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Beef vs Whey Protein

Protein continues to gain in popularity. The global protein supplements market size was valued at USD 20.47 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5% from 2021 to 2030. The market is gaining momentum owing to the increasing number of health-conscious consumers and fitness centers around the globe. The increasing popularity of protein supplements among the millennials, coupled with their interest in building health through a balanced diet, is expected to create additional demand for protein supplements. Whey protein has always been the dominant protein choice among consumers, but over the past several years there has been a shift toward lactose free alternatives. Some people have opted to use plant based proteins, however plant based proteins have typically lower biological value and are not as effective. Especially, for athletes.  Beef protein has gained a tremendous amount of popularity as an animal- based lactose free alternative to whey. Beef protein isolate offers high levels of amino acids without any of the lactose found in whey and other dairy proteins. The beef protein category market is growing at a incredibly fast pace in the US and globally far out pacing the rest of the protein category.  So why is beef protein becoming the protein of choice over whey protein?  There have been a number of studies performed on the effects of beef protein vs whey protein. One study in 2015 had 30 experienced male and female weight lifters supplement with beef and whey proteins post workout combined with carbohydrates for 8 weeks. The group that utilized beef protein daily saw an increase of 5.7% lean muscle mass increase, while the whey protein group saw a 4.7% increase. Fat mass saw a greater reduction in the beef protein group as well, with a final result of 10.8% reduction vs 8.3% from the whey protein group.In another study, the micronutrient content of beef protein truly shined when it comes to performance. Over a 10 week period, 24 triathlon athletes put beef protein and whey protein face to face to determine which would have the greater impact on performance. The beef protein group saw superior changes in body composition, as well as improved iron levels in the athletes body throughout the rigorous 10 week training period. The beef protein group was able to combat some vitamin and mineral deficiencies and preserve lean muscle mass more efficiently.  Some athletes will rule whey protein out of the picture from the start who follow certain eating practices or have dietary restrictions. Those who follow a Paleo diet will find beef protein to be the perfect fit for their needs. Those with sensitivity to lactose will find that beef protein is the ideal source for fast digesting protein with no stomach discomfort. MuscleMeds Carnivor leads the industry as the number one beef protein in the world, sold in over 60 countries! Carnivor contains no gluten, is stripped of all fat and cholesterol, and is lactose free. Each serving packs in 23g of pure hydrolyzed beef isolate protein. The hydrolyzation process “pre-digests” the protein in order to make it as easy as possible for your body to break it down and utilize it, allowing for rapid digestion similar to whey protein. Compared to whole food, Carnivor contains 350% the amino acid content of steak and none of the fat or cholesterol. Compared to whey protein or whole food Carnivor is your superior choice for maximum muscle building, digestibility, and of course flavor. Carnivor is offered in 7 delicious flavors all around the globe.

Carnivor Shred: The Breakdown

Nutrition is king when it comes to seeing results. Choosing a protein powder aligned with your body and goals plays an important role. Grabbing the cheapest clearance rack protein powder you can find simply isn’t going to cut it when your eyes are set on seeing change visually in the mirror and physically at the gym. Your choice of protein powder is the foundation of your body's recovery. Not all products are made equally. Corners are cut to save a few bucks, quality is sacrificed, and your results are compromised. Here at MUSCLEMEDS we do things the right way to ensure you get the results you set out for. We’re confident our protein will be the first and last choice you’ll ever need along the way throughout your journey. One of our most popular products is CARNIVOR SHRED, a revolutionary fat burning lean protein powder. This unique product brings up a number of questions that go alongside it, and in this article we’ll aim to clear them up. When it comes to quality, our bioengineered beef isolate protein CARNIVOR leads the pack. The process in which our protein is made strips the beef protein of all fat and cholesterol, resulting in one of the cleanest nutrient profiles on the market. Beef protein offers a number of benefits over other types of protein sources such as whey, plant-based, or even whole foods. CARNIVOR provides 350% more amino acid profile of steak, it’s lactose free compared to whey protein, and contains no sugar or gluten. When you want to step up your fat loss game, that's' when CARNIVOR SHRED truly shines. The same base formula you know and trust, but we’ve added a kick to it to ignite your metabolism and shred down body fat at an accelerated rate.Every serving of CARNIVOR SHRED contains a unique blend to stimulate metabolism. Let’s break down each ingredient and how it plays a role in the process of lipolysis.Caffeine Anhydrous: Stimulate the body and mind to increase workout intensity allowing for maximum calorie burning sessions. Can aid with appetite suppressing to aid with adjusting to a caloric deficit. Green Tea Extract: Green tea contains antioxidants, the one of which we are focused on being EGCG. This antioxidant has the ability to cause adipose cells to release their stored fat to be freed up and burning for energy. Yerba Mate: A natural herb found in South America, it has the ability to reduce fat cell absorption inside the body, therefore reducing fat accumulation over time. Green Coffee Bean: This natural fat burner contains chlorogenic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant known to prevent fat and glucose from being absorbed inside the gut.  Super-6-Paradol: Naturally found in ginger, super-6-paradol aids in the process of the body's use of glucose. This allows for workout endurance to be greatly enhanced, allowing for more calories to be burned.  The key to shredding down body fat efficiently is to maintantain as much lean body mass as possible throughout the process. More muscle mass means more calories burned, even at rest. CARNIVOR SHRED allows you to both feed your muscles to prevent the breakdown, as well ignite your metabolism to enhance calorie burning.

