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Xtend Pro Whey Isolate Supplement Review
Two in One: Recovery and Growth
Xtend Pro Whey Isolate is one of the newest products in Xtend’s line to come to market. Muscle Insider’s recent slew of reviews on new launches from the Xtend family, including Xtend Natural Zero and Xtend Elite, is a sign of steady and strong growth from Nutrabolt, Xtend’s parent company. Xtend is best known for its extensive line of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) products under Scivation, but we all know that protein is also key for muscle growth, so it only makes sense that Xtend comes out with Xtend Pro Whey Isolate. Xtend Pro Whey Isolate combines whey isolate with a full serving of BCAAs. Coupling BCAAs for their use in recovery and support in muscle development along with a protein source such as a whey isolate is … well … genius!
Goal: Recover and Grow
You hit the gym on a regular basis, pushing your body each workout with progressive overload in the hopes of feeling some soreness the following day. This breakdown of muscle needs to be followed by proper recovery in order to trigger growth. Xtend Pro Whey Isolate provides the two key ingredients to the cornerstone of these actions—recovery and growth. Between the BCAAs and protein whey isolate in Xtend Pro Whey Isolate’s formula, what you need for nutrient support is provided in this two-in-one product. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and activate muscle protein synthesis, the process your body goes through when building muscle. At the same time, while other proteins will naturally contain amino acids, Xtend has taken the extra step to ensure each scoop delivers a full 7 grams of BCAAs along with 25 grams of protein.
Supplementing with the right products can go a long way in supporting your body through workouts and the recovery process. When you can rely on one product to check off two major boxes, you really can’t go wrong. Xtend Pro Whey Isolate is a unique product in that sense. This solid formula will help you accomplish both your major goals: recovering from your workouts and gaining muscle.
Xtend is known for its high-quality products, and Xtend Pro Whey Isolate is no exception. Boasting a strong nutritional breakdown, this is a protein you can rely on year-round. Whether you’re in a building phase or currently cutting weight, Xtend Pro Whey Isolate’s macros will work for you.
With small variance between flavours, each 35-gram scoop of this protein delivers less than 130 calories with 25 grams of protein. Two of the flavours have zero grams of fat and only 2 grams of carbohydrates (with a mere gram of sugar. That’s not so bad for something that tastes like dessert!). The chocolate and cookie butter options contain one gram of fat and 4 grams of carbs (don’t worry, still only a gram of sugar), accounting for the minor difference between the four flavours.
As we mentioned, each scoop has 7 grams of BCAAs— L-leucine, L-valine, and L-isoleucine—which come from the whey protein isolate. Because the label includes whey isolate in the list of BCAAs, and doesn’t specifically note the breakdown of each, they’re likely not delivered in the traditional 2:1:1 ratio. However, with most whey products yielding 2 to 3 grams of leucine, even a small addition of these BCAAs is a benefit for muscle protein synthesis, bringing in more leucine than a traditional protein.
Not only are the macros solid, but the sources are high-quality, which we’ve come to expect from Xtend. Relying on a whey isolate to comprise the protein content means you’re getting the best of the best. This form of protein is superior to others that are commonly found in supplements. It goes through additional processing to provide less carbs, lactose, and fat, which we clearly see on the label.
Another unusual ingredient on the list is potassium. The inclusion of this mineral likely comes from Xtend’s focus on recovery, as it aids in hydration. Keeping the ideal balance between potassium and sodium supports the working muscle to stay hydrated and functioning at its highest level. That’s yet another way in which Xtend Pro Whey Isolate stands out in the supplement lineup.
Xtend Pro Whey Isolate comes in four decadent flavours. For the more traditional protein users out there, Vanilla Ice Cream or Chocolate Lava Cake may be your go-to. Our favourite flavour among the traditional flavours is the chocolate. It is very chocolately, which is something we look for in chocolate protein powders, as cocoa is an expensive ingredient so supplement companies are careful of how much they put into their product.
For those who like trendy desserts, Cookie Butter or Salted Caramel Shake could be right up your alley. We have to say our top choice was Cookie Butter for the fact that it nails the taste, and satisfied our demanding team of taste testers. We love trendy things!
There are no artificial flavours added, but in order to appease the decadent taste palate, you can be sure that this Xtend Pro Whey Isolate will fulfill your sweet tooth. Sucralose and acesulfame potassium are two artificial sweeteners known for their strong sweet enhancement. Both are a part of the ingredient list; however, they do fall at the tail end of the list, so rest assured they’re low in quantity.
If you shy away from protein supplements because they’re notorious for being chalky, gritty, or just downright hard to drink, Xtend Pro Whey Isolate is a safe bet for you. To ensure its smooth texture, guar gum and xanthan gum are included, both of which help thicken and blend the ingredients together. All you need to do is simply add 8 to 10 ounces of water to your shaker cup with a scoop of your top choice, snap on the lid, give it a quick shake and it’s ready to drink—with no clumps or grit left behind.
As with its other products, Xtend has taken the extra step to guarantee that its isolate is a safe choice. It proudly sports the Informed-Choice logo, which lets you know that the product has been tested by an outside agency for banned supplements and is clean. These products are tested at least once a month to ensure they’re still living up to the high expectations.
We have to commend Xtend for its innovation with Xtend Pro Whey Isolate. The combination of protein with additional BCAAs is a unique formula that just makes sense. No matter what time of day you opt to use your protein supplement, a boost of BCAAs is beneficial to spark the muscle-building process. The more time you can spend with your body supporting muscle growth, the more likely it is that you’ll build an enviable physique. Our team easily gives Pro two thumbs up for its high-quality ingredients, strong macro count, and delicious taste. What more could you ask for? Pairing BCAAs with a whey isolate is as heavenly as peanut butter and jelly.