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M4 Nutrition iJoint – Full Disclosure and Reviewed

Posted on: September 16th, 2012 by Discount Sport Nutrition No Comments

M4 Nutrition iJoint – Full Disclosure and Reviewed

iJoint by M4 Nutrition at Discount Sport Nutrition

iJoint by M4 Nutrition at Discount Sport Nutrition

M4 Nutrition iJoint Reviewed!

In this blog post we are going to fully breakdown the all new M4 Nutrition iJoint. The iJoint, is the third addition in M4 Nutrition’s iSeries line of products. We will break down each ingredient and let you know what each one is, what it does, what it is intended to do in this product, and if this is a product for you.

Product Highlight Claims:
- Most advanced joint relief product to ever hit the market
- Addresses both joint pain and imflammation
- Instant pain reliever
- Cissus enhanced product
- Works from the very first dose

M4 Nutrition iJoint Supplement Facts:

Serving size – 4 caps. Servings per container ñ 30

M4 Nutrition iJoint Ingredients: Proprietary Blend 3000mg – Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cissus Quadrangularis, White Willow Bark (15% salicin), Boswellia Serrate (65% Bowellic Acid), Curcumin (Diferuloymethane – 95% curcuminoids)

Directions for Use…

Take 4 capsules daily with food. Do not exceed 4 capsules a day.

Ingredient Breakdown

Glucosamine, which is produced naturally in the body, plays a key role in building cartilage, the tough connective tissue that cushions the joints. A number of scientific studies suggest that glucosamine may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs when cartilage breaks down and is lost, either due to injury or to normal wear and tear. It commonly occurs as people age. In some studies, glucosamine supplements have decreased the joint pain of OA. Results from several well-designed scientific studies suggest that glucosamine supplements may be an effective treatment for OA, particularly OA of the knee or hip. In general, these studies suggest that glucosamine: – Reduces OA pain – Improves function in people with hip or knee OA – Reduces joint swelling and stiffness – Provides relief from OA symptoms for up to 3 months after treatment is stopped.

Chondroitin Sulfate ñ Multiple controlled clinical trials since the 1980s have examined the use of oral chondroitin in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and other locations (spine, hips, finger joints). Most of these studies have reported significant benefits in terms of symptoms (such as pain), function (such as mobility), and reduced medication requirements (such as anti-inflammatories). Chondroitin is frequently used with glucosamine sulfate.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) ñ MSM can be effective in the fight against Osteoarthritis (OA) and other joint pain because of its high sulfur content, one of the building blocks of healthy joints. Every year, thousands of athletes suffer debilitating injuries or joint degeneration. Most sports injuries involve pain, redness, heat, and swelling: the four cardinal signs of inflammation. MSM supplementation can assist the healing process without the side effects typically associated with other products.

Cissus Quadrangularis ñ Cissus is a medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years to aid in bone healing. Today it is also used as a supplement for those who suffer from conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis because of its anti-inflammatory effects. The Cissus Quadrangularis plant has been a healing secret, promoting bone health for thousands of years. As an increasing number of people turn to alternative medicine as a way to find healing plants like the Cissus Quadrangularis, we will continue to see more healthy alternatives for pain and inflammation.

White Willow Bark ñ (15% salicin) is the oldest painkiller in human history. It was used by the American Indians, Greeks, Assyrians and Egyptians for the treatment of pain and inflammation. The active ingredient in white willow bark is called salicin, the chemical model for the creation of aspirin. White willow bark is the natural choice for the treatment of many of the same conditions as aspirin, because it has fewer side effects and the benefits last longer.

Boswellia Serrate ñ (65% Bowellic Acid) Bowellia is a herb that has anti-inflammatory properties of Boswellia help to reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The acid from Boswellia increases the blood flow to joint tissues and prevents the breakdown of connective tissue.

Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) ñ (95% curcuminoids) the main yellow bioactive component of turmeric has been shown to have wide spectrum of biological actions. These include its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and many other activities. Clinically, curcumin has already been used to reduce postoperative inflammation. Safety evaluation studies indicate that both turmeric and curcumin are well tolerated at a very high dose without very toxic effects. Thus, both turmeric and curcumin have the potential medicine for the treatment of various diseases.

Opinion Summary

I am not going to lie, I LOVE this product. I noticed a difference from the first dose, just like it claims. I was kinda skeptical because the Glucosamine and Chondroitin, usually takes a couple of weeks to set in a work. However, I think with the combination of Cissus and the anti-imflammatories you feel the relief much faster. Working in the retail stores, I see every week customers that come in an swear by this product. This product is not only amazing for joint pain, it is great for overall pain. This product is not “sexy” but trust me, you will notice a difference with iJoint.

