Optimum Nutrition – 100% Whey (5lb Jug)

Optimum Nutrition - 100% Whey (5lb Jug)

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound

By using whey protein isolates as the primary protein source in Gold Standard 100% Whey, Optimum Nutrition is able to pack 24 grams of the purest muscle-building protein per serving, and a lot less of the fat, cholesterol, lactose, and other stuff that you can do without. There’s no question that this is the standard by which other whey proteins are measured.

Quality Counts: GMP Certified Products
Optimum Nutrition’s commitment to quality is evident throughout the entire product development process. As a continued measure of quality, all vendors must provide a Certificate of Analysis for each raw material supplied. The certified analyses are also verified through random in-house and independent laboratory testing. To further diminish any chance of physical, chemical, and microbiological contaminants, ON has established and implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program. Quality assurance professionals make routine checks on all storage, blending, and production areas and conduct daily inspections.

ON is proud that its in-house manufacturing operation has been registered under the NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Program. Together, these practices and procedures allow ON to consistently deliver first-rate sports nutrition supplements under the strictest quality control standards.

About Optimum Nutrition: True Strength
Since 1986, Optimum Nutrition has been supporting the nutrition goals of elite athletes and goal-driven individuals around the world. Building on a foundation of company owned and operated production facilities, unparalleled manufacturing expertise, and uncompromising quality standards, ON continually strives to bring athletes and active individuals sports nutrition solutions designed to make a real difference in performance. Whether your goals involve strength, speed, power, endurance – or any combination – ON supplements work as hard as you do. Realize your True Strength with the quality and innovation leader.

What’s in the Box
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 pounds.

Product Description

100 Whey Protein Gold Standard- Chocolate by Optimum Nutrition 5 lbs Powder Optimum Nutrition’s 100 Whey Protein contains 22 grams of protein only 2-3 grams of carbohydrates 1.5 grams of fat and minimal lactose.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Flavor Name: Double Rich ChocolateSize Name: 5 Pound

As a fitness enthusiast and a Science guy, I am always curious to find the real value of a supplement. What works and what does not work. More importantly, I believe the analysis of a product should be based on strong scientific knowledge base, combined with good old fashion practical use of the product, and only then one should come down to the final conclusion.

This product review and analysis was conducted based on 3 parameters

A. Constituents: What comes in the box, the real value of the product
B. Assimilation: How does this product goes down in your system, how much of it will your body assimilate
C. Usability : Long term usability and and effects.

I believe this is one of the best supplements available in the market today. The Question is Why?

1. The Quality of protein. Since its manufactured by Glanbia (who owns Optimum nutrition), this product is coming straight from the manufacturer. This is a BIG factor, 90% of the protein supplement companies source their raw materials from third parties, often importing them from third world countries.

100 grams of Whey protein isolate from one source is NOT equal to the 100 gram Whey protein isolate from another. Inferior resources usually have high level of Heavy metals and cattle Hormones. This has been elucidated from recent tests and published widely in the consumer reports. ON aced this report with minimum levels of such harmful residues. Reason is simple, they make their own whey in a plant which has to abide all regulations under US law.

Just for the point of reference. I am from India, and therefore know first hand how many poorly regulated cheese plants export their whey to Europe and US. So make sure your Whey protein is coming from Whey extracted in the US!!

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Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein, 622 Grams

Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein, 622 Grams

Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein, 622 Grams

Product Description

Flavor: Unflavored | Size: 28 Servings

RAW Protein from Garden of Life is a RAW, vegan, plant-based, USDA Certified Organic protein formula. A complete source of protein from 13 RAW and organic sprouts, RAW Protein gives you everything you want – and more – in a protein supplement. Containing 17 grams of undenatured protein, fat soluble vitamins, protein-digesting enzymes, and live probiotics, RAW Protein is a complete protein.

