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Performance Lab Sport Protein FAQ
- One Container: 20 servings
- Price: $50.00
- Serving Size: 2 scoops (30 g)
- Serving Suggestion: Mix 2 scoops (30g) with 8-12 oz. (237-473 ml.) of water. Take 2-3 hours prior to or immediately after training or competition.
- Refund Policy: If you’ve ordered something by mistake or changed your mind, then returning unused and unwanted items is easy. Simply contact their friendly customer support team here within 7 days of receiving your order. They will give you the appropriate address, and detailed instructions on how to return your item(s) to them. You will have to pay for return postage and when they get the items back, they will issue you a refund, less their shipping costs.
Protein powders will never be unpopular. So long as people are trying to get buff and strong, there will always be a market for protein supplements.
However, dietary changes that often shifts towards a more vegetarian lifestyle prompts the necessity of alternative protein-sources or proteins not taken from milk.
Performance Lab Sport Protein is one of those supplements, spearheading the protein powder race with their signature Oryzatein Brown Rice Protein.
Can Performance Lab’s protein powder actually put a dent in an industry saturated with whey-based protein supplements? Let’s find out!
Who Makes It?
Sport Protein is sold by Performance Lab. Performance Lab is known to design and sell some of the best nootropics in the industry today. Performance Lab Mind is their flagship nootropic product and remains one of their most recognizable bottles.
Marketing Claims Made
The following claims were made about Performance Lab Sport Protein:
- The world’s cleanest protein powder: We’re assuming by clean, they meant no fillers and no additives.
- Just as good as whey: We’re confident they actually did the study, but we have to wonder which whey protein type we’re talking about. Because to-date, Whey Protein Hydrolyzate is the fastest absorbed protein ingredient.
- Typical protein benefits: We agree, but we also have to consider the dosage per serving. At 20 grams per, we think it’s on the small side.
What’s in it?
Now, let’s take a closer look at what’s inside Performance Lab Sport Protein:
- Protein (from Oryzatein – Certified Organic Brown Rice [Oryza Sativa] Protein Concentrate): Brown rice protein is exactly what it sounds like: a protein sourced from brown rice. In the health industry, brown rice is associated with many benefits associated with weight loss and healthy eating. It’s always compared to plain white rice, ironically citing its “less processed” nature to be of superior quality which also explains why it fetches a higher price than plain white rice. Most of its benefits for weight loss are derived from its high fiber content. ”In conclusion, consumption of BR may be beneficial, partly owing to the lowering of glycaemic response, and may protect postprandial endothelial function in subjects with the metabolic syndrome. Long-term beneficial effects of BR on metabolic parameters and endothelial function were also observed.“For muscle, brown rice is an excellent source of gluten-free protein, making it an ideal source of protein for those who have digestive problems. ”The effects of the different germination times of brown rice flour were investigated as they related to the nutritional quality of brown rice flour-based gluten-free bread…After 24 h of germination the brown rice flour-based bread had improved texture which might be ascribed to the increase of amylase activities as well as starch degradation resulting in hydration and pasting.”It’s also non-dairy, meaning those with lactose intolerance can rest assured that they won’t feel bloated or gassy after consuming brown rice protein. ”Rice milk and coconut milk cannot act as an ideal alternative for cow’s milk because of limited nutrient diversity, but they are the options for consumers that are allergic to soybeans and/or almonds.”
The branded form of brown rice protein we have here is Oryzatein. It is a customized brown rice protein ingredient that boasts of having a complete amino acid profile (all amino acids in good amounts), has a muscle nourishing capacity similar to whey protein, and supplies leucine that is said to be absorbed 30% faster than whey’s leucine.
“These results provide a valuable addition to the nutrient database of protein isolates and concentrates from cereal grains. Oryzatein-80, an organic brown rice protein concentrate or Oryzatein-90, an organic brown rice protein isolate, may be used in place of other protein isolates or concentrates without any loss of essential nutrient value.”