For more information on M4 Nutrition iJoint, stop by one of our retail stores or check out our website at….

www.SportSupplements.com

Retail Locations where M4 Nutrition iJoint and other M4 Nutrition products can be purchased:

Discount Sport Nutrition – Denton
2215 S. Loop 288, Ste 320
Denton, TX 76205
940-243-8990

Discount Sport Nutrition – Oklahoma City
8359 North Rockwell Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132
405-721-3300

Discount Sport Nutrition – Tulsa
6636 S. Memorial Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74133
918-249-0099

…. or order online at www.SportSupplements.com or by clicking here.

If you are interested in watching an online video of M4 Nutrition’s iJoint, please go here and click on the video.

Gerald Harris Blog – Gerald “Hurricane” Harris tapped to meet Josh Burkman

Posted on: September 14th, 2012 by Discount Sport Nutrition No Comments

Gerald Harris Blog – Gerald “Hurricane” Harris tapped to meet Josh Burkman

Gerald Harris Blog - Gerald "Hurricane" Harris tapped to meet Josh Burkman

Gerald “Hurricane” Harris talks with DSN

Gerald “Hurricane” Harris talks to Discount Sport Nutrition & SportSupplements.com Users: 

Was up, this is Gerald “Hurricane” Harris – I’ve been off the blog for a while, but a lot has happened since last October! I’ve had my Dream debut victory, Comedy career, & a new gym in Tulsa. So far so good with everything minus the injuries & lack of fights. People tend to forget that as a mixed martial artist we feed our families through our fight money. Once we are injured or unable to find a fight – we have to find other ways to supply that income. I have done a little more than that and in a way prepared myself for a future retirement from MMA when my body slows down.

Mixed Martial Arts has changed a lot every since the day I began my professional career. I went from fighting a one dimensional former football player in Oklahoma City while wearing Wal-Mart basketball shorts – to a Brock Lesnar PPV card slam KO victory. In that time span – fighters have become more evolved – there’s rarely any true style vs style match ups. Every since the day I decided to become a full time fighter it has been a struggle. As the father of four every day is a grind to get my next fight & bring in the proper amount of finances to take care of them. I have had my ups & downs but through it all I have learned a lot. I’ve made a vow to never make the same mistakes twice. My dream of becoming a UFC champion fell short with an embarrassing loss to an unknown Brazilian stand out. That was soon followed up by a very controversial decision loss to a local fighter. When most fighters would put their heads down and give up (I actually retired that night) I decided to make the most of it. I began to find other ways to make money such as comedy and fitness. These two things I have done my whole life and can not be replaced by computers – so with my educational background, experience, & determination – I began these new careers.

I’ve been in comedy for 16 years – promoting, performing, & traveling all over the country. I’ve won numerous awards & contest, but in all reality – it doesn’t pay well until you hit the mainstream. Local shows are similar to local fights – great show, but the money just isn’t there. Enough to pay a few bills & get groceries, but not buy a car off the lot type money. I took time off from comedy to focus on MMA but in all reality comedy helps me so much. It’s similar in many ways in the way that you have to perform in front of an audience. The only difference is in comedy I’m not locked in a cage with someone trying to knock my head off. Now in Comedy there is no “tapping out” unless you are boo’d off the stage – other than that you are booked for 5, 10, even 60 minute shows so you have to bring your A-game. People are often surprised at my skill level & stage presence, but I’m so comfortable with my talents that I feel I can do anything. In the cage & on the stage – I feel the same way – the pressure & motivation to perform for the audience.

Running a gym can be very stressful. Along with comedy – I run a local Boot Camp Fitness at my gym. So I have paperwork for comedy shows, promoting, then organizing workouts for my members. It’s stressful on top of cutting to my new found Welterweight class & preparing for a fight. Gym motivation comes from watching people lose weight and it generates a substantial amount of income (I don’t know what substantial means, but I heard it on a commercial & it sounded good!) I can’t say that it’s all about the money, but if you think about it like this then you will understand. Lets say that your a carpenter and your break your leg? Your out of work for 6 months, so what do you do? That’s how I felt when I broke my hand in May of this year. I physically will not be 100% able to compete until my World Series of fighting debut this November 3rd. Last year, I came back too early & it back fired when I broke the same bone again. So this time I am using comedy and the gym to get by until I am fully recovered. So I am stressed, but thankful at the same time that I can do two things that I actually enjoy and earn income.

