Optimum Nutrition’s Platinum Hydrobuilder

We put Optimum Nutrition’s souped-up protein powder Platinum Hydrobuilder under the microscope.
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PROTEIN BLEND

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Using a variety of protein powders offers the benefit of different digestion rates. This includes hydrolyzed (predigested) whey, to provide an ultrafast shot of amino acids to muscles. Also in this mix are hydrolyzed egg-white protein, another fast-digesting protein, and micellar casein, the slowest-digesting protein powder available. While the fast-digesting proteins will quickly increase muscle protein synthesis, the slow-digesting protein will decrease muscle breakdown. The combined effect maximizes muscle growth.

MICRONIZED CREATINE MONOHYDRATE

Creatine monohydrate is the most tested form of creatine. This research-supported muscle and strength builder works well for most athletes. Creatine monohydrate, however, doesn’t mix well and tends to cause stomach upset. Optimum uses a micronized form to avoid these problems. Smaller-sized particles make for easier mixing and less stomach distress.

MICRONIZED AMINO ACID MATRIX

In addition to the amino acids from whey, casein and egg protein powders, Platinum Hydrobuilder has
an extra dose of some of the most critical amino acids for muscle growth, strength and endurance: branched-chain amino acids, glutamine, arginine, citrulline, taurine and alanine, as well as L-carnitine L-tartrate. Most of these are micronized into tiny particles to allow them to mix easier in shakes and digest faster for supercharged muscle growth.

ENZYME COMPLEX

Platinum Hydrobuilder’s enzyme complex is designed
to aid the digestion of protein, as well as carbs and fat consumed with a protein shake. Digestion of these nutrients
is faster and more complete
—they can get to muscles quicker for better recovery and enhanced muscle growth.

BETAINE

This unique amino acid derived from beets is quickly becoming one of the most popular supplements on the market. Research has been piling up in support of betaine’s ability to boost muscle strength and power, as well as increase growth hormone and insulinlike growth factor-I levels.

 

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