July 21, 2013
Protein replacement no, Anytime BCAA why not
Here it is guys and gals, AtomHavok has a review for you that has been in the works for quite sometime.
HumaPro®: HumaPro® is a protein matrix with a Net Nitrogen Utilization rate of 99:1. In short 99% is used purely as proteins to repair and increase protein mass (like muscle, soft tissues etc). In short if you eat a day’s supply of protein shakes, meats, eggs, foul etc., the stomach breaks down the bulk of it, then it goes into the intestinal track for further break down into amino acids, glucose and fat (protein does not have calories, by-products do) and the waste products of each. Next stop is the liver which further breaks down the protein chains and creates an amino acid ratio (matrix) meant for the human body. In short, the end result is what is left over with the waste removed (then the waste sent to the toilet or deposited around your waist)…what is left over with the waste removed is HumaPro®. It allows the body to focus upon other processes like health, recovery and growth rather than detoxification and screwed up body compositioning. Oh, and its 100% pre-digested. 1g of HumaPro® is equal to 5.6g of pharma-quality whey isolate. But without the 4.6g loss to waste and waist.
Claim conclusions based on website studies:
So as claimed HumaPro has the ability to increase lean body mass better than Whey Protein/Whole food (50/50) by a couple pounds and decrease body fat by a couple pounds by incorporating HumaPro into the diet at a 50/50 HumaPro to either Whey or Whole Foods over the course of a couple weeks. They study was okay, it does not go into types of exercise, cardio, or carbohydrate/ fat composition in diet, those are just a couple off the top of my head but all I am saying is that there are some gaps for this to be solid. Either way the decrease in calories replaced with humaPro by decreasing a possible protein intake to half depending could result in from anywhere to 25 to 800 calorie a day deficit, likely to cause weight loss. The amino acids alone will help with lean body mass composition; this has been shown in good standing clinical studies.
This is a nice amino acid blend and has some electrolytes thrown in, with both bitter melon and coffee bean extract to help with anabolic insulin response.
Particticle-Sized Essential Amino Acid IR (immediate release) Propietary Matrix L-Leucine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Lysine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Threonine, L-Methione, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Cystine, L-Leucine Malate 5.0 g **%
Extended Time Release Proprietary Anti-catabolic and Insulingenic Matrix Bitter Melon Fractional Extract, Coffee Bean Concentrate. 210 mg **%
Vitamin and Mineral NNU Co-Factors Vitamin B-1 0.7mg, 50% Vitamin B-3 9.0 mg, 50% Vitamin B-6 1.0 mg, 50% Vitamin B-12 1.5 mcg 75% Magnesium Citrate 87.5 mg, 50% Calcium Carbonate 175 mg, 17.5% Zinc Glucanate 3.75 mg, 25%
Almost Clear, mixes in one shake, done. Nothing wrong, nothing floating. Quality.
Okay so they keep changing flavors available, I have seen Apple Cider, Cinnamon Apple Cider, Grape Jelly, Orange Crush, Fresh Cut Pineapple, Exotic Peach Mango, Orange Surprise, Sour Grape, so who knows what they will come up with next.
I really enjoyed the taste of both the Fresh Cut Pineapple and the Exotic Peach Mango. They both have a very unique flavor, sweet, fruity but not really comparable to any other BCAA supplement. Goes down easy.
Effectiveness is going to be broken down into two categories below based on my use, because the outcomes were different. I wanted to give this a second chance after my last fail, an also I really enjoyed the no stomach issue of this product. Many times BCAA’s mess with my stomach when I am going hard in the gym. This product is one of few that I had no problems with and actually felt better by drinking this intra workout with my recovery between sets. It also helps that the flavor is light and crisp rather than heavy on sweeteners and dyes.
Effectiveness as protein replacement Supplement 2/10
I do not believe anything replaces whole foods as supplements are supplements to your diet. Basing a Macronutrient on a supplement fully is asinine but using 50/50 in addition to whole foods just did not do it for me. I used this on a cut for around 28 days using the 50/50 ratio HumaPro/Whole foods(Shakes sometime). I consumed 1800 calories at my lowest at a 60g fat, 210g Protein(105 protein, 105 Humapro), random carbs . Based on my diet I lost 3 pounds in the 28 days on HumaPro 50/50.
This is the part I did not like. My strength was down. My recovery sucked, and I was always sore. Bang that’s it, that is all I needed to say, this was a stupid idea, but I will tell you one thing, now that I am on my way up slowly at now 2700 calories, 100g fat, 230carbs, 230 protein (whole foods and shakes) my strength is up again, and my body fat is relatively the same as on my cut (+2%) from 3 months ago.
Effectiveness as BCAA Supplement 8/10.
So I figured I would give this product another shot, Bulk, now that I am into my “fill out phase” I am slowing gaining my strength back to bring up my weeks points discovered in my recent cut. I am not replacing my protein with HumaPro but adding it in and not counting the protein equivalent. This is the sweet spot, don’t count it, and just drink it in addition to your diet as you would your BCAA, intra and between meals. My recovery is better based on my diet but I can tell the HumaPro is a decent BCAA supplement.
Anyways i will base my rating off this.
For a decent BCAA with an addictive flavor this pretty expensive but in the end comes down to 90 servings at $54.00 equals at to around .60 cents a serving which is today’s price for BCAA’s sadly. At least it is not like these $1 to $1.50 a serving BCAA’s but it is not really marketed as a BCAA.
All in all this is for me just a good Amino Acid base to drink intra-workout and before bed. I found this a quality product that I will keep buying from an amino acid stand point.
- Good Profile
- Low In Calories And Carbs
- Increased Recovery
- Builds Muscle
- Taste Great
- Great Mixability
- Good/unique Flavors
- Not A Protein Replacement
- Misleading Advertising