clinical Study Results Show Spectacular Gains in Strength/
A brand-specific study presented at a high-profile conference of the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine has scientifically validated MyoZene’s remarkable benefits. The subjects were experienced weightlifters who underwent upper-and lower-body strength testing and body composition analysis, followed by a six-day-per-week split-body-part exercise routine for a month. Within the test’s time frame (one month), the MyoZene-receiving subjects experienced gains of 24% in strength/muscular endurance at the mid-study point and 32% at the end of the study. The strength increases demonstrated with MyoZene extend well beyond what has been observed with any other supplement of its kind (including high-dose creatine-based supplements).
In the end, the proof lies in consumer response. Countless
satisfied bodybuilders have offered glowing praise for MyoZene and reorders have always been the rule for this unquestioned leader in the category. As always, MyoZene leads the way … and nothing else is even close.
Flavors include: Lemonade, Fruit Punch, Orange.
Dark Matter: Fast Acting and Effective
MHP’s Dark Matter is an excellent formulation strategy when it comes to the important aspect of post-workout nutrition. This customer favorite contains a combination of protein, a multi-phase creatine matrix and an insulin support complex designed to enhance amino acid, creatine and glutamine transport in a timely manner. Specifically, Dark Matter utilizes free amino acids and short-peptide chains (including a specialized dipeptide containing leucine and alanine) to limit catabolism and support muscle protein synthesis and then creates a rapid increase in insulin levels due to its tri-polymer carbohydrate matrix containing a low-viscosity, high-molecular-weight, osmotic waxy maize starch. This high-glycemic index carbohydrate source has a slow “time-released” glucose profile and low overall insulin impact. Timing is everything, and seeing the number of fans Dark Matter has gathered over the last few years, this adage is well used to describe the anabolic results from MHP’s premium mass builder.
Flavors include: Grape, Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry.
After-Mass: Industry Pioneer Broke the Taste
Barrier for Fast Acting Whey Hydrolysates
For the highest level of protein absorption and synthesis, nothing beats hydrolyzed whey. But at onetime the taste of this prized protein left much to be desired. That is, until After-Mass was introduced the industry. This potent whey hydrolysate formulation has a smooth luscious flavor that proved superior to even whey protein products then on the market. Bodybuilders soon discovered its combination of hydrolyzed proteins and high glycemic carbs were an ideal combination for driving serious growth. This pioneering mass-builder has amazed bodybuilders for years now with an advanced matrix of ultra-fast hydrolyzed protein, high-glycemic carbs and 12.26 grams of powerful anabolic/anti-catabolic aminos ideal for shutting down catabolism, jump-starting protein synthesis and initiating recovery and repair in the mass-building “golden hour” after a workout. After-Mass continues to prove itself as one of the most powerful post-workout mass builders available, and does so with delicious flavor at a great price.
Flavors include: Punch, Tropical, Orange Creamsicle.
Xtend: BCAA Recovery Formula
with Important Extras
The industry is replete with products designed to get you to that ultimate mass-building goal, but it’s often difficult to get there if you’re not taking your BCAAs. This BCAA entry by Scivation is one of a number to choose from, but offers a couple of nice additions. Xtend BCAA recovery formula utilizes the preferred 2:1:1 ratio of leucine, isoleucine and valine, along with glutamine to help support growth as well as help improve recovery. The “extend” this product’s name refers to is the addition of glutamine and citrulline malate, which may help prolong recovery. Most researchers agree that BCAAs are in the top tier of required bodybuilding support compounds. Therefore, Xtend is a good choice for those looking for a simple approach to post and pre-workout supplementation along with additional products like creatine, beta alanine and whey isolate protein.
Flavors include: Green Apple, Lemon Lime Sour, Grape Escape, Watermelon Madness, Raspberry Blue, Orange Dream.
Cell Mass 2.0: Low-Sugar Post-Workout Matrix
This ramped up version includes more glutamine and higher levels of amino acids and creatine than the previous Cell Mass. The new formula does away with the creatine ethyl ester and instead adds creatine monohydrate (a much better choice as this is still the most clinically validated form) as well as creatine HCL and creatine anhydrous for a total of 5 grams of creatine. Beta alanine is no longer included but the 2.0 contains more glutamine (3 grams now instead of 2) and whey hydrolysate is added for extra amino acid content, 10 grams total in this update. Also included are taurine for enhanced cell volumization and banaba extract. Overall, this new incarnation from BSN is a move in the right direction.
Flavors include: Watermelon, Blue Raz, Fruit Punch, Arctic Berry.
Amino X: Micronized, Effervescent BCAA Formula
This effervescent amino acid formula provides a 10-gram blend of L-leucine, L-valine, L-isoleucine, L-alanine, L-taurine and L-citrulline to help support workout endurance as well as recovery. Amino X is a straightforward “BCAA-plus” formula that utilizes an effervescent technology that purportedly helps amino acid transport time, which may further assist anabolism. In addition, Amino-X amino acids are micronized, making it a good choice for use before during and/or after workouts due to its easy absorbability. Finally, the inclusion of sodium bicarbonate may help buffer acid levels in the body, thereby helping to minimize exercise-related byproducts such as lactic acid and ammonia, which can have a damaging effect on muscle tissue and diminish exercise recovery as well. Amino-X is a solid choice for those bodybuilders and workout enthusiasts who prefer a simple but effective workout support complex with unique transport qualities.
Flavors include: Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Green Apple.
MuscleMaize: Versatile and Comprehensive
All-In-One Recovery/Growth Formula
This is yet another heavily researched, scientifically developed powerhouse product from BioQuest that’s designed to be taken anytime during the day to support anabolism and help keep muscles from breaking down. MuscleMaize starts with a high-quality protein blend of fast-acting whey isolate and rapid-absorption hydrolyzed whey protein, an advanced carbohydrate blend sourced from dextrose, maltodextrin, trehalose, waxy maize and glycerol monostearate, along with added endurance support from taurine, ALA, vanadium, gymnema and bitter melon. Micronized creatine monohydrate is included as well as a complete blend of the key aminos L-glutamine, L-arginine, beta-alanine, arginine AKG, L-citrulline-malate, L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-histidine and L-valine, all at effective potencies. To wrap up this already comprehensive profile, BioQuest took the unusual step of adding testosterone support ingredients Eurycoma longfolia, Tribulus terrestris and L-carnitine-L-tartrate, making Muscle Maize one amazing all-inclusive muscle support matrix.
Flavors include: Fruit Punch.
Anabolic Halo Hardcore Pro Series: Full-Spectrum Protein Matrix and Quality Carbs
Anabolic Halo has long been embraced by the bodybuilding community for its mass enhancement and recovery benefits. This new and improved Anabolic Halo formula keeps MuscleTech’s winning streak alive with its all-in-one, multi-phase protein and carb system. The protein phase contains fast, medium and slow digesting proteins for extended amino release throughout the day, including whey concentrate, milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed whey isolate and egg albumin. The carb phase includes oats, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet and chia. MuscleTech recommends two scoops of Anabolic Halo once per day, which delivers a comprehensive ingredient profile containing, in part, 40 grams of the aforementioned protein, 20 grams of the aforementioned carbs, 500 mg of tart cherry concentrate, 6 grams of BCAA’s, 5 grams of glutamine, 5 grams of creatine monohydrate and digestive enzymes.
Flavors include: Orange Avalanche, Blue Raspberry Glacier, Arctic Fruit Punch.