RAW Protein provides RAW organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes. It’s an excellent source of protein – 17 grams and 33% Daily Value. RAW Protein contains Vitamin Code RAW Food-Created Nutrients with their unique CodeFactors intact, enabling natural recognition by your body. It increases the protein content of meals – just add to food or beverages – and is suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Good for those on low carbohydrate diets, RAW Protein is also an alternative to soy and animal protein powders. It’s great for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey, and other protein sources. It’s easily digested and supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes.* Last but not least, it mixes well and is great in shakes, smoothies, and other beverages.

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Heat can denature proteins, reducing their availability to your body. But Garden of Life’s USDA Certified Organic plant proteins are different – they are always gently produced at low temperatures, without any added fillers or carriers (like maltodextrin which can come from GMO corn), preserving their complete amino acid integrity and whole-food, Certified Organic, Non-GMO goodness.

True Sustainability

Garden of Life’s commitment to sustainability begins with organic farming. This Certified Organic plant protein comes from sprouted grains and legumes grown without synthetic pesticides, and without using genetically modified seed crops that could reduce our planet’s biodiversity. In addition to Certified Organic farming practices, Garden of Life uses recyclable packaging, vegetable inks, sustainably farmed papers, and 100% certified renewable wind energy credits to run our company’s operations.

Why Should I Use RAW Protein?

Use RAW Protein to increase the protein content of meals – just add to food or beverages. It mixes instantly and has a neutral taste (Original Flavor), making it an excellent foundation for a refreshing, high protein energy shake or smoothie. RAW Protein is suitable for almost anyone, including those on vegetarian or vegan diets, those on low carbohydrate diets, or for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey, or other protein sources.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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I have highly-sensitive gluten-intolerance. Other protein powders I’ve tried gave me gluten reactions which include intense body aches and horrible digestive, gastro-intestinal problems.

Garden of Life works beautifully for me — it fills me AND satisfies me, gives me energy, and I have no reactions or GI issues with it at all.

I especially appreciate Raw Protein if I am traveling and cannot find anything safe to eat. By always having the powder on hand along with some gluten-free fruit or vegetable juice, I’m covered.

The powder is also helpful if I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to prepare a full, gluten-free meal (which can be very time consuming since I try to stick to whole foods only).

Also, a little powder mixed with juice is a nice pick-me-up between meals, especially in the late afternoon or early evening — you know that time of day when you’re not ready to eat dinner (or too tired after working to cook), yet you’re hungry NOW? I don’t know about you, but snacking between meals is when I have the greatest tendency to overeat.

Because the powder is so nutritionally balanced, it satisfies me and gets me through to a light dinner MUCH easier than if I were reaching for other foods.

So far, I’ve enjoyed mixing it in a Vita-Mix with a little ice, pineapple and/or banana. Frozen banana works particularly well. If I’m not making a smoothie, I use an Aerolatte Moo frother to mix it right in the glass or cup (Bodum also makes a frother that is supposed to be excellent).

Today for lunch, I mixed it into organic, gluten-free tomato soup, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve even mixed the powder with coffee!

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Ovega – 3 Non fish Omega DHA and EPA 500mg 120

Ovega - 3 Non fish Omega DHA and EPA 500mg

Ovega – 3 Non fish Omega DHA and EPA 500mg 120

Product Description

Size: 120
Introducing Ovega-3, an all-vegetarian DHA + EPA Omega-3 supplement from a safe and natural plant source (algae); not fish. With 500 mg of total omega-3s, Ovega-3 provides the same heart healthy benefits of traditional fish oil but without the unpleasant fishy aftertaste associated with some fish oils. Most people think that fish are the original source of DHA and EPA, but it’s really the algae they eat that naturally contain these important omega-3s. Ovega-3 has gone directly to the source and bypassed the fish. You can be sure that Ovega-3 is 100% free of PCBs and mercury because it is sourced from plants that are grown outside of the ocean. As one of the highest quality omega-3 supplements available, Ovega-3 is also from a sustainable source and does not deplete the ocean’s supply of fish.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

