The Genesis Nutrition Australia crew are big fans of Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard range. One of these being the slow release – easy to digest 100% Gold Standard Casein. Faster digesting amino acids are desirable immediately before and after exercise to help refuel recovering muscles, but slow 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. Compared to some other proteins, it can take more than twice as long for Gold Standard 100% Casein to be broken down into its amino acid subcomponents. By using only premium micellar casein as a protein source, ON has created a formula that sets the standard for slow digesting protein support.
Casein, just like whey, is derived from milk protein. As casein tends to stay longer in the digestive tract, the amino acids present in it can be absorbed slowly. This is the reason why casein usually is taken a few hours before bed. It gives the body sufficient time to absorb the amino acids and ensure maximum nitrogen retention in muscle. In terms of quality of product and value for money, all of Optimum Nutrition products are unbelievable - and their 100% Casein Powder is no exception.
Mix 1 (one) scoop of 100% Gold Standard Casein in about 400-500mls of water and consume whenever additional protein intake is required. The most popular use for this product to generate optimal results is to consume a serving before bed for sustained protein release as you sleep.