Reflex Micellar Casein from Reflex Nutrition is an instant mixing time-release protein product made from fresh skimmed milk. It is not to be confused with acid casein or caseinates which are made using manufacturing processes which can denature the protein. The protein found in Micellar Casein is un-denatured, providing approximately 80% Casein protein and 20% Whey protein.
In a ground breaking study (1), carried out by Dr Yves Boire, the differences in metabolic responses of Whey Protein and Casein were individually observed over a 7 hour period in 16 young & healthy volunteers. The findings were very interesting, and have shown that both Casein and Whey have very different applications when it comes to maintaining and building muscle tissue.
The most important findings were
Casein was found to inhibit muscle breakdown by 34% over a 7 hour period.
Blood plasma amino acid concentrations remained significantly higher over a 7 hour period with casein compared to whey.
Blood plasma amino acid concentrations dropped dramatically after 3 hours in the group consuming whey.
Although blood plasma levels dropped dramatically with Whey, the net increase in protein synthesis was boosted by 68%.
The reason for Casein's ability to sustain such a lengthy release of amino acids is because of its unique digestibility. It forms a gel in the stomach, slowing the transit time in the digestive system, and thus slows the digestion of the protein. These findings demonstrate casein as the perfect protein source when a positive nitrogen balance is preferred for more than 3 hours. e.g when you are sleeping, or a prolonged period during the day. Whereas whey protein is seen as the preferred protein source for increasing protein synthesis. e.g between meals and after workouts.
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Take 3 heaped measures (approx. 45gms) and mix with 450ml of water or skim milk. Consume one serving before bedtime. You can also take a serving before a prolonged period of time (where more than 3 hours passes before food is eaten again).
Store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight under 30°C
This product is not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise programme. Not suitable for children under 15 years of age or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision.
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Overall - 7/10, Taste - 6/10, Effectiveness - 9/10, Price - 10/10, Packaging - 7/10. This product will obviously do what all casein supplements will do which is feed the body over time and help keep the body anabolic. Now you don't need me to tell you that you can have this product any time of day. What you do need me to tell you is to NOT DOUBLE DOSE. Especially with water, you'll regret it trust me. This product is best taken with milk. So what's the wow factor and why should you buy this over other brands? (1) Cost effective (2) LOADED. seriously. With Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids (Exceeds other brands) (3) Heavy Hitter. Great amount protein in each dose. You can hit your Macro's with this bad boy. (4) The Blend. Designed to maximise our bodies ability to actually utilise the protien. (5) Probiotic. Your guts will thank you. I would buy this again, however I'm saddened that it only comes in 2 flavours.
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