Top 5 Protein Supplements

For many of you bodybuilders, weight trainers and Arnold Schwarzenneger-wannabes, protein powders will be a staple part of your diet. It can be difficult (and rather inconvenient, at times) to consume enough high quality protein from a regular diet alone, which is why many of you will likely turn towards protein powders to supply you with the extra protein you need. There’s a problem though: the protein powders market is saturated, and deciding which one of the hundreds (if not thousands) of choices will be the best protein powder for you can be a tough call, especially when just about every supplements company under the sun is bombarding you with million-pound marketing campaigns and seemingly miraculous health claims on an almost daily basis. No worries though, help is at hand. We’ve done our research to create a refined list of the ten best protein powders on the market. Here they are:

 5. Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Casein Protein

optimum-nutrition-platinum-hydro-whey-protein-powder Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Casein Protein Powder is the first solely casein-based powder to feature on our list. It’s been created from 100% casein (micellar) and contains absolutely no whey protein whatsoever, making this a relatively slow-absorbing protein powder (around twice as slow as whey). It contains 120 calories, 24g of protein, 3g of carbohydrates and just 1g of fat per serving. Roughly 80% of the calorific value is derived from protein, making this a relatively low-calorie, low-carb and low-fat protein powder. It’s packed with EAA’s (9.6g) and BCAA’s (4g+); it has a particularly high amount of Glutamine, which helps to minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue (due to it’s anti-catabolic properties) and also helps to improve protein metabolism. This makes it one of the best protein powders for consumption before bed when your body will be going hours without food (energy). Regarding taste, casein protein powders can often be chalky and somewhat bitter, but Optimum Nutrition have done a great job with 100% Casein and it tastes great. It’s a little thicker than most whey protein powders, but it’s just as easy to mix. It’s definitely one of the best-tasting casein protein powders out there. Type: Casein Protein (Micellar) When to take: Morning/Breakfast, Between Meals, Bedtime. FLAVORS: Chocolate Supreme, Banana Cream, Creamy Vanilla, Raspberry Smoothie, Blueberries & Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Cookies & Cream.

4. Dymatize Nutrition’s ISO 100 Whey Protein

dymatize-nutrition-iso-100-whey-protein-powder Dymatize Nutrition’s ISO 100 Whey Protein Powder derives its name from the nature of its ingredients (100% whey protein isolate – or ISO 100). Because the whey protein is hydrolyzed, it is extremely water-soluble and is one of the best protein powders around in terms of ‘mixability’. It contains 25g of protein per 28g serving, meaning that it has a protein density of 90% by weight. It contains no carbohydrates or fat (apart from a miniscule trace) and derives around 94% of its calorific value from protein. To put it simply, this is as pure as you’re going to get in terms of a protein to carbs/fat ratio. It’s packed with EAA’s (11g), BCAA’s (6.5g+) including Isoleucine, and non-essential amino acids too. It’s lactose-free which makes it perfect for anyone who happens to be lactose intolerant. When it comes to taste, it’s certainly one of the best protein powders out there. It has no unpleasant aftertaste and works well with water or low-fat milk. You can mix it easily with nothing more than a spoon in just a few seconds. Type: Whey Protein (Isolate) When to take: Morning/Breakfast, Pre or Post-workout, Between Meals. FLAVORS: Gourmet Vanilla, Gourmet Pina Colada, Gourmet Berry, Cookies & Cream, Gourmet Chocolate, and Smooth Banana.

