Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Review

By | November 5, 2015

Rating –  7.25/10

I know a lot of people like Body Fortress protein because it is one of the less expensive brands and can be boughtBody Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein conveniently at Wal-mart (or amazon $17.98). But is it as good of a product as other more expensive brands. Lets find out in this in depth Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Review. Here I will analyze the different more important muscle building ingredients and see how their dosage and quality is. These ingredients include protein, creatine monohydrate, taurine, and l-glutamine.

First lets have a look at the nutrition label.

2 Lbs. Vanilla
Serving Size: 1 Scoop (33 g)
Servings Per Container27
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 130       
Calories From Fat 30       
Total Fat 3 g 5%†
Saturated Fat 2 g 10%†
Cholesterol 90 mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%†
Sugars 2 g ††
Protein 20 g 40%†
Calcium 84 mg 8%
Phosphorus 65 mg 6%
Magnesium 13 mg 3%
Sodium 55 mg 2%
Potassium 95 mg 3%
Super Recovery Blend 3 g ††
Creatine Monohydrate 1 g ††
Taurine 1 g ††
L-Glutamine 1 g ††
† Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
†† Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients:
Super Whey Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate), Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gum, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose.
Contains milk and soy ingredients.

Since protein is obviously the reason for you buying this product lets start with it.

Protein

Now I know many people believe the more protein the better. But there is a limit to the amount that can be synthesized at one time. Studies have been conducted measuring the rate of protein synthesis with different amounts of protein consumed. The rate of protein synthesis increases until you hit somewhere from 20 to 40 grams of protein at one sitting. Any more than that is unnecessary (for most people… some bodies may be able to synthesize more).

Is there any benefit to consuming more than 20 to 40 grams of protein in one sitting? Yes, it is suggested that the extra protein resides in your gut until your body is able to synthesize it.

Type of Protein

Whey Protein:

  • has been shown to increase myofibrillar muscle protein synthesis more than other types of protein such as soy protein and casein protein
  • study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition of 48 volunteers measuring muscle protein synthesis before and after resistance exercise
    • MPS increasd 49% with 20g of whey protein immediately after working out
    • MPS increased 56% with 40g of whey protein immediately after working out

As the label states the protein content is a mixture of whey protein concentrate and isolate.

  • whey protein concentrate

    • less concentrated than isolate
    • anywhere from 29 to 89 % protein
    • more of a complete meal
    • also contains milk fat and lactose
    • increases glutathione levels
    • helps improve immune system
  • whey protein isolate

    • much more concentrated than whey concentrate
    • 90% and up in protein content
    • less of a complete meal

Which is better?

If you were to use a protein shake as a meal replacement the concentrate would contribute more to overall health. However, if your diet is besides protein shakes is decent they the isolate is probably what you want, since the reason you are buying it is for the protein.

The label doesn’t state how much of either is in each serving. Hopefully there is a decent mixture.

Also, the label says if you are a serious athlete or bodybuilder to consume two scoops after working out. So you would be getting 40g of protein and the bottle would only last for about 13 days if you took two a day.


 

Creatine MonohydrateCreatine

Creatine is a great additional ingredient for a protein powder.

Its benefits include:

  • supplies high-glycolytic fast-twitch muscle fibers with energy by increasing ATP regeneration
    • ATP releases energy during muscular contractions
      • this will allow for stronger muscular contractions
      • delays muscle fatigue
  • helps with muscle recovery
    • Study performed which monitored cell damage looking at indicators such as the creatine kinase, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and lactate dehydrogenase
      • a group of athletes performed a workout
      • half supplemented 20g creatine for 5 days the other half did not
      • results showed the half which supplemented creatine showed a distinctly faster recovery to the muscle cell damage
  • increases muscle volume
    • largely due to the increased H2O flow from the blood stream into the muscles
    • (if you have never seen any noticeable volume increases it could be due to cheap creatine or the kind of creatine)

Now that you know some important benefits of creatine lets take a look at the type of creatine this product is providing, which is creatine monohydrate.

Type of Creatine:

Creatine monohydrate
  • the most researched of the creatine types
  • 88% pure
    • it is bound to water (mono”hydrate”) which accounts for 12% of each molecule
    • actually is a high percentage compared to other forms
    • So with the 1 gram of creatine monohydrate that this product provides there is really only 0.88g of creatine that can be used by the body.

Now you may be wondering, is 1g (or really .88g) of creatine optimal?

A study conducted by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition on healthy athletes found this:

  • fastest way to increase your body’s creatine stores in the muscle is to consume 0.3 grams per kilogram of body weight for approx. three days. (Loading Phase)
  • after the muscle’s creatine stores are filled anywhere from 3 to 5 grams should be consumed per day. (Maintenance)
  • showed that consuming 2 to 3 grams per day following the loading phase was not able to maintain the increased levels as much

So is supplementing 1g of creatine monohydrate enough?