92 of 93 people found the following review helpful

By s. kyle on January 7, 2012

Size Name: 60 Softgels Verified Purchase

i used to buy the deva omega3 supplements ([…]) and liked them very much except that i had to take so many per day because they only contain 200mg DHA per capusle (no EPA). the last time i went on amazon to reorder the deva supplements i found these and decided to give them a shot – with 320mg DHA and 130mg EPA (not sure what makes up the other 50mg, the facts say 500mg total) i can cut down on how many capsules i take each day (i take these for inflammation which requires a higher dose than what is usually recommended).

so the pro is that the capsules contain 120mg more DHA and 130mg more EPA than the deva supplements. also, for the amount of omega3 you’re getting ovega-3 is less expensive (even with the deva price being reduced on amazon). the cons are:
* capsule size is significantly larger…i’d say by 30%-40%. however, they are still relatively easy to swallow as they have a smooth coating
* the capsules have an odd smell…sort of a plastic/seaweed combo. not super strong so it’s not a big deal to me, though i prefer the deva supplements on this point (they didn’t have any noticeable scent)

overall i think i like the ovega-3 supplements better – mostly because i have to take fewer per day, and also because they are a bit less expensive. however, if i only required 200mg-400mg of omega-3 per day i’d probably stick with deva because they are smaller and don’t have an odd scent.

EDIT: some reviews of this product imply that you would need to take 2-3 deva supplements to equal one ovega-3 supplement which is misleading. the deva supplements contain 200mg of DHA, 0mg EPA. the ovega-3 supplements contain 320mg DHA, 130mg EPA

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PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean 2lb

PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean 2lb

PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean 2lb

Product Description

Planet Fusion provides energy for working muscles and supports muscle growth. Contains 3.4g of L-glutamine to support lean body mass, immune function and GI health. Is low in fat and has only 4g of carbs per serving. Contains 21-22g of protein to support lean body mass.
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By AK907 on July 15, 2011

Flavor Name: Natural UnflavoredSize Name: Unflavored 1 lb

After realizing the muscle milk powder I was buying from GNC was loaded with chemicals and heavy metals like mercury and lead, not to mention all the artificial sugars and flavors, I decided to research a healthier option for a complete protein.

I picked this powder because it has protein from different sources (pea, artichoke, amaranth,and quinoa) and also has an amino acid profile listed on the side which seemed to be more balanced than some of the other options.
The powder itself is very fine but I am okay with that. I might not like it if I had to mix it with water, but I put mine in a blender with ice, coconut milk, organic vanilla extract, coca powder, and stevia. I’m also wanting to try it with banana and peanut butter added in. I purchased the unflavored version because I knew I’d be mixing it with other flavors.

Otherwise, this powder filled me up nicely and actually lowered my cravings for sweet food. The Muscle milk I was using before had a lot of artificial sugar which I think increased my cravings for real sugar. There are also 120 calories a serving with 22g of protein versus muscle milk’s 360 calories and 32g of protein. This is less protein but you feel so much better when you take this stuff.

In conclusion this is a great product. I wouldn’t recommend taking it with water, but it makes a rather hearty and healthy meal replacement. It has a pretty balanced amino acid profile as well because it mixes more than one plant protein, and it also has enzymes. It balances my blood sugar nicely, and causes no digestion issues.

Amino acid profile for inquiring minds: (in mg)

Alanine: 920
Arginine: 1,860
Aspartic Acid: 2,460
Cystine: 215
Glutamic Acid: 3,740
Glycine: 1,090
Histidine: 535
Isoleucine: 1,320
Leucine: 2,160
Lysine: 1,540
Methionine: 235
Phenylalanine: 1,180
Proline: 960
Serine: 1,130
Threonine: 835
Tryptophan: 215
Tyrosine: 810
Valine: 1,430

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DEVA Vegan Vitamins Vegan DHA (Algae) 200mg Vegan Softgels, 90-Count Bottle

DEVA Vegan Vitamins Vegan DHA (Algae)

DEVA Vegan Vitamins Vegan DHA (Algae) 200mg Vegan Softgels, 90-Count Bottle

Important Information

Safety Warning
Always consult your doctor before taking any dietary supplement.