Well, that’s it for now – remember the next fight is November 3rd on NBC. I’ll be fighting live, so tune in to support me & everyone except the dude I’m fighting! For now make sure you stop by Discount Sport Nutrition and see my boys, they will take care of you. Get your Vitamins, iJoint, Greens & Protein because living a healthy life is often ignored. Links are below for these items.  Take care of your body and live longer!

Until next time……….

Gerald “Hurricane” Harris

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Gerald Harris supplement regime consists of…

VitaZen Mulit-Pack

https://www.sportsupplements.com/p-13315-vitazen-omegazen-multizen-cognizen.aspx

Macro Greens

https://www.sportsupplements.com/p-2578-macro-life-naturals-macro-greens-nutrient-rich-super-food-supplement.aspx

M4 Nutrition iJoint

https://www.sportsupplements.com/p-13230-m4-nutrition-iseries-ijoint-120-caps.aspx

Dymatize Iso-100 Protein

https://www.sportsupplements.com/p-676-dymatize-iso-100.aspx

To check these products stop by our retail stores or check out our website at….www.SportSupplements.com

Discount Sport Nutrition Retail Locations:

Discount Sport Nutrition – Denton, TX
2215 S. Loop 288, Ste 320
Denton, TX 76205
940-243-8990

Discount Sport Nutrition – Oklahoma City, OK
8359 North Rockwell Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
405-721-3300

Discount Sport Nutrition – Tulsa, OK
6636 South Memorial Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74133
918-249-0099

Gaspari Detonate – Thermogenic Amplifier Blog Review

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by Discount Sport Nutrition No Comments

Gaspari Detonate – Thermogenic Amplifier Blog Review

Gaspari Detonate at Discount Sport Nutrition & SportSupplements.com

Gaspari Nutrition has recently released it’s latest creation called Dentonate. It is a fat burner/weight loss product that Gaspari Nutrition is really promoting on the market. Below I break down the product and tell you want exactly each ingredient does and if this is a good product for you to try.

Product Claims:
- A Clinically Studies Formula
- Tested in Active Healthy Men and Women
- Measured Reductions in Weight
- Increases in Lean Mass/Fat Mass Ratio
- Supported Safety Data

Supplement Facts:
Serving Size – 1 capsule
Servings Per Container – 60 caps
Amount Per Serving – Detonate Proprietary Blend – 700mg**
- Dendrobium extract (stem), B-Phenylethylamine HCL, Tangerine extract (Fruit), Caffeine anhydrous, Green Tea extract (leaf), Green Coffee Bean extract, Asian ginseng (root), Black Pepper extract (as BioPerine) (Fruit)
**Daily value (DV) not established.

Suggested Use for Gaspari Detonate – Thermogenic Amplifier – Take 1 to 2 pills on an empty stomach before breakfast. Do not use this product for more than 4 weeks followed by a subsequent 4 week break.

 

Ingredient Breakdown for Gaspari Detonate – Thermogenic Amplifier:

Dendrobium Extract (stem)

Dose – Unknown
- Dendorbium Extract, is being promoted as DMAA (1,3 Dimethyl or Germanium Oil) replacement. Dendrobium extract or Dendrobium offinale is a type of Chinese orchid. This herb has been used by in the Orient for years to replace “spent adaptive energy.” It is a very effective stimulant that gives you plenty of focus and energy. Best part about it, is unlike DMAA, Dendrobium, has been used in to treat sexual impotency. Those who have taken a product containing DMAA and then had troubles in the bedroom later one, will be happy about this.

B-Phenylethylamine HCL
- Dose – Unknown
- B-Phenylethylamine HCL, is biosynthesized from the amino acid L-Phenylalanine. It is naturally present in the brain and helps regulate mood, stress, and focus. This makes it a nice addition to this product. Phenylethylamine HCL can be found naturally in chocolate. However, it has a very short lifespan in the body because food sources of this metabolize too quickly to significantly affect the chemistry of the body.

Tangerine Extract (fruit)
- Dose – unknown
- Tangerine extract has been used by the Chinese for years to treat obesity, blood sugar problems, and diabetes. Tangerines have a flavonoid called nobiliten. Nobiliten, has recently been promoted for its ability to dramatically prevent weight gain and other problems associated with a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates.

