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Posted 31/12/2014

Due to popular demand will be selling the musclefactory range online from January 2015

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Posted 9/11/2014

We are often getting asked the question of 'what is the best protein to take?' and other similar questions. So have decided to produce a comprehensive article highlighting which protein product is the best for your training regime...


Whey Proteins
The undisputed king of proteins. Here’s why: whey proteins are quickly and easily digested (hence the “fast acting” description that they’re often given), they are loaded with Essential Amino Acids (EAAs)-including the three Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), and they contain subcomponents that appear to provide benefits above and beyond amino acids and elemental nitrogen. Whey proteins are available in several forms. The most basic is whey concentrate. Whey protein isolates have much of the fat, lactose and other undesirable elements ‘isolated’ out. Whey peptides have been hydrolyzed, or broken down, for even faster digestion. So the purest and faster digesting whey proteins you can buy are hydrolyzed whey protein isolates.
Casein Proteins
About 80% of the protein in milk is casein. Often referred to as a “slower-acting” or “time-released” protein because it is digested and absorbed much more slowly than other proteins, casein proteins are especially useful when taken at bedtime and during other prolonged periods without eating.
Egg Proteins
Ask any dietician, “What’s the best course of protein?” and eggs will probably top the list. Most nutrition textbooks refer to eggs as the “gold standard” for protein quality. With loads of EAAs and some of the highest scores of protein quality, we’re not going to argue. Naturally dairy-free, eggs are a great alternative to whey, casein, and whole milk proteins for those with milk allergies or severe lactose intolerance.
Blended Proteins
If you can only afford one type of protein, consider going with a blend. Combining faster-, intermediate-, and slower-protein sources, blended proteins give you more sustained protein digestion than single-source proteins like whey, casein or egg. Musclefactory Protein Fusion is the product we recommend with its blend of Micellar Casein, Egg and Whey proteins.
Recovery Proteins
There are moderate calorie, fast-acting protein and carbohydrate combinations specifically designed to be consumed immediately after workouts when nutrient needs are great and glycogen and muscle protein re-synthesis are at their peak. Many also contain whey protein hydrolysates and supplemental ingredients like BCAAs and glutamine to further aid the recovery and rebuilding process. This may also include complementing ingredients like creatine and micronized amino acids to assist with your muscle building goals. We recommend Musclefactory ‘Anabolic Recovery’ which has all of the above including 5 grams of added creatine, glutamine and HMB.
Making your selection.
Q: What is the difference between faster, intermediate, and slower acting proteins?
A: In this case, “faster”, “intermediate”, and “slower” are all referring to the relative speed with which a given protein is broken down in the digestive tract and absorbed into the bloodstream for delivery to the liver and muscle tissues. Generally speaking, whey proteins are the fastest, egg and whole milk proteins are in the middle, and casein proteins are at the slower end of the spectrum. By strategically taking distinct types or blends of proteins at different times of the day, you can achieve greater results than by using the same single source protein or by arbitrarily choosing what type you use for every occasion.
Buying a protein isn’t rocket science.
But don’t underestimate the process either. Choose the wrong type and you’ll by more than you need. Worse yet, spend less than you should and you may not get satisfactory results- or any results at all. The type (or types) of protein you select, the amount of protein per serving, and the absence or presence of carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, are other areas where you can wander astray. Avoid these and other pitfalls by following these simple rules.
Figure out how much protein you need…..
For most individuals, 1 gram of proteins per pound of body weight per day is a good target. Those who are looking to add size may need as much as 1.5 g protein/lb. weight/day. You should also plan on eating some extra protein (1.25-1.5 g/lb/day) if you’re trying to lose weight on higher protein, lower carbohydrate diets, as some of the amino acids will be burned for fuel. These amounts include all of the protein consumed through foods, beverages, and supplements. What’s more, your daily protein allotment should be spread out over 4-6 smaller meals to enhance absorption and utilization. If you’re a big meat, fish. Poultry, egg, and dairy food eater, you can probably get away with a smaller “hit” of protein from your powdered mix. Vegetarians and others who eat lots of starchy foods will benefit more from a higher-protein formula.