All is well and good with the protein provided by Performance Lab Sport Protein, but we do have an issue with the dosage per serving. The 20 gram dose is lower than what standard whey protein powders offer. The industry average seems to hover between 23-26 grams of protein. While you may say that it’s just a few grams difference, dosages matter when you’re supplementing hungry, tired, and damaged muscles.
- Himalayan Pink Salt: We’re not sure exactly why they added Himalayan Pink Salt other than the taste, but we’re assuming it has to do with Performance Lab Sport Protein’s electrolyte and hydration benefits. We’re also not sure, but we think the salt also influenced Performance Lab Sport Protein’s vitamin and mineral content in a good manner. It should also be noted that Pink Himalayan Salt has more minerals than regular salt, but we’re still not convinced that it’s a key ingredient in a supplement.
- Vitamin Blend: We have generic and tiny, insignificant dosages of vitamins A, C, and D. We’d write up their benefits in the context of protein supplements, but the dosages are too small anyway.
- Mineral Blend: This blend might be accidental. We have Himalayan Pink Salt and it could have added some trace minerals to Performance Lab Sport Protein. Because if the people behind Performance Lab Sport Protein actually added these manually, they’re really, really poorly thought out as far as intent and dosing is concerned.
Supplement Facts Label
Protein is protein regardless of source. The key difference is the rate of absorption, an area where whey protein is currently dominating.
However, Performance Lab Sport Protein engineered a plant-based protein source to perform just as well when it comes to absorption. The brown rice protein they have in Oryzatein promises to be absorbed fast and deliver the right type of muscle-nourishing goodness.
The Himalayan Salt doesn’t really do it for us, but at the very least it promotes better muscle hydration and reduces the risk of electrolyte deficiency.
The benefits you’ll get from Performance Lab Sport Protein is similar to a typical protein powder – muscle recovery, strength gains, and lean muscle growth – but the important detail is it comes from a plant source. This means it’s non-dairy and it also just so happened that brown rice is gluten-free.
For many people, to take something that won’t cause indigestion is a benefit in and of itself.
Performance Lab Sport Protein is actually just a really premium plant-protein powder. Most of the drawbacks of taking protein powders are negated by the fact that Performance Lab Sport Protein sources from brown rice. So, the only real side effect to be expected is a bit of “fullness” because brown rice protein can take a while to be digested.
We always recommend you speak with your doctor before taking any supplements featured on this site.
How to Take It
According to their website, Performance Lab Sport Protein is suggested to be taken by mixing 2 scoops (30g) with 8-12 oz. (237-473 ml.) of water. As for timing, users should take it 2-3 hours prior to or immediately after training or competition.
It only has one flavor: Chocolate.
Number of Servings
One bottle has 20 servings. One serving is 2 scoops (30 g).
Top Alternative to This Product
Performance Lab Sport Protein vs Orgain Organic Protein Powder
Unlike Performance Lab Sport Protein, Orgain Organic Protein makes use of a variety of other protein sources and not just brown rice.
These four protein sources are the big guns in the plant-based protein industry and many like to combine them to “complete” their amino acid content.
Which one is better? We think Orgain has the leg up when it comes to the completeness of the protein powder, but we think Performance Lab wins when it comes to absorption.
There’s also quite a huge price difference, with Orgain being priced at a more affordable $40.00 per can over Performance Lab’s $50.
Most online reviews on Performance Lab Protein were positive. They’re impressed with how it’s a faster-absorbing protein compared to typical whey and its enhanced leucine absorption. They also like how it didn’t leave them feel bloated or gassy.
Have you tried this product? Leave a review below and let us know what you think!
Performance Lab Sport Protein is one of those forward-thinking supplements. It made use of a premium source of plant proteins that maximizes absorption without sacrificing the real benefits associated with taking protein supplements.
The only part we hesitate to approve of is the addition of Himalayan Pink Salt. Adding this in felt more like riding some sort of bandwagon instead of actually adding it for a specific purpose.
Still, we recommend Performance Lab Sport Protein to users who want a plant-based alternative that won’t waste their time.
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