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  • Musashi High Protein Bar Review - Great value (if you can tolerate the taste)

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    These are a basic bar that don't excel in any particular category. The taste and texture are both well below average and the nutritional composition leaves a lot to be desired. The price point is however good for a 90g high protein bar.

  • Vital All in One Review - A good all-rounder

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    Vital All in One ranks as one of our top greens products with a mind-blowing array of ingredients. However with such ingredient diversity, several are only found in extremely small amounts.

  • Optimum Nutrition Protein Crunch Protein Bars Review - Crunchy goodness...but not quite perfect

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    These bars taste great and the crunchy texture is amazing. They are however a bar high in protein and low in sugar, without much other nutritional benefit.

  • Faction Labs Disorder VS Redcon1 Total War

    A good pre-workout supplement should serve one primary purpose above all else; enabling you to have a highly productive session. However, even if a product clears the boundary in this regard, there is still much more that goes into making a supplement a great success overall.

    To help you compare some options you may be considering, we have compiled the traits of two very popular pre-workout supplement products- Faction Labs Disorder and Redcon1 Total War and made it easy for you by comparing them to see how they fare.

    Let’s delve right into it and see what these juggernauts have on offer.

    Taste

    The taste of a product offering plays a large part in how well it is received by consumers overall, since not everyone is comfortable with ingesting unflavoured or unpalatable powders. With this consideration, I am not surprised that these two brands have done their research to make available flavours that are appreciated by users.

    To Start with Faction Labs Disorder is available in four unique flavours, all with a fruit centric taste. These include the passionfruit based Green Haze, raspberry Red Russian, watermelon Purple Reign, and candy bomb Blue Pearl flavour.

    Redcon1 Total War, on the other hand offers significantly more flavour options, which might be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. For one, more flavour options mean that you are likely to find one that works well for you, but on the flipside too many options sometimes leads to buyer paralysis. Their flavour offerings include blue coconut, blue raspberry, sour gummy bear, orange crush, pineapple, pink lemonade, watermelon, the curiously named White Walker, and a few other options as well.

    Nutritional Composition

    Do you know why some supplements succeed and others don’t? Because of what they contain. Indeed, if you’re going to fill your powder with a lot of unnecessary or filler ingredients, it won’t go over well with consumers.

    In the case of Faction Labs Disorder, its formula is quite comprehensive and offers much of what you’re looking for in a pre-workout product. To start it, it contains over 6 g of citrulline, one of the key vasodilator base ingredients on the market. Citrulline works much better than supplemental arginine for converting into nitric oxide and subsequently enhancing blood flow and oxygen delivery[i].

    To follow that up, it contains a very effective dose of beta-alanine, coming in at 3200 mg. Beta-alanine helps to saturate muscle carnosine stores, which in turn helps buffer fatigue and improve performance[ii].

    Mucuna Pruriens, also known as velvet bean extract, is a rich source of the amino acid L-dopa, which is subsequently converted to dopamine and can boost drive and motivation. Other supporting ingredients in L- theanine, L-norvaline, synephrine, and hordenine all function to help mental clarity, and even fat oxidation[iii].

    And of course, there is classic caffeine, which can be found in the majority of highly effective pre-workout powders. Caffeine not only enhances energy and motivation but also has an ergogenic effect on performance and fat usage[iv]. Just keep in mind- you’re getting a whopping 450mg per scoop!

    Redcon1 Total War offers a little more streamlined ingredient profile, opting to leave out some of the redundant ingredients and instead include ingredients with an upgrade. For instance, their L-citrulline malate is of the 2:1 ratio, which is actually the recommended ratio of citrulline to malic acid (malate). The 2 to 1 ratio refers to twice the amount of citrulline than malic acid, as some other supplements include a higher malic acid ratio which is sub-optimal.

    Other ingredients include beta-alanine, beetroot extract which is a rich source of dietary nitrates, caffeine anhydrous, taurine to help reduce muscle cramping, while the inclusion of AMPiberry supports a smoother energy curve when combined with caffeine.

    This is also supported by the presence of Infinergy di-caffeine malate, which is a sustained-release form of caffeine that is said to offer all the stimulant energy boosting effects but without the associated crash.

    Texture And Solubility

    Both of these products mix surprisingly well in water, given that you follow the mixing directions and use enough liquid in the first place.

    Faction Labs Disorder recommends mixing half of a scoop in 725ml water, while Redcon1 Total War advises mixing one scoop in 4 to 6 ounces of water (120-180ml), which is a significantly lesser volume. This could likely mean that Faction Labs Disorder has a poorer mixability in water. Nevertheless, it makes for a smooth drink as long as you follow the instructions.

    Value For Money

    One thing is clear across the board- good supplements aren’t cheap. That being said, neither of these pre-workout powders is priced bad, but you will still want to know the numbers behind it.

    Faction Labs Disorder offers 40 serves per jar, and costs $62.96. Redcon1 Total War costs exactly the same, but contains 30 serves. At first glance, you may be deceived by price, but the number of serves per container is another consideration you need to give.