Make your selection and stick with it, at least for a while
To do something positive for your physique, you need to take your protein(s) continually and consistently for at least 60 days. After a couple of months, evaluate and, if necessary, modify your program to add in other proteins, to increase or decrease the amounts used, or to change to a different type of protein altogether.
When should I take my protein?
First thing in the morning: The period between when you go to bed and wake up in the morning is the longest that your body goes without food. “Break the fast” with protein. In addition to providing much needed amino acids for muscle maintenance and rebuilding, proteins provide more stable, sustained energy than that donut or bagel that you’re currently chewing on. Opt for a faster-acting protein like whey first thing in the morning.
Pre Workout: By drinking a protein shake about an hour before your workout, you’ll “prime” your body for growth with BCAAs and other essential amino acids. Whey and egg proteins are a good choice, because they are easy to drink and quickly digested.
Post Workout: the 30-60 minute timeframe following exercise is the single most important time of the day to get protein. Enzymes and hormones are actively repairing and rebuilding exercise-induced damage as well as replenishing glycogen stores, so your muscles are especially receptive to nutrients. By supplying a post-workout recovery protein containing whey, casein, egg, and simple carbohydrates during this “window” of opportunity, you’ll help ensure that you’re recharged and ready for your next training session.
Between meals: Consuming a protein shake in between meals not only helps keep muscle synthesis maximizes, it also helps keep body fat and body weight in check. Proteins help stimulate the release of gut hormones that trigger a feeling of fullness or satiety. Dairy proteins (whey, casein, and milk) are considered to be better appetite blunters than other protein sources – especially when combined with dietary fibre – so choose a product with one or more of these proteins if weight control is part of your goals.
Before Bed: Prepare your body for the long fast ahead with casein protein shake a half an hour before bed. Unlike whey which is rapidly broken down in the gut, casein is digested at a much slower rate releasing its amino acid constituents over several hours throughout the night while you sleep. For this reason, casein is commonly referred to as a time-released protein. Casein is also considered anti-catabolic because it’s rich in glutamine and other amino acids that help protect against muscle breakdown.
Technical Talk…..
Pure protein percentage is another way to compare proteins. While the Nutrition Facts panel tells you how much protein is in each serving the protein percentage tells you how pure your protein is. To calculate, Divide the grams of protein in a single serving by the serving size and multiply by a 100.
Here’s an example using two different proteins. The first protein contains 24 grams of protein and has a serving of 29.4 grams; the second contains 26 grams of protein in a 35 gram serving size. At first glance, the second choice appears to provide more protein. However, using the pure protein calculation, you realise that the first protein is actually better value because it has a higher purity level. This calculation works best on single-source proteins. Meal replacements, blends and gainers can include vitamins, minerals and other ingredients after the end result.
Protein 1: 24 g protein / 29.4g serving size x 100 = 81.6% pure protein
Protein 2: 26 g protein / 35g serving size x 100 = 74.3% pure protein
For pure protein we always recommend our Musclefactory Whey 80 protein which has one of the highest percentages of protein on the market today, without compromising on taste. It also has a whopping 5 grams of glutamine added per serving.
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2012 - A brand is born


It was this day that prompted us to source, formulate and bring to market our own unique brand of sports supplements. The mission we set ourselves was to make the best value for money products on the market today, without compromising on ingredients all available at our web shop

Therefore we sought to use the finest hydrolysed protein in our proteins and ditched things like the artificial sweetener aspartame. We looked at our 20 years of training experience to visualise what we would want in our own products. Things like 5g of glutamine in every serving of protein and a comprehensive transaprent ingredient profile. We wont hide behind the words 'proprietary blend' in any of our products.

We then vowed to keep the price of our products at their lowest possible figure, we ask you to compare us like for like against any other product.

No other premium protein or supplement product on the market today comes close.

October 1st 2012 - Musclefactory Supplements