Most whey protein shakes are typically a mix of three grades of whey protein — concentrate, isolate, and hydrolysate. What's the difference between the grades? Well the lower grades have slightly less protein gram for gram, and contain higher levels of fat (though these fats may in fact have beneficial effects) and higher levels of lactose.
BSN Syntha-6 takes protein powder to the next level by expanding the protein repertoire. It contains six different types milk-based proteins, and it is designed to manipulate the process of digestion, thus keeping the amino acid levels in your body up for a longer period. We explore the product to see how it lives up to that claim.
WHAT'S IN IT
BSN Syntha-6 comprises six different proteins — whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, calcium caseinate, micellar casein, milk protein isolate, and egg albumin. So its not just whey protein but rather a blend of proteins. You also get a mix of essential fatty acids through sunflower oil powder.
Whey protein concentrate is about 80% protein, and it still contains fat and carbohydrates. This is the most common form of protein found in whey powders, and is relatively easy to digest.
Whey protein isolate is a whey protein concentrate further filtered down, removing more fat, lactose and carbohydrates. This contains about 90% protein, and is absorbed faster into the bloodstream than concentrate.
Calcium caseinate is derived from casein. It clings to the stomach lining during digestion, causing a slower, more sustained relases of amino acids than the usual spike one would experience with whey protein concentrate and isolate. Since it remains longer in your body, it helps prevent muscle breakdown for up to 7 hours.
Micellar casein is a purer version of calcium caseinate, and its production process does not require chemicals. It has similar benefits to calcium caseinate, also helping to sustain amino acids in your body for an extended period.
Milk protein isolate is a by-product of skimmed milk with most of the lactose and minerals improved. This leaves you with about 90% protein, and is commonly found in products like cereal and yogurt. It also enhances the general flavour of Syntha-6, giving it a milky richness.
Egg albumin is basically egg whites. Aside from protein, egg albumin contains all the essential amino acids you body needs, amping up the amino acid profile of the Syntha-6.
Sunflower oil is rich in fatty acids like linoleic acid, oleic acid, and more. It is also rich in antioxidants, benefitting heart health, reducing inflammation, and strengthening your immune system. All these are imperative to aiding recovery.
BSN Syntha-6 contains 22g of whey protein per serving, with 10g of essential amino acids It has 6g of fat and 13g of carbs.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
Everyone who has tried the Syntha-6 raves about the taste. The product is available in chocolate, and the resulting product is a rich, milky drink that mixes extremely well, whether with water or milk.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
Take one serving and mix with 4.5oz of cold water or milk. You can take 1-4 servings daily. Feel free to take an extra half or full scoop each time if you feel the need to increase your protein intake. This is best taken post-workout or in between meals.
BSN Syntha-6 costs $75 for 48 servings. With such a diverse amino acid and protein profile, you're really getting bang for your buck here, especially given how long the amino acids tend to last in your system as compared to a traditional whey shake.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
If you have targeted fitness goals, but don't have the time to keep up with a handful of different powders and supplements to keep your body at optimum nutritional capacity, then BSN Syntha-6 is a great option. Thanks to the wealth of ingredients, especially the slow releasing proteins, you'll stay full for longer, allowing it to double up as an appetite suppressant — perfect for anyone looking to build muscle and lose weight.
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