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Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein, Naturally Flavored French Vanilla, 4 Pound

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Natural French Vanilla
4 Pound
  • No artificial flavors or sweeteners
  • 24 Grams of all-micellar Casein
  • Enhanced with patented Digestive Enzymes
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Flavor: Natural French Vanilla | Size: 4 Pound

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Rapid protein use is desirable immediately before and after exercise to help refuel recovering muscles, but delayed digestion and absorption may be more beneficial at other times – including bedtime when your body typically goes for hours without food. Casein proteins are sensitive and tend to thicken in the stomach.  Because of this, it can take more than twice as long for our Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein to be broken down into its amino acid subcomponents than other proteins. Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein is also free of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and synthetic colors and uses only premium micellar caseins to create a protein that’s truly time-released.

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Stardard 100% CASEIN, French Vanilla

Nutrition Information
Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein
At a Glance:
bulletIndustry's first natural all-micellar casein
bulletNo artificial flavors or sweeteners
bulletAminogen enhanced for assisted protein assimilation
 
 
bulletGrams of protein: 24
bulletGrams of essential amino acids: 9.6
 
 
 
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein offers the slow-digesting protein essential for facilitating muscle recovery and preventing muscle breakdown. Rapid-protein use is desirable immediately before and after exercise to help refuel recovering muscles. However, delayed digestion and absorption may be more beneficial at other times, including bedtime, when your body typically goes for hours without food. Casein proteins are acid sensitive and thicken in the stomach. Because of this, it can take more than twice as long for Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein to be broken down into its amino acid subcomponents than other proteins. This natural version of the industry's first all-micellar casein contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

NSF International LogoQuality 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.


Optimum Nutrition: True StrengthAbout 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.

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein, French Vanilla, 4 pounds.



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Flavor: Natural French Vanilla | Size: 4 Pound
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.1 x 10.3 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
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  • ASIN: B001N4F22I
  • UPC: 748927024258
  • Item model number: OPN24258
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,808 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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750 of 832 people found the following review helpful By Sumer on September 12, 2011
Flavor Name: Chocolate SupremeSize: 4 Pound
Yes I am science Guy so I would like to bring some scientific viewpoint, trying to keep my review Jargon free, or very simple for the least.

1. Do I need Casein Supplement.

Almost every Human being can benefit from Casein, however everyone DOES NOT need a Casein supplement. I would recommend this supplement to only someone who is at intermediate or advance fitness levels (rest will do good with cottage cheese- provided you relish it). If you are a beginner, than please stay away from pure Casein supplement for a while, its not the starting point by any mean and you will not get much benefit out of it. Beginners are better off with Whey only or blend supplements.

2. Hey is Casein better than Whey?

Yes and No. The big question is compared to What. If one is looking for a general protein source, then NO way. Caesin is not a well rounded and balanced protein, it is a specialized protein. In other words, its Amino Acid profile is not balanced. Its inclined towards recovery ( high Glutamine and Anti Catabloic properties). Lastly its Biological value is only 77 compared to 104 of Whey.

However, what it does for the body, no other protein can. It digests very very slow and release rich amount of Glutamine and other Amino acids which helps you recover and stay Anabolic.

3. What is Special about ON Casein

First and foremost, its not exactly the most delicious and consistent protein by nature. Nothing that ON can do to change it, this is the nature of Casein. But, what ON does is that it gives you the best of Casein, the Micellar Casein. Making it the best Casein protein supplement in the market.

4. Whats the heck with Casein and Why is Casein protein more expensive than Whey?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Larsen on September 6, 2014
Flavor Name: Natural French VanillaSize: 4 Pound Verified Purchase
I'm a 34-year old semi-serious distance runner and run about 50 miles a week and I also lift 4 times a week. That type of training really requires an extra boost of protein consumption in order to avoid muscle tissue degradation. I've tried SO many different protein blends over the years and there is really three essentially criteria that are important to me: 1) Low calories (e.g. no added calories and no or very limited extra added sugar) 2) no fake/chemical sugars at all (no aspartame, sucralose, xylitol, maltilol, etc. - they make my stomach churn) 3) As natural as possible (whey protein is a derived product from milk after all!).

I always laugh when I see someone reviewing the "taste" of a whey protein supplement. Generally speaking, if a whey protein supplement tastes super good, then it's probably loaded with extra sugar, which will basically counteract any benefit you might get with extra protein supplementation, or else it has chemical sugars which will cause long-term problems and possible GI issues.

I don't care about taste at all, it's not at all what I'm looking for. Whey protein isn't supposed to be a treat, it's a supplement. That said, I really do feel like the taste is pretty darn good with this one. Sure, It's not like drinking a milk shake, but it has a smooth flavor that goes down well. I don't ever mix anything it, but I always put tons of ice in my blender bottle and shake it up so it's nice and cold. I feel like with this Casein I have found a winner. I highly recommend this product over all of ON's regular line because its the natural line.

Note: If you're purchasing casein as opposed to whey, it's probably because you want the slow-releasing digestive action of amino acids into the bloodstream that is provided by casein over whey.
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105 of 144 people found the following review helpful By B. Furuness on May 26, 2007
Flavor Name: Chocolate SupremeSize: 4 Pound
Almost any company can produce decent, good-tasting, cheap whey, but doing the same for casein is a trickier proposition. ON has done a solid job with this casein. Mixing it with low-fat or nonfat milk makes for a nice, creamy shake.

A couple of tips: don't bother trying to mix this with a fork or a shaker bottle. You'll get clumps and you'll hate it. Casein demands a blender.

Tip II: Casein has always been the "overnight" protein because of its slower digestion rate than whey, but recent scientific evidence suggests that combining casein with whey in your post-workout shake gives better results than whey alone. Heck, mix the two in all your shakes, except the pre-workout shake, where you'll want just the quick-hitting whey.
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54 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Dan C on March 9, 2011
Flavor Name: Chocolate SupremeSize: 4 Pound Verified Purchase
A lot of reviews stated that Casein clumps up and you'll need a blender to effectively take this. This is not true. I just put a heaping scoop in my BlenderBottle, shook 20-25 times and the shake is consistent throughout with no clumping or powder stuck to the sides. For those that are interested, here's how I'm supplementing with protein:

- AM whey shake right when I wake up to quickly get protein back into my system
- 2 hours after breakfast - casein shake (will slow release over the next 6-7 hours)
- Small whey shake 30 minutes before working out (at 6PM)
- Big whey/casein mixed shake immediately after working out (60% whey). Whey will flood your system quickly, casein will time release.
- THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: casein shake immediately before bed. This will limit your body to entering a catabolic state only towards the end of your sleep as it will remain in your system 6-7 hours. Trick: I've heard if you eat a tbsp of all-natural peanut butter before the shake, it can slow the release of casein and possibly prevent you from entering a catabolic state altogether - not sure about this though.

Also, if you're doing as many shakes as I am, buy a BlenderBottle and only mix with water. This reduces the amount of time spent on taking supplements dramatically. Put a little water in the bottle, add protein, shake-shake-shake, pound it, clean, DONE.

Good luck!
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