Why whey protein? What is the best form of whey? How is whey protein made?

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Your questions about whey protein are answered right here in our latest article!

Reflex Nutrition has been making whey protein supplements for 20 years since the company’s inception in 1996. Everything we know, discovered, developed, innovated and researched has been brought together to provide everyone the absolute facts in a very easy to understand article that is outlined below. We answer the questions to what is the best form of whey protein and how it is made.

A quick word from James Phillips, “Whey Expert“ and founder of Reflex Nutrition, “I have a feeling I’ve spent more time working with whey protein and introduced more variations of whey protein and formats than any other company or person in the industry, I’ve now very nearly spent half my life, that’s 22 years, devoted to this business so it is fair to say that myself and the team at Reflex Nutrition are well placed to offer the real facts, I hope this article will point anyone wanting to know more about whey protein in the right direction.”

The Basics of Whey Protein

First of all we’re guessing that you’re interested in whey protein because you want to take additional protein to build lean muscle, to help you lose weight or for the health benefits associated with whey protein. Whey protein is found in milk, it is the small part of milk protein, the larger part is called casein or micellar casein. Nearly all whey protein on the market is derived from cheese production, we’re sure you’ve heard of curds and whey? To make cheese, rennet or starter cultures are added and it makes the milk curdle forming “curds and whey”. The curds are collected to form cheese and the whey is the liquid part which is then collected and filtered to produce whey protein using various filtering techniques.

So what is so special about Whey Protein?

Well first of all, it sits at the top a table which measures the biological value of protein from foods, it’s a measure of how well your body can utilise protein found in food. Whey protein is the best, your body can utilise every last gram. Not only is it the best, it also contains three important amino acids which are used to build and maintain muscle. The amino acids are called Branched Chain Amino Acids, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine. This is one of the reasons why whey protein has become so popular with sports people and bodybuilders.

What is the best whey protein?

The best whey protein comes from the best raw material so before you can answer that question you have to ask a different question. Where does the best milk in world come from or where are the best dairy herds? And how do you define best?

At Reflex Nutrition we have four very specific criteria which we use to select our milk proteins.

  1. The cattle must be within the EU, this guarantees that the cattle are free from banned antibiotics and growth hormones like rBGH or rBST which unfortunately are widely used in the USA.
  2. The cattle must be grass fed or be grass fed on pasture in all but the most extreme of circumstances. Why? Because grass fed cattle produce the best milk, that’s a fact.
  3. In an ideal world we’ll select only from Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium and Netherlands based on their exemplary dairy industries and reputation for producing the world’s finest grass fed, milk, butter, cheese and beef.
  4. Processing techniques used to make whey protein. They must be the least invasive using techniques that gently filter out unwanted fat and lactose whilst retaining the nutrition qualities of whey protein. These filtering techniques are cross flow micro filtration, ultra filtration and membrane filtration. They all produce whey protein concentrates or whey protein isolates depending on the time and grade of filter. The ONLY difference between them will be the protein, fat and lactose contents in all but ONE instance (see below). The whey protein isolates being the most expensive because it takes a disproportionate amount of time to filter out all of the fat and lactose.

So what is the best form of whey protein ? This refers to the ONE instance from the above paragraph. The whey protein that employs the least processing of ANY whey protein and that is Native Whey which is filtered at cold temperature from fresh milk and NOT a by product of cheese production. Reflex Nutrition uses this whey protein extensively and manufactures a stand alone Native Whey product. You can read more about Native Whey Protein here. Suffice to say it is whey protein in its most natural perfect form as nature created it, hence the name Native Whey.

 

What forms of whey protein do we avoid and you should avoid too?

There are a few and we avoid them for a few reasons.

