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  • Ghost Whey Review

    The Ghost Brand is an up and coming supplement line that is gaining quite a lot of traction, earning coveted word of mouth referrals from those that use their products. Even though at first glance Ghost Whey might appear as if it is just a basic Whey protein powder, it actually has a few tricks up its sleeve.

    Wondering how this iteration of the Ghost family will fare? Let’s check it out now.

    Taste

    One thing the Ghost brand has completed nailed, as is evident in Ghost Whey as well, is the taste factor. Ghost Whey comes in several delicious flavours, including cereal milk, fruity cereal milk, blueberry toaster pastry, milk chocolate, peanut butter cereal milk and coffee ice cream.

    There is something in Ghost Whey that brings about a nostalgic feeling after drinking a serve, which is especially true if you recall having cereal in milk as a kid and then drinking the milk left in the bowl. This is the truest explanation of what cereal milk is, and one that you are bound to love.

    The non-cereal milk flavours also taste exceptional, though if you dislike the taste of coffee you may not love the coffee ice cream flavour. But that’s not to say it’s bad in the least. Overall, Ghost Whey has at least one flavour you are bound to love.

    Taste: 5/5

    Solubility/Texture

    Ghost Whey does an excellent job of mixing in water, as is the standard we have come to expect from all Whey-based proteins. It is instantized, so whether you choose to whip up a batch in a shaker bottle, blender or just with a spoon, you should not encounter difficulties with the process.

    You can mix up to two serves in 360ml of water, being sure to vigorously mix throughout. You can still modify the amount of water you use to achieve the consistency and texture you desire prior to consumption.

    Solubility/Texture: 5/5

    Nutritional Breakdown

    Ghost Whey does not need to reinvent the wheel. It is well known that Whey protein is the gold standard when it comes with getting high quality amino acids in your diet, in a fast and convenient form, but what they have done is combine three extremely popular forms of this protein; namely the concentrate, isolate and hydrolysate, so that you can take advantage of the unique offerings of each.

    Consumption of a Whey protein supplement, especially in the post workout window helps to promote muscle protein synthesis thanks to its stimulating effect on the anabolic hormone insulin [1]. Insulin is critical for helping to shuttle glucose and amino acids into muscle cells, which after a training session are primed to absorb much-needed nutrients.

    In addition to this, the branched-chain amino acid leucine [2] plays a critical role in stimulating anabolism and protein synthesis at the genetic and cellular level, so that your efforts in the gym do not go to waste. This is why many protein supplements proudly trumpet their BCAA content on the label. As an added bonus, consumption of high amounts of BCAAs can help with the loss of abdominal fat when on a hypocaloric diet, compared to diets which are low in BCAAs [3].

    Lastly, but certainly not least is Whey protein’s speed of absorption. As a whole, Whey proteins are absorbed rapidly, but as purity goes up (concentrate<isolate<hydrolysate) so too does it speed of absorption. While the difference in actual protein content between the concentrate and hydrolysate form isn’t that significant, the hydrolysate form has been partially broken down into amino acid components, so that it enters blood even faster and leads to higher blood amino acids[4] (and greater muscle growth!)

    Ghost Whey can help you take advantage of your entire workout window if consumed before and after your session. In addition to the actual training session, you may also consume Ghost Whey immediately upon waking in the morning, or before bed (both optional).

    The Ghost Whey label also makes reference to enzymes, though there is no specific mention of which. However, based on the fact that it is a protein supplement, it is most likely some form of proteolytic enzymes (to speed up cleavage of the amino acid bonds).

    Value For Money

    When it comes down to the cost per serve, Ghost Whey may seem a tad bit expensive. A jar supplying 28 serves costs about $68.95, which equates to almost $2.50 per scoop. However, you need to keep in mind that Ghost Whey is not simply one type of Whey protein, but actually three blended peptides combined into one product.

    By including the concentrate, isolate and hydrolysate you are able to experience different rates of protein absorption, especially when taking around the peri- workout window. Even at 25 g of protein per serve, however, Ghost Whey still remains one of the more expensive Whey protein products on the market. This is the price you pay for good things.

    Value: 3/5

    Conclusion

    Ghost Whey is on its “Whey” up, with the brand as a whole developing a stellar reputation after being used. The blended approach that Ghost Whey employs is a great idea as smaller differences in absorption speed and purity can make a difference in you gaining every ounce of muscle you deserve.

    Our only hope (and negative) is that Ghost make their Whey protein available in 5 pound jars, since this would most likely bring down the individual cost per serve and make it more justifiable spending your cash on it.

    Overall, a great product with great taste and mixability, but at a higher cost per scoop.

    Overall: 4/5

    References

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

    2.Norton, Layne, Layman, Donald. Leucine Regulates Translation Initiation of Protein Synthesis in Skeletal Muscle after Exercise. J. Nutr. February 2006 vol. 136 no. 2 533S-537S.

