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January 23, 2016

New Protein Technology

Courtesy of MHP

While all bodybuilders rely on some form of protein supplement as a necessary ‘staple’ in their diet, the idea of using protein as a fast-acting muscle building weapon in their supplement arsenal has been nonexistent. Well, it’s time to rethink that idea!

Yes, most bodybuilders understand that protein is important for supporting muscle growth over the long term, but very few are familiar with the newest developments in protein manufacturing technology that will allow them to pack on more mass, pound for pound, than any other supplement out there! It’s time to discover the truth about protein, absorption rates, the rating game, amino acid blends and if you’re still interested after that (who wouldn’t be?) we’ll introduce groundbreaking research on a new protein technology that has emerged from the depths of the science labs to stimulate extreme muscle growth faster than ever before!

Here’s a very simplified explanation on how protein works: You pound down a protein shake. Muscle growth occurs if your body retains more nitrogen from that protein than your body loses through the ongoing process of nitrogen-excretion. This scenario is defined as ‘positive nitrogen balance’. On the contrary, without a continuous, adequate supply of protein (nitrogen), your body goes into a catabolic state of ‘negative nitrogen balance’ and muscle loss occurs. Bodybuilders and athletes are particularly at risk for negative nitrogen balance because heavy exercise leads to increased nitrogen loss and muscle breakdown. So, the solution to preventing muscle wasting and packing on huge amounts of muscle seems simple—consume large amounts of protein to achieve the continuous, anabolic muscle building state of positive nitrogen balance, right? Yet, most of you take protein supplements religiously and eat a lot of protein, and still can’t seem to pack on muscle the way modern science says you should. Why?

Why Protein Doesn’t Always Equal More Muscle

Identifying Protein’s limitations to achieving and maintaining the anabolic environment has remained a mystery to the scientific community. If a positive nitrogen balance (from protein) is the needed anabolic stimulus for muscle growth, and if anabolic agents like steroids and HGH exert tremendous gains in muscle mass just by increasing nitrogen retention, then why doesn't consuming large amounts of high quality proteins like whey, casein, soy and egg produce the expected gains in muscle mass, without the steroids and HGH? The Senior Research Staff at MHP set out to discover why these scientific principles of protein as a highly anabolic nitrogen source did not hold true once consumed.

Researchers analyzed every known natural source of protein for their Amino Acid Composition (AAC), Biological Value (BV), Protein Digestibility Correct Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) and Rate of Absorption (RA)—the rate in which the protein releases amino acids. They also analyzed the amino acid composition of human muscle tissue and the effects of resistance training on nitrogen depletion and muscle tissue remodeling. Their findings uncovered many myths and misconceptions about protein, helping them understand why protein does not meet anabolic expectations. It also led them to the realization that no existing protein in nature was capable of exerting these desired anabolic effects. In fact, the only way to achieve the nitrogen retention needed to pack on slabs of rock hard muscle mass was to bio-engineer a protein to make up for protein’s natural deficiencies.

There were two big challenges in bio-engineering a more powerful anabolic protein: 1—altering the amino acid composition of the protein, and 2—altering the release rate. After years of research and development, however, the MHP research team made two of the biggest breakthroughs in the history of protein manufacturing—identifying the anabolic Critical Five Amino Acids (CFAAS) and introducing a patented sustained release delivery system, MICRO-FEED TECHNOLOGY.

“CFAAS” — Setting New Standards in Amino Acid Scores.

The World Health Organization and protein manufacturers commonly use a method known as PDCAAS (Protein Digestibility Correct Amino Acid Score) to rate the quality of protein. Protein manufacturers have been using this method to determine the value of their proteins, and while many proteins such as whey, casein, soy and egg all have perfect scores of 100, MHP researchers saw two major flaws with this method relative to bodybuilders and muscle growth.

  1. 1 - This score is based on pre-school children’s protein needs. Of course, an adult bodybuilder's protein needs are far greater than those of a pre-school child.
  2. 2 - Perhaps an even bigger flaw, the PDCAAS only takes into account essential amino acids and does not include the very important ""conditionally essential"" muscle building amino acids arginine and glutamine.

From their extensive research on evaluating the amino acid composition of protein and muscle tissue, it was determined that the five most important aminos for muscle growth in response to training are glutamine, arginine and the branched chain amino acids—leucine, isoleucine and valine. These amino acids provide the highest anabolic response and are needed to support muscle tissue remodeling in response to heavy training. Thanks to the efforts of MHP R&D, these 5 amino acids are what the protein industry is now calling “the Critical Five”. As a result, a new standard in measuring the value of a protein has been established, called the Critical Five Amino Acid Score or CFAAS (see chart 1). CFAAS measures the amount of these very important amino acids in a protein source.

