Casein+ Protein Powder - Milk Chocolate

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Casein protein is one of the bestselling protein powders on the market for several reasons:

  • It’s digested slowly, resulting in a steadier, more gradual release of amino acids into the blood. [1]
  • It’s absorbed well by the body.
  • It’s rich in essential amino acids, which are vital to recovery and muscle building.
  • It tastes good.

Like whey, casein protein comes from milk, and research shows that it’s just as good as whey for general supplementation needs. [2]

Unlike whey, however, casein digests slowly—one serving of CASEIN+ provides your body with muscle-building amino acids for up to eight hours.

This means CASEIN+ is particularly suited to pre-bed nutrition when your body’s muscle-building machinery normally lies dormant for a number of hours.

By having a serving of a slow-burning protein like casein before you go to bed, you keep that machinery humming throughout the night, and research shows this improves post-workout recovery and increases muscle and strength gains over time. [3][4][5][6][7]

For instance, in a study conducted by scientists at Maastricht University, 15 young, active men were divided into two groups:

  • Group one drank 40 grams of casein protein 30 minutes before going to bed.
  • Group two drank water 30 minutes before going to bed.

Everyone did the same lower-body workout and otherwise ate the same throughout the day, and then, researchers took blood samples throughout the night to measure protein absorption and muscle protein synthesis rates.

They found that most of the protein eaten before bed was absorbed and that protein synthesis was 22% higher in group one.

Although this study didn’t directly measure muscle growth, it’s almost guaranteed that the presleep protein intake would lead to more muscle growth over time, as muscle protein synthesis is the key mechanical driver of muscle gain.

When we set out to create CASEIN+, we wanted to achieve several things.

  1. We wanted to maximize the amount of protein per scoop and minimize the carbohydrate and fat.

    If you’re like us, you don’t like “wasting” calories on carbs and fat in protein powders. We’d rather eat those calories, not drink them.

  2. We wanted it to contain no artificial sweeteners or flavours, GMOs, or other unnecessary junk.

    While artificial sweeteners may not be as harmful as some people claim, research suggests that regular consumption of these chemicals may indeed be harmful to our health. [8]

    The safety of MSG is the subject of ongoing scientific discussion, but research shows that some people experience uncomfortable symptoms upon eating it and that it can be neuroactive in the brain when consumed in high dosages. [9][10]

    And GMO foods certainly aren’t as dangerous as alarmists would have us believe, but there are unanswered questions about how they might affect our health when consumed in large amounts over time.

  3. We wanted it to come from cows that weren’t treated with hormones or antibiotics.

    Similar to artificial sweeteners, milk from cows treated with such drugs may not be as bad as we’ve been told, but there is scientific evidence that it may increase the risk of disease in humans. [11]

  4. We wanted it to have an outstanding taste and mouthfeel.

    Too many all-natural protein powders taste mediocre at best, so we wanted to create something you will actually look forward to drinking.

Well, that’s exactly what we’ve done with CASEIN+.

CASEIN+ Is 100% Micellar Casein Protein

As far as types of casein protein go, you have two choices:

  • Calcium caseinate
  • Micellar casein

Calcium caseinate is a form of casein processed to improve mixability.

Micellar casein is a higher-quality form produced in a way that preserves the small bundles of protein (micelles) that are responsible for its slow-digesting properties and often destroyed during traditional manufacturing processes.

This is why research shows that micellar casein is digested slower than calcium caseinate, making it especially beneficial for pre bed use. [12]

Thanks to the outstanding quality of micellar casein protein, CASEIN+ has a stellar amino acid profile, providing you with 13 grams of essential amino acids—including 3 grams of leucine, the amino acid most responsible for initiating protein synthesis—per serving. [13][14]

CASEIN+ hasn’t been “amino spiked,” either, which is a common way that protein manufacturers and sellers rip consumers off.

This scam exploits a loophole in supplement fact panel laws that allows manufacturers to add certain individual amino acids to the protein powder and count them toward the total protein count.

For example, if a company wants to sell a cheap, low-quality protein that contains just 15 grams of protein per serving, it can add 5 grams of a cheap amino acid per serving, such as glycine, and legally say it contains 20 grams of protein per serving.

This is misleading because protein is a complex chain of 20 different amino acids. There are no proteins that contain only one amino acid.

Amino spiking benefits supplement companies in two ways:

  1. Better margins

    High-quality protein powder is expensive, and many amino acids aren’t.

  2. Better taste

    Casein is naturally bitter and hard to flavour, whereas an amino acid like glycine is naturally sweet.

Why hasn’t this loophole been closed yet? you wonder. Your guess is as good as ours.

Therefore, a good way to protect yourself as a consumer is to check ingredient lists, serving sizes, and amounts of protein per serving before buying.

Ingredients are listed in descending order according to predominance by weight. That means there’s more of the first ingredient than the second, more of the second than the third, and so forth.

So, when you’re considering buying a casein protein powder, look at the order in which the ingredients are listed and the amount of protein per scoop relative to the scoop size.

If a product has milk protein (a low-quality form of protein powder), maltodextrin (a filler), or any ingredient other than casein listed first, don’t buy it. That means there’s more low-quality protein, maltodextrin, or other fillers in it than casein protein.

Also, if a scoop is 40 grams but there are only 22 grams of protein per serving, don’t buy it unless you know the other 18 grams are made up of stuff you want. In most cases, they’re not.

Furthermore, if you see that a protein powder contains any added amino acids, be skeptical.

Many companies will promote this as a benefit, but in most cases, it adds no value to the product and only means it’s more likely to be amino spiked.

Given all that, a worthy casein protein powder is easy to spot:

  • The first ingredients are calcium caseinate or micellar casein.