Caffeine Anhydrous
- Dose – Unknown
- Unless you have neen hidding under a rock for the past 200 years, you know know caffeine is. There is SO MUCH information out there on caffeine and what it does for energy and weight loss, there is no need for me to go into details. Just know that caffeine is found naturally in tea, coffee, and chocolates. It helps improve energy and focus by stimulating your nervous system and brain.

Green Tea Extract (leaf)
- Dose – Unknown
- Green Tea is consumed by millions of people around the world each day. It contains the largest amount of antioxidants of any other tea. So, it is very healthy for you. It also is a natural source of caffeine. Green Tea Extract is going to give you a nice energy boost and may help you with weight control and/or fat burning.

Green Coffee Bean Extract
- Dose – unknown
- Dr. Oz, would be proud. Green Coffee Bean Extract, has just recently been given a popularity boost thanks for Dr. Oz, featuring it on his TV show. Green Coffee Bean Extract has been shown in studies to reduce visceral fat and body weight. Here is how it works…Green Coffee Beans contain an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid, or CGA. CGA has been reported to inhibit the absorption of glucose (sugar) in the small intestine as well as the release of glucose from the liver into the circulation. By doing this it reduces the level of glucose in your bloodstream so your body relies on fat cells for energy instead of carbohydrates, thus leading to more fat loss.

Asian Ginseng (Root)
- Dose – Unknown
- Ginseng, is another Chinese herb that has been around for 1000s of years. Ginseng, has been shown to boost energy, focus, and aid in the prevention of memory loss. Ginseng, has also been studied to help improve athletic performance, improving mood, and creating a better sense of well-being.

Black Pepper Extract (BioPerine)
- Dose – Unknown
- Black Pepper Extract, or BioPerine (Trademrked name) has been shown to increase the absorption of a variety of nutrients. It has also been show to have an antidepressant effect. This makes a nice addition to the Gaspari Detonate, because it may help speed up the effects of the product as well as give you a better since of well-being.

 

Opinion Summary – Lately Gaspari Nutrition, has put out some really crappy products. (I won’t name them.) However, this one looks really nice and promising. Dendrobium Extract, is the main stimulant in the pre-workout product called Craze, and I LOVE that product. That gives me an almost Adderall like effect. The addition with Green Coffee Bean Extract and BioPerine, will make this product a nice weight loss/fat burning product along with amazing energy all day. I would recommend people give this product a shot.

You can check out the Gaspari Nutrition Detonate online or in these retail stores

Discount Sport Nutrition – Denton, TX
2215 S. Loop 288, Ste 320
Denton, TX 76205
940-243-8990

Discount Sport Nutrition – OKC, OK
8359 North Rockwell Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132
405-721-3300

Discount Sport Nutrition – Tulsa, OK
6636 S. Memorial Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74133
918-249-0099

Online at www.SportSupplements.com or click here.

Order it here by clicking on this link.

Let us know what you think about either here on our blog or on any of our social media links on that main page of our website…. Gaspari Detonate – Thermogenic Amplifier.

USP Labs Jack3d Micro – Full Disclosure and Reviewed

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by Discount Sport Nutrition No Comments

USP Labs Jack3d Micro - Full Disclosure and Reviewed

USP Labs Jack3d Micro Reviewed!

In this blog we are going to fully breakdown the all new USP Labs Jack3d Micro. We will break down each ingredient and let you
know what each one is, what it does, what it is intended to do in this product, and if this is a product for you.  For pricing information and purchase locations, please follow this Link.

Product Highlight Claims:

- eNOS Super Performance Formula*
- Ultra Potent, Micro Technology
- Unique Patented & Trademarked Compounds
- Energy, focus, and concentration
- Creatine & Beta-Alanine Free (no tingles)
- Zero Artificial Dyes

USP Labs Jack3d Micro Supplement Facts:

Serving Size – 1 scoop (3.65gm)
Servings Per Container – 40

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – 50mg – 84% DV

eNOS Super Performance System – 2247mg
- L-Citrulline, Arginine Nitrate, Agmatine Sulfate, Grape Seed (95% Proanthocyanidins) Extract

CNS Contractile Stimulant System – 182mg
- Caffeine, Norcoclaurine HCl (Norcoline), 3,4-Dihydroxycinnamic Acid

Directions for Use…

Mix 1-2 micro scoops (3.65-7.30 grams) with 3-4 ounces of water per scoop and consume 30-45 minutes prior to workout.
The ideal serving for workout domination may vary between 1-2 scoops. Do not consume more than 2 scoops in any 24 hour period.