3. BSN Syntha 6

BSN-Syntha-6-Protein-Powder BSN Syntha 6 consists of a mixture of whey protein (concentrate and isolate) and casein protein (calcium caseinate and micellar casein), making it somewhat unique among the other best protein powders on our top 5 list. Whey protein is (relatively) fast-absorbing whereas casein protein is (relatively) slow-absorbing; this makes BSN Syntha 6 perfect for consumption at almost any point throughout the day; pre or post-workout. It’s even a good choice for breakfast (when consumed in conjunction with another healthy source of carbs, such as oatmeal). Calorie-wise, it’s quite high (200kcal per serving) compared with many other protein powders, with just less than 50% of those calories deriving from protein. The remaining 100+ calories are derived from the carbs (15g) and fat (6g). This ratio puts BSN Syntha 6 partway between a standalone protein powder and mass gainer. It’s packed with EAA’s, which help with recovery and muscle soreness. It’s by-far one of the best protein powders on the market in terms of taste and works equally great when mixed with water or milk (or both). It also mixes easily, despite the inclusion of casein, and doesn’t ‘clump together’. Type: Whey Protein (Concentrate, Isolate), Casein Protein (Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein), Milk Protein (Isolate) When to take: Morning/Breakfast, Pre or Post-workout, Between Meals, Before Bed. FLAVORS: Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry Milkshake, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Milkshake, Chocolate Cake Batter, and Cookies & Cream.

2. MyoFusion Probiotic

Gaspari-MyoFusion-Probiotic-Protein-Powder2 MyoFusion Probiotic is formulated from a unique blend of high-quality protein sources including whey protein concentrate, brown rice protein concentrate, whey protein isolate and (partially) hydrolyzed whey protein. It’s packed with 24g of protein per serving/scoop along with 9g of carbs and 2g of fat, resulting in a total of 150 calories per serving. It’s certainly not a mass gainer or meal replacement shake by any stretch of the imagination (so don’t use it as one!), but the carbs will help to replenish some energy post-workout. It’s also packed with EAA’s (9g), which help to improve recovery times and eliminate muscle stiffness/soreness. One unique aspect of this protein powder is the addition of a powerful probiotic; this aims to improve digestion and ‘deliver beneficial bacteria to your digestive system’. If you often experience ‘bloating’ or an upset stomach following the consumption of protein powders, MyoFusion Probiotic might well be the best protein powder for you. Taste-wise, MyoFusion Probiotic is definitely one of the best protein powders on the market, as it tastes much like a regular milkshake. It also mixes easily in water, milk or just about any other substance. Type: Whey Protein (Concentrate, Isolate, Partially Hydrolyzed), Milk Protein (Isolate), Brown Rice Protein (Concentrate) When to take: Morning/Breakfast, Pre or Post-workout, Between Meals. FLAVORS: Milk Chocolate, Strawberries & Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Delicious Vanilla, Cinnamon Roll, Banana Perfection and Cookies & Cream.

1. ON’s 100% Whey Gold Standard Protein

Optimum-Nutrition-100-Whey-Gold-Standard-Protein-Powder Formulated from a unique blend of high quality whey protein (isolate and concentrate), ON’s 100% Whey Gold Standard Protein Powder packs 24g of protein per serving with virtually no carbs (3g) or fat (1g) to speak of. This isn’t your cheap run-of-the-mill protein powder either; whey protein isolate is the purest (in terms of protein quantity by weight) form of whey protein available, with whey protein concentrate following closely behind. Because of this, roughly 80% of the total calorific value (96/120 calories) is derived from protein, making ON’s 100% Whey Gold Standard one of the best protein powders available for anyone seeking a low carb and/or fat solution. It’s packed with 11g of EAA’s (Essential Amino Acids) and 5g+ of BCAA’s (Branched-Chain Amino Acids). Without getting too technical, these help to prevent muscle soreness and stimulate muscle growth/repair, effectively helping you to recover faster and experience less discomfort post-workout. In terms of water-solubility, ON’s 100% Whey Gold Standard is definitely one of the best protein powders by far as it mixes effortlessly with nothing more than a spoon. It’s also one of the best tasting powders we’ve come across and works well with either water or low-fat milk. Type: Whey Protein (Isolate, Concentrate) When to take: Morning/Breakfast, Pre or Post-workout, Between Meals. FLAVORS: Cake Batter, Banana Cream, Chocolate Malt, Cookies & Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Mint, Strawberry Banana, French Vanilla Crème, Chocolate Coconut, Double Rich Chocolate, Rocky Road, Tropical Punch, Extreme Milk Chocolate, Delicious Strawberry, Mocha Cappuccino, White Chocolate, Coffee, Caramel Toffee Fudge and Vanilla Cream.