SizeOn: Popular Endurance/Recovery Product
Gaspari’s popular Size On is an exercise support formula designed to bolster endurance during grueling training sessions and help muscle recovery after. Providing 180 calories, Size On is powered by a 39-gram blend of carbohydrates sourced from d-glucose (dextrose), trehalose, isomaltulose and pterostilbene to assist protein synthesis and energy levels. Also included is a 7-gram dose of protein consisting of whey protein hydrolysate plus BCAAs and L-ornithine-L-aspartate to reduce ammonia build up and decrease muscle tissue breakdown. To help fuel workout performance and delay muscle fatigue, a creatine complex is included consisting of the validated creatine monohydrate form as well as magnesium creatine chelate and disodium creatine phosphate, plus the aminos L-taurine and L-alanyl-L-glutamine. To round it out, extra support nutrients including B-vitamins, electrolytes and vitamin C are added, making Size On a valid choice for athletes.
Flavors include: Wild Berry Punch, Orange Cooler, Grape Cooler, Arctic Lemon Ice.
Torrent: Comprehensive List of Anabolic
Mass Building Nutrients
Universal’s Torrent is an after-workout recovery formula that offers an array of anabolic amino acids and several forms of creatine with 52 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of protein. It might be argued that a product in this category that contains only 20 grams of protein could be viewed as a lower-grade entry, but after reviewing its effective ingredient list that includes an 8 gram blend of 4 different types of leucine to help enhance muscle synthesis plus a 7 gram blend of glutamine AKG, taurine and citrulline malate and 3 grams of creatine to assist volume, it most certainly should be considered to be one of the serious contenders. Torrent’s list of mass builders continues with a carb matrix that includes waxy maize and partially hydrolyzed whey protein concentrate providing di-, tri- and polypeptides. Universal Nutrition tends to use effective compounds, and Torrent is a perfect example.
Flavors include: Green Apple Avalanche, Cherry Berry Blast, Sour Citrus Rush.
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Extra Strength Joint Command®: Build a Firm Foundation of Joint Strength
and Flexibility with Bodybuilding’s Most
Comprehensive Support Formula
The biggest muscle is only as strong as the narrowest strip of cartilage attaching it to the bone. Worse, once severed, that precious bit of connective tissue can take months (or even years) to heal fully due to restricted blood flow and issues of permeability. In no other area of athletic endeavor can it more truthfully be said that an ounce of prevention is equal to a pound of cure. For those willing to think ahead, ProSource has enhanced its Extra Strength Joint Command to the point where it is simply indispensable to athletes.
This new Extra Strength formulation includes ultra-potent HyaMax™, a natural, standardized hyaluronic acid that possesses a unique water retaining action to help highly active joints stay healthy. Additionally, Meriva® is an advanced phytosome technology that enhances the bioavailability and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. Rounding out the new additions, 5-LOXIN® contains the most active of the 6 boswellic acids, AKBA, which helps inhibit 5-lipoxygenase, the compound responsible for the conversion of arachidonic acid into pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Of course, new Extra Strength Joint Command also contains the key compounds present in the original Joint Command, including pure, stabilized, 98% absorbable glucosamine sulfate, paired in precise ratio with chondroitin sulfate, plus MSM and UC Type II collagen, compounds linked to anti-inflammatory action, flexibility support, and overall joint health. The result is a massively synergistic, multiple-pathway powerhouse of connective tissue nutrition and support that has picked up right where the acclaimed original Joint Command formulation left off: as the long-standing #1 best seller in this category.
No other product on the market today offers as many critical benefits as Extra Strength Joint Command. Feed your tendons, ligaments and connective tissue the nutrients they need and ensure they will respond and adapt optimally to your workouts.
Ultra Glucosamine and Chondroitin: The Cornerstone Combo for Powerful Joint Support
If there were ever two nutrients that belong together, the vast majority of nutritional researchers would readily agree that glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are the perfect match. Glucosamine sulfate is one of very few ingredients known with the clinical research to back-up its joint support claims, including the rare ability to actually promote and repair cartilage. Chondroitin might be considered the other side of the coin because it is a type of glycosaminoglycan particularly rich in sulfur, a compound used by the body to repair connective tissue. ProSource Ultra Glucosamine and Chondroitin contains pure, stabilized and 98% absorbable glucosamine sulfate—the same form cited in the numerous conclusive studies. These two powerful compounds work synergistically to provide remarkable joint support. Ultra Glucosamine and Chondroitin contains the purest, most bioavailable forms of these key synergistic co-factors and are the most widely accepted supplements for effective joint support.
Ultra Cissus: The “Super Nutrient” with
Maximizing performance is always foremost on the minds of serious athletes and bodybuilders. That’s why ProSoure’s Ultra Cissus has gained such a loyal following in such a short period of time. Cissus quadrangularis has been associated with positive effects on a number of key physiological markers, including enhanced endurance and recovery support and a potential promotion of collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein that connects bone, muscle, tendons, and ligaments. CQ may also reduce free radical damage. ProSource’s Ultra Cissus is one of the purest and most bioactive forms available and contains 750 milligrams per capsule standardized at 10% steroidal glycosides for highest bioactivity of this top-grade Cissus quadrangularis extract. This represents the highest quality material industry-wide. With its winning combination of affordable price, superior quality and remarkable exercise benefits, Ultra Cissus is definitely one of the best supplement choices out there.
Animal Flex: Multi-Ingredient Formula in Single-Serving Packets
The need for proper joint maintenance hasn’t been lost on the folks over at Universal Nutrition, who have responded with one of their all-in-one-packet “Animal” formats so popular among bodybuilders. Animal Flex is designed to provide joint support for bodybuilders and others with a solid foundation of tried and true glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate and MSM, which are an important part of any quality joint
support product. Animal Flex also contains flaxseed oil, hyaluronic acid and a matrix of botanicals (turmeric extract, ginger root, boswellia, quercitin, and bromelain). Vitamin C is also here for its utility as a co-factor in collagen synthesis. Like the other products in this popular line from Universal, Animal Flex delivers a
complex formula in a simple single-packet approach, which has earned it a solid customer base and best seller status in this category.
Super Cissus RX: Re-Formulated Cissus Product with Updated Dosage
Athletes looking to gain the benefits of Cissus quadrangularis (CQ) are well advised to stick with
companies with a track record of providing high-quality offerings, of which USP Labs is one. Cissus
quadrangularis has grown increasingly popular in the supplement world by virtue of clinical studies
associating it with numerous benefits, most particularly joint support. While USP Labs’ first version of this product was undermined by dosage issues, their R&D team has since remedied this situation with this latest formulation. Super Cissus RX now includes an amped up dosage of 800 mg of Cissus. Although its supplement facts label does not specify a standardization level for the active ingredients, like some other Cissus-based brands, customer feedback has been strong enough for it to be one of the better sellers in the Joint Support category.
Joint Care: Quality Formula with the Basics and More
This popular formula utilizes a combination of ingredients that many hardworking bodybuilders rely on for proper joint support. Joint Care is comprised of three well-researched compounds for joint enhancement along with other beneficial nutrients. Primary ingredients include 250 mg of Evening Primrose oil, 750 mg of MSM plus 200 mg of chondroitin sulfate and the standard 1000 mg of glucosamine sulfate. In addition, Joint Care also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, manganese and boron. Maintaining healthy and flexible joints is one of the more important and often overlooked aspects of bodybuilding, running, aerobic exercise and most any sport. Beverly Joint Care is a comprehensive joint support product designed for active athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Releve: Specialized Nutrient Profile in Sustained Release Format
Releve combines the long recognized benefits of glucosamine sulfate with other support nutrients not normally found in this category. These include baikal skullcap, N-acetyl-cysteine and alpha lipoic acid to help enhance mobility and assist in fighting damaging free radicals. Another departure from the norm is it contains these ingredients within a purported sustained release tablet. Customer reviews of Releve have been consistently good over the last few years, which is not surprising as MHP’s research and development team are one of the best in the industry, offering some of the most popular products out there. Ultimately, Releve is a simple, potent and somewhat unique formula that has shown to be the preferred choice among many hardcore bodybuilders.