Indications
*Information and statements regarding dietary supplements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Ingredients
Other Ingredients: Carragenaan, Starch,Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water, Natural Vitamin E, Lemon Oil (All of the ingredients are from plant / mineral sources)

Directions
For adults take one (1) vegan softgel a day with food or as directed by a health care professional.

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Product Description

DEVA Vegan Omega-3 DHA is a quality product derived from algae and packaged in non-animal softgels made from carrageenan and starch. This makes an excellent alternative to fish oil and can be confidently used by vegetarians and vegans alike. DHA is a long chain polyunsaturated omega-3 oil. It is an essential fatty acid, meaning that the body doesn’t produce it by itself and it must be obtained in the diet. DHA is one of the most prominent essential fatty acids in the brain and in the retina. DEVA Omega-3 DHA is 100% vegan, vegetarian and is certified by the Vegan Society, the non-profit organization that actually invented the word “vegan”.

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DEVA Vegan Vitamins Vegan DHA (Algae) 200mg Vegan Softgels, 90-Count Bottle

Without two or three servings of fish weekly, it is very difficult to get enough DHA in the diet. I am allergic to many fish and fish oils making it almost impossible. Omega 3 oils include both EPA and DHA. I take ground flax seed to obtain the ALA but it does not have the DHA needed. Krill Oil is considerably more expensive, and has 1/5th the DHA of DEVA Algae oil.

I strongly suggest avoiding “discount” suppliers of the algae oil. Some of these reviews note a strong or unpleasant flavor or taste – as well as capsules that are hard or fishy. These are indicative of “old” product which SHOULD BE RETURNED. For a product like this, you should always check the “Seller Ratings” and DO NOT PURCHASE BASED ON PRICE (like I did). If the seller has negative ratings for very late shipping, sending the wrong product, or sending old product, they are a discounter and SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

Overall, this is a wonderful product.

Verified Purchase

Love, love, love this product! I have been looking for a vegan DHA ever since my naturopathic physician suggested I take this supplement (the one he recommended came in a gelatin based capsule that I had to squeeze the contents out of which was completely nauseating). DEVA uses high-quality DHA that doesn’t leave any aftertaste or negative side effects. The capsules glide down your throat with ease and I feel like this supplement is helpful for my body.
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Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Lemon

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Lemon

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula,1000mg 180-Count (lemon)

  • A non-concentrated formula with all of its constituents in a natural balance
  • Each serving surpasses the international daily recommended intake of 500 mg EPA+DHA
  • Supports cardiovascular, cognitive, ocular, immune, and nervous system health
  • Ensures exceptional freshness, great taste, and no detected environmental toxins

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Product Description

Flavor: Lemon | Size: 180
A non-concentrated formula with all of its constituents in a natural balance, Omega-3 is a great way to maintain healthy levels of omega-3s (EPA+DHA). Each serving surpasses the international daily recommended intake of 500 mg EPA+DHA, supporting cardiovascular, cognitive, ocular, immune, and nervous system health.* And, like all Nordic Naturals products, Omega-3 surpasses all international quality standards to ensure exceptional freshness, great taste, and no detected environmental toxins.

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful

Love it!

By John B. Goode TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 5, 2010

Flavor Name: LemonSize Name: 180

Reasons I like it:1) Screened for mercury and other toxins.
2) Great lemon taste.
3) Thin gel cap.

2) and 3) matter to me because I’m one of the few people who actually like the taste of fish oil so I bite into the capsule and release the oil. The lemon taste gives it a nice flavor and the gel cap is easy to chew. Other brands have thick capsules which don’t taste good and have really oily fish oil taste. For people who just swallow it, the taste of the oil or the capsule don’t really matter, but make sure you get a brand which screens for toxins because you don’t want to be harming yourself with mercury while protecting your heart.