Ingredient Breakdown

Vitamin C (Absorbic Acid)
- Dose – 50mg (84% Daily Value)
- Vitamin C, plays a huge role is muscle building. I am not a big fan of the dose that USP Labs uses in this product. They
should have used a lot more in my opinion. Vitamin C, is a water soluble vitamin, meaning that if you are “over stocked” on
vitamin C, your body will just secret it out via sweat, urine, etc. When a lot of people think of vitamin C, they think immune
system, helps fight a cold or flu. While that is all very true, vitamin c plays a lot of different roles in the body for muscle
building and recovery. High levels of vitamin c can suppress your body’s release of cortisone. Cortisone, is a hormone that
your body releases under stress. Cortisone suppresses your testosterone levels and puts your body in a catabolic state. (Where
your body uses muscle for fuel) Vitamin C, also helps to rebuild muscle tears.

L-Citrulline
- Dose – Unknown
- L-Citrulline is an amino acid that is found naturally in foods such as meats, eggs, milk products, etc. Citrulline plays
many roles that benefits athletes and weight lifters. Citrulline fights off lactic acid build up, giving you more endurance
during workouts. Citrulline supports the production of nitric oxide, insulin, creatine, and growth hormones. Citrulline also
helps weight lifters similar to creatines but without the bloating, cramping, or water retention. Citrulline is a great
addition to Jack3d Micro and/or any pre-workout regime.

Arginine Nitrate
- Dose – Unknown
- Arginine Nitrate, is a precursor to nitric oxide that utilizes a second pathway than other typical nitric oxide precursors.
Also known as NOX3, Arginine Nitrate gives you a longer sustained pump than traditional nitric oxide precursors of the past.
During intense workouts your body starts to deplete itself of oxygen. While some nitric oxide precursors start to wear off
shortly after your workout starts, Arginine Nitrate lasts much longer since it does not rely on oxygen as much as other nitric
oxide precursors.

Agmatine Sulfate
- Dose – Unknown
- Agmatine Sulfate, is the latest craze in the supplement world. It seems like all of the new pre-workout powders to hit the
market are using Agmaine Sulfate. Agmaine Sulfate is another precursor of nitric oxide. When arginine is broken down in the
body, it is converted into Agmaine Sulfate. Agmaine Sulfate has a laundry list of benefits for athletes and weight lifters. It
enhances insulin production, nitric oxide production, supports nutrient delivery to muscles, etc. Agmatine Sulfate inhibits NO
synthesis, the enzyme that breaks down Nitric Oxide. This leads to longer and larger pumps. Agmatine Sulfate along with Agrinine
Nitrate is a killer combination for weight lifters looking for better results in the gym.

Grape Seed Extract
- Dose – Unknown
- Grape Seed Extract has strong antioxidant properties. Grape Seed Extract is used in Jack3d Micro due to its ability to help
with the conversion from nitrates to nitric oxide.

Caffeine
- Dose – Unknown
- Unless you have need hiding under a rock for the past 200 years, you know what caffeine is. There is SO MUCH information
out there on caffeine and what it does for energy and weight loss, there is no need for me to go into details. Just know that
caffeine is found naturally in tea, coffee, and chocolates. It helps improve energy and focus by stimulating your nervous
system and brain.

Norcoclaurine HCl (Norcoline)
- Dose – Unknown
- Norcoclaurine HCL or Norcoline, seems to be the ingredient that USP Labs is using to replace the DMAA stimulant in the
original Jack3d. Norcoline, promotes energy, focus, mental clarity, with no energy crash. Most stimulants tend to restrict the
veins causing them to inhibit the production of Nitric Oxide. Research is showing that Norcoclaurine HCl does not restrict
veins therefore it doesn’t affect nitric oxide production like other stimulants. This makes a really great addition to Jack3d
Micro.

3,4-Dihydroxycinnamic Acid
- Dose – Unknown
- 3,4-Dihydroxycinnamic Acid is in Jack3d to simply enhance the stimulant effect. It gives you a longer lasting and smoother
energy effect with no crash.

Opinion Summary
- I have not been a fan of USP Labs products in the past. The entire “concentrated” pre-workout I think is a bunch of ______.
However, this product looks promising. There is sound science behind this product. It gives you really good pumps, great
endurance, with no crash. I would recommend this product as a pre-workout for someone who just wants more energy and
endurance for a workout. If you add a high end, more advance form of creatine such as Creatine Ethyl Ester or Kre-Alkalyn, to
this and take a good BCAA powder during your workout, you got yourself an amazing supplement blue print for growth and recovery.