    If you work out casually, going with Faction Labs Disorder is not a bad choice at all. With the price per serve lingering around $1.5, this isn’t a bad entry-level supplement. Redcon1 Total War, on the other hand, comes in at over $2 per serve, and should be considered more of an intermediate-advanced product.

    This is also because many of the ingredients it contains are upgrades of classic offerings, and might be more appropriate once you’ve been training a little while and looking to mix things up.

    In Summary

    Both Faction Labs Disorder and Redcon1 Total War are excellent products and might be suitable for you at different points on your training journey. Their formulations are solid, with a varied flavour profile as well. I would give a slight edge to Redcon1 Total War as it is the harder hitting formula, but again, the choice will depend on your specific needs.

    [i] Stephen J. Bailey, Jamie R. Blackwell, Terrence Lord, Anni Vanhatalo, Paul G. Winyard, and Andrew M. Jones.l-Citrulline supplementation improves O2 uptake kinetics and high-intensity exercise performance in humans

    Journal of Applied Physiology 2015 119:4, 385-395

    [ii] Trexler ET, Smith-Ryan AE, Stout JR, et al. International society of sports nutrition position stand: Beta-Alanine. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015;12:30. Published 2015 Jul 15. doi:10.1186/s12970-015-0090-y

    [iii] Gutiérrez-Hellín J, Del Coso J. Acute p-synephrine ingestion increases fat oxidation rate during exercise. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2016;82(2):362-368. doi:10.1111/bcp.12952

    [iv] Graham TE. Caffeine and exercise: metabolism, endurance and performance. Sports Med. 2001;31(11):785-807. doi:10.2165/00007256-200131110-00002

  • Amino Z WPI VS Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI

    If you work out diligently day after day, it’s only natural that you would want to support your efforts with a high quality whey protein powder. However, not all protein powders are created the same. In fact, if you’re not careful you may end up spending way more money than you have to, and still not have access to the best you can get.

    With so many variables to consider, we’ve decided to make your purchasing decision a little easier, especially if you’re on a budget. Today we are going to run a comparison of two very popular whey protein brands on the market: Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI vs. Amino Z WPI.

    Let’s dive right into it then, shall we?

    Amino Z WPI

    Where Can I Buy Amino Z WPI?

    Here’s where you can purchase Amino Z WPI

    Pros of Amino Z WPI

    Our Amino Z WPI delivers the classic offering you may have become accustomed to when using whey protein isolate powders. Versatile WPI can be used pre and post-workout, first thing in the morning or any other time to help support recovery and lean muscle growth[i].

    • Higher than average protein content per serve, coming in at 26.5g per scoop
    • Low in sugar, fat and lactose to give less of what you don’t want
    • Free of soy
    • All Natural; uses only Stevia as sweetener
    • Many flavour options including banana, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla creamy, chocolate coconut, chocolate orange and even an unflavoured version
    • Packaged in a bag to reduce carbon footprint and bring down cost to the end consumer

    Cons Of Amino Z WPI

    • The sweetener used in our WPI is stevia, which is 8x as sweet as table sugar. Some people may not like the taste of this sweetener
    • That, and the fact that you may be unable to procure our Amino Z WPI out of Australia.
    • Our product is also packaged in a bag with a resealable pouch to reduce our carbon footprint and bring down cost, but you may or may not want a tub for storage

    Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI

    Where Can I Buy Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI?

    Here’s where you can purchase Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI

    Pros Of Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI

    Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI is another high quality protein powder that can be used to complement recovery and lean muscle synthesis.

    • It delivers 21g of protein per serve to fuel muscle growth
    • Enhanced with L-Glutamine to enhance recovery and reduce muscle soreness[ii]
    • Low in fat and carbohydrates
    • Available in flavours including vanilla, chocolate, banana, strawberry, and chocolate hazelnut
    • Contains fast acting whey protein hydrolysate in addition to whey protein isolate
    • Well known internationally
    • Comes packaged in a tub for easy storage

    Cons Of Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI

    • Scitec Nutrition 100% WPI is a bit under dosed in terms of its actual protein content, coming in at 21g per serve.
    • Product taste is excellent, but owing to the presence of artificial sweeteners. This may be of concern if you are health conscious and looking for a natural WPI.
    • Finally, it can be considered a bit of overkill to have every piece of inventory available in a tub. It may have been better to offer tubs and bags which could easily be refilled into them once empty. The price is also a bit on the higher side, possibly because of the (unexpected) addition of whey protein hydrolysate.

    In Summary

    We stand behind both of these great brands, so it should really just boil down to a matter of personal preference. Consider which product meets more of your needs and you’ll have a great supplement to support your effort while working out.

    [i] Tsutsumi R, Tsutsumi YM. Peptides and proteins in whey and their benefits for human health. Austin J Nutri Food Sci 2014;1(1): 1002.

    [ii] Legault Z, Bagnall N, Kimmerly DS. The Influence of Oral L-Glutamine Supplementation on Muscle Strength Recovery and Soreness Following Unilateral Knee Extension Eccentric Exercise. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2015;25(5):417-426. doi:10.1123/ijsnem.2014-0209

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