MuscleTech is known for the large amounts of studies they preform, and the vast amounts of data they collect to help the company formulate some of the best products on the market; platinum casein is no exception!
One of the benefits of this product is that it contains relatively low sodium compared to other casein products. Another important aspect is the super low carbohydrates and fat contained in platinum casein; for every 110 calories an amazing 96 of them come from pure micellar casein protein!
MuscleTech has chosen to use the longest lasting form of protein as the main ingredient in this mix, none other than micellar casein. It takes the body up to 7-8 hours to fully digest this slow digesting protein, making it great for taking before bed time or for when it’s just not possible to fuel the body for many hours.
A noteworthy thing to keep in mind is that the ingredients in this mix mirror Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein almost perfectly (with a slight difference in quantity of each ingredient); the only other exception is that MuscleTech contains silicon dioxide which keeps the powder less clumpy before it is mixed in water. That being said, it would likely be best to go with whichever one is cheaper unless there is a specific flavor or taste needed that only one company produces.
Average price of Casein Protein: $14.32 per pound
Out of more than 35 customer reviews, MuscleTech Platinum Casein averaged 4.4 out of 5 stars. To see more reviews click here
Micellar casein is one of the thickest and hardest to mix protein powders on the market. Mixing this product by spoon in water will often result in many clumps; it is best to mix it in a blender.
Based upon reviews most people enjoy the taste of MuscleTech Platinum Casein. The safest flavor to choose if taste is a concern would be gourmet milk chocolate.
Cocoa(Processed with Alkali) - There are two main ways to extract cocoa powder out of beans. One way is called "The Broma Process" and the other is called "The Dutch Process" or "cocoa processed with Alkali" both processes are completely safe; the main difference is that the alkali method tends to be smoother and less bitter.
Soy Lecithin - A non-toxic additive to food that helps ingredients mix together better and improves shelf life.
Cellulose Gum - Indigestible food that passes through your digestive system without being absorbed. It is used to add more bulk and texture to the protein shake.
Xanthan Gum - A carbohydrate/fiber that creates a more pleasing texture to the protein shake and helps keep ingredients blended together.
Carrageenan - Extracted from red seaweed, used as a thickener; adds no nutritional value.
Silicon Dioxide - Additive that reduces clumping by absorbing moisture.
Acesulfame Potassium - Artificial calorie-free sugar substitute.
Sucralose - Artificial calorie-free sugar substitute.
Other Ingredients - Natural and artificial flavors, salt.
When to use
Micellar Casein digests extremely slow and can last in the body for up to 7 or 8 hours! The best time to take this protein would be right before bed when the body has to go without protein for a long time. Another great time to take this supplement would be when a person knows there will be an extended period of time that they will not have any food to eat.
Casein protein can be taken at just about any time during the day, it is great for taking in the morning or afternoon to last you through most of the day, and ultimately superior during the night right before bed.
When to use a different type of protein
Although Casein protein is great for taking any time during the day, taking a faster digesting protein would be beneficial immediately following strenuous exercise. This is because the body has a short period of time in which it will absorb and use protein rapidly and feeding your body with a fast digesting protein (such as whey) will provide much better results during this short window!