Really it depends on how much creatine you are getting from your meats. However it is hard to determine considering that much of creatine is destroyed from the heat in the cooking process

Raw Foods Creatine ContentRaw Beef
  • beef contains 4-5 g of creatine per kg
  • salmon contains also 4-5 g of creatine per kg
  • and if you are wondering breast milk contains from 0-1 g of creatine per kg

With that said, you would have to eat 600g of raw beef a day (if it contained the higher 5g amount per kg) just to get 3 grams of creatine, and you want 3-5 remember. So it is not practical to consume this much, meaning you need to supplement it. With the creatine you get from foods plus the additional 1g you get from Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein, you will still want more for optimal results.

So while the 1g this provides you with is undoubtedly beneficial for building muscle, you still want more.


 

TaurineTaurine Molecule

Taurine is a amino sulfonic acid and can be obtained through the consumption of meats and fish and can also be manufactured by your body, which makes it a conditional amino acid. It is used in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells. Taurine can benefit your cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, immune system, and of course your skeletal muscles.

Muscle Benefits:

  • helps maintain normal muscle contractile function
  • improves muscular endurance
  • low amounts in the body have been linked to muscle depletion
  • modulator of many processes
    • osmotic pressure
    • enzyme activity
    • cell development
    • cell signaling
    • receptor regulation

Brain:

  • is thought to act as a sedative on the brain (calming)
    • decreases anxiety
    • improves mental focus

Optimal Dosage:

  • around 3000 mg per day
    • will allow body to use taurine in vital processes
    • not too much, so the excess can be easily excreted by the kidneys

So is the 1 g of Taurine in Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein enough??

Yes, because your body can manufacture it, it is not essential to consume. For the average person taurine deficiency should not be a worry. With this 1 g of taurine your body will get a little extra help. It is especially good taken as a post workout due to exercise leading to decreased taurine levels.

And lastly..


 

L-GlutamineL-Glutamine Molecule

There is more glutamine in your blood than any other amino acid. About 60% of your muscles are made up of glutamine. During intense workouts and other stressful situations your body uses up glutamine and may struggle to increase its levels back to normal. Supplementing glutamine of course helps.

Benefits:

  • improves muscle hydration status
    • leads to increased cell volume
      • can lead to increased strength
  • if supplemented, can lessen amount of intramuscular glutamine and protein used
    • prevents muscle loss
  • strengthens immune system
    • often athletes are more susceptible to catching a cold after intense exercise which is linked to glutamine depletion

On to the dose. Is 1 g of glutamine enough?

  • study by Journal of Nutrition
    • healthy athletes supplemented 28 g of glutamine for two weeks
    • no ill effects from such high dosages
  • .75 g per kg which is about 51 g per day for someone 150lbs has shown adverse affects

The optimal dose is not known, but it seems that 5 g or greater is the normal dosage.


 

Moving on, I can’t leave out these two ingredients that have caused a lot of controversy.

Bad Ingredients

Acesulfame Potassium

  • zero calorie sweetener
  • used in Sunett and Sweet One (sweeteners)
  • has methylene chloride in it
    • known carcinogen
    • can cause nausea and headaches
    • similar to aspartame

Sucralose

  • also a zero calorie sweetener
  • aka Splenda
  • reduces good bacteria in stomach
  • can cause
    • gastrointestinal problems
    • dizziness
    • migraines
    • potentially seizures

Conclusion

The main ingredient, the protein, has a good dose of 20 g per serving. I would like it to be closer to 30 g a serving but 20 is still good and has shown to increase muscular protein synthesis by up to 49%. As for the creatine, taurine, and glutamine, they are all a great addition and will undoubtedly help improve strength and muscle gains. However, they are all dosed at 1 g which is not all that much. So additional supplementation would be a good idea if you are serious about your gains. Now on to the sweeteners. I just don’t get why they had to put Acesulfame Potassium and Sucralose in here. They are still used in many many foods and drinks, but I just think it is unnecessary. Can’t you use a natural sweetener?

Anyhow, judging on this products protein content alone I would give it a rating of 7 out of 10. I consider its creatine, taurine, and glutamine content somewhat of a bonus which adds value, but then its artificial sweeteners take away some value. Overall I am going to rate it 7.25/10.

Where to Buy

Wal-mart and Amazon are the two most popular sellers of Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein. You can purchase at Amazon for $17.98.

If you have any thoughts on this product or have tried it for yourself comment below and let me know what you think.

 

 

 

 

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