The Supplement Wars: ProGrade V.S. BioTrust

Two fitness professionals, Joel Marion and Josh Benzoni, released a brand-new supplement line called BioTrust. I’ve been getting a ton of emails about their products and how they stack up to ProGrade products.

So I decided to write this blog post and go through BioTrust’s four main products to see how they REALLY DO stack up against the competition. This article is about transparency so I want you to know that I will benefit if you order anything today.

This is my honest, no B.S. opinion of these products based on my personal research. I have also met Joel in the past and he’s a stand-up guy. Once again, I didn’t do a double-blind placebo study in a laboratory. This is just my own personal opinion.

The first thing to check out is BioTrust’s low-carb protein formula. If you look at the ingredients list, you’ll notice the first ingredient is micellar casein. This is THE best casein protein powder on the market. So right away this is going to give your muscles the protein they need without extra carbs. Second best type of protein powder is whey protein isolate, one of the more pure forms of whey. Third choice is milk protein isolate followed by whey concentrate, which is the cheapest version.

Now the thing that I also like about this protein supplement is the added fiber, exactly 4 grams per servings or 2 grams per scoop. This is going to help you stay full for a longer period of time plus blunt the release of insulin so you don’t store as much fat. This also happens with all casein proteins too. Sadly the same cannot be said for whey based protein supplements.

The other thing I like about this product is the flavoring used, which is stevia. It’s an all-natural sweetener that’s over 100 times sweeter than sugar. Really delicious.

Now my big issue with this supplement is cost…

For 14 servings, basically 2 weeks’ worth, you’re going to pay $49.99.

For me personally that’s not really worth it. If this product interests you, my suggestion is to buy in bulk so you get a discount.

And obviously this is what they want you to do as well. That’s why they will give you one bottle for free if you buy two bottles, and two bottles for free if you buy four of them.

Now when you look at ProGrade’s main protein powder (called “ProGrade Protein”) it’s pretty simple. On the back you’ll notice the first  ingredient is whey protein isolate then concentrate. It’s a pretty basic formula and perfect if you want to use this type of powder for a pre-workout, mid-workout, or post-workout shake.

It’s the complete opposite of Joel and Josh’s protein powder.

However, ProGrade also has a meal replacement powder called “LEAN.” If you look at these ingredients you’ll notice it’s high in protein with the majority coming from the cheaper version, whey concentrate. There’s also 27 grams of carbs with 15.5 of those coming from sugar, specifically dextrose. You’ll also notice maltodextrin on the label. Unfortunately most guys don’t realize that this quick-absorbing carbohydrate doesn’t need to be listed as a sugar because of its chemical composition.

So in my personal recommendation, I would NOT use this as a meal replacement; however, it’s better as a pre-workout drink because of the carbohydrate content. Instead I would opt for Josh and Joel’s protein powder above for more of a meal replacement.

Bottom Line: Use ProGrade LEAN before your workout. Use BioTrust’s protein powder as a meal replacement.

The next up is Josh and Joel’s BCCA MATRIX which is nothing more than Brand Chain Amino Acids in tablet form. BCAAs have been around forever, but are pivotal in kick-starting protein synthesis, specifically the amino acid called leucine. And you need protein synthesis if you want to build lean muscle.

This is all well and good, but the price is just ridiculous for this supplement. For 60 servings (2 pills per serving), you’re going to pay… yep, $49.99 again.

That’s not cool in my book especially when it’s recommended to take between 10-30 grams of BCAA’s before and during training for maximum effect. That means you’ll gobble up your whole supply really fast.

I wouldn’t recommend this product just on price.

Now if you look at ProGrade’s BCAA product titled “ProGrade BCAA” you’ll notice the same ingredients because they are just BCAAs. You’re going to get more bang for your buck because the price for one bottle is cheaper.

Bottom Line: Use ProGrade BCAA.

And from here on out, if you look at the amount of products each company has, ProGrade has a lot more options to choose from because they have been around a lot longer.

However, BioTrust does have two other cool products: one controls blood sugar levels and the other increases leptin activity