For more information on USP Labs Jack3d Micro or to buy this product, stop by our retail stores in…

Discount Sport Nutrition - Denton, TX
2215 S. Loop 288, Ste 320
Denton, TX 76205
940-243-8990

Discount Sport Nutrition – Oklahoma City, OK

8359 North Rockwell Ave.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132

405-721-3300

Discount Sport Nutrition – Tulsa, OK

6636 S. Memorial Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74133

918-249-0099

 

Or you can click on the link below….

https://www.sportsupplements.com/p-13657-usp-labs-jack3d-micro.aspx

What protein should I take?

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by Discount Sport Nutrition 3 Comments

What protein should I take?

                   Every day we get asked the same question whether in one of our stores, our website, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube channel…”What protein do you suggest?”  Now sometimes people are just asking for our opinion on what brand to take.  However, most of the time, they have no idea what types of protein to take, when to take them, or even what protein is.  They just know that one of their buddies or their trainer told them that they need protein.  So, I am going to try to explain, in a very simple and easy to understand way, what the different types of proteins are, when to take them, and why.  I may not talk about every single protein known to man, but I am going to hit on all of the major ones that are sold on the health food market today.

 

What is protein?

                  Well, according to Dictionary.com, Protein is any of numerous, highly varied organic molecules constituting a large portion of the mass of every life form and necessary in the diet of all animals and othernonphotosynthesizing organisms, composed of 20 or more amino acids linked in a genetically controlled linear sequence into one or more long polypeptide chains, the final shape another properties of each protein being determined by the side chains of the amino acids and their chemical attachments: proteins include such specialized forms as collagen for supportive tissue, hemoglobin for transport, antibodies for immune defense, and enzymes for metabolism.

Get that???  Yeah…me neither.  Simply put, protein is the building blocks of all muscle and consists of strains of amino acids.  Amino Acids are the building blocks of all life as we know it.  Our government will tell you that you can not live without carbohydrates, well one…yes you can…I mean explain Eskimos…and two…try living without proteins for a week and see how you feel!  An old school lifter will tell you that you need a supplement amino acid to build muscle mass, which they are right…but not exactly.  Let me explain…old school lifters used to take in huge horse pills after horse pills of amino acids to build muscle.  Well, studies show that our bodies absorb amino acids faster and more efficiently through protein sources.  Now, 1000mg of amino acids makes up 1 gram of protein.  So, if you take in 25 grams of protein, you are basically taking in 25,000mg of amino acids.

 

So what are the types of protein?

 

It should be noted that while I am a “supplement guy,” you really should try to get the bulk of your protein intake from food sources.  Good sources like meats (beef, chicken, fish, turkey, etc.) are best.  However, some of us don’t have time to sit and eat that much so protein powders, and bars are the next best thing.  Now to the types of protein supplements….

Whey protein – “King of all proteins,” as I have heard it called.  Whey protein is the most popular protein by far on the market.  Whey protein has the most abundant amino acids of any protein source that we have found to date.  It is also the quickest to digest.  This makes whey protein ideal for a post workout shake.  Funny history about whey protein…Whey protein is a by-product from turning milk into cheese.  They use to throw whey in the trash!!  It tasted awful and just looked nasty.  However, once they discovered what a valuable source of amino acids it contained….bam…now it is a HUGE multi-million dollar market.  The United States is estimated to produce over 450 million pounds of whey by 2015!!!  There are several types of whey proteins you will see on the market.  The differences between those are for another blog…another day.  Two quick very general points on the different types of whey.  1 – There is not a single study showing that by taking a “high grade whey versus a cheaper whey” gives you better athletic performance.  2 – Whey is a dairy product.  Although it is very low in lactose, those that are sensitive to lactose should be leery.  Due to the high demand for dairy in general worldwide (China encourages its population to drink powdered milk, Gatorade came out with their G-Series drinks, etc.) the price of whey has sky rocketed in recent years.  Back in the early 2000s you could by a 5lb whey container for only $25 bucks.  Now, it is around $50 to $80 for a 5lb!

 

Egg Protein – Egg protein is “Natures Perfect Protein.”  You remember Rocky, throwing raw eggs in a blender and chugging it down?!?!  Yeah…don’t do that…you will probably get sick.  Egg protein is a complete protein with a digestion rate of about 2 to 4 hours.  That makes egg protein, an ideal protein for a meal replacement or a in between meal snack.  Egg protein, has always been slightly on the pricey side.  However, in recent years it has become about the same price as whey, and the price of egg protein has been fairly stable over the past decade.  Since egg protein is not from a dairy source, it is the ideal protein for individuals that are lactose intolerant or just have sensitive stomachs.

