Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Do You Use Protein Supplements?

I am a strong believer in Protein Supplements when it comes to both running, lifting, and workouts of any type that deplete or tear up my muscles.  In the research I have done over the years I have come to the personal conclusion that Protein Supplements are for more than just getting big muscles and make the use of them a regular part of my routine.

I have used plenty of different brands and kinds of Protein Supplements over the years, some that I have liked, and some that were so disgusting that I took them back were I bought them and demanded my money back.  I was using a brand that I have been very happy with lately, when I was contacted on behalf of BSN Suppliments with an opportunity to try their SYNTHA-6™ Product.

I am not sure how you tell without an extended use and very specific comparison tools how well a product like this stacks up against another similar products.  I can, however, tell you that based on the protein content (20g), the amino acids (which all runners are looking for), and the other key ingredients that this will easily compare to the other products on the market that I have tried.

I know it shouldn't be one of the big deciding factors for supplements, but I have to say that SYNTHA-6 is by far the best tasting Protein Supplement I have ever tasted.  I have tried mixing it both with water and milk, and every time I try the chocolate and vanilla I have been very happy with the smoothness and richness.

SYNTHA-6 is a multi-function protein supplement, comprised of BSN’s proprietary blend of six proteins for sustained protein absorption. BSN’s protein supplements distinguish themselves with the unmatched taste, quality, and well rounded nutrients for supporting protein synthesis and muscle growth. SYNTHA-6 is a powerful arrangement of complete proteins, branched chain amino acids, essential fatty acids, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. SYNTHA-6 is available as an easily mixable powder or in ready-to-drink (RTD) formats.
Key Benefits:
  • Blend of six proteins for sustained protein absorption
  • Supplements essential and non-essential amino acids
  • 20g Protein; 7g of Carbohydrates; 3g of Healthy Fats
  • Low calorie meal replacement
Target Consumer:
  • Anyone seeking a delicious means of supplementing their diet with concentrated servings of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats
What are your thoughts?  Do you use Protein Supplements after workouts or running?

If you hurry, I have a giveaway for a 5lb container of SYTHA-6 ending today on my 26.2 Quest blog.  Hurry and enter to win today!

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  1. I haven't tried many and have wondered about the importance of supplements. For me it has been a tough choice to decide if they are worth spending the money on.

    Nice to find someone that has tried several. Have you ever had stomach aches from them? I tried some from Weider and had a terrible reaction; twice.
    Whey Protein and my stomache pain

    I'm curious if you've run into similar problems. I'm not too anxious to try other protein supplements if this is how my body is going to react to them.

    Any suggestions?

  2. Troy,

    I am sorry you have had issues. I have never had issues with Protein shakes and I have tried a bunch of different brands. I have, however, had stomach issues that sound kinda like yours when I tried some Slimfast or products like it in the past.

    It could be your body reacting to something that is specifically in that one brand, or it could be that you have some kind of reaction to Whey. The only way to find out is try other brands. Maybe you could stop by a store like GNC and see if they have samples?

    Good luck!

  3. Hey Tim,

    You mentioned it being tough to compare products like this without specific comparison tools. I'm in the process of writing a script that aggregates user reviews for protein powders and lists the top ones. I already wrote one for the best protein bars.

    Thought you might find it interesting if nothing else.

  4. My current favorites are Syntrax Nectar (fruit flavored so they work well with water) and Optimum Nutrition. Body Fortress that you can get at Wal-mart is perfectly fine.

    You can call Syntrax and ask them for 13 samples for $13 if you want to try them before ordering a huge tub.

    If you want one without any sweeteners you can go with Swanson's.

    I once detailed a bunch of whey types in a blog post over at Spark People...


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