ISS Research - Micellar Matrix Chocolate - 2.47 lbs. (1120 g)
ISS Research Micellar Matrix delivers a slow, sustained release of amino acids into the blood stream dispersing over a seven hour period. This slow dispersion increases total protein synthesis and has been shown to decrease muscle breakdown by 34%. Less muscle breakdown means more lean muscle.
The key to Micellar Matrix - ISS constructed the formula with what is considered by many experts as the highest grade protein available - micellar casein. Undenatured, the way nature intended it, micellar casein contains a higher content of bioactive milk peptides which not only enhance muscle growth but modulates regulatory processes such as support for the immune system and proper digestion. Due to the lack of processing, the native micellar casein used in Micellar Matrix will not cause the cramping and bloating that is often associated with highly processed, chemically altered, inferior proteins.
To further enhance the effectiveness of Micellar Matrix, ISS has added: WPC, WPI & Egg Albumen to quickly stimulate protein synthesis until the amino acids from the micellar casein enter the bloodstream; Glutamine Peptides & L-Glutamine to further protect your muscles from breakdown; and Prebiotics to increase the bioavailability of minerals and promote intestinal health. Together these ingredients help Micellar Matrix deliver a formula that not only increases new muscle growth, but preserves your existing muscle as well.
For Fast Gains, Use Slow Proteins
One of the leading manufacturers of a micellar casein supplement, ISS Research based its products on a well-documented study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 94 (1997). According to ISS Research, “the key findings of the study were as follows:
- Whey is a very fast digesting protein source with peaking amino acid levels in 1-1.5 hours after ingestion. Due to flooding the body’s amino acid pool in a short period of time, protein synthesis increased by 68 percent. However, the amino acids in the bloodstream dropped below normal two hours after ingestion.
- Casein resulted in the best nitrogen retention and utilization. In fact, the amino acid levels remained elevated for up to seven hours. This slow and steady dispersion inhibit total body protein breakdown by 34 percent.
- Since whey was in and out of the system so rapidly, it showed no effected on total body protein breakdown.
- Casein demonstrated strong anti-catabolic effects while whey demonstrated none.
Probably the most important fact was that casein emptied from the stomach much more slowly then whey. The fast emptying into the stomach by whey resulted in a large influx of amino acids into the system, overwhelming its capacity (which causes bloating, flatulence). Also this fast emptying resulted in around 40 percent of its aminos being oxidized by the liver for energy instead of being shuttled into muscles for growth and repair.”
Whey protein is a very valuable supplement first thing in the morning and post-workout. But before bed, give micellar casein a try. It may be the key to growth and recovery that you have been looking for.
The 5 Rules of Protein Economics
There have been many sports nutrition advancements in the last several years, but none of them has made more of an impact on helping successful bodybuilders, elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts achieve leaner and more muscular bodies than the quality and availability of protein supplements. In fact, if you're serious about getting results, protein intake is such an important part of an athlete's nutrition program that it should be on top of your supplement list. Now, this isn't exactly "cutting edge" news, especially if you're an experienced athlete; however, at ISS, they're constantly looking for ways to improve tried-and-true nutritional products, as well as techniques they know will bring their consumers the best results. Since ISS gets tons of questions about protein, they believe many athletes are still confused about many aspects of this important topic. So they decided to create this ISS Special Report, "The 5 Rules of Protein Economics," which provides clear-cut and straightforward advice regarding protein intake for gaining size, reducing body fat and enhancing recovery.
Step 1: Make sure each meal includes specific protein that digests slowly. Consuming proteins such as lean meats, low-fat cottage cheese and protein supplements like Micellar Matrix will insure a consistent delivery of amino acids that will improve net protein synthesis and less muscle protein breakdown.
Step 2: Gain control of your protein intake by calculating your individual protein needs. As a rule hard training athletes should consume 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, your "baseline" protein needs are 200 grams per day.
Step 3: Spread out your protein consumption over 5-6 meals. For basic meal planning take your "baseline" protein needs calculated in Step Two (above), and divide that number by five or six. So for the same 200-lb athlete your protein per meal goal would be 33-40-grams.
Step 4: Re-arrange your protein consumption to accommodate training days. By calculating protein consumption for each day, and then dividing this number to account for five to six meals (Steps Three and Four), you have essentially created your protein planner for non-training days. Now, for training days you can "stack the deck" in favor of protein synthesis by consuming protein before training, and consuming extra protein in the two meals post-workout. This strategy is illustrated in the ISS Protein and Training Meal Planning Chart shown in Rule #3 above.
Step 5: Utilize protein cycling throughout the year to increase the digestion and absorption of any protein you eat. Your body is constantly trying to find "equilibrium," and that can mean conserving, or wasting the proteins you consume each day. By periodically cycling your protein consumption you can take advantage of your bodies "evolutionary" survival mechanisms, and ultimately get more amino acid synthesis out of the protein you consume.
For years, athletes and bodybuilders have instinctively known that protein intake can have a direct effect on muscle growth, body composition and exercise recovery. However, many athletes have not fully understood how to get the best results from the protein they consume--until now. ISS believes any serious athlete who wants to improve their muscle size, exercise recovery, and/or body composition can use the knowledge in this article to get the best results possible.
ISS Research's Vision
As much as it is in their power, ISS will bring to market the cleanest, purest, and most effective sports nutrition products. They utilize only the highest-quality raw materials from suppliers who meet their standards of integrity. Even though this raises their costs, they keep their products affordable, and hope that the rest of the industry will follow. As science advances so will their formulas. The company is committed to creating long-term impact on the standards of sports nutrition, and will continue to stand behind this customer commitment. ISS looks forward to the day when all manufacturers will adopt the same standards they do, and no matter which products you purchase, no matter from whom, you will know that you are taking clean, effective, and safe supplements.