 

Casein Protein – Casein protein is a dairy product.  Casein is also listed as “Milk Protein” on the nutritional labels.  It is fairly high in lactose naturally.  Around 80% of the protein found in milk is casein.  Casein is a very slow digesting protein.  This makes it ideal for bedtime.  You will see marketing terms like “Time-Released” or “Slow Acting” associated with casein.  Again, because this protein is high in lactose, if are you lactose intolerant avoid this one like the plague.  If you are not, you should really consider adding casein to your supplement regimen.  Remember, you don’t build muscle in the gym; you build muscle while you sleep.  By taking casein at bedtime, your body will have plenty of amino acids to use to build or rebuild those muscles during R.E.M. sleep or “deep sleep,” which takes about 4 to six hours to get into.

 

Soy Protein – Soy protein is derived from soy beans.  Soy protein is in fact a complete protein.  A complete protein is a protein that contains all nine essential amino acids.  (These are amino acids that our bodies cannot make and we must get them from food sources.)  Soy Protein is very popular with vegetarians.  Soy protein has a lot of health benefits especially but not limited to women.  Soy protein is used to help lower LDL cholesterol, lower high blood pressure, and slow the progression of kidney disease, and on and on.  That being said, here is the “contrivercy with soy for guys.  Soy Protein contains “isoflavones” which are changed in the body to “phytoestrogens,” which are similar to the hormone estrogen.  When men specifically, consume phytoestrogens in high enough quantities, they may experience gender-bending effects.  Over the past two decades the FDA as promoted soy protein as a great healthy addition to everyone’s diet.  Well, I encourage everyone to do their own research on this.  This is just my opinion, but I believe from my own research that men should avoid soy at all cost.  Again, there is plenty of information out there for both sides of the argument.  So, I strongly encourage you to do your own research and form you own opinion on soy.  With that being said, soy digests very slowly in the body similar to casein.  So, soy is a good bedtime protein as well as a protein to take as a meal replacement or a protein to take during long periods without eating.

 

Beef Protein – Beef protein Isolate, was introduced on the supplement market a while back but never gained popularity until recently.  Even today, it is not the most popular protein on the market.  However, it is gaining some steam.  Beef protein isolate, is really a great form of protein.  Unlike red meat, beef protein isolate is very low in cholesterol if it has any cholesterol.  So now, you can get some of the benefits of red meat without the saturated fats and bad cholesterol.  Beef Protein isolate is a complete protein and actually has a digestive rate similar to whey.  So, beef protein isolate makes a great post workout protein and since beef is not derived from milk, it is completely lactose free.  There are two big hurtles that I see beef protein isolate has.  One issue is the taste perception.  When people think of beef…chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla does not come to mind.  However, there are some on the market that actually tastes really good.  Two, is the cost.  Beef protein isolate was thought my some companies to be the solution to the unstable dairy market prices.  However, due to recent droughts, high cost of feed, and other factors, beef protein isolate is NOT a cost effective protein source for the supplement industry.

 

Buckwheat Protein – Buckwheat protein is a plant based protein source that contains all of the essential amino acids to be called a complete protein.  It is a great protein source for vegetarians and for people who are lactose intolerant and/or just want to avoid dairy sources.  Buckwheat is easily digested with a digestion rate slightly similar to soy protein.

 

Hemp Protein – Hemp protein is derived from the seed of the cannabis sativa plant.  Hemp protein is a plant based protein that is a complete protein.  It is in my opinion the best plant based protein on the market.  It is a good source of essential fatty acids, is easily digested, and has a broader range of amino acids than other plant based proteins.  Hemp protein is very popular amongst endurance athletes like MMA fighters due to it being a more alkaline and natural protein source.  Hemp protein, like other plant based proteins, digests slower than whey protein.

 

Pea Protein – Pea Protein has recently become a popular protein source in the supplement market.  It is considered a “green” protein because it comes from a plant source.  Pea Protein is considered a complete protein.  Most supplement users are taking in pea protein and not even knowing it.  The FDA now requires companies to manufacture products in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) facilities.  While the GMP does some good things, the one thing it does that is negative, is it raises the cost of doing business.  So, since it costs supplement manufactures more produce a product, they pass that on to the consumer.  However, I got some bad news for you.  There is always a “threshold of pain” when it comes to the amount the consumers will pay for any product and that is no different when it comes to protein powders.  Since the price of protein keeps going up, supplement manufactures are always looking for ways to reduce the cost of product.  One way to reduce the cost of protein powders, especially whey protein, is to put more carbohydrates or fats in the product.  ***Spoiler*** Another way they can reduce the cost of producing whey protein is to mix in some pea protein and that is just what is happening.  With the GMP, comes certain testing’s.  When they go to test the purity of a whey protein batch with the GMP testing methods, they cannot detect the pea protein.  Supplement companies can reduce their costs up to 20% by introducing pea protein to their 100% whey protein powders.

