Protein powder has long held the title of most used Supp. It is no secret that we gym rats love it, it’s readily available, and it’s a great way to get as much protein into our body as possible without going over our daily caloric intake… or eating the world’s supply of chickens.
As a consumer, we are overwhelmed with the choice of different protein powders and supplements. There’re so many different types of protein, and that’s before we even try to find a brand that we like. The easiest way to find out what protein supplement is best for you is to understand how they are made, and what they are made of. These factors will show us exactly what is best for your body.
There are generally three different ways protein powder is made.
- Protein Concentrates – Using heat, acid, and/or enzymes, protein is extracted from whole foods. Typically concentrates contain 60-80% protein and the remainder are made up of fats and carbs.
- Protein Isolates – Widely regarded as the most efficient source of protein, this is made with an extra filtering process creating a protein powder with 90-95% protein and an exceedingly small percentage (10-5) of fats and carbs.
- Protein Hydrolysates – This uses yet another heating process with acid and enzymes. This form of protein is absorbed quicker into our body; however, it can also raise our insulin levels which is why Protein Isolates are widely regarded as ‘more’ efficient.
As well as the different processes to create the protein powder, we can also choose between different types of protein that are used.
The most common type is whey protein. Whey comes from milk and is the liquid extracted during the process of making cheese. It is natural and rich in essential amino acids essential for building muscle. As it is created from lactose, some people will have a harder time digesting whey – not to worry, there are alternatives. Some studies have shown whey protein to be up to 132% more effective for our bodies than alternative types of protein. Additionally, it is amazingly effective at reducing our appetite when we are cutting and counting calories.
Some of the other heavy hitting components in protein supps are amino acids, glutamine peptides, soy, and creatine. Let’s look at some that I turn to when it is time to aid in appetite suppressing, muscle growth and muscle recovery.
Bio Active Whey checks all three boxes by combining concentrate, isolate and hydrolysate. This formula goes the extra mile by packing high active peptides that help with strength and building lean muscle. The muscle repair is effective and this supp has been shown to have significant increase in strength in test subjects over just an 8-week period!
This pure whey isolate has a kick a** amino acid profile. If you are looking for that boost… look no further. IsoMOrph 28 is a pure whey isolate that works for heavy body builders but also the average Joe looking to improve overall health. Each serving is pack with protein, amino acids and glutamine peptides that empower you with tools for muscle growth.
Looking for lower carb formulas? Hi… this is Isolation by Blackstone Labs. This is a 100% Whey protein powder that contains 5.5 grams of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) which are great for metabolism. Isolation will give you the 1-2 protein punch but me mindful of your waistline. (try fruity cereal flavor… you’re welcome)
MYO-ICE by Myogenix is made from New Zealand whey protein. New Zealand whey protein is said to be the purest and most effective protein on the market, so I am not leading you astray on this one. It is comprised of 5 core ingredients that TASTE GOOD. MYO-ICE contains Whey Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder, Natural Flavors, electrolytes, and organic stevia. This is an all-natural Lactose free formula that will help with muscle growth and repair.
This next one is a no brainer for serious protein freaks. Aftershock contains 34g Lactose Free protein, 30g mass building carbohydrates, 8g amino stack, patented Creatine & Glutamine chelates. When I say 34g of whey I also mean FAST ABSORBING as well. This supports muscle growth and repair to the max. This is a GREAT supp to take directly after a workout. You have an anabolic window where your body is lacking in Glycogen, this powder helps replenish that stat. The Magnesium Creatine Chelate is also fast digesting to that in this anabolic window repair and benefits begin immediately.