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Aro Black Series Whey Protein Complex Plus Review

Aro Black Series Whey Protein Complex Plus

Due to the launch of a new dietary supplement line Aro Black Series, little is known about Whey Protein Complex Plus.

With a promise to “Get ripped, without getting ripped off,” Vitacost offers this product as the new performance and recovery supplement to enhance athletic performance. [1] Additionally, Whey Protein Complex Plus comes in irresistible flavors and is free of undeclared ingredients.

We’re going to look at Whey Protein Complex Plus and see if it lives up to Vitacost’s claims.

What Flavors Are Available?

Whey Protein Complex plus comes in three different flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, and Chocolate Peanut butter. Though, the flavors are restricted according to the size of container purchased. While limited, user reviews are favorable.

“Wow …I have bought all three complex (Yes, the cost got me their first),” says one user at Vitacost.com about the Vanilla flavor. “I thought the Choc was terrific until I tasted the Vanilla. It mixes beautifully and the taste is spectacular. Again, Vitacost, you impress me more each day.”

“I have been in the industry for over 20 years. The complex is perfect. I mixed it with a spoon. The taste is delicious,” adds another satisfied customer about the Chocolate flavor.

So far, the reviews I have seen are about the flavors. While they are promising, the lack of physical-results reviews leads me to ask a very important question. What is in this protein and is it effective?

Ingredients

Whey Protein Complex Plus ingredients begin with a proprietary protein blend. While proprietary blends often are seen as sneaky ways to hide secret ingredients and amounts, this is not the case with Whey Protein Complex Plus. Each protein, regardless of specific amounts, is a quality protein with slightly different qualities as we will see.

Whey Protein Concentrate. A rapidly absorbing protein, whey protein concentrate is clinically proven to influence resistance training performance by supplying greater mass and strength. [2] Whey protein concentrate contains 5% lactose, low fat and cholesterol concentrations, and high amino acid amounts.

Whey Protein Isolate. Also a fast absorbing protein, whey protein isolate contains fewer allergens than whey protein concentrate due to smaller lactose amounts. [3] In a clinical study, whey protein isolate was proven to improve subjects’ mass and strength. [4]

Milk Protein Isolate. Contains fast-(whey) and slow- (casein) absorbing protein. Milk protein isolate is said to contain insignificant lactose quantities. [5] In a clinical study, milk protein isolate was said to boost muscle mass and strength during different resistance exercises. [6]

Micellar Casein. A slow absorbing protein, micellar casein was clinically shown to provide branched-chain amino acids up to 4 hours after ingestion. Due to its slow absorbing nature, micellar casein is recommended by professionals to take before bed. [7]

Egg Albumin. Yet another protein source, egg albumin is also known as egg white. A clinical study proves egg albumin supplements enhanced protein intake, and it is a safe and effective way to improve nutritional levels. [8]

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). Muscle mass enhancers, MCTs are dietary fats that supply the liver with energy. A clinical study shows consuming MCT decreases body fat. [9]

Usage

The instructions on the label read: “As a dietary supplement, mix 1 scoop with 8 oz. of water. Adjust liquid to desired thickness and taste. Use daily as desired or as directed by a healthcare professional.”

Like any protein supplement, there may be potential side effects for certain individuals. These potential side effects include: [10]

• Smaller appetite
• Lower blood pressure
• Fatigue
• Nausea and headache
• Increased bowel movements
• Swollen limbs
• Lower blood sugar
• Bloating
• Cramps

Pricing and Availability

Aro Black Series Whey Protein Complex Plus may be purchased through the manufacturer’s website, VItacost.com, or through Amazon.com.

Whey Protein Complex Plus sizes, flavors, and prices are as follows:

2lb container (908g): Chocolate, Vanilla, Chocolate Peanut butter – $19.75
5lb container (2270g): Chocolate, Vanilla – $45.99

Vitacost currently offers an additional 10% off of all the Whey Protein Complex Plus supplements through their “Set & Save!”function.

More About the Manufacturer

Vitacost is an online wholesale dealer in health and wellness products, launched in 1999 and operating in 2000. Vitacost holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and prides itself in high-quality sports nutrition products, as well as transparent ingredients.

Despite such a glowing review of the company, they’ve received their fair share of complaints, totaling 128 in the past 12 months. To settle these complaints, VItacost offers refunds and replacements under their 5-star guarantee.

Is Whey Protein Complex Plus a Great Choice?

Whey Protein Complex Plus is not the ideal protein supplement, as it is not uniquely high in grams of protein per serving (20 g). But for the price, Aro Black Series Whey Protein Complex Plus is a protein one should consider. The flavors offered are a nice touch and their money-back guarantee makes it worth further investigation.

References

[1] “ARO Black Series Whey Protein Complex Plus.” Available from: http://www.vitacost.com/aro-vitacost-whey-protein-complex-plus-natural-chocolate-2-lb-908-g-3

[2] “Whey Protein Isolate vs. Whey Protein Concentrate Which Is Best to Build Muscle Fast.” Available from: http://www.2buildmusclefast.com/2011/04/whey-protein-isolate-vs-whey-protein.html

[3] “Whey isolate vs. concentrate.” Available from: http://www.ironmagazineforums.com/diet-nutrition/130607-whey-isolate-vs-concentrate.html

[4] “The effect of whey isolate and resistance training on strength, body composition, and plasma glutamine” Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17240782

[5] “Difference between milk protein isolate and micellar casein.” Available from: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=3774791&page=1

[6] Giles-Smith, Karen, MS, RD. “Milk Proteins: Packing a Powerful Nutritional Punch.” Today’s Dietitian VO. 15 No. 3 P.26. Available from: http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/030413p26.shtml

[7] “MIcellar Casein.” Available from: http://www.mrsupplement.com.au/micellar-casein-review

[8] González-Espinoza L, Gutiérrez-Chávez J, del Campo FM, Martínez-Ramírez HR, Cortés-Sanabria, Rojas-Campos E, Cueto-Manzano AM. “Randomized, open label, controlled clinical trial of oral administration of an egg albumin-based protein supplement to patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis.” Perit Dial Int. 2005 Mar-Apr;25(2):173-80. Available from:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15796146

[9] St-Onge MP, Ross R, Parsons WD, Jones PJ. “Medium-chain triglycerides increase energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in overweight men.” Obes Res. 2003 Mar;11(3):395-402. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12634436

[10] “Whey Protein Side Effects.” Available from: http://top10supplements.com/what-are-the-side-effects-of-whey-protein/


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