  • The scoop size is relatively close to the amount of actual protein per scoop.

    It’ll never match because of sweetener, flavouring, anti-clumping agents, and other necessary substances in every serving.

  • It doesn’t contain any additional amino acids like BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) or glutamine.

    Additional amino acids are often a sign of amino spiking, a deceitful practice wherein large amounts of nitrogen-rich amino acids like glycine are included and counted toward the total protein per serving.

CASEIN+ Comes from Hormone- and Antibiotic-Free Cows Raised on Small Dairy Farms in Ireland

Many dairy cows are injected with a genetically modified growth hormone called recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rBGH, to increase milk production.

Studies suggest that consuming the milk from cows treated with such drugs may increase the risk of disease in humans and that more research is needed. [15]

Thus, we’ve chosen to avoid it.

We went a step further though and decided to source our casein protein from Ireland for several reasons.

Ireland has higher regulatory standards than the United States on the quality of the milk that can be sold for consumption. [16]

A key measurement of milk quality is the number of somatic cells present in the milk, which are a type of cell that forms the body of an organism.

A key measurement of milk quality is the number of somatic cells present in the milk, which are a type of cell that forms the body of an organism. Most somatic cells in milk are white blood cells, which protect the body from infectious disease and foreign invaders.

As you can imagine, the lower the somatic cell count, the better, as this indicates a healthier cow that, in turn, produces healthier milk.

Due to Ireland’s stricter regulatory policies and long-held traditions of small, family-run dairies, the milk produced there generally has a lower somatic cell count (and thus is higher quality) than the milk produced in the USA. [17]

This is one reason why Ireland is the 10th largest dairy export nation in the world, with over 18,500 family-owned dairy farms producing approximately 1.4 trillion gallons of milk annually. [18]

The milk comes from cows that spend the majority of the year outside, eating grass.

In a way, cows are like kids: the more time they spend outside, the better.

We can see this in studies that show that the more grass cows eat (instead of other types of feed such as grains or soybeans), the more nutritious their milk and beef is. [19] [20] [21]

That’s why for CASEIN+, we’ve chosen to use milk that comes from cows that spend the majority of the year outside grazing on grass and exercising in pastures.

(They can’t spend the entire year outdoors because of severe winter weather.)

You’ll probably notice that we don’t use the “grass-fed” label in our packaging and copy, though, and that’s because it’s fundamentally misleading.

When people read that a beef or dairy product comes from “grass-fed” cows, they think it means exclusively grass-fed, and that’s rarely the case.

Unfortunately, the “grass-fed” label can be used if the cow ate any amount of grass at any point in its life. It does not mean that it only ate or eats grass. Even the “100% grass-fed” label doesn’t guarantee anything because it’s not regulated like the organic label.

So, when you see a supplement company boldly proclaiming that its protein powder comes from grass-fed cows, take it with a grain of salt.

Just one bite of grass in their lives technically qualifies the cows as “grass-fed,” and no agency is verifying the truthfulness of such marketing claims.

Irish casein protein has a noticeably better flavor and texture.

If you’ve been to Europe or the United Kingdom, you know how much better their dairy products taste and feel in your mouth.

They blow the average American dairy products out of the water.

This applies to whey protein powders as well.

The Irish casein we chose has a distinctly milder, creamier taste and mouthfeel than the best American-sourced micellar casein powders we’ve tried.

One taste of CASEIN+, and you’ll see what we mean.

CASEIN+ Is a Great Value

Every bottle of CASEIN+ contains 30 servings that each provide:

  • 110 to 120 calories
  • 25 to 26 grams of protein
  • 2 to 3 grams of carbohydrate
  • 0 to 0.5 grams of fat

A serving also provides 13 grams of essential amino acids, including 3 grams of leucine, which is most responsible for initiating protein synthesis.

And here is the beauty of a high-quality micellar casein: a ton of protein in every serving with little to no carbohydrate or fat.

CASEIN+ Is 100% Naturally Sweetened and Flavored (and Delicious!)

While artificial sweeteners may not be as harmful as some people claim, research suggests that regular consumption of these chemicals may indeed be harmful to our health. [22]

And while artificial flavours seem to be benign, they just aren’t necessary—natural flavours taste equally good.

We believe in generally limiting our intake of chemicals, and that’s why CASEIN+ is sweetened with stevia and erythritol and flavoured with natural substances including cocoa powder, sea salt, and natural vanilla extract.

Stevia is a sweet herb in the Chrysanthemum family, and erythritol is a natural sugar modified to reduce calories. Research has shown that they can:

  • Help regulate blood glucose levels [23][24]
  • Offer anticarcinogenic properties [25]
  • Decrease oxidative stress [26]
  • Reduce blood pressure and inflammation in the body [27]
  • Lower bad cholesterol levels [28]
  • Protect the kidneys from the negative effects of high blood glucose [29][30]

Not only that, but we’ve taken special care to ensure CASEIN+ tastes delicious whether it’s mixed in water, milk, or dairy substitutes like rice, oat, and almond milk.

The Bottom Line on CASEIN+

We insisted on making CASEIN+ as clean and pure as possible.

That’s why it’s naturally sweetened and flavoured 100% micellar casein protein with no GMOs, MSG, hormones, artificial food dyes, or unwanted fillers or chemical junk.

It’s also made from exceptionally high-quality, minimally processed milk from small dairy farms in Ireland.

What’s more, CASEIN+ tastes delicious, mixes great, and is packed with essential amino acids, including leucine.

So, if you want an all-natural, delicious casein protein powder that’s not only good for recovering from your workouts and gaining muscle and strength but also good for your long-term health, you want CASEIN+.



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