GOLD STANDARD 100% CASEIN REVIEW
Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Whey is the undoubted market leader when it comes to whey proteins and their Gold Standard Casein is the best when it comes to slow-digesting proteins designed to extend the period of time during which nutrients are released to the body. This is important for the following reasons:
- For dieting, a slow release rate aids satiation and so prevents hunger
- At night, when you would otherwise not eat for 8-10 hours, using Gold Standard Casein allows you to feed your muscles nutrients while asleep preventing muscle breakdown and thus leading to more net muscle protein synthesis
Indeed, research has shown that providing casein at night is a superior strategy to providing whey protein and this fact, together with Gold Standard Casein’s utilisation of the highest quality micellar casein, not to mention the fabulous taste, makes this product a winner in our book.
Optimum Nutrition deservedly win a lot of plaudits for Gold Standard Casein. Where other brands use inferior milk protein sources such as calcium caseinate, Optimum Nutrition have chosen to make this a pure micellar casein product which puts the quality at a level above most of the other contenders in the burgeoning market for slow release proteins.
Casein proteins have a reputation for being chalky, unpalatable and something you have to grin and bear but Gold Standard Casein uses an ultra-fine micellar casein powder which mixes far easily and tastes an order of magnitude better. For someone looking for a protein which closely resembles a regular milkshake then this is as a good as it gets.
It is not just about the taste though as Gold Standard Casein is higher in protein than poorer quality caseins as well as being lower in fat, sugar and lactose than a caseinate based milk protein. Indeed we have observed that many people who struggle to digest milk proteins seem to handle Gold Standard Casein fine.
With research indicating that the best nutritional strategy to maximise muscle growth is to combine highly anabolic whey proteins with anti-catabolic milk proteins, it makes a lot of sense to use this at night or any time when you would otherwise go without food for some time.