Orange Triad: Popular, Longtime
Joint Support Complex
Orange Triad is an iron-free multi-vitamin and mineral formula that has earned a spot here due to its added joint support ingredients. Beyond its ample quantities of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including 500 mg of vitamin C, 200 IU of vitamin E, and 30 mg of zinc, to name a few, each 6 tablet daily serving also includes a 2000 mg complex of glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin, along with a 1550 mg blend of MSM, bromelain and hyaluronic acid, all known for their roles in supporting joint health. Other key joint supporting antioxidants and co-factors are included such as ginger, r-alphalipoic acid, and grapeseed extract, traditionally used to help fight free radicals and combat inflammation. For those looking for a solid multi-vitamin with extra emphasis on joint care this formula is sure to please.
ElastiJoint: Potent Easy-to-Mix Powder Form
ElastiJoint is another quality supplement from the trusted house of Labrada. It contains a shortlist of joint support compounds starting with the clinically tested amount of glucosamine sulfate (1500 mg). ElastiJoint is then bolstered by other essentials such as chondroitin sulfate (1200 mg), MSM (2000 mg), Vitamin C (990 mg) and a large dose of hydrolyzed gelatin/collagen (5000 mg).
Most quality joint formulas must contain substantial amounts of their key compounds in order to
be effective and this entry might be one of the largest doses in the category. Due to this, and for convenience sake, ElastiJoint is offered in powder form. Simply mix one scoop of fruit punch or grape flavor in cold water and you’re good to go.
Flavors include: Fruit Punch, Grape.
Glucosamine & Chondroitin, MSM: Joint Supports Big Three
This simple formula from NOW offers the three most popular compounds in this category, beginning
with the stalwart glucosamine sulfate (though at a slightly lower than preferred 1100 mg), 1200 mg
chondroitin sulfate and 300 mg of MSM. Glucosamine and chondroitin are well known as the most researched and imperative ingredients for joint support, while MSM (methylsulfanomethane) provides valuable sulfur, which is used by the body for an array of benefits, one of them being connective tissue support. As products in this category stand, NOW Glucosamine & Chondroitin, MSM provides a good source of joint nutrients that should be adequate for athletes on a moderate exercise routine or those who are looking for a decent maintenance formula.
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Up Your Mass: Loaded with Protein, Complex Carbs and Good Fats
In general, weight gainer formulas lean towards huge amounts of simple sugar, large quantities of whey concentrate proteins and a sprinkling of mass support compounds—after all, they’re all about “gaining” weight, right? Without clarifying the apparent flaw in this line of thinking, it’s obvious that any manufacturer that takes the high road with a well-designed formulation of top-notch ingredients is going to meet with success in this category.
This is precisely what MHP did with Up Your Mass, and did it very well. This #1 Best Seller contains a protein matrix of whey concentrate, soy protein isolate and casein in a proprietary Probolic-SR formulation that shuttles essential aminos and protein fractions to the muscles quickly, while also ensuring that nutrients are still being provided hours after using Up Your Mass so you get an extended uptake of growth promoting compounds. But this protein profile is only the beginning. For carbohydrates, Up Your Mass doesn’t use simple glucose and sucrose like most weight gainers, instead it contains a complex of low-glycemic carbs, including barley, oats and oat fiber, which is a welcome relief in this category of sugar overdose that gives the user a quick window of high insulin levels and then leaves them washed out. In contrast, the low-glycemic carbohydrates in Up Your Mass assimilate at a steady rate so that muscles can receive a more complete glycogen recovery. In addition, the inclusion of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) along with glutamine ensure that hard-training bodybuilders can further their mass gain and recovery support as well.
Its superior formulation would be enough to make it best in class, but in addition to its strong anabolic profile along with potent nutrient support ingredients, customers love Up Your Mass’ great taste too, which firmly places it on the top.
Flavors include: Fudge Brownie, Vanilla. More flavors available
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True Mass: Customer Favorite with a Quality Formulation
The best way to make sure your weight gain is on the positive side is to increase the quality of the calories you’re ingesting—this is the type of formulation philosophy that makes entries like True Mass by BSN a customer favorite. Its 630 calories is comprised of complex carbohydrates, a good amount of fiber and a sustained protein matrix of mainly whey concentrate along with whey isolate and caseinates for a total of 46 grams of protein. In addition, mass support compounds glutamine, glutamine peptides, and BCAAs are also included along with maltodextrin and polydextrose, which also provides 6 grams of fiber. Digestive compounds are added as well as 17 grams of healthy fats, mostly from MCT and sunflower oil. BSN delivers quality weight gain and great taste with True Mass.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Banana, Vanilla, Cookies ‘n Cream, Strawberry.
Elite Mass Gainer: Solid Anabolic Support
in a Low Sugar Formula
This Dymatize Gainer formula delivers quality anabolic support ingredients alongwith a moderate level of carbohydrates and 55 grams of protein from whey concentrate and isolate, milk protein, calcium caseinate, egg protein plus BCAAs and glutamine. But the highlight of Elite Mass Gainer is its carbohydrate matrix consisting of long chain polys (97% sugar free) along with waxy maize starch and Oat powder and a lipid complex containing sunflower oil, MCTs, flax seed oil, borage oil, evening primrose and CLA. Creatine monohydrate is included (but no amount is given on the label) along with a decent array ofbasic vitamins and minerals that includes zinc, vitamin A, D-alpha tocopheryl (a more natural form of E), beta carotene and others.
Flavors include: Bananas, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, Double Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Cream.
Serious Mass: Tasty, High Carbohydrate/ Protein Formula
Serious Mass provides serious amounts of carbohydrates and protein. This 1250 calorie per serving weight gainer contains 252 grams of carbs, primarily from maltodextrin and a large 50 grams of fairly average protein consisting of whey concentrate, calcium caseinate, egg albumin and sweet dairy whey. Additional support compounds include vitamins and minerals, along with added creatine and L-glutamine. Unfortunately both amount to 1500 mg which would only provide a small amount of anabolic support. Four grams of fiber are also included. On the plus side, this super-high-calorie recipe has a delicious taste (surely due to the high maltodextrin content) that customers love.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Banana, Vanilla, Strawberry.
Real Gains: Slower Uptake Proteins for Bulking Up
Real Gains is a medium high-calorie gainer (610 calories) with a decent amount of protein, carbs, and healthy fats to support nutrition during the bulking phase of bodybuilding regimens. This popular Universal Nutrition formula contains a higher-end protein blend of ultra-filtered whey concentrate, micellar casein and whey protein isolate, along with a sturdy dose of 85 grams of carbs from maltodextrin and 2 grams of fiber. Flaxseed has been added for general well-being and MCT oils are included to help bolster energy levels during longer workouts. Real Gains’ ingredients list is adequately comprehensive, although rather short, and could be improved upon with a vitamin/mineral blend and perhaps some complex carbs. As is, however, it serves sufficiently well for those who would prefer a simpler formulation.
Flavors include: Chocolate & Vanilla.
Cyto Gainer: Popular Mix of Carbs, Protein and Flavor
CytoSport products have made it to the top tier in several protein categories due in part to a focus on providing quality ingredients. With CytoGainer the focus is still on the protein but also included is a patented blend of branched and long-chained maltodextrin molecules with low dextrose equivalence to help maintain longer-lasting muscle glycogen loading after workouts. The protein blend offers a mixture of ion-exchanged whey hydrolysate and ultra filtered non-denatured whey concentrate. Other key ingredients include chromium nicotinate, creatine monohydrate and a comprehensive list of vitamins and minerals. Also, CytoGainer mixes easily and contains no simple sugars. Ingredients always come first when rating any product and this product rates high for anyone looking to pack on mass.