  1. Whey protein made in the USA where the milk has been derived from cattle which are fed growth hormones like rBGH or rBST, these cattle are often fed grain and as a result the quality of the milk if inferior to that of grass fed cattle. Welfare of the cattle is also a consideration, the use of growth hormone increases the chances of infections and the subsequent use of antibiotics. Google “USA Mega Dairies” for more info.
  2. Ion exchange whey protein, the process uses both acid and chemicals to produce whey isolates. Although ion exchange whey has a very high protein content of around 90% it lacks a few valuable protein fractions that have unique nutritional qualities, so compared to cross flow micro filtered whey, ion exchange is inferior.
  3. Acid whey, dairies produce huge quantities of this material and unfortunately the process used to make it during cheese manufacture employs quite harsh acids which can denature the protein making it difficult to mix. Acid whey is not the best tasting either. We’ve never used acid whey at Reflex Nutrition, it simply does not meet our standards.

Other forms of whey protein

Hydrolysed Whey Protein

This is a whey protein which has been treated with enzymes to effectively pre-digest the whey protein for easier digestion. A process originally developed to make whey proteins hypoallergenic for infants and individuals in hospital who are allergic to certain whey fractions. A true hydrolysed whey protein has a considerable proportion of its whole proteins broken down into small peptides which may be listed on some labels by their molecular weight in Daltons. At Reflex Nutrition we use a couple of hydrolysed whey proteins, the main being of high degree of hydrolysis whey which has been treated very extensively which results in a protein which is absorbed extremely quickly and easily. It is the sole source of protein in our focus post workout supplement called Growth Matrix.

Conclusion

Whey protein is immensely popular and hopefully this article has highlighted the main benefits of whey protein with a brief insight into how it is made. The market out there is a minefield, if you want to choose the best remember to look out for the companies that offer whey that is derived from the EU guaranteeing protein content, have a registered quality control process and you shouldn’t go wrong.

Gauri’s Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Jelly Protein Pancakes

 

Ingredients for the pancakes:

  • 40g oats (best when ground into a flour)
  • 90g egg whites (or 3 large)
  • 1 scoop @ReflexNutrition Choc Peanut Instant Whey Pro
  • 30ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil to cook in

 

Layers/Toppings:

  • 30g peanut butter
  • 60g mashed raspberries
  • 30g (1/2) White chocolate Raspberry Ripple @ReflexRbars

 

Instructions:

  1. Blend all pancake ingredients into a thick, smooth batter with a blender
  2. Heat a non-stick pan until piping hot (Meanwhile prepare mashed raspberries & heat your Rbar for 10secs in the microwave before rolling into small balls)
  3. Melt coconut oil (medium heat) in the the pan before pouring in the pancake batter to make 4 silver dollar sized pancakes
  4. Once bubbles start forming on top, flip & cook the other side until lightly golden
  5. Layer with mashed raspberries, peanut butter, & R bar

 

Calories: 590

Macros:

  • 50g Protein
  • 39g Carbs
  • 26g Fat
  • 13.5g Fiber

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Whether you’re a personal trainer with a client who cancelled because their ‘dog ate their gym shorts’, or you yourself didn’t go because your clothes got ‘locked in a machine at the laundrette’, we want to hear about it. Just remember to get your excuses in by midnight on Tuesday 9th February. May the best excuse win!

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  • 1 Instant Whey Pro 900g
  • 1 Nexgen Pro
  • 1 R-Bar Protein box (12 bars)
  • 1 R-Bar Flapjack box (12 bars)
  • 1 Reflex Gym Bag (medium)
  • 1 Reflex T-Shirt
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You Get What You Pay For

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You Get What You Pay For

It’s a well-known saying and for Reflex Nutrition it couldn’t be more appropriate in a market that is now flooded with poor quality protein powders, multivitamins and sports nutrition products, the majority of which are contract packed where profit appears to be the main focus with quality, a mere afterthought. In this blog I’m going to explain why it is possible for so many companies to offer year round discounts on everything from Diet Whey through to vitamins, the truth for some will be painful, but as that saying goes, “You Get What You Pay For!”.

The Too Good to be True Offers

In 2015 we saw a record number of high profile sports nutrition companies offer near year round heavily discounted sports nutrition products. And who doesn’t like a bargain? Well unfortunately it’s never really that straight forward. For ANY company to continually offer year round discounts like buy one get one free something has to give somewhere, you either don’t make any profit or you skimp on the formula and make it cheaper so that you do make healthy profits. Closer inspection from our team reveals that some companies may have been doing the latter, which is basically to cheapen the formula to a point where you can make reasonable profits even when subsidising Buy One Get One Free offers. In essence they are Too Good to be True, they really are.