 

Now I realize that there are more types of proteins out there on the market, but the ones I have talked about in this blog are the most popular ones.

 

How much protein should I take in?

 

Anyone who has ever lifted a weight is going to have a different opinion on how much protein one should take on a daily basis.  Some people say you need a gram per body weight.  Others say you need 1.5 or even 2 grams per body weight.  There are other people who say we need much less.  I don’t think anyone is going to be right on the amount we need because we are all different.  What I need on a daily basis is going to be way different from another person.  Just my opinion, I think someone should take in a gram per lean body weight.  (Lean body weight is your total weight minus your body fat.)  Keep in mind that when someone tells you to take a certain amount of protein a day, they do not mean to get all of that from protein powders.  You need to factor in the food sources of proteins you eat and then whatever you are lacking after you eat all of your foods, and then you supplement your protein needs with a protein supplement.  After all, a supplement is supposed to supplement your diet.

 

Now don’t fall into the trap of, “A person can only absorb a certain amount of protein at a time.”  While this is true, there is not magic number that fits everyone.  I know my personal max protein intake is between 45 to 55 grams at a time.  Any more that than, my stomach gets upset.  So, you have to play around with your protein intake.

 

What is the best time to take in protein?

 

I suggest taking in protein every 3 hours.  However the three key times of the day to take in protein are breakfast, post workout, and bedtime.  Here are the reasons why.

 

Breakfast – You need to “break the fast” of sleep.  You just gone through 6 or more hours without protein.  Perfect time to get some in your body.

 

Post Workout – Remember, you don’t build muscle in the gym, you rip them up.  That is why we get a pump.  Your body is flushing blood into the muscles to try to give them nutrients to rebuild them.  This is the best time to take in a fast digesting liquid protein (such as whey) to flood your muscles with the key amino acids to build the muscles stronger and faster.

 

Bedtime – You are going to go 6 or more hours without feeding your muscles.  Plus, again, you build muscle while you sleep.  It is important to take a slow digesting protein (such as casein) to slowly feed those muscles overnight while you recover.

 

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Posted on: October 30th, 2011 by Discount Sport Nutrition 3 Comments
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Was up, this is Gerald “Hurricane” Harris – MMA veteran and season 7 cast member of the The Ultimate Fighter 7. I just finished a week of rest after competing in my first fight in Japan! I’m not sure if there’s enough letters on this keyboard to explain how fun it was, but I can tell you now that I had a great time. I don’t consider any fight a vacation, but at the same time – these trips are totally funded by the organization so they are easier to enjoy. Other than the fact that you’ll be locked in a cage or ring with another individual trying to beat you up – it’s pretty fun.

Japan was fun, but it wasn’t my first time overseas. I’ve attended the UK twice to help Rampage Jackson and Michael Bisping train for fights. I’ve also been to the Bahamas & since I’ve signed with Dream MMA I’ll be going there numerous times. Our plan is to fight on the New Years Eve Card – then aim for the title. The title is currently vacant (formerly held by Gegard Mousassi) so it’s a lot of motivation to become the champion. It’s not going to be an easy road, but with my team and huge amount of support – I will make it happen.

My first fight was against Kazihuro Nakamura an Olympic Judo specialist from Japan. Nakamura doesn’t have the greatest record, but he’s only lost to the best in the world from Heavyweight to Light Heavyweight. The fight was a grinder, but I landed more punches, and finished with my signature big slam! We are unaware of a NYE opponent, but I’m excited to go back. The Japanese fans are amazing & the organization treated up with the up most respect.

Well, I should have an opponent in the next few weeks along with starting another training camp. This last camp I went to Florida and trained with Rashad Evans, Anthony Johnson, and Mike Van Arnsdale along with my team in Oklahoma. I felt great, but the jet lag & some bad food in Japan gave me some trouble the day of the fight. We still came out victorious but it was a very difficult task. If all goes well, I’ll be starting camp soon, so I’ll be back with updates.