Flavors include: Chocolate Malt, Chocolate Mint Chip, Vanilla Cream, Strawberries n’ Cream, Cookies n’ Cream, Banana Cream.
Pro Complex Gainer: Easy Mix, High Protein Blend
Pro Complex Gainer is a good tasting, easy to mix formula with a high protein-to-carbohydrate ratio, only 5 grams of sugar and 650 calories, total. The heart of Optimum’s popular gainer formula contains a potent infusion of whey protein isolate, whey concentrate, calcium caseinate, egg albumen, hydrolyzed whey peptides and glutamine peptides—a very large 60 grams of fast to slow absorbing proteins to optimize post exercise recovery. It also contains 6 grams of fat, mostly from a blend of MCT and high oleic sunflower oil, 4 grams of fiber, 85 grams of carbohydrates from maltodextrin, digestive enzymes and a vitamin/mineral blend. It’s not hard to see why this gainer formula has been a very consistent customer favorite.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla.
Mass-Tech Performance Series: Comprehensive Gainer Formulation
This gainer formula from MuscleTech is loaded up with amino acids, anabolic support ingredients and plenty of long-acting carbohydrates and protein. MassTech Performance Series contains a 63 gram protein blend sourced from whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, egg albumin, plus whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed whey protein islolate, along with a large 168 gram carb complex containing glucose polymers, isomaltulose, oat bran, buckwheat, amaranth and millet. A 5 gram omega-rich blend is also included, as well as BCAAs, L-glutamine, alanine, taurine, glycine, a digestive enzyme blend, plus a whopping 10 grams of creatine monohydrate. This substantial gainer amounts to 1170 calories per serving, easily large enough to be split and taken twice per day. However you take it, MassTech Performance Series seems to have plentiful amounts to support heavy training.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla.
Iso Mass Xtreme Gainer: Ingredient-Loaded Formula with Quality Proteins
This comprehensive gainer has a hefty formulation of 60 grams of quality protein, 52 grams of simple and complex carbohydrates, a healthy lipid blend, amino acids and N.O. facilitators. Some of the ingredient highlights include the top-shelf proteins whey isolate, whey hydrolysate, egg protein and micellar caseinates along with a mostly natural carb blend of whole oat flour, oat flour, rice maltodextrin and waxy maize. Also included is a 6.5 gram blend of canola and sunflower oils, MCT, borage, flax seed and omega-3, as well as a 3.3 gram nutrient complex that includes magnesium, iron, Vitamins A, C, E and B Vitamins. Finally, 7.5 grams of creatine are added along with 2.5 grams of glutamine, 3 grams
of BCAAs, beta alanine, arginine AKG and digestive enzymes. Iso Mass Xtreme Gainer is a jam-packed formula that makes for a solid entry in this category.
Flavors include: Chocolate Milk, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Soft Vanilla Ice, Strawberry Milkshake.
Muscle Juice 2544: High-Calorie with Quality Growth Ingredients
With a 55-gram protein complex, 162 grams of carbohydrates, 17 grams of mostly quality fats plus anabolic amino acids, it is safe to say Muscle Juice 2544 delivers on its name. This gainer’s protein blend is above average, containing whey protein isolate, whey concentrate, calcium caseinate and egg albumin to help feed recovering muscle for an extended post workout period. Basic vitamins and minerals are included along with combination of essential aminos, BCAAs, glutamine, L-arginine, methionine, histidine and tyrosine. A large portion of MCT oil is added, which may have anti-catabolic properties and are most likely partly responsible for its delicious flavor. Muscle Juice has been a popular weight gainer over the years and its place in the Top 10 attests to that fact.
Flavors include: Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana, Strawberry and Cookies ‘n Cream.
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Multi-Vitamins & Minerals
Super MegaMax®: Superior Daily Multiple Built for
Those Who Demand Performance
Browse the internet and you’ll find that discussions among supplement experts regarding nutrition for bodybuilders can be heated, to say the least. But there is one point they all agree on: bodybuilders and other athletes require higher amounts of key vitamins and minerals than the typical sedate man or woman—much more! This is why a daily, low-dose multiple off the supermarket shelf is literally a waste of time and money for a high-performance athlete. Dosages and bioactivity are simply not where they need to be to cover intense exercise—high intensity requires high quality. Conversely, Super MegaMax is a full spectrum, ultra potent complex that provides cutting-edge nutritional support that meets the needs of the most demanding pro athletes, as well as anyone needing extra fortification for their physical endeavors. Super MegaMax starts off with B-Power Energy Factors that, among other B vitamins, contains an ultra-high amount of B12 — 100 times the potency compared to another leading brand — along with top level antioxidant protection from lycopene, quercetin and N-acetyl-cysteine, calcium and CoQ10, compounds that have a synergistic cellular energy and free-radical protective effect that are normally not found in standard issue multiples. The potent list continues with 20,000 IUs of beta carotene (twice as much as the average multi), 400 IUs of vitamin D and 200 mcg of chromium. For joint support it contains MSM and boron and an isomer blend of natural vitamin E, shown to be many times more powerful than synthetic forms. This is a highly comprehensive formulation that can really help you “cover all bases” with potent amounts of everything an athlete needs.
Compare the Super MegaMax label to any other multiple in the industry and you’ll see the difference immediately. But the real test of a winner is in its performance, and ProSource user reviews have continually given Super MegaMax the highest rating of any multiple in this category.
Animal Pak: Longtime Popular Daily Multiple
in Convenient Pak Format
After more than a decade of popularity, Universal’s Animal Pak has become a well-recognized favorite among bodybuilders in need of a core daily multiple in a convenient vitamin packet format. Each comprehensive Pak has a full matrix of ingredients including vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, thiamin, niacin, folic acid, magnesium, zinc,copper, manganese, potassium and more. Other key ingredients include a blend of 12 aminos as well as pyridoxine-AKG, Siberian and Oriental ginsengs, alpha lipoic acid, phosphatidylcholine, an essential fatty acid complex, and digestive enzymes. One container of Animal Paks contains about a 6-week supply, 44 daily packets in all. This tried and true multiple has helped many bodybuilders get the foundation nutrients they need to help reach their training and competition goals.
Vital Men’s: Specialized Complex Targeted
for an Active Man’s Lifestyle
Vital Men’s is much more than your standard-issue daily multiple. As a matter of fact, it was specifically created to target the acute needs of men using the highest quality nutrients with optimum bioavailability and impactful dosages of 23 vitamins and minerals. Your generic daily multiple would usually stop right there. But Vital Men’s goes on to include saw palmetto and nettle root for enhancing testosterone and supporting prostate health, plus raw oyster extract to promote sexual function, Korean ginseng as a focus and cognition enhancer, and PABA for norepinephrine potentiation. Odorless garlic and alpha lipoic acid are incorporated for their free-radical-scavenging action and the powerful antioxidant Lycopene is a great addition due to its ability to help prevent oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL). To put it succinctly, ProSource Vital Men’s provides a solid nutrient base for the specific support of male health and peak performance.
Anavite: Potent Daily Vitamin/Mineral Multi with Added Beta Alanine, and LCLT
In a marketplace filled with manufacturers looking to fulfill the bare minimum when it comes to vitamin and mineral diversity in their products, Gaspari Nutrition stands out by going the extra mile. Anavite goes beyond the basic vitamins and minerals to cover compounds of special interest to bodybuilders, such as a clinically active dose of beta alanine for delaying fatigue, and L-carnitine L-tartrate, which has been linked to vasodilation, nitric oxide levels, and increases in androgen receptor density. Anavite also features a good potency of B-vitamins, A and C, along with a full array of key minerals, some of which are in the chelated form. It should also be said that while the added beta alanine and LCLT performance enhancers are a definite plus for the hardcore crowd, some of the potencies of several other ingredients such as calcium and vitamin E are a little on the lower side. On the whole, however, Anavite has plenty to offer, making it a creditable product in this category, and a perfectly suitable choice for workout enthusiasts.
