In order to make the greatest gains in and out of the gym, top athletes will often stack multiple supplements together for synergistic benefits. While this technique can provide excellent gains if performed correctly, trying to make your own supplement stack can become expensive and diminish gains if the wrong combinations are used.
That’s where Met-Rx’s Protein Revolution comes in handy. It includes a number of beneficial ingredients to drive muscle mass, strength, recovery and more. Ingredients with scientific backing, such as creatine, whey and glutamine, have been added in order to maximize benefits. Four potent blends are also included in order to maximize the effectiveness of whey protein.
Pro Transport Blend: The Pro Transport Blend combines waxy maize starch, dextrose, fructose and more to help spike insulin levels and flood the muscles with volumizing energy sources. These carbohydrates work synergistically with the high-quality protein and creatine in Protein Revolution to support muscle mass and strength. Research has also shown that ingesting multiple carbohydrates at one time may improve absorption and utilization because the body has several different carbohydrate transporters in the intestinal tract — ingesting only one type of carb may overwhelm individual transport systems.
Pro Power Blend: Creatine monohydrate is the most thoroughly studied sports supplement available, with research demonstrating that it can boost strength and power while supporting muscle size. Met-Rx has taken creatine monohydrate and combined it with cutting-edge ingredients, including creatine citrate, in the Pro Power Blend. This blend works with whey protein to maximize your workouts and recovery — creatine provides the fuel needed to power intense muscle contractions, while whey provides the aminos needed to recover from all your hard work.
Pro Defense Blend: This specialized blend includes all three branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine), which are the only amino acids metabolized directly in the muscle as opposed to the liver. Each serving is also packed with high levels of glutamine, which has been found to provide a variety of benefits during and after exercise. Glutamine has also been found to promote bicarbonate production, which can be important for buffering lactic acid produced during intense exercise.
Pro Neuro-Energy Blend: The key ingredient within the Pro Neuro-Energy Blend is taurine, which is a critical amino acid in skeletal muscle. Taurine may help fight mental fatigue during training. It’s also believed to help regulate the movement of electrolytes across muscle membranes and could therefore be involved in the signaling process for muscle contractions.
In addition, high-potency chromium also works with cellular receptors to make muscles and other systems more responsive to the effects of ingested nutrients. This helps support the uptake of carbs and protein into the muscle to boost energy stores.
Know the Whey
Each two-scoop serving of Protein Revolution provides a massive 30 grams of high-quality whey isolate and concentrate. Whey is widely considered to be the king of all supplemental proteins for athletes because of its high rankings in scientific measures such as biological value and amino-acid score. These rankings are used to evaluate how efficiently a protein source can be absorbed and used by the body.
Of all the supplemental proteins available, more studies have investigated whey than probably any other source. Results have consistently found that whey can support muscle mass, strength and recovery when used with intense training programs.
While all the benefits for Protein Revolution sound good in theory, the only way to truly put it to the test is to try it for yourself. For maximum results, try taking two scoops 30 to 60 minutes before your workout to help flood your muscles with ingredients important for performance. An additional two scoops can be taken immediately after exercise in order to help start the recovery process.
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