What Is “The Pump”?

You may have heard this term used in your favorite bodybuilding motivation videos or documentaries. You see it used as an adjective in social media posts online. At a quick glance, you get the general idea of what “having a pump” means. Your muscles get a unique sort of fullness to them that can’t be done through any other method other than resistance training. Typically, it’s when you look your best. In this article we want to start from scratch and explain this term in its entirety so you can understand the science behind it, how to capitalize on it, and grow.  The first step to understanding the pump is the science behind it. Our driving force and precursor inside the body is nitric oxide. This compound is found inside every blood vessel in the human body. It plays a key role in regulating blood pressure, maintaining a healthy immune system, and preventing a number of diseases. It’s primary function for our topic in this article is its ability to transport blood more efficiently. Nitric oxide is released from the inner layer of blood cells. When released, it gives the blood vessels the ability to become flexible. The purpose of this being to allow them to dilate and increase blood flow. This immediately comes into play when resistance training due to the blood rush to working muscle groups when training. As muscles are working, the body sends blood to the muscles being contracted to engorge them with nutrients. So how does one achieve this pump? The first and most important method is training. The body does not respond in the same way to every training style out there. It’s important to keep in mind that every individuals body is unique and may respond to stimuli in a different way. Typically, higher volume workouts lead to achieving a strong pump. This means higher reps, and shorter rest periods. A typical rep range to aim for would be 12-20 total repetitions for each exercise of every set. Your rest time should not exceed longer than 60 - 90 seconds max between sets. This style of training is geared purely towards hypertrophy. It’s not to say if you dip below 12 reps you will not induce a pump, these are simply optimal rep counts and rest times to maximize blood flow.  Certain kinds of foods contain the amino acids we desire to achieve this peak blood flow, but the majority of them are found in low doses. These amounts would require a tremendous amount of food in order to hit the desired amounts. The best attack on the pump is supplementation. Nitric oxide boosters have been accepted as a staple supplement for resistance training for nearly over a decade. NITROTEST is a prime example of how to utilize supplements to your advantage to achieve maximum nutrient delivery to working muscle groups during your training. NITROTEST packs in a heavy hitting 6g blend of 1:1 ratio L-citrulline and L-arginine. These two amino acids are both utilized to boost nitric oxide levels inside the body. Through a chemical process, L-citrulline actually converts into L-arginine, and L-arginine into nitric oxide. You may wonder why we don’t supplement with strictly L-arginine in order to skip a step, and the answer lies in it’s absorbability. L-arginine goes through an extended process in order to be digested, while L-citrulline skips over this process and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Studies have shown a combination of the two amino acids is the best method to achieve peak nitric oxide levels. At a combined 6g between the two amino acids, NITROTEST reigns as the supreme pre workout when it comes to maximizing the pump.

Intra Workouts: Do You Need One?

Push the limits. You’ve heard the saying before. What does it really mean and how do you break through the barrier physically and mentally? As you tear your body down throughout vigorous training, you may begin to wonder if there’s a secret to pushing through to bang out those extra few sets. Just as athletes chug their electrolyte drinks to stay fueled, what is the choice of those who’s area of interest is resistance training? Amino acids are your building blocks of protein. You may have heard of branch chain amino acids (BCAAS). Supplementing with BCAAs has become routine for a number of weight lifters for decades. Often sipped on throughout the duration of your training session, let’s dive into how the body utilizes amino acids to benefit both your performance and recovery. Branch chain amino acids consist of L-Leucine, L-Valine, and L-Isoleucine. Since the golden era of bodybuilding, these 3 key amino acids laid the foundation for intra workout supplements. Resistance training athletes utilize BCAAs for a number of beneficial boosts in their performance, recovery, and growth. Supplementing with BCAAs has been backed by research to prevent catabolism (muscle breakdown), increase protein synthesis, and enhance endurance throughout vigorous training sessions. These are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and provide muscle cells the fuel they need to maximize your workouts. Providing a continuous source of fuel for your muscle cells to feed off of allows you to train harder for longer. BCAAs are part of a larger family known as essential amino acids (EAAs). These nine amino acids are unable to be produced by the body, meaning they must be taken in through diet or supplementation. With more research being done on enhancing performance over the years, the momentum has swung in favor of EAAs as the prime choice for intra-workout supplementation. Research has shown that when there is an absence of EAAs for your body to utilize to fuel your training, they are often synthesized from muscle cells potentially leading to catabolism. MuscleMeds Amino Decanate is loaded with over 5g of EAAs and provides an added recover bonus as it packs in 5g of L-Glutamine per serving. L-Glutamine is a key element to relieving muscle soreness following intense training. When there are insufficient levels of glutamine inside muscle cells following training, the body scavenges it from other areas. It can also aid with maintaining a healthy immune and digestive systems. The downside to many amino acid supplements is their lack of absorbability. What makes Amino Decanate unique is the powerful DecaDrive technology used to combat this issue. DecaDrive technology allows the body to maximize use of multiple pathways for rapid and efficient absorption, ensuring you get the most out of every serving of Amino Decanate.Whether you’re training for strength, reshaping your physique, building endurance, or anything in between...You can benefit from including amino acids into your protocol.



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