How they do it, dirty tactics.

An example;   Company Z manufactures a Diet Whey type product and they want to increase sales of that particular product significantly next year. Whilst introducing a new updated label they make some seemingly minor changes to the ingredients and protein % whilst keeping the same RRP. These changes will introduce more cheap Chinese derived soy protein, less of the very expensive actives like CLA, the addition of cheap amino acids to spike the protein content, list protein on a dry basis, and hey presto you have saved enough money to offer the reworked Diet powder on special offer virtually year round whilst still making enough money to keep the accountants happy. Now for some consumers who are savvy, knowledgeable and wiser this is not an issue because they will spot the signs in the ingredient listing, nutrition information and avoid the brand like the plague. However for those who don’t have the knowledge, they will end up buying such products feeling they secured a great bargain. Whilst the product is completely legal, I’m here to say that this type of practise is an utter disgrace to our industry, the consumer ends up with a cheapened product and is unlikely to derive any benefit. In nearly every single case they would have been better off buying a different product at a higher price. Why? Because in most cases, especially with a Reflex Nutrition product, it would represent better value due to the significantly higher doses of active ingredients, quality of ingredients and guaranteed label claims. The case is the same for weight gainers, all-in-ones, creatine, pre-workouts, multivitamins, you name it, somewhere, somehow there will be a company doing their utmost to sell you something at an amazing price whilst making themselves a fortune.

Be Wary, very Wary.

The take home message is simple; more often than not I’m afraid to say that amazing offers often do not translate into amazing value. Sometimes there really are great offers out there, so do your homework, check the ingredients, the dosages of active ingredients, are they research proven doses? If they are research based dosed ingredients the brand will want to tell you! If they are not they will not say so!

Either way, the more confident you become in making that evaluation, the more money you will save either by avoiding certain deals, or making use of them!

Remember.

“You Get What You pay For!”

 

The Santa Claus Post-Christmas Fitness Regime

Santa Claus Get-Fit Regime

Feeling busy and stressed out after a hectic festive period? Imagine how Santa Claus feels. This is a tough time for old St Nick – long and unsociable hours, grabbing unhealthy snacks on the fly and having little to no time to exercise. We doubt people will be baking mince pies with Stevia or leaving a flask of green tea out for Father Christmas as thanks for his festive labour. We all over indulge over the Christmas period, a time to celebrate with those closest to you over a big meal or a few Christmas drinks. It is only when the dust settles on New Year’s Day that we fall into a state of hungover guilt and declare that this is the year we make positive steps in terms of our health and fitness.

If Santa guzzles a brandy and a mince pie in every home, that is quite the calorie binge. So what can Santa do in terms of minimising the damage done over this period? Are there any golden tips that can help kick start our regimes going into the New Year? We asked a number of #TeamReflex athletes for their tips on getting St Nick back into decent nick and here is what they came up with. All of which can also be applied to your own regime if the gluttony of the festive period has taken hold…

RACHEL HOBBS

Team Reflex’s dietician Rachel Hobbs says “Nutrition is the cornerstone of any health and wellness regime, without a foundation built on solid nutrition basics you will always be limited in your success. You cannot out train a bad diet”.

There are a few basics that Rachel would recommend to Santa when starting a festive fat loss regime. Firstly, get hydrated. Excess alcohol over Christmas can lead to dehydration but consuming enough H20 is crucial throughout the year. The brandies won’t help and neither will running around sweating in a big red outfit, meaning replacing those lost fluids is crucial. Not only will adequate hydration improve all manner of bodily functions and performance, your ability to use fat as an energy source is reduced when dehydrated.

