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Top 5 Best Protein Powders for Bodybuilding & Men's Health (2018)

Updated on August 27, 2018
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These are known as supplements for a reason. Don't abuse them!
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5. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Micellar Casein Protein Powder

In this product, there are 53 servings per container, 120 calories, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 280 milligrams of sodium, 3 grams of total carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar and 24 grams of protein. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, there is 50% of an individual's daily value of calcium in each serving along with 4% for iron. For the ingredients, there is micellar casein, cocoa (processed with alkali), natural and artificial flavors, salt, gum blend (cellulose gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan), lecithin, acesulfame potassium, sucralose and aminogen. This product also contains milk and soy ingredients. Casein protein is slow digesting, which makes this type of protein excellent for a post-workout drink or meal replacement drink. Whey protein supplements are a good source for calcium.

According to some studies from accredited universities, casein protein may even help increase your natural strength when combined with creatine monohydrate and a diet high in complex carbohydrates. If a male athlete weighs about 175 lbs. and he wants to pack on additional muscle mass, he should try to consume at least 500 grams of carbohydrates each day. Great pre-workout snacks and meals include lasagna, a bowl of oatmeal, spaghetti, baked ziti, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with crackers, a bowl of cereal and other foods. From what I've researched, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate supreme, cookies and cream, creamy vanilla, natural chocolate and french vanilla are the current flavors. Like always, the chocolate and vanilla flavors taste the best, in my own personal opinion.


4. Dymatize ISO 100 Whey Protein Powder Isolate

There a total of 24 servings in each tub. For one scoop, there are 110 calories, 0 grams of total fat, 110 milligrams of sodium, 160 milligrams of potassium, 2 grams of total carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of sugar and 25 grams of protein. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, there is 10% of an individual's daily value for calcium in each serving along with 2% of iron. For the ingredients, this product contains hydrolyzed whey protein isolate, whey protein isolate, natural and artificial flavors, salt, soy lecithin, sucralose and steviol glycosides (stevia). This supplement also contains milk and soy. There are about 17 different flavors for this Dymatize ISO 100 Whey Protein Powder. Although there aren't as many servings per container in Dymatize ISO 100 as other whey protein supplements on the market, this is still a fantastic supplement to add to a post-workout meal. The flavors include banana, birthday cake, chocolate, chocolate coconut, chocolate peanut butter, cinnamon bun, cookies and cream, fudge brownie, gourmet vanilla, natural chocolate and other ones. For 24 servings, this is a good deal right now on Amazon.


3. MuscleTech NitroTech Protein Powder, 100% Whey Protein with Whey Isolate

There are a total of 41 servings in this supplement! In every scoop, there is 160 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 6.9 grams of BCAAs, 4 grams of total carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, 133 milligrams of calcium (13% of daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet), 135 milligrams of sodium and 30 grams of protein. In this supplement, there are milk and soy ingredients. Aside from milk and soy, the product was processed in a factory that processes egg, peanut, wheat, fish, tree nut and shellfish ingredients. This supplement also includes a nitro-amino-matrix. The product contains 3.2 grams of L-Leucine, 1.9 grams of L-Isoleucine and 1.8 grams of L-Valine. Not to mention, 3 grams of creatine per scoop. With creatine, be sure to drink enough water and other fluids throughout your daily diet. I do not recommend taking this supplement for individuals, who are not serious about lifting weights at least three days per week. The flavors include natural vanilla, banana bliss, chocolate mint, cinnamon swirl, cookies and cream, lucky marshmallow, milk chocolate, decadent brownie and other ones. All in all, this is a great supplement for bodybuilders. If a serious lifter takes one serving every single day, the MuscleTech NitroTech Protein Powder can last just about six weeks.


2. MTS Nutrition Machine Whey Protein

There are 57 servings in this supplement. In each scoop, there is 153 calories, 3.5 grams of total fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 6 grams of total carbohydrates, 5.3 grams of BCAAs, 3 grams of sugar and 25 grams of protein. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, the MTS Nutrition Machine supplement contains 2% of an individual's daily value for vitamin A, 15% for calcium and 4% for iron. Like all the other great protein supplements out there, this product contains milk and soy, and the supplement was processed in a plant that also processes peanut, egg, soy, fish, tree nut, wheat and shellfish products. For the ingredients, this product contains optimal biological value whey protein matrix (whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate), cocoa processed with alkali, xanthan gum, natural and artificial flavor, salt, sucralose and acesulfame potassium.

For the amino acids per serving, there is 1,127 milligrams of alanine, 633 milligrams of arginine, 2,638 milligrams of aspartic acid, 489 milligrams of cysteine, 4,459 milligrams of glutamic acid, 453 milligrams of glycine, 438 milligrams of histadine, 1,415 milligrams of isoleucine, 2,579 milligrams of leucine, 618 milligrams of methlonine, 678 milligrams of phenylalanine, 1,631 milligrams of pyoline, 1,238 milligrams of serine, 1,717 milligrams of threonine, 383 milligrams of tryptophan, 652 milligrams of tyrosine and 1,395 milligrams of valine. The flavors consists of vanilla, ice cream sandwich, American apple pie, Aussie triple chocolate, black forrest, red velvet cake, peanut butter fluff, strawberry cheesecake and other ones. The American apple pie one is surprisingly good.


1. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder

This is the best protein supplement and my own personal favorite by far. There are 74 servings in this product. If the user doesn't abuse it each week, it can easily last at least a month. There are 120 calories in each full scoop, 1 gram of total fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 130 milligrams of sodium, 5.5 grams of BCAAs, 3 grams of total carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, 4 grams of glutamine and glutamic acid, and 24 grams of protein. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, there is 8% of a person's daily calcium in each serving and 2% for iron. For the ingredients, this whey protein supplement contains protein blend (whey protein isolates, whey protein concentrate, whey peptides), cocoa (processed in with alkali), lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, acesulfame potassium and lactase. This product also contains milk and soy ingredients. There are a lot of different flavors for this protein supplement. The flavors include french vanilla, double rich chocolate, coffee, cookies and cream, vanilla ice cream, strawberry banana, white chocolate, rocky road, cake batter, banana and other ones. I prefer to stick with the usual french vanilla. With the vanilla flavor, the smoothies taste even better if you add fresh strawberries and bananas to them. All of these supplements work when combined with the right exercise regimen. Feel free to try one of them at some point.


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