Vital Women’s: Comprehensive Multi, Precision-
Targeted for Women
Sports supplements tend to be male oriented with few choices to specifically help support women’s health, but this entry by ProSource effectively crosses the gender barrier with key nutrients targeted for women’s bodily systems. Vital Women’s unique formula starts with a complete spectrum of vitamins and minerals including high levels of antioxidant vitamins C, E and A plus hormone support from Dong quai, black currant, horsetail extract and royal jelly. All the B vitamins are represented, with high dosages of B1, B2, B6, folate and B12 (these last two especially important to help prevent anemia) along with 100 mcgs of chromium for blood sugar support and selenium, zinc and manganese. Also included is a 100 mg blend of various bioflavenoids that may assist in hormonal balance.
Opti-Men: Nutrient Optimization System for Men
Opti-Men is a comprehensive nutrient formula designed for the active lifestyle of bodybuilders and athletes that contains a range of antioxidants, muscle-building compounds, vitamins, minerals and ingredients to help support male sexual health. An amino acid blend of arginine, glutamine, BCAAs and others is also included to help support muscle growth and development as well as a botanical matrix designed to help optimize men’s hormonal balance, with saw palmetto, stinging nettle, raw oyster
concentrate and 7 other extracts. The vitamin/mineral blend covers 25 vitamins and essential minerals and features fairly generous amounts of antioxidants C, E and A as well as energy facilitating B-vitamins. Furthermore, a blend of 20 fruit and vegetable concentrates are included to help combat free radical
muscle tissue damage. Opti-Men is a men’s formula for active individuals that take their workouts
seriously, which places this support formula firmly in our top 10.
Activite Sport: Activated Vitamins, Minerals, and Aminos
MHP has a reputation for introducing well-rounded bodybuilding supplements, and their nutrient support formulation Activite Sport is no exception. It starts with a full range of vitamins including C, D, E and 5000 IUs of A (as beta-carotene, lutein, astaxanthin, lycopene and other botanical forms) as well as good amounts of essential minerals like magnesium, zinc, chromium and others. Activite Sport also contains a
470 mg blend of quality enzymes designed for enhanced protein and amino acid uptake, absorption of fatty acids and improved carbohydrate digestion. Also, a matrix of high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)nutrients are here, including acai, pomegranate, green tea and grape skin extracts plus many more. Activite Sport is one of a dozen or so very good nutrition-support formulas in the industry and the number of positive reviews and loyal customers bear this out.
Super Pak: Complete Spectrum of Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants, and Digestive Enzymes
Super Pak is Beverly International’s complete spectrum vitamin/mineral plus digestive enzymes formula in convenient take-along packs for bodybuilders and athletes. And indeed Super Pak should adequately cover most training regimens with support from 10,000 IUs of vitamin A, 2000 mg of vitamin C, 800 IUs of vitamin D and 1000 IUs of vitamin E (in the preferred mixed tocopherols form). And this is just the beginning; this potent formulation also contains generous B vitamins: 150 mg each of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and B6, as well as large amounts of essential minerals in chelated form for better intestinal up take. Finally, to help assimilate this rather large formulation, a digestive blend is added that includes pepsin, papain, pancreatin and Ox bile. For bodybuilders looking for a comprehensive approach in their nutrient support formula, Super Pak is entirely suitable.
Training Peak: Comprehensive Multi in Packs Format
Training-Peak is a vitamin/mineral/exercise-support formula in convenient packs featuring many essential nutrients plus some important amino acids to help with exercise performance and recovery. This well designed formulation starts off with the usual round of antioxidant vitamins in decent amounts including 75 mg each of B1, B2, B5 and B6 with 100% RDA of the important essential minerals and 120 mcg of chromium to help facilitate sugar uptake. To enhance exercise recovery and endurance, amino acids glutamine and BCAAs are also included. Additions to the list are omega 3,6,9 and a blend of super foods including acai, goji, wheat grass, spirulina, barley grass, alfalfa, chlorella, red algae and kelp, which together supply a bit more amino acids, essential fatty acids as well as some free radical protection. Training-Peak packs have all the nutrient bases covered with some solid botanical and amino acid support as well.
MaxiLIFE: High-Potency Mixture of Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants
When it comes to vitamin/mineral formulas, TwinLab was there at the beginning. Their popular MaxiLIFE formula contains potencies of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients in specific dosages based on research that optimizes nutrient levels for better nutritional outcomes. All the basic vitamins and essential minerals are covered here in appropriate but not large amounts with a few other not-so-basic ingredients added such as N-acetyl cysteine (39 mg) and L-glutathione (6.25 mg), both of which may help detox the body and assist free radical defense. Coenzyme Q-10 is included for cellular energy enhancement along with beta carotene and lemon bioflavonoids, which may prevent oxidation of vitamin C and help its absorption. MaxiLIFE has been a staple for athletes and bodybuilders for many years now due to its dependable and well-researched formula as well as TwinLab’s reputation for pure and effective ingredients.
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DopaTech®-HGH: High-Potency Source of Premium Quality L-Dopa
Sometimes hardcore bodybuilders would prefer we don’t say too much about this particular supplement because it’s one of those rare products that fall into the category of “secret weapon.” DopaTech was developed by the sports supplement experts at ProSource, who utilized the most advanced data available on L-Dopa to create this cutting edge formulation. Available for quite some time now, it continues to grow in popularity because it delivers specialized results beyond your usual mass builders. Each 500 mg capsule of DopaTech provides the highest-quality extract of the vaunted Mucuna pruriens, standardized for 15% L-Dopa, a maximum strength potency certain to deliver tangible results. Increased L-Dopa supplementation can be beneficial in stimulating amino acid sparing and the promotion of amino acid transport into muscle cells, among other valuable physique enhancing benefits.
This is one of those rare, difference-making bodybuilding supplements that stand apart from others due to its unique and prized actions. DopaTech is standardized for the highest potency industry wide. It is formulated under the strictest quality control measures to ensure optimum purity, bioavailability and effectiveness. So much so, that users have repeatedly told us that adding it to their regimen has helped maximize their efforts and results. It is that kind of research, efficacy and positive word-of-mouth that has landed it in the supplement arsenal of demanding bodybuilders and made it the top-seller in the Herbs and Specialty category.
Omega-1250: Pure and Potent Omega’s Tout Remarkable Range and Variety of Health Benefits
Healthy cell structure, immune system support, improved serum cholesterol and enhanced joint mobility are just a few of the advantages associated with intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Given all their many remarkable and clinically validated health benefits, it’s no wonder that omega-3, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), is the most recommended supplement by health care professionals. But as always, it is vitally important to trust that the brand you take is pure and potent. ProSource’s Omega-1250 is the highest quality available, derived from pure deep-sea-cold-water sources that provide 750 mg of ultra-potent Omega-3 fatty acids in each softgel capsule, including unsurpassed amounts of EPA (450 mg) and DHA (300 mg). ProSource brand Omega-1250 delivers the purity and power you need and expect from a fish oil supplement, and that’s why it has been a best seller here at ProSource since its introduction.
Super Detox and Ultra Cleanse: Remove Toxic Impurities and Improve Digestion
A typical bodybuilder places a great deal of stress on his (or her) digestive system. The ProSource two-stage cleansing kit, Super Detox and Ultra Cleanse, combats the build-up of toxic residue in the intestines with a powerful one-two punch. Super Detox is a comprehensive blend of 26 botanical extracts, including milk thistle, yellow dock, dandelion root, licorice and chamomile, which are associated with detoxification support. Ultra Cleanse contains well-researched natural fibers like psyllium seed, binger, apple pectin, oat fiber and more that help to support regular elimination and cleanse the colon which will subsequently help enhance absorbability of nutrients. Take advantage of this purification stack, and enjoy the benefits of cleansing and improved digestion.