You’d be forgiven for thinking jolly old St Nick should lay off the fats – but fat is actually your friend. Fats are key for brain and hormonal functions and are also very filling. Ensure a variety of nuts, avocado and animal fats, including oily fish, is present in your diet to stay full. Eating fat in isolation will not spike blood sugar levels and therefore will not cause fat storage. It is when fats are consumed alongside insulin spiking sugary foods that problems can occur. Eating foods rich in the essential fatty acid omega 3 can improve the body’s ability to moderate its blood sugar levels and reduce the chances of excess blood glucose being stored as fat. While natural fats are beneficial for health, they are calorific and should be consumed in moderation. If Santa is eating a bag of nuts at every home he’s going to force those poor reindeer to work overtime hauling his generous posterior around.

ALEX CROCKFORD

#TeamReflex cover model Alex Crockford is in totally agreement that diet is paramount when looking to shape up and says that “you cannot underestimate the power of a good breakfast”. It’s long been thought that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while Alex would not necessarily agree with that notion, he understands the importance of ditching the sugar frosted cereals and choosing a high protein breakfast: “Santa, perhaps it’s time to remember that good old phrase, go to work on an egg”.

GAURI CHOPRA

If you follow #TeamReflex girl Gauri Chopra on social media then you will know that she likes to get creative when it comes to creating meals, often emphasising the benefit of adding a little spice to your cooking. “Dieting can be dull if you’re restricting carbs and calories, but it doesn’t have to be,” says Gauri. “Adding spicy chillies, for example, can make your food exciting while also aiding fat loss. Chillies contain a compound called Capsaicin which can increase metabolic rate and will help Santa maintain those rosy red cheeks”.

TOM WRIGHT

Once you’re happy that you’re making steps in the right direction in terms of diet, it’s time to think about exercise and burning off those mince pies. #TeamReflex PT Tom Wright thinks it’s a wonderful thing that Santa wants to make positive steps but emphasises the need to seek professional advice before undertaking any exercise regime. He believes the key to dropping unwanted body fat is to build a little bit of muscle. “I know a lot of people will say that they don’t want to lift weights because they don’t want to become bulky, if only it were that simple,” Tom laughs, “building a little extra muscle tissue will mean that it takes additional calories for your body to function, which in turn means you will burn more calories doing nothing than someone with less muscle would.” We’re pretty sure Santa would like to be burning extra calories as he whizzes around on his sleigh this Christmas and that extra muscle will help him carry all of those heavy gadgets you’ve all asked for.

OLLY FOSTER

#TeamReflex cover model and coach Olly Foster is a big advocate of finding balance in life. “If you can find a balance that works for you, your health kick will be sustainable. Hitting every home in the world in one night is enough to ramp up the stress levels in even the most patient of us. Stress from work and training can raise a hormone in the body called cortisol, which can be detrimental to both muscle building and fat loss. Also, burning the candle at both ends never ends well – what goes up must also come down. Remember, the importance of taking time out of your day to rest and recuperate should not be underestimated.”

JACQUELINE HOOTON

Finally, #TeamReflex’s Jacqueline Hooton has worked in the fitness and fashion industry for years and has helped people of all shapes and sizes to achieve their goals. “Fitness needs to be enjoyable, therapeutic even. Fitness does not have to be restricted to the gym, the outdoors offers a wonderful arena for fitness. Running along the beach, cycling around town, walking to work or walking the dog, opportunities to burn calories and improve your fitness present themselves every day”.

There you have it, tips for Santa from a selection of fitness pros. Now it’s just a matter of waiting and seeing whether he turns up in December 2016 able to give some of #TeamReflex a run for their money. Good luck to Santa, and we hope these tips are of even greater use to your own post-Christmas get-fit regimes! Here’s to a healthy New Year. To get started, take a look at our Health & Wellbeing range or alternatively, our Weight Management section.

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Protein Pancakes | Cheat Day Recipes

Reflex Protein Pancakes

Cheat day: potentially the best day on the calendar. Anyone that follows a fitness and nutrition regime will know that to maintain it in the long-term, flexibility and balance is crucial. So we set out to find the ultimate, mouth-watering treat for cheat day – and came up with one that amazingly, isn’t actually all that naughty and still packs a protein punch.

