Inner Armour Blue Super Quad Protein Review

Inner Armour Blue Super Quad Protein

Super Quad Protein is part of Inner Armour’s new Blue product line.

Super Quad Protein is formulated with a protein blend and other ingredients to enhance protein absorption by providing a “multi-staged extended release matrix.”

To find out if Super Quad Protein competes with other protein powders, I took a closer look at the ingredients.

What’s Inside Super Quad Protein

Inner Armour Blue Super Quad Protein features several ingredients with unlisted ingredient amounts, as well as one proprietary protein blend.

Branched-Chain Amino Acids

L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine are branched-chain amino acids found in Super Quad Protein. These branched-chain amino acids are oxidized directly in the skeletal muscle, unlike amino acids that are metabolized mainly in the liver. These branched-chain amino acids reduce muscle fatigue and alleviate delayed-onset muscle soreness. [1]

Protein Blend (24 g)

Researchers say strength and endurance athletes should consume anywhere from 1.2 – 1.8 g/kg protein daily to experience enhanced performance. [2]

Additionally, an online compendium of scientific references mentions several benefits of different protein forms are due to them “inherently being protein.” [3]

Protein forms in this blend include:

Ultra-Filtered Whey Protein Concentrate

Whey concentrate is fast absorbing and contains anywhere from 35-80% protein by weight. However, supplemental whey protein is generally formulated to 80%. Ultra-filtered whey protein contains higher vitamins per gram of protein than regular whey concentrate. [3]

Micro-Filtered Whey Protein Isolate

Whey protein isolate is low in lactose, fat, and cholesterol and is 90% protein content by weight. [3]

A blend of whey isolate combined with creatine (1.5 g/kg) promotes greater strength gains and improves muscle morphology during resistance training. [4]

Micellar Casein

Micellar casein is a slow absorbing protein. As it is consumed, micellar casein forms a “bolus” (a large curd) in the stomach. This bolus takes on a unique structure and requires specific digestive enzymes to act on it, which in turn produce bioactive peptides. Some bioactive peptides have immunomodulatory and antibacterial properties. [5]

Milk Protein Isolate

Milk protein is said to be at least 90% protein content by weight. Milk protein is composed of both slow absorbing (casein) and fast absorbing (whey) protein. [6]

What Are the Side Effects?

The manufacturer does not provide much information about Super Quad Protein on its official website. Consequently, there is no mention of side effects.

Side effects associated with protein include: [7]

• Muscle cramping
• Bloating
• Thirst
• Nausea

However, these side effects are usually more common among users who are unaccustomed to taking protein supplements. It is unlikely they affect seasoned users.

Pricing and Flavor Availability

Super Quad Protein may be purchased through several third party retailers. One container (4 lbs.) contains 50 servings and sells for around $45. It is available for purchase at third party retailers.

Flavors

Super Quad Protein comes in Milk Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla.

More About Inner Armour

Inner Armour is a supplement manufacturer located in Connecticut. The company has an exclusive partnership with Parisi Speed Schools. Parisi Speed Schools are athletic performance enhancement organizations for youth athletics.

All Inner Armour products are free of banned substances and are sent to a substance control facility for testing before they are sold.

Final Thoughts

Inner Armour Blue Super Quad is powerful and designed with various proteins to allow for extended periods of protein absorption.

The proprietary blends put users at a disadvantage because they do not know how much of each ingredient they consume.

However, Super Quad Protein’s price is affordable for the amount of servings one container provides.

If you are interested, check out Super Quad Protein and let us know about your experience by commenting below.

References

[1] Yoshiharu Shimomura et al. “Nutraceutical Effect of Branched-Chain Amino Acids on Skeletal Muscle.” The Journal of Nutrition. American Society for Nutrition. 2006. Available from: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/136/2/529S.full.pdf

[2] Lemon PW. “Is increased dietary protein necessary or beneficial for individuals with a physically active lifestyle?” Nutr Rev. 1996 Apr;54(4 Pt 2):S136-75. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8700446

[3] “Whey Protein.” Available from: http://examine.com/supplements/Whey+Protein/

[4] Cribb PJ et al. “Effects of whey isolate, creatine, and resistance training on muscle hypertrophy.” Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2007 Feb;39(2):298-307. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17277594

[5] “Why is Micellar Casein important?” Idaho Milk Products. Available from: http://idahomilkproducts.com/content/why-micellar-casein-important

[6] Jay R. Hoffman and Michael J. Falvo (2004). “Protein-Which is Best?” Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (3):118-130. Available from: http://www.jssm.org/vol3/n3/2/v3n3-2pdf.pdf

[7] “Whey Protein.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-833-WHEY%20PROTEIN.aspx?activeIngredientId=833&activeIngredientName=WHEY%20PROTEIN

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