Super Saw Palmetto: Highest Purity Extract of this Clinically Validated Herbal Support for Men
Clinical studies documenting the male health advantages of saw palmetto have been coming across the desks of industry experts for years now. There is no question about its benefits. Saw palmetto berry extract has been shown to provide key nutritional support for proper prostate function providing the extract is standardized to contain 85% to 95% fatty acids and sterols, which are saw palmetto’s most studied and beneficial compounds, and represent the most potent percentages available in the industry. Fortunately, this is the exact contents of Super Saw Palmetto, so you are certain to get the clinically shown dosage with this premium quality ProSource product. It also contains higher potency per soft gel capsule and is processed using high-end CO-2 instead of harsh chemicals. If you’re over 45, help support healthy prostate function with pure and potent Super Saw Palmetto.
L-Theanine: Proper Rest Begins with Quality L-Theanine
Theanine has grown swiftly in popularity as bodybuilders began to realize its ability to promote rest and relaxation, something often difficult to obtain for hard training athletes. To make it even more attractive, this amino acid has been known to help with ‘winding down’ without causing drowsiness so you can continue your busy day fully alert. Many bodybuilders take L-theanine after a long gym session or at night before sleep in order to help melt some of the tension and anxiety that result from working out, and from participating in the grueling 9-to-5 daily grind. Relaxing and taking it easy is one of the important components of your training to help muscle tissue recovery and anabolic growth to be at its optimum. This ProSource product is made with Suntheanine® brand L-theanine, considered the purest and most potent available, and is backed by the ProSource 100% satisfaction guarantee.
HGH Dopa 400: Standardized Extract of Mucuna Pruriens
HGH Dopa 400 contains Mucuna pruriens standardized at 15% L-Dopa, an amino acid with numerous benefits. For many individuals this extract has been associated with a solid list of benefits for bodybuilders and athletes looking for every angle for increasing their bodybuilding effort. But this is not just for the hardcore crowd; non-athletes have reported an increase in overall well-being when taking L-Dopa. In addition, Mucuna pruriens has shown to be a powerful antioxidant, something athletes can never get enough of because of the unfortunate fact that the harder you train, the more free radicals you produce. America’s Finest HGH Dopa 400 is a fairly typical example of the beneficial Mucuna pruriens extract, yielding 400 mg of L-Dopa per serving.
L-Lysine: Essential Amino Maintains Proper Nitrogen Balance
This crucial amino acid has a list of benefits that befits its category distinction as an “essential” amino. For starters, it’s needed for calcium absorption, and is necessary for muscle contraction during heavy workouts. It can also help maintain energy levels and assist in recovery from workouts. Perhaps its most critical biological activity for bodybuilders is its role in keeping proper nitrogen balance in the body. This valuable function is linked to the body’s ability to grow muscle tissue, a very important action indeed if you’re looking to optimize muscle mass. In light of all these benefits, L-lysine has recently become one of the top contenders in the supplement arena with many bodybuilders and formulators taking a good hard look at this one time underdog. And as always, ProSource offers the highest quality at the best price.
HGH Up: Multi-Pathway Well-Being Enhancer
This T-booster and work out enhancer uses a considered approach with well-known compounds to help boost anabolism and support androgen receptor levels. HGH Up is predominantly an herbal blend of Mucuna pruriens (provides a range of bodybuilding benefits), Safed musli (which may increase testosterone levels), Huperzine A (to assist exercise recovery) and green tea (a well-known antioxidant and energy enhancer). In addition, Acetyl L-carnitine is added to help testosterone uptake and other support nutrients are added including a B-complex and magnesium. Although some of the scientific claims for this formulation still need more validation, HGH Up is none-the-less a well-rounded formula of effective compounds which, over the last few years, has developed a loyal customer following.
Horny Goat Weed: Men’s Health Complex
ProLab’s Horny Goat Weed is a combination of well-known ingredients targeted for men’s health and associated with sexual enhancement and improved strength. Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium grandiflorum) is the main ingredient at 500 mg and has been linked to energy assistance as well as improved sexual performance. Other natural compounds with purported endurance and energy benefits such as maca extract (250 mg), yohimbe (100 mg) and Ginkgo biloba are added, along with 80 mg of niacin for nutrient support. Tribulus terrestris standardized to 40% furostanol saponins is also included—not a potent extract, but sufficient when considering its synergy with the other ingredients on the list. ProLab’s Horny Goat Weed is a decent combination of some proven and trusted ingredients and has been a favorite among bodybuilders seeking a natural approach to performance support.
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Animal PM: Wide-Spectrum Rest Support Complex
This latest ‘Animal’ offering is stuffed with just about every ingredient one could possibly think of to assist recovery, many of which are not normally found in such formulas. One of the main components of Animal PM comprises ingredients which include L-tryptophan, valerian root, L-theanine, chamomile root and hops, all recognized as sleep and relaxation enhancers. A ZMA component is also included with a decent 450 mg magnesium, 30 mg zinc and 10.5 mg of vitamin B6. Additionally, an essential amino acid blend is added along with some other important co-factors for muscle synthesis support. This ‘kitchen sink’ formula covers quite a few of the crucial compounds noted for their growth assistance and muscle recuperation benefits and has become one of the more popular ‘Animals’ in Universal Nutrition’s popular line of products.
Muscle Milk: Winning Taste and Solid Anabolic Support
Entries in the ready-to-drink category are subject to a very important customer rating criteria that can either propel them towards the top of the list, or relegate them to the more mediocre products at the bottom of their class. And that most crucial deciding element is taste. Although qualty ingredients, formula innovation and solid nutritional support are important, the flavor ultimately rules as regards to customer appeal.
This critical fact is why Muscle Milk has been a top contender in this category year after year. It would be easy for CytoSport, the maker of Muscle Milk, to simply rely on the delicious flavor of their winning formula to maintain success with their product, but then we’d simply have a pretty face without a personality, or a beautiful house without a foundation. Fortunately for bodybuilders, Muscle Milk also has a solid nutrition profile featuring CytoSport’s EvoPro Protein Complex that includes premium ingredients such as milk
protein isolate, whey concentrates rich in alpha-lactalbumin, calcium sodium caseinate, whey peptides, L-glutamine and taurine.
A very solid vitamin and mineral blend is included as well, with vitamins A, C, D, E and all the essential B vitamins, along with
calcium, iron, phosphorous, iodine, magnesium, zinc, chromium, sodium and potassium. To further help support muscle mass growth, an amino acid blend of L-leucine, glutamine and BCAA is added along with phyto-nutrients like green tea and grape seed extract for free radical protection, plus a digestive enzyme blend to assist absorption.
Another high-end nutritional feature of Muscle Milk is a blend of canola oil, sunflower oil and polyunsaturated long-chain
vegetable oils—a heart-healthy list of natural oils that may also have energy support and antioxidant benefits. With all the above top notch ingredients going for it, and of course that category-winning taste, Muscle Milk is an easy choice.
Flavors include: Banana Creme, Chocolate, Cookies & Creme, Strawberry and Creme, Vanilla and Creme.
Lean Body: Quality Ingredients in a Proven Formula
It’s tough to put together a winning combination of ingredients for a truly
anabolic and nutritionally solid RTD. But if anyone has the know-how to do it, it’s Lee Labrada, top-ranking professional bodybuilder and company founder of Labrada Nutrition. And it looks like he’s got it right with his Lean Body RTD, providing 40 grams of quality protein along with 9 grams of fat mostly derived from MCT, borage and flax oils and a small 9 grams of carbs for those watching their total calorie count.