The Protein Chef has collaborated with Reflex Nutrition to create a stack of delicious protein pancakes, smothered in peanut butter and chocolate sauce, and topped with soft R Bars for your protein-packed pleasure. The best thing about this recipe? It won’t destroy your calorie count for the day or leave you feeling sluggish and full of remorse. And to top it off, each serving delivers 33g of protein to support your workout when you pick it up the next day.

Here’s the recipe to get you started:

Pancake ingredients
200g Oat flour
70g Reflex 3D Protein vanilla
10g Baking powder
100g Liquid egg whites
400ml Milk
1tsp Coconut oil (for frying)

Toppings – as much or as little as you’d like
Peanut butter
Reflex R Bars
Sugar-free chocolate sauce

Method

  1. Mix together the oat flour, protein powder and baking powder.
  2. Then add the egg whites and milk and whisk well.
  3. Heat a pan to a medium/high heat and add the coconut oil.
  4. Once the coconut oil has melted, add a few spoonfuls of the mixture to the pan.
  5. Cook for a couple of minutes then flip it over and cook for a further minute until golden and fluffy.
  6. Pile the pancakes high, add the toppings and enjoy.

Macros
(per portion for the pancakes only. Recipes serves 2-3 people)
Calories – 409
Protein – 33g
Carbs – 55g
Fat – 6.6g

One portion of these protein pancakes provides 33g protein, 55g carbohydrates, 6.6g fat and just 409 calories, meaning you can enjoy your day off without regret. The light and fluffy texture has a delicious naturally sweet flavour, thanks to the vanilla ice cream flavoured Reflex 3D Protein used in the recipe. Our 3D Protein is the first time release protein to contain Native Whey Protein, Micellar Casein and Egg White Protein for a fast, medium and slow release of protein, in the correct ratio.

We’ve topped with chunks of our R Bars, to give an extra protein kick, fantastic texture, and a satisfying sweetness to round off this dish. Our R Bars provide 20g protein, 1-2g sugar and 9-10g fibre per bar, plus they are made with almonds and peanuts, cocoa butter, and natural flavourings.  The Protein Chef has used our Chocolate Peanut Caramel flavoured R Bar, but you can choose from our range of six flavours including double chocolate brownie and cookies and cream.

Reflex sends huge thanks to The Protein Chef. To read more of her fantastic protein recipes, visit The Protein Chef website.

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The World’s Best Protein Powders

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Our 20 year anniversary is just around the corner and it seems a great moment to reinforce our position as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and formulators of super high quality protein powders. I have a very strong position on this subject and will argue that we are not one of the best but THE best in the business, I’ll prove my point with facts to prove beyond all doubt my position on this.

At Reflex Nutrition we strive for perfection and it’s a word you cannot use lightly and whilst many companies will say they are the best, use the highest quality ingredients, proclaim even to be innovative, market leading or award winning. However, they nearly all fail deliver to when scrutinised – something we happily invite here at Reflex Nutrition. You see we do things so differently compared to any other brand, those differences make Reflex protein powders a class of their own. It’s often hard to actually compare a Reflex protein powder to others because there isn’t really anything else that compares.

How is that possible I hear you say?

Let’s start at the top. First and foremost, we make every single protein powder in-house at our state of the art Reflex Science Park (built 2011). Nearly all of our competition have their products contract packed in big factories where they make protein powders for everyone. You might find that at least three or four brands are all made in the same factory all claiming to be the best or different in some way. So what’s so special about the Reflex Science Park, well Reflex Nutrition were the first sports nutrition company to be awarded ISO9001 Quality Control Accreditation back in 2000, in addition we are one of only a handful of factories to obtain Informed Sport Certification whereby the entire site is audited to ensure that no cross contamination can occur but perhaps more importantly the Science Park is tested to ensure that are no traces of banned or illegal substances in our products or anywhere in the factory. These are the strictest quality control measures to ensure that every single protein powder we make is of the utmost quality.

Beyond normal, way beyond.

