Rich Gaspari is a household name within bodybuilding circles and the supplement industry with his large range of nutritional supplements widely regarded as one of the premium brands in the world. With such strong performing supplements as SuperPump 250 and SizeOn, Gaspari Nutrition has recently reformulated and reinvigorated a large portion of their range including their famous blended protein MyoFusion by releasing their MyoFusion Elite Protein. So how is Gaspari Nutrition’s new protein different from the original and how does it hold up against other blended proteins?
Gaspari Nutrition MyoFusion Elite Protein Series Review
What Is It?
MyoFusion Elite Protein Series is Gaspari Nutrition’s latest blended protein aimed at promoting maximum recovery by prolonging protein release to coincide with meal intake. Its aim is to continuously supply the muscles with protein so that your body stays anabolic for longer.
A quick look at MyoFusion Elite Protein Series shows it to be a hardy blended protein powder with a good amount of protein, small amounts of carbohydrates and very little fat. In terms of macronutrients, a single serve (37g) provides 150 calories, only 5g of carbs and 3g of a fat and a total of 25g of blended protein – plenty to kickstart muscle protein synthesis1. What has always been great with MyoFusion is their use of a protein blend, however, it isn’t till this latest Elite Protein Series that have used micellar casein as a protein type. A constantly underrated protein, micellar casein offers multiple benefits including several bioactive compounds helpful for immunity as well as being a slower digested protein which helps to ensure a constant flux of protein absorption allowing for prolonged delivery of anabolic amino acids into the muscles. This formula has added taurine, an amino acid which appears to be an increasing trend in sporting supplements as taurine is not only essential for proper muscle function2, but has also been implicated for preventing exercise induced oxidative stress.3
Difference From the Competition
MyoFusion Elite Protein Series main difference from the competition is its flavour. The original MyoFusion was said to be one of the best protein powders in the world and this is attributed to not only its nutrient profile, but also its amazing flavour. Having unfortunately had a temporary setback in its flavour profile with the release of the MyoFusion Probiotic Series, the new MyoFusion Elite brings back the original flavour with some even suggesting that it actually tastes better than the original. While this may seem like a insignificant difference from the competition, one must realise that for a food product that we constantly consume, taste becomes an important factor in compliance, which can mean the difference between achieving your results quickly or taking the scenic route.
Of Particular Interest
The new MyoFusion Elite Protein Series has swapped out brown rice protein, egg albumin, partially hydrolysed protein, digestive enzymes (lactase, protease) and glutamine from the original two incarnations of the product in favour of micellar casein, glycine and the branched chain amino acids of leucine, isoleucine and valine. As previously mentioned, the addition of micellar casein is an excellent move considering egg albumin protein is considered as an outdated source of protein unless of course you were allergic to milk proteins. The removal of partially hydrolysed protein is an interesting choice considering there are multiple studies showing benefits of hydrolysed protein for muscle gains and exercise performance, however, this may be offset by the addition of branched chain amino acids, especially leucine which is the most potent of all amino acids controlling muscle protein synthesis. The removal of the lactase and protease may be a move to ensure a slower digestion and absorption time of MyoFusion Elite, one of its prime selling points.
The Black Sheep
MyoFusion is known for their creamy, thick, milkshake like texture and consistency even when mixed with water. This is due to the presence of several thickening agents in the form of xanthan gum, cellulose gum and carrageenan as well as the use of non dairy creamer. One wonders whether there is a need for three thickeners, however since the science of texture and flavouring is complicated, it is hard to comment on this. Overall however, there seems to be few unnecessary ingredients. There has been a bit of talk about their use of creamer which includes partially hydrogenated soybean oil, however, the amount of trans fats indicated in the nutritional panel stands at 0g. In essence, there is really nothing to worry about. Perhaps, the biggest issue with the new MyoFusion Elite is in its labelling and especially for their gluten intolerant users. Whilst the front of the label specifically mentions that it is gluten free, the product is also said to be processed in a facility that handles wheat – which can be misleading for the customer.
Flavour, Texture & Mixability
Gaspari Nutrition have taken on the comments from many of its customers and have boosted the flavour profile for the new MyoFusion Elite Protein Series. The blended protein is creamy and packed full of flavour and with 4 flavours currently being offered, you’d be hard pressed not finding a flavour that suits you.
The texture as mentioned before is creamy, thick and milkshake like, even when mixed with water. While this may not appeal to everyone’s taste buds, one can easily rectify this with extra liquid. MyoFusion Elite Protein Series mixes extremely well with no lumps, but does tend to froth slightly.
Who It's For
Gaspari Nutrition’s MyoFusion Elite Protein Series is the perfect blended protein for anyone who trains frequently and/or at high intensities and requires a protein that promotes quick recovery. To make the most out of this product, it is advised to consume at least two servings per day as either a pre-workout shake, a post-workout shake or as a snack replacement.
_1. See Article on Protein - http://www.mrsupplement.com.au/how-much-protein-per-day
2. U. Warskulat, U. Flogel, C. Jacoby, H.-G. Hartwig, M. Thewissen, M. W. Merx, A. Molojavyi, B. Heller-Stilb, J. Schrader and D. Haussinger (2004). "Taurine transporter knockout depletes muscle taurine levels and results in severe skeletal muscle impairment but leaves cardiac function uncompromised". The FASEB Journal 18 (3): 03–0496fje.
3. Zhang M, Izumi I, Kagamimori S, Sokejima S, Yamagami T, Liu Z, Qi B (2004). "Role of taurine supplementation to prevent exercise-induced oxidative stress in healthy young men". Amino Acids 26 (2): 203–7.