To top it off, a very large 8 grams of fiber is also included. Sometimes quality is measured by what’s not in a formula, and Labrada contains no lactose or sugar and is flash pasteurized to protect the protein from damage. Putting the ingredients together is easy, making an RTD taste good is another story, and Labrada did this as well, as many positive customer reviews attest to. Great taste, highly anabolic proteins and solid nutrition places Lean Body RTD in the top ranks once again.
Flavors include: Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, Cookies & Cream.
Myoplex Original: Long Standing Favorite in a Convenient RTD
If it were easy to match great taste with top quality nutritional support, everyone in the industry would be doing it. Unfortunately, getting these two elements in oneproduct is difficult to pull off, especially in the RTD category. That’s why we’re so impressed with the Myoplex original RTD. This easy-to-drink pop-top version of the long standing customer favorite, Myoplex meal replacement hits a high mark with the MyoPro 2 protein complex of milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate and whey protein isolate, with 7 grams of mostly healthy fats including high-oleic sunflower oil. Twenty grams of maltodextrin are added along with a vitamin/mineral blend that provides A, C, D, E and all the important B vitamins along with calcium, iron, phosphorous, iodine, magnesium, zinc, chromium and potassium. Myoplex Original provides high-caliber flavor along with solid nutrition in a convenient take-along drink.
Flavors include: Chocolate Fudge, Strawberry Cream, Vanilla.
Syntha-6: Meal Replacement RTD with Long Lasting Proteins
Syntha-6 has been a solid favorite among bodybuilders needing a sustained protein matrix to feed muscles for an extended period of time, after workout or during the day. So it was a dream come true when this same effective formula became available in a convenient RTD, and a great tasting one at that. This 17 ounce RTD provides 40 grams of protein from milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, milk protein isolate and egg albumin. Each shake also contains 280 calories, 16 grams of carbohydrates, mostly from maltodextrin, 6 grams of fat including MCT (with zero trans fats), 2 grams of fiber and only 2 grams of sugar. When you’re looking for a long lasting protein infusion at the gym or any time of day, Syntha-6 has you covered with a convenient, anabolic and delicious RTD.
Flavors include: Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry.
MAXX Recovery RTD: Quality Protein, Post-Workout Drink
Ready-to-Drinks tend to fall into two categories—meal replacement formulas and post-exercise recovery blends. Maxx Recovery is of the latter type, with plenty of carbs to help replenish muscle tissue and fuel recovery, as well as providing a large infusion of quick-uptake protein to enhance muscle synthesis. This RTD by American Bodybuilding starts with 60 grams of fairly high glycemic carbohydrates to load up glycogen stores quickly. In addition, Maxx Recovery contains
35 grams of whey protein isolate, a somewhat better protein profile than most entries in this
category. Finally, this simple RTD has only 6 grams of sugar and a half-gram of fat, a good nutrient profile for those looking for a healthier choice.
Flavors include: Fruit Punch, Grape Frost.
Oh Yeah!: Same Great Taste in a High Protein RTD
The Oh Yeah! Bar was a big success for many years due to its delicious taste, and now that same great taste is available in an RTD with a decent nutritional profile as well. Oh Yeah starts off with a good 32 gram blend of protein from milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate and calcium caseinate with only 7 grams of carbohydrates—an amount that truly sets it apart from others in this category that contain upwards of 60 grams of sugar. Another big plus for the Oh Yeah! RTD is its inclusion of 3 grams of fiber along with health-promoting sunflower and safflower oils and a comprehensive vitamin and mineral blend. The great taste of Oh Yeah! in a nutritionally complete and convenient RTD, what could be better to refresh after a tough session at the gym or during the work day.
Flavors include: Chocolate Milk.
Carnivor: Unique RTD with Beef-Derived Proteins
Years ago, a thick steak was one of the mainstays for bodybuilders looking for a high-protein meal with plenty of creatine and arginine—mass-promoting compounds known to be abundant in beef. The sports supplement industry has come a long way since then but one thing is still clear: Beef is a very good source of important anabolic agents. Carnivor uses a beef protein isolate said by its manufacturer to be more concentrated in quality protein than prime sirloin steak, without all the saturated fat and cholesterol. In addition, Carnivor includes added muscle growth support in the form of glutamine-alpha-ketoglutarate, ornithine-alpha-ketoglutarate and alpha-ketoglutarate as well as an infusion of BCAAs to help decrease muscle breakdown and assist in a more positive nitrogen environment in the body. It’s nice to know we can get all the good stuff from an old but trustworthy bodybuilding staple in a convenient RTD.
Flavors include: Orange Blast, Power Punch.
Isopure: Zero-Carb RTD with No Fat
or Lactose Content
IsoPure RTD has always been known for its clear, light, refreshing consistency and great taste. It offers 40 grams of protein, and contains zero preservatives, fat and lactose. These uniquely flavored RTDs come in a number of flavor varieties and utilize an ion exchange protein, which is a type free of impurities although lacking in some of the growth promoting protein fractions found inwhey-isolate-based powdered formulations. Nature’s Best has turned this into an advantage however, as the purity of ion exchange in IsoPure gives this formula its unique clean taste and affords the ability to blend a delicious product in such flavors as a light, fruity Pineapple Orange Banana. This RTD has gathered quite a loyal following over the years, which places IsoPure solidly among the best sellers in this category.
Flavors include: Black Tea, Apple Melon, BlueRaz, Grape, Orange, Mango Peach, Pineapple Orange Banana, Alpine Punch.
Pure Protein: Low-Sugar, Low-Fat RTD
Pure Protein RTD by WorldWide Sports Nutrition has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its good taste and solid nutritional profile. This low-carbohydrate, low-fat shake contains 35 grams of protein and no added sugar or aspartame, making it a very good choice for those watching their waistline, while still wanting to take in enough protein to support muscle-building workouts. The protein blend of calcium caseinate and protein concentrate is not ideal for top anabolic results or quick absorption, but has a longer-lasting uptake, which can help satisfy hunger cravings for an extended period of time to support dieting efforts. Pure Protein Shake is therefore a solid entry for our top ten with many customers finding it to be a good replacement for a high protein snack during the day or as a convenient after workout recovery drink. Either way, this high protein RTD is a delicious way for dieters to get their needed protein.
Flavors include: Banana Cream, Frosty Chocolate, Strawberry Cream, Vanilla Cream.
Met-Rx Original: Quality RTD from the Supplement Pioneer
This quality RTD features a list of slow and fast absorbing proteins designed to keep muscles saturated with crucial growth promoting amino acids over an extended period of time to help reduce the occurrence of muscle tissue breakdown. Met-Rx’ blend of milk protein, calcium caseinate, whey concentrate and L-glutamine is the same as found in the popular Met-Rx protein powder, one of the groundbreaking products from years ago that many bodybuilders still rely on for anabolic results. Met-Rx RTD offers a solid nutrition profile with 40 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fat and a blend of all the important B vitamins plus A, E, C, D and minerals that include calcium, zinc, magnesium and 25 mg of chromium to help facilitate blood sugar levels. With a solid ingredients list and a quality track record, Met-Rx RTD definitely makes the grade. Flavors include: Extreme Chocolate, Original Vanilla.
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Omega-1250: Superior-Quality Fish Oil for the
Highest Potency Omega-3’s
It is no longer debatable. Omega-3 supplementation delivers such an impressive list of vital health benefits that it absolutely should play an essential role in your daily regimen, especially if you’re a bodybuilder or other athlete whose nutritional requirements are greater than most. The only question now is, which brand is best for your particular needs? If purity and potency matter to you, and they should, then the answer is ultra-premium-grade Omega 1250. Here’s why:
Omega-3 fatty acids include EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and are used by the body to help support the cardiovascular system, joint mobility and strength, brain cell structure, and healthy cholesterol levels, among numerous other general benefits. In addition to these crucial functions, bodybuilders have used fish oil to help reduce post-workout muscle soreness and as an energy source for athletes on a low-carb diet. As one of the macronutrients, fats need to be factored in to an athlete’s overall dietary intake, with quality of fats being one of the keys to maximizing muscle recovery, performance support and helping joint flexibility.
