Real Mass Advanced is Gaspari’s mass gainer which contains several protein sources, Creatine, BCAAs, and a range of carbohydrates…
Maltodextrin is derived from starches and is commonly used as a thickening agent in foods and beverages, though it has supplemental implications as well. Since it is a simple carb, Maltodextrin can quickly supply the body with glucose for energy.
Though commonly criticized as a “filler” ingredient, Maltodextrin makes perfect sense in the context of Real Mass Advanced and simply functions as a quick-carb.
HIGHLY BRANCHED CYCLIC DEXTRIN:
Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin (HBCD) was shown, in a 1999 study from “Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry”, to enhance swimming endurance in mice. This endurance boost was determined to be the result of a very fast gastric emptying rate, which effectively allows HBCD to supply the body with glucose immediately.
The same fast gastric emptying rate was observed in a 2004 study from “Food Science and Technology Research” in humans, and again in a 2005 study from the “International Journal of Sports Medicine”.
Perhaps the most interesting property of HBCD is that, despite it’s fast absorption, it does not create a sharp insulin spike, meaning it can be used for a more sustained energy release (as opposed to ordinary glucose which tends to create a spike).
Whey Concentrate is the least processed form (70-80% protein by weight) of Whey Protein which makes it the cheapest to manufacture. Gaspari does not disclose the amount of Whey Concentrate relative to other forms of protein but since it is listed first in the blend we know it is the most plentiful protein source in Real Mass Advanced.
Whey Isolate is defined as at least 90% protein by weight. This gives Isolate an obvious advantage over less pure form of protein, but due to the further processing that is required to produce Isolate it tends to be more expensive. Like most companies, that is probably why Gaspari has chosen a blend of Concentrate/Isolate for Real Mass Advanced, rather than just Isolate.
HYDROLYZED WHEY ISOLATE:
Hydrolyzed Whey Isolate is Whey Isolate that has been processed further than ordinary Whey Isolate and is broken down into peptides and free amino acids which reduces particle size. It is the most quickly absorbed form of protein found in the Real Mass Advanced formula.
Micellar Casein is the most slowly digested of the all the forms found in Real Mass Advanced. Although Micellar Casein is often sold as an individual product, research indicates that combining Casein and Whey creates a more sustained anabolic effect.
Glycine is the simplest of all amino acids but, aside from contributing to the formation of proteins, it has no innate muscle-building properties that would explain why it belongs in the Real Mass Advanced formula as a standalone amino acid.
It seems like that Gaspari has tossed it in the Real Mass Advanced formula as a “filler” ingredient, more so than one that provides some sort of inherently unique benefit.
Creatine is something we wish we came across more often in mass gainers such as Real Mass Advanced. At a dose of 5g daily, it can increase muscle mass, strength, and power output in a matter of weeks-months.
BCAAS (LEUCINE, ISOLEUCINE, VALINE):
The term “Branched Chain Amino Acids” (BCAAs) refers to the amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine which are commonly utilized together in a 2:1:1 ratio (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine). While Leucine does appear to be the most critical in regards to muscle protein synthesis, a 2009 study published in the “Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition” concluded thatBCAAs (2:1:1) have a more pronounced effect on protein synthesis than the same amount of Leucine alone, indicating that all three is the best way to go.
It appears as though Real Mass Advanced contains somewhere around 7.5g of BCAAs collectively, certainly capable of enhancing muscle protein synthesis.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
If gaining mass is the goal, Real Mass Advanced may be extremely effective. Of course, the term “mass” refers to a combination of muscle and fat, so we wouldn’t recommend Real Mass Advanced to anyone trying to stay lean. We especially like the addition of Creatine which most mass gainers neglect despite being extremely effective for gaining muscle mass.
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