  • Glutamine

    The most abundant amino acid found in muscle tissue makes up approximately 60% of all muscle. Glutamine levels are rapidly depleted during exercise and if optimal levels are not in the body, muscle breakdown and loss will occur. Glutamine is known to promote anabolic conditions in muscle cells and increase the rate of protein synthesis, increase the cell volume of your muscles, aid in recovery, prevent muscle breakdown and spur the release of HGH.

  • BCAAs

    (Branched Chain Amino Acids: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine): The next most abundant amino acids found in muscle tissue make up approximately 33% of all muscle. BCAA's are heavily catabolized (broken down and used for energy) during exercise. If adequate amounts of BCAA's are not available during exercise, your body uses valuable muscle tissue for fuel. Unfortunately, the body can't make its own BCAA's and there is a dramatic increase in the need for BCAA's for people working out. By maintaining optimal levels of BCAA's through supplementation, you can protect muscle, improve recovery and endurance and maximize muscle growth.

  • Arginine (Nitro loading)

    Increases Nitric Oxide production, which is the muscle's ""cell-signaling"" molecule responsible for blood flow (hemodilation), oxygen delivery, nutrient delivery and uptake (amino acids and glucose), muscle velocity, power output and muscle growth. The increased blood flow supplies more protein and nutrients to your muscles for increased size, fuller and thicker muscles, full body pumps, strength, vascularity and improved recovery. Arginine has also been shown to trigger HGH release.

Patented Micro-Feed Technology Is Discovered

With all of this new protein research going on behind the scenes at MHP, arguably some of the most advanced and thorough research that has been done since protein's discovery, it’s no wonder that MHP biochemists have developed and patented what some are calling, "" the biggest breakthrough ever in protein supplementation"". What they're talking about is a 12 hour Micro-feed Technology that improves protein’s bio-availability for better utilization and increased anabolic/anti-catabolic effects for maximum muscle growth!

This pharmaceutical delivery system is designed to provide a continual supply of amino acids for up to 12 hours. The Micro-Feed Technology works like an IV drip, continually supplying a ""metered dose"" of high concentrations of Critical Five Amino Acids so that you always stay in an extremely anabolic muscle building state and never slip into a catabolic state. This technology also increases bio-availability making full 100% utilization of every gram of protein ""NO WASTED PROTEIN—NO WASTED MUSCLE!” (see chart 2)

BV — Is It BS?

To fully appreciate just how important this Micro-feed Technology breakthrough is, here are some findings on protein’s true Biological Value, utilization and ability to maintain a positive nitrogen balance:

In addition to PDCAA's, the protein industry and scientists have also been using Biological Value (BV) as a measure of protein quality. Many proteins such as whey and whole egg are given a perfect score of 100, which suggests that every gram ingested is utilized. NOT SO! Did you know that these values are based on low dose consumption (only 9-18 grams of protein)? When larger doses are taken, such as 40-60 grams, the amount commonly consumed by bodybuilders, not all of the protein is utilized and some of it is converted to the waste products urea and ammonia. This helps explain why large dose protein consumption doesn't produce the desired anabolic effects you might expect.

The research also found that the varying release rates of proteins influence their Biological Value, utilization and ability to supply nitrogen. While the whey industry has done a good job trying to lead you to believe faster is better in terms of release rates, new studies show that slower releasing proteins provide greater anabolic and anti-catabolic effects. Therefore, the ideal protein would provide fast, medium and slow release rates. It is important to realize that when it comes to building muscle, anti-catabolic properties are just as important as anabolic properties. In fact, most doctors and scientists credit the anti-catabolic effects of steroids to be more responsible for the gains in muscle than their anabolic effects.

After 4 years of research and development, the Senior Research Staff at MHP has taken all of their research efforts and put them to work for you. These scientists have pioneered a major breakthrough in protein supplementation called Probolic-SR. This new 12-hour time release, bio-engineered protein has literally set new standards in protein quality, bio-availability and its anabolic and anti-catabolic potential, utilizing patented technologies to overcome protein’s natural limitations on nitrogen retention and muscle growth. Probolic-SR is the first and only protein bio-engineered to supply adequate amounts of nitrogen on a continual basis to create the needed anabolic/anti-catabolic environment for Hyperbolic Muscle Growth.

4-Stage Release Feeds Muscle Around the Clock and Prevents Muscle Breakdown

Probolic-SR is the only protein to provide a 4-stage delivery, making it the ideal anytime protein. The precisely formulated blend of proteins provides a fast, medium and slow release of Amino Acids and is further prolonged with the patented Micro-Feed Technology. This advanced release profile supplies the needed quick release (0-2 hours) of amino acids for post-workout replenishment of nitrogen. It is also perfect for pre-workout because its medium and slower release (hours 2-6) will keep supplying aminos and keep you in an anabolic state throughout your entire workout and prevent going into a catabolic state. When taken before bedtime, Probolic-SR's Micro-Feed Technology will supply high levels of the Critical Five Aminos and keep you anabolic around the clock, ensuring that you never slip into catabolism between meals, during workouts or during the night while you sleep.