Cost: The cost per bottle or cost per capsule is often misleading because different products (even within brands) have different potencies. To find the real cost, divide the cost by the total amount of DHA+EPA (the key omega-3’s).

For example, this box has 90 servings (180 capsules) at 550mg DHA+EPA per serving (2 capsules per serving). That’s 90 servings X 550mg DHA+EPA = 49,500mg or 49.5g of DHA+EPA per box. Divide current cost by 49.5g will give you the price per gram.

Summary:
Source: Anchovies and sardines.
Method: Their own multi-patented process including filters and molecular distillation.
Toxins: IFOS tested.
Type: Triglyceride form (better absorption than ethyl ester)
Amounts:
EPA+DHA = 550mg per capsule.
EPA+DHA 49,500mg/49.5g per bottle (60 capsules).
Value: Divide price by 49.5g (the amount of EPA+DHA per bottle) to get a price per gram of EPA+DHA and a comparison value against other brands.

Nordic Naturals is one of the first brands of O-3 I ever tried. They have a good reputation for quality omega-3 products.

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Nordic Naturals – Ultimate Omega, 1000 mg, 180 softgels

Nordic Naturals – Ultimate Omega, 1000 mg, 180 softgels

Nordic Natural Ultimate Omega 1000mg Fish Oil

  • High concentration of omega-3 EPA and DHA.Double-strength EPA+DHA formula for more omega-3 benefits in fewer servings.
  • Superior Triglyceride Form 2. High-intensity, therapeutic support for both body and mind

Product Label

  • Great Lemon Taste
  • Natural Triglyceride Form
  • Highly Concentrated EPA and DHA
  • Pharmaceutical Grade**
  • Molecularly Distilled
  • Ultimate Omega™ contains 70% purified omega-3 fatty acids, providing an exceptionally high concentration of EPA and DHA inone delicious serving. Formulated to support healthy aging, improved mood, and healthy glucose levels, Ultimate Omega provides optimal heart health and supports other organs such as the liver and prostate.**
  • Every batch is third-party tested for environmental toxins, including heavy metals, dioxins, and PCBs. All Nordic Naturals fish oils surpass the strictest international standards for purity and freshness. (Certificate of Analysis available upon request.)

**This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Directions

Two soft gels daily, with food, or as directed by your health care professional or pharmacist. Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Do not take if tamper evident seal is broken or missing

Warning

Consult with your physician before using this product if you are allergic to iodine, using blood thinners, or anticipate surgery. Keep out of reach of children.

Does Not Contain:

Gluten, milk derivatives, or artificial colors or flavors.

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Product Description

Package Quantity: 1
Our most popular concentrate, Ultimate Omega is a double-strength EPA+DHA formula for more omega-3 benefits in fewer servings. For high-intensity, therapeutic support for both body and mind, Ultimate Omega is an excellent choice.

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274 of 283 people found the following review helpful

Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega vs Nine Leading Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements

By RWM TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 6, 2013

Item Package Quantity: 1

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This is a side-by-side comparison of ten leading omega-3 fish oil supplements: OmegaVia Pharma-Grade Fish Oil, Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold, Garden of Life Minami Nutrition Platinum Omega 3 Plus D3 Formula, Norwegian Gold Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega, Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, Omapure Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3 Fish Oil, Now Ultra Omega-3, Barlean’s Ideal 3 Omega, Innovix Triple Strength Omega-3, and Innovix Labs Pharma-Grade Omega-3.

There are three major components of omega-3 in these products: EPA (which is good for your heart, circulatory system, lowering triglycerides, depression and mood orientation, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory for soothing joint pains), DHA (which is good for your mental acuity, or if you are pregnant, nursing an infant, or for children), and “other.” Other omega-3s, like DPA and SDA, are types of fatty acids which are easily converted to EPA in the body. In most fish oils, the amount of these other fatty acids is low, but in highly concentrated oils, it can be a significant amount. The important components are EPA and DHA.

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