The factory is not your everyday building either. In much the same way that we have incredibly strict quality control standards, the same absolute commitment to delivering the best of the best has been taken to extremes in terms of what the Reflex Science Park stands for in a crowded market. I am a perfectionist and I believe that if you want to produce very high quality products then the same standards must be rigorously enforced from top to bottom. It’s the reason why our factory is always praised by supermarket auditors, professional sports teams and every day customers. We often conduct factory tours which showcase the best mixing equipment in the business along with pharmaceutical grade capsule machinery and much more. It’s green too with 100% of the energy being supplied via deep green energy like wind and solar power.

I’m on a permanent mission to deliver Reflex customers nothing but the best.

Being a perfectionist means that we never stop improving our products, day in day out for 20 years this is all we do. And when it comes to protein, that means sourcing only the very best whey and milk protein from within the EU. Why? Because it’s all derived from dairy cattle that graze on grass year round, devoid of any banned rBGH and banned antibiotics that are widespread throughout the USA and USA made products. In addition, one thing that really sets Reflex Nutrition apart was our move to significant use of Native Whey Proteins in all Reflex Nutrition products nearly 10 years ago. We were the first, and are the only premium sports nutrition company to offer a 100% Native Whey Protein product which is not only great tasting but categorically guaranteed to be better than any other whey protein available. How we can guarantee this? Because as far as we know its scientifically impossible to do so, Native Whey protein is literally the most perfect form of whey that exists in nature.

Or milk protein is also up there with the best. Start with milk that’s derived from EU Grass Fed cattle. Then insist on only using native milk proteins extracted from that same fresh skim milk extracted at low temperature to prevent denaturing of the protein. You end up with probably the purest milk protein in the world and this is the material provides the backbone to our new protein blend called 3D Protein®, a World first which uses 45% Native Whey Isolate, 45% Micellar Casein and 10% Egg White Protein. We were the first company in the world to disclose protein ratios back in 2007 and now we are the first to create a new ultra-premium blend using the world’s best form of whey.

The best proteins in the world? Now it definitely makes sense.

If we are using the best proteins available on the planet, making them to the strictest ISO9001 Quality Control Procedures, in an audited Informed Sports Site, made using 100% Deep Green Energy and Fully Guaranteed for the life of the product you can probably see why we’re so confident with our position. Whichever protein powder you choose from Reflex Nutrition, I can assure you that you are receiving something very special, whether your goal is lose weight and you are looking for a Diet Protein, or you just want a whey protein for your sport you simply will not find better because it does not exist.

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Is your Creatine Chinese?

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This is a short but very compelling blog post.

Did you know that virtually all Creatine Monohydrate is made in two places in the world?

Germany and China.

If it’s German, then it can ONLY be patented Creapure® creatine and will be listed on your tub of creatine or bodybuilding supplement as Creapure® creatine monohydrate by AlzChem AG. They have developed a manufacturing process that delivers an ultra pure, safe and tested product.

If it’s Chinese it will probably just say “pure creatine monohydrate”!

Does it make a difference?

We definitely think so which is why all Reflex Nutrition products only contain patented German Creapure® creatine and it’s not just us that think so. Nearly every single scientific research study relating to safety and use of creatine over a period of nearly two decades have all used Creapure®. There is a reason for this, its guaranteed quality, time and time again. If over 2,000 scientists rely upon Creapure® creatine monohydrate, we’d suggest that is pretty compelling.

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What about all the special types of creatine like creatine HCL and creatine nitrate?

To the best of my knowledge, they are all made in China. None have ever been proven better than Creapure®.

What’s the price difference?

Very little, a few pounds at most.

Remember choose wisely, it is your body and your health that you are investing in.

Bought a Diet Whey recently?

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Better check the CLA DOSE and ORIGIN TODAY

If you currently use, or are thinking of using a diet whey type of product, I implore you to read the following. This information will infuriate numerous supplement companies but will provide you with VITAL information needed to make an informed choice.

I’m guessing that if you are buying such a product as part of your weight management plan, you’ll be interested in losing fat and toning muscles. Well the simple question is whether you want to buy a product that fails from the outset to consider the simple scientific research?

These products contain ingredients that have been scientifically proven to reduce body fat.

