BEST PROTEIN POWDER
We know that navigating the protein world can get overwhelming. That's why we’ve put together our best protein powders to cover all your bases. All of our protein powders use simple, natural ingredients and are third party tested for contaminants. Whether you’re looking for protein powder to build lean muscle mass, improve recovery, follow a plant based lifestyle, or simply increase your protein intake...we’ve got you covered.
Protein powder is derived from a variety of sources and can be used to increase muscle mass, improve overall body composition, and increase protein intake.
Three common forms of protein include:
Concentrates - Extracted from whole foods using heat and enzymes, concentrates typically contain 60-80% protein and 20-40% carbohydrates and fats.
Isolates - Also extracted from whole foods, isolates go through additional filtering to remove more fats and carbs. Isolate powders contain 90-95% protein.
Hydrolysates - A “predigested” form of protein, hydrolysates have undergone a process of hydrolysis, which uses heat to break down the amino acids allowing your body to absorb them quicker.
HOW TO CHOOSE PROTEIN POWDER
There are different factors to consider when choosing a protein powder. Factors such as type of protein, protein-based on goals, and ingredients that go into flavoring (natural vs. artificial).
Before choosing a protein powder, take a look at the ingredient list and make sure that the source of protein powder matches your lifestyle by taking into consideration food allergies, animal vs plant-based ingredients, and the purpose of the protein supplement (recovery, lean protein, low carb, etc.).
- Animal Based
- Build Lean Muscle
- Weight Loss
- Natural vs. Artificial
- Look for proteins with natural flavors that don’t use artificial sweeteners.
Whey is the liquid part of milk that separates during cheese production. This watery substance is then refined and processed into whey powder - a perfect addition to smoothies, shakes, and even protein bars. Easily digested and packed with branched-chain amino acids, whey promotes muscle growth, improves recovery after resistance training, increases lean mass, and decreases body fat.
Our BUILD protein is packed with high-quality Non-GMO whey coming from grass-fed protein. A combination of both whey isolate and concentrate, BUILD fuels muscle growth, shortens recovery time, and increases lean muscle mass.
Sourced from 100% Non-GMO, grass-fed dairy cows, with zero added rBGH and rBST hormones, BUILD is processed through cold manufacturing that produces whey full of non-denatured proteins.
With a nutritionally dense profile, BUILD is the ideal high protein, low carbohydrate, post-workout shake. Due to BUILD’s low carbohydrate count, it can also be used as a guilt-free high protein snack throughout the day.
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The best post-workout supplements will optimize your training, replenish your energy stores, and decrease muscle breakdown after those tough training sessions. Refueling your body is critical to not only your recovery but to your performance as well.
Optimize your workouts with our POST Non-GMO protein and carbohydrate blend. Designed to shorten recovery time after intense training sessions, POST was developed to help you recover and come back stronger!
After an intense workout, your body needs carbohydrates to drive nutrients to your muscles in order to restore muscle glycogen levels, especially if you are pushing the limits and working out more than once a day.
POST is packed with 58g of carbohydrates and 20g of our cold processed grass-fed protein. Designed with the widely studied 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, POST has a well-balanced serving of electrolytes, antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids to rebuild and refuel your muscles.
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PLANT-BASED PROTEIN POWDER
The best plant-based protein powders offer a great alternative to individuals who follow a plant-based diet, have lactose intolerances, or are simply trying to reduce their intake of animal-based products.
We use Organic Rice Protein and Organic Pea Protein to give you 16g of protein in every serving with a touch of stevia for the perfect amount of sweetness. On top of that, we added in four of the best superfoods around - Organic Goji Berry, Organic Camu Camu, Organic Maca, and Maqui Berry Powder to give you a balanced nutritional profile.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body that actively works to rebuild connective tissues that are found in tendons, ligaments, muscles, and skin.
Did you know that once you pass age 25, your collagen production slows at a rate of 1.5% per year? Our grass-fed and pasture-raised bovine collagen are designed to rebuild and repair your connective tissues. High in glycine and proline, adding collagen to your diet will help combat your decreased production rate and keep your joints oiled and strong.
Unflavored and tasteless, ATH Collagen can be added to your favorite necessities without altering their flavor or texture. A perfect addition to your morning coffee, smoothies, juices, baked goods, and the list goes on and on.
Collagen Powder Benefits:
- Supports Joint Functions
- Promotes Gut Health
- Improves Skin Health
- Prevents Bone Loss
- Improves Muscle Mass
HOW MUCH PROTEIN PER DAY
The recommended dietary reference intake (RDI) for protein is 0.36 grams of protein per pound (0.8 grams/kg) of body weight, this is a minimal if not modest amount for most sedentary individuals.
Sedentary males need 56 grams per day. Sedentary females need 46 grams per day.
These recommendations will increase depending on your lifestyle. For the average adult who lives a mainly healthy lifestyle and gets in some exercise here and there, their protein intake will increase.
Average males need 56-91 grams per day. Average females need 46-75 grams per day.
Lastly, we look at the protein needs of athletes. Athletes need a higher protein intake to help rebuild and repair muscles and connective tissues that were broken down during exercise. According to the American College of Sports Medicine the amount of protein that athletes need compared to normal individuals are two to three times higher - resulting in 1.4-2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
HOW MUCH PROTEIN PER DAY TO BUILD MUSCLE
Gaining muscle mass primarily means = increased protein, extra calories, and heavyweights.
You’ll need to be in a caloric surplus in order to gain muscle mass and bulk, but let it get out of control and you’ll find yourself with a fat surplus as well.
Those looking to build muscle should aim for 40-60% of their total calories to come from carbohydrates, 25-35% from protein, and 15-25% from fat.
Carbs and protein provide 4 calories each per gram and fat provides 9 calories per gram. With that information, you can calculate your macronutrient ratio.
2500 calories at 50% carbs=1250 calories divided by 4 calories/gram=313 grams of carbs
2500 calories at 25% protein=625 calories divided by 4 calories/gram=156 grams of protein
2500 calories at 25% fat=625 calories divided by 9 calories/gram= 69 grams of fat
The key to gaining muscle without gaining excess fast is to calculate your macros and stick to them.
When combined with an appropriate strength training program, consuming a slight caloric surplus of 200-500 calories coming from high-quality macronutrients and consumed around the time of the physical activity will provide the essential nutrients needed to successfully build muscle.
PROTEIN BEFORE OR AFTER WORKOUT
Protein Before Workout…
- BUILD can be taken before a workout and as a snack to increase protein intake for individuals looking to build lean muscle mass.
- The ideal low carbohydrate, high protein combination allows you to increase your protein without increasing your carbohydrate intake.
Protein After Workout…
- POST should be taken as a recovery shake after high-intensity training sessions.
- The widely studied 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein helps you recover from intense exercise by restoring lost glycogen while rebuilding and refueling muscles.
PROTEIN POWDER FOR MEN
Best protein powders for men, based on their goals.
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PROTEIN POWDER FOR WOMEN
Best protein powders for women, based on their goals.
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