Promax Extreme

tickProtein source
tickCreatine based product
tickMuscle Builder
How does it work?
Most experts consider Promax Extreme one of the most effective protein formulas currently available for athletes and bodybuilders wanting rapid gains in both muscle size and strength. Three servings of Promax Extreme provides 76.5 grams of biologically active whey protein isolates and pure hydrolysed whey protein, aiding nitrogen retention and muscle growth.

Three servings (90 grams) of Promax Extreme provides:
Energy: 357 calories
Protein (on dry matter): 76.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 4.95 grams
Fats: 4.05 grams
Glutamine peptides: 5 grams
Methoxyisoflavone: 300 milligrams
N-acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC): 200 milligrams
Taurine: 100 milligrams
Beta-ecdysterone (97%): 40 milligrams
Chrysin: 100 milligrams
Chromium chloride: 200 micrograms

How does it work?
To understand how Promax Extreme works, it's important to know a little more about the different types of protein you can buy. One of the most popular cheaper proteins is known as casein. Casein is the main protein in milk, cheese and yoghurt. Although it was popular some years ago, knowledgeable bodybuilders have moved towards whey, which is considered a far more effective protein. There are countless studies showing the positive effects of whey protein, from it's powerful effects on the immune system through to it's ability to combat stress and boost muscle growth.

Think of your muscles like the tyres on a car. When you fill a tyre with air, it gets bigger. The same thing happens to your muscles. When they fill with protein, they grow in size. Scientists call this process protein synthesis. Without an increase in protein synthesis, your muscles won't grow at all. French research shows that whey protein leads to a 119% greater increase in protein synthesis than the casein found in milk [1].

Scientists from Australia report that high-quality whey protein is far superior to casein for muscle growth. Thirteen subjects were given either whey protein or casein while they took part in a weight-training programme for ten weeks. Results show that the whey protein was far more effective at increasing muscle mass. Test subjects using whey gained over 10 pounds of muscle. Those using casein gained only 2 pounds. Subjects using whey also gained more strength, although both proteins seemed to prevent the typical drop in plasma glutamine levels that occurs with exercise. Three daily servings of Promax Extreme provides you with 76.5 grams of biologically active whey protein isolates and pure hydrolysed whey protein, which is almost identical to the whey protein used by the Australian research team. Promax Extreme also contains a blend of the following anabolic (muscle building) compounds.

Glutamine Peptides
Five grams of Glutamine peptides have been included per daily serving. Glutamine is one of the most effective muscle-building amino acids. Studies show that glutamine helps your muscle cells to absorb more protein, leading to more rapid gains in muscle size and strength [6]. When added to a protein powder, the peptide-bound form of glutamine is superior to L-glutamine for maximum absorption. It "sneaks" through the gut straight into your bloodstream, where it's rapidly absorbed by your muscles.

To aid nitrogen retention, 300 milligrams (per daily serving) of the Hungarian muscle-building compound 5-methyl-7-methoxyisoflavone has also been added. Patented by research experts Chinoin (US Patent # 4,163,746), 5-methyl-7-methoxyisoflavone is designed to promote muscle growth while at the same time increasing fat loss. The patent data shows that it's free from "androgenic or liver-damaging side effects." Experts now consider 5-methyl-7-methoxyisoflavone as potentially one of the most effective anabolic agents currently available.

Promax Extreme also contains the antioxidant NAC (N-acetyl-L-Cysteine). Whenever you train, you put your muscles under a great deal of stress. This increase in training stress can lead to cell damage. Although antioxidants (such as vitamins A, C & E) can reduce this damage, new research shows that NAC plays a far more important role in protecting your muscles against the stress of hard training. NAC also facilitates muscle growth by preserving both glutamine and glutathione levels in muscle [2].

Taurine is an amino acid found naturally in your body, mainly in nerve tissue and muscle [4]. Although it is classed as non-essential, taurine is sometimes considered to be a "conditionally essential" amino acid. Under certain conditions, such as a regular exercise program, the body may not be able to create enough taurine to meet the extra demands. Studies also show that Taurine reduces the damage to muscle tissue caused by exercise, giving it an important role in speeding the recovery process [10].

Promax Extreme contains 40 milligrams of the Russian herbal extract Beta-ecdysterone. Although Beta-ecdysterone has been tested in Russia since 1988, it never received much attention because there was no cost-effective way to extract it. The pure version was only available to top Russian researchers and scientists. It's only recently that sources of 97% extract Beta-ecdysterone have become available. Russian research published in the Scientific Sports Bulletin shows impressive results. A group of 78 elite athletes were assigned to one of three groups. The first group made no changes to their diet. Group two consumed a high-protein diet. Group three combined a high-protein diet with Beta-ecdysterone supplementation. The group making no changes to their diet actually lost muscle, while athletes on the high-protein diet showed a slight increase in muscle mass. Test subjects using protein plus Beta-ecdysterone showed a 6-7% increase in lean muscle tissue with a concomitant 10% reduction in fat.

Chrysin is thought to stimulate muscle growth by inhibiting the conversion of natural testosterone to estradiol. This has the effect of raising natural testosterone levels, which aids your ability to increase muscle growth. There is also good evidence to show that Chrysin also lowers exercise induced cortisol levels, the hormone which breaks down muscle tissue during intense training and times of stress.

Chromium polynicotinate
Promax Extreme contains the mineral chromium, a supplement shown to increase lean body mass and reduce body fat when combined with an effective diet and training programme [3]. The typical diet is deficient in Chromium, which is why a daily serving of Promax Extreme contains a full 200 mcg of Chromium polynicotinate.
How do I use it?
At least 3 servings of Promax Extreme are required daily to ensure that you consume adequate amounts of the various anabolic compounds.

What results can I expect?
Combined with a good diet and an effective exercise programme, Promax Extreme can help you gain up to 5-10 pounds of lean muscle in the next four weeks, along with a significant gain in muscle strength and power. Many users also notice an increase in muscle fullness and greater pumps after 7-10 days of use.

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2. Kinscherf, R., (1996). Low plasma glutamine in combination with high glutamate levels indicate risk for loss of body cell mass in healthy individuals: The Effect of N-Acetylcysteine. Journal of Molecular Medicine. 74(7):393-400
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