The number one ingredient for this purpose is CLA – conjugated linoleic acid. It’s in just about every single diet whey on the market and is really the single most important ingredient which differentiates the diet products from normal whey. It’ll no doubt be accompanied by green tea and carnitine.

“The most effective dose is 3,200mg per day, anything less and the effects diminish substantially.”

So that bit makes sense. But then it all falls down. Why? It comes down to the dosages used and the origin of CLA.

It’s the following simple undeniable fact according to research1 – The most effective dose is 3,200mg per day, anything less and the effects diminish substantially.

You should be insisting that your chosen diet whey protein powder delivers 3 grams of CLA with 2 servings normally referred to as a daily serving. You have chosen this product to deliver results, yes?

Consider this, scientific studies have categorically proven that subjects lose almost 3 x the amount of body fat with 3.2 grams of CLA compared to 1,000mg.

I’ll say that again, 3 x or 300% more fat lost using 3,200mg of CLA compared to just 1,000mg.

So how much CLA do you think you want in a diet whey product when used a couple of times a day? You don’t need a PhD do realise that it’s going to be at least 3,000mg.

Here is my issue, I know of no single company that supplies that dose in their diet product. Why is this? My guess is price. Unfortunately the consumer will buy the product expecting great things, and in most cases that will not be the case because science says the dosages in these products are simply nowhere near optimal.

High grade branded and patented powdered CLA like Clarinol® or Tonalin® is very, very expensive, and when used in the right doses it becomes almost prohibitively expensive. I know this only too well because when we first formulated Reflex Diet Protein® nearly ten years ago I was a gasp at how much it was going to cost. However at Reflex Nutrition we either do things the right way or not at all and based on all of the available research and the patented and trademarked material available to us, we had no hesitation in using a full dose of Clarinol® CLA from the Netherlands.

Amazingly nearly of all these type of products sell at the same price, in fact Reflex Diet Protein® is slightly cheaper than some – yet it is the only diet whey product with 3 grams + and made with patented, branded material.

Branded patented material is made by either Clarinol® in the Netherlands or Tonalin® in the USA, the rest of the unbranded material is made in China”

This brings me to origin.

Branded patented material like Clarinol® is made in the Netherlands and Tonalin® in the USA, to the best of my knowledge, the rest of the unbranded material is made in China. I know given the choice I would always choose the branded material over non branded Chinese – especially if the price of the one diet whey compared to another is the same.

The advice I give is very straightforward

  1. Make sure you’ve got the proper dose per daily serving of 3,000mg +
  2. If possible ensure its patented and branded CLA like Clarinol® or Tonalin®.
  3. If you can get all of this for the same price e.g Brand A vs Brand B, even better.

Remember, whatever peoples opinions might be, the science gives you the undeniable truth.

 

References:

  1. Efficacy of conjugated linoleic acid for reducing fat mass: a meta-analysis in humans. Leah D Whigham, Abigail C Watras, and Dale A Schoeller . 2007.

Why BCAAs?

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Why Anything other than a 2:1:1 BCAA Ratio could be a BAD Move

At Reflex Nutrition science, quality and efficacy are the driving forces behind all Reflex Nutrition products and that’s why we use a 2:1:1 Branch-Chain Amino Acid ratio in our all of our products and NOT 4:1:1, 8:1:1 or more.

First of all though why use BCAAs?
The theory behind their use is really very simple. They work in three distinct areas which can help with your goals in the gym, be it muscle growth, fat loss or both.

Number One: They help stimulate new muscle tissue by having a direct effect within muscle tissue. This happens in two simple processes. Firstly, they help switch on protein synthesis (muscle building) and secondly, they also provide the building blocks for muscle tissue.

So where is the proof?

Well, researchers in one recent study1 concluded that, “together with the BCAA-induced enlargement in p70S6k phosphorylation, provide additional support for the view that BCAA has an anabolic effect on human skeletal muscle, an effect that appears to be similar in resting and exercising human muscle.”