Omega-3 supplementation is a great way to get these benefits, but quality is of the essence when it comes to this supplement in particular because there are simply too many low-grade versions from unscrupulous manufacturers that can contain alarming levels of contamination. ProSource Omega-1250 is derived from pure deep-sea, cold-water sources that are molecularly distilled, highly purified and an ultra-potent 750 mg of the highest quality Omega-3 fatty acids in each softgel capsule, including industry-high amounts of EPA (450 mg) and DHA (300 mg).
Ultimately, Omega 1250 was researched, sourced and formulated with the bodybuilder in mind, in order to render the purest, most potent form available, thus ensuring the optimum benefits you need and expect.
Alpha Lipoic Acid: Potent Antioxidant and Muscle Building Nutrient
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage and is especially important during intense exercise when this damaging oxidation is at its highest level. Research has also shown that ALA has an insulin-mimicking effect that can help uptake of glucose and other anabolic nutrients to increase muscle synthesis as well as enhance muscle hardness and overall pump. This powerful action on blood sugar uptake may also assist healthy blood sugar levels, an important benefit for bodybuilders taking in large amounts of carbohydrates during the weight gain phase of their dietary regimens. A crucial bodybuilding nutrient such as this needs to be of the highest purity and potency in order to maximize its benefits. That’s why ProSource offers the highest quality alpha lipoic acid available, with no starch, wax, preservatives, artificial color or fillers of any kind.
Optimum Fish Oil: Enteric Coated Multi-Functional
Omega-3 fatty acids have been established as a very important and multi-faceted health-promoting supplement used by a large portion of the population to help maintain joint flexibility, assist healthy cholesterol levels and enhance brain function. In addition to these general health improvements, fish oil has been shown to have numerous exercise related benefits including performance support, flexibility enhancement, reduction of post workout soreness and improved energy levels for athletes on a low-carbohydrate diet. Dietary fats are a crucial part of anyone’s health and well-being, and especially for the hard training athlete who requires the proper balance of essential fatty acids in order to maximize muscle recovery and support intense training regimens. Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil contains 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA per softgel, which are enteric coated to reduce fishy after taste.
Super CoQ10: Ultra-High Quality Source of this Energy Potentiator
ProSource CoQ10 quickly became a highly popular energy support supplement upon its introduction several years ago. CoQ10 plays a very important role in facilitating cellular energy as one of the compounds (along with some B vitamins) that helps produce ATP, the molecule needed for energy production. Due to this unique quality, CoQ10 may help many people who rely on optimum energy levels, such as athletes, bodybuilders, sports enthusiasts and other active individuals, to reach their performance maximums. As always, ProSource offers the highest grade and purest ingredients in its supplement line, including the highest quality CoQ10 enzyme processed according to the most stringent manufacturing standards in its Super CoQ10, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the very best CoQ10 available, at the best price.
Resveratrol: Potent Phytonutrient with
Multiple Exercise Benefits
The scientific research validating resveratrol’s antioxidant and physique-improving potential has really been adding up over the last few years. In fact, there are still many areas of research being conducted on this remarkable phytonutrient because its potential and varied benefits continue to accrue. Some clinical reports have shown that resveratrol may help support healthy circulation and has an apparent ability to enhance mitochondrial function, which in turn, can help diminish fatigue, possibly enhance the cardiovascular system and support endurance. The other good news is, ProSource was one of the first in the sports supplement industry to recognize the exercise benefits of this potent extract. ProSource Resveratrol contains trans-resveratrol (the more natural form) from Japanese knotwood and pure red wine extract and is guaranteed to be of the highest purity and potency of this multifaceted and powerful phytonutrient.
Super Enzymes: Premium-Grade Enzymes for Optimum Digestion
ProSource Super Enzymes remains one of our best sellers for good reason—it works effectively to digest the food hard-working bodybuilders need to grow muscle and support strength. Good health and strong bodies are absolutely dependent on thorough digestion and absorption of nutrients. You can eat all the high-grade protein, essential fats and complex carbohydrates you want to keep your anabolic engines
running, but if you’re not absorbing the food, all that good nutrition won’t help you. Super Enzymes
contains ultra-high potencies of all the essential enzymes, including 200 mg of pancreatin (20,000 USP amylase, 20,000 USP protease and 34,000 USP lipase) along with proper ratios of papain, cellulose and
bromelain as well as papaya and pineapple powder. ProSource uses the highest potency and purest
ingredients available in all their products and Super Enzymes is no exception.
Super Vitamin C: Unrivaled Quality and Potency
Vitamin C has more functions in the human body than perhaps any other single nutrient. It’s crucial for
cardiovascular health, the immune system, collagen synthesis, free radical reduction and glandular function—particularly adrenal and thyroid. Such a critically important supplement should always be of the highest quality raw material possible, such as used in ProSource Vitamin C, the purest and most potent available. Research has shown that vitamin C may help bodybuilders by helping lower cortisol levels, leading to better muscle repair, assisting muscle recovery after exercise and facilitating a better muscle to fat ratio. Not all vitamin Cs are created equal, however. Many manufacturers offer inferior grades of impure and less bioavailable raw material, which may do more harm than good. The facts are clear as regards the absolute need for the best you can find, and ProSource Vitamin C is unrivaled in the industry.
Vitamin D-3: Useful Source of Highly Bioavailable D
NOW Vitamin D-3 provides a diligently sourced D-3 in 1000 iu liquid gel caps for good absorption. Clinical studies have shown Vitamin D-3 may be more effective and last longer in the body than standard vitamin D supplements due to its higher biological activity. Vitamin D has an important role in human biology, assisting in the absorption of calcium and maintaining proper calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood, while also supporting immune system and neuromuscular function. This important nutrient is normally obtained from the diet and manufactured by the skin when exposed to ultraviolet rays, such as sunlight. But because modern life keeps many of us from sun exposure and vitamin D is not very abundant in food, supplementation is often the only way to make sure you’re getting enough of this crucial nutrient.
NAC: Powerful Muscle Protector and Liver Detoxifier
N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is the stable form of cysteine, a very powerful antioxidant. Some of its more
important functions in the body are the production of glutathione (the master antioxidant in the body), detoxification, connective tissue repair and the control of inflammation. This last function is particularly important for bodybuilders and athletes as inflammation can reach very high levels during intense training, which, in turn, can damage muscle tissue. Another benefit of NAC is its ability to help detoxify the liver, a very crucial action for bodybuilders as the liver is central to the metabolism and synthesis of proteins, fats and carbohydrates for the support of energy, mass growth, and exercise performance. To optimize all these crucial biological actions, this important nutrient needs to be of the highest quality. ProSource NAC is the purest and most potent available anywhere and, as with all ProSource products, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Acai Powder/Capsules: Versatile Super-Nutrient in Three Convenient Formats
Acai leaped to prominence when clinical studies revealed that this amazing fruit has 10 times more antioxidant power than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants of red wine. Acai also provides a plethora of healthful compounds, including vitamins, minerals, fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium, copper, zinc, phosphorous and sulfur. Of course, when a new, clinically backed supplement is introduced, the industry tends to see many unscrupulous manufacturers offering low-grade, cheaper versions. Thus, selecting a quality product is crucial. This is why ProSource offers only 100% purified and freeze dried Acai Berry in order to retain freshness and in turn, a higher potency. ProSource Acai is available in caps, powder and liquid.
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