    3.Mourier A, Bigard AX, de Kerviler E, Roger B, Legrand H, Guezennec CY.Combined effects of caloric restriction and branched-chain amino acid supplementation on body composition and exercise performance in elite wrestlers.Int J Sports Med. 1997 Jan;18(1):47-55.

    4.Manninen AH.Hyperinsulinaemia, hyperaminoacidaemia and post-exercise muscle anabolism: the search for the optimal recovery drink. Br J Sports Med. 2006 Nov; 40(11):900-5.

  • Ghost Legend Pre-Workout Review

    The Ghost brand isn’t the most recognizable one when it comes to fitness supplements in Australia. However, it is quickly becoming a favourite of many who try it, with the Legend pre-workout product being the flagship product of the Ghost brand.

    Even though it is often overshadowed by bigger name brands, Ghost Legend actually brings a couple things that are quite different from others currently on the market. But let’s check out if it’s worth your time giving it a shot.

    Taste

    Straight off the bat, Ghost Legend tastes “Legendary”. Quite a few other pre-workout supplements on the market possess a taste that is less than palatable, but in the case of Legend we were pleasantly surprised.

    Even though it comes available in four flavour varieties, the two that stood out head and shoulders above the others were the Red Berry and the Sour Watermelon. Don’t make a name put you off however, as if you ever had watermelon flavoured Warheads candy as a kid, you’ll undoubtedly love it.

    The Red Berry was clearly the sweetest of the lot, and while the sour watermelon was not as sweet (go figure with a name like that), it was still rather refreshing.

    Ghost Legend uses Sucralose, an artificial sweetener in the formulation, but which does not leave that lingering bitter aftertaste that some products are known to possess. In fact, sucralose possesses a rather clean taste that can be compared to that of table sugar.

    It also comes in a Blue Raspberry and Lemon Lime flavour, and while they weren’t bad, it is very likely most people would prefer the former two.

    Taste: 4.5/5 Stars

    Solubility/Texture

    This is a contentious point many pre-workout supplement manufacturers fail to address.

    Nobody likes drinking a gritty, insoluble pre-workout supplement, especially since most of the flavouring is removed leaving you bitter sand at the bottom of the bottle.

    Ghost Legend mixed flawlessly in water. As long as you are following the recommended mixing ratio (that is one scoop to 250ml of water) you will not encounter solubility issues.

    Whether you prefer to shake a serving up, or mix with a spoon, what you have is a very clean per workout drink ready to go.

    Mixability: 5/5 Stars

    Nutritional Breakdown

    Most effective pre-workout products have begun moving away from using arginine as their primary nitric oxide booster, to using citrulline instead, a step which Ghost Legend has also implemented.

    The supplement consists of two primary blends, the Ghost Legend blend, and the Smart Energy blend.

    Looking at the Ghost Legend blend, to start off it has a massive 4 g of citrulline, which is significantly more than many other competing pre-workout products.

    It also contains a sizable 2g of beta-alanine, which is also higher than the typical 1.5 g contained in many others. Beta-alanine is a very popular additive in pre-workout products that can help to boost endurance and allow you to get more out of your workouts.

    The Legend blend also contains Agmatine sulphate and Norvaline, which play minor accessory roles in muscle protein synthesis and nitric oxide production.

    The Smart Energy blend, on the other hand starts off with an impressive 237 mg caffeine, which is a slightly greater equivalent than consuming 2 cups of coffee, theobromine (another methylxanthine closely related to caffeine), and taurine which can help to prevent muscle cramping due to water loss from cells. Taurine also helps mitigate the jitters some people experience the first time consuming stimulant heavy pre-workout.

    Other ingredients in the Smart Energy blend include alpha GPC, NADH and olive leaf extract which together exert antioxidant effects, and support power output and energy production.

    While there seems to be a lot going on, the primary ingredients of citrulline, beta alanine and caffeine have the product deliver what you look for when choosing a pre-workout product, and the supporting ingredients also go a long way in supporting your aim.

    Ingredients: 5/5 Stars

    Value for Money

    In terms of pre-workout products, Ghost Legend ranks amongst the more expensive ones. This could be a hard point to sell, but based on the fact that it does contain more of the ingredients that help you to achieve a fantastic pump, it is a justifiable purchase.

    The cost of each serve comes out to approximately $2.20, which may sound like a high asking for a relatively unknown brand, but what you are paying for is complete ingredient transparency and more of what matters.

    You can think of it this way; you can pay $2.20 per serving, and often times need just one (you can also consume two serves), or be all but assured that you would need to consume two serves of other products that cost $1.50 a pop.

    It is definitely worth it in my opinion, but it’s not a bad idea should the company decide to manufacturer bigger tubs with more servings in an effort to bring down individual cost per serve.

    Value: 4/5 Stars

    Conclusion

    Not a bad product at all. Ghost has done a great job of putting the extra effort into their flagship product, and will undoubtedly help you get more out of your work out. Flavour options are great, and there is no issue with mixability, so it’s a pleasure to consume as well. You just need to decide if you are willing to pay a little bit more for a premium product, but nonetheless it gets our recommendation.

    Overall: 4.5/5 Stars

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