Another study2 relating to it use during 8 weeks of resistance training concluded, “Ingestion of a supplement containing BCAAs while following an 8-week resistance training program resulted in a greater decrease in percent body fat, an increase in lean mass, and 10-RM strength gains on the bench press and squat vs. ingestion of a whey supplement or a sports drink.”
Number Two: They help with endurance. During exercise the uptake of the amino acid Tryptophan increase levels of 5-HT (serotonin), this is what tells your brain you are tired, as a result you fatigue. The BCAA L-Valine competes with Tryptophan uptake into the brain effectively slowing down the message that you are tired/fatigued.

So where is the proof?

Researchers in this study3 concluded that, Intake of BCAAs increases their concentration in plasma and prevents the increase in free tryptophan/BCAAs, which according to the hypothesis should decrease the synthesis of 5-HT in the brain and delay central fatigue. “

Gomez in another study4 concluded,  pre-exercise administration of L-valine prevents, via a limiting effect on 5-HT synthesis, exercise-induced 5-HT release. This study provides some answers to previous human and animal investigations, showing physiological and psychological benefits of branched-chain amino acids supplementation on performance”

Number 3: L-Isoleucine helps utilise fat for energy resulting in reduced body fat, in simple terms L-Isoleucine works at a cellular level where it can influence PPAR receptors in the muscle tissue and liver which trigger fat burning whilst also turning off the signal to store fat.

So where is the proof?

Japanese researchers5 confirm, our present findings suggest that Isoleucine simultaneously activates liver and skeletal muscle Free Fatty Acid uptake and oxidation.”

Why not more L-leucine?

The studies relating to the muscle building potential used a 2:1:1 ratio, in addition most studies relating to endurance focus on 2:1:1 ratios or just L-Valine. For fat loss just L-Isoleucine is used. It really comes down to common sense as to why you want to use anything other than what is used in the studies. Having one part Isoleucine and one part Valine also makes absolute sense for their role in fat loss and fatigue fighting. At Reflex Nutrition we use, as already stated, the 2:1:1 ratio. In fact we’ve been using the same ratio for our capsules for as long as we’ve been making them, over a decade.

Why are other companies using ratios like 4:1:1 and 8:1:1 ?

It’s a really good question. Most companies will roll out the same excuse, L-leucine is the most anabolic so we add more, and whilst this is true you will end up negating the benefits derived from Isoleucine and Valine. The only time extra L-leucine is of benefit is post workout when all we really want to do is boost protein synthesis, and you can do this with our post workout supplement Growth Matrix.

4:11 and 8:1:1 ratios are SIGNIFICANTLY LESS EXPENSIVE TO MANUFACTURE

Whether this is the reason why some companies sell these ratios I can’t say, but what I can you tell you that is a black and white fact is that L-leucine is nearly 50-60% cheaper than Valine and 60-70% cheaper than Isoleucine. I literally checked these figures whilst writing this blog with our purchasing department, so you would hope that products with those ratios are much cheaper as a result. My guess is that they won’t be and as a result it’ll be more profitable for that said company.

The take home message?

Simple really, Branch-Chained Amino acids are a valuable addition to an athlete’s nutritional regime and if you want to experience the full benefits which include muscle synthesis, endurance and fat burning then stick to the scientifically proven ratios of 2:1:1.

References:

  1. 1 Intake of branch-chain amino acids influences the levels of MAFbx mRNA and MuRF-1 total protein in resting and exercising human muscle. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2012
  2. Stoppani, J., et al., Consuming branched-chain amino acid supplement during a resistance training program increases lean mass, muscle strength and fat loss. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2009.
  3. Blomstrand E. A role for branched-chain amino acids in reducing central fatigue. J Nutr. 2006
  4. Gomez-Merino, D., et al. Evidence that the branched-chain amino acid L-valine prevents exercise-induced release of 5-HT in rat hippocampus. Int J Sports Med. 2001
  5. Nishimura, J., et al. "Isoleucine Prevents the Accumulation of Tissue Triglycerides and Upregulates the Expression of PPAR{alpha} and Uncoupling Protein in Diet-Induced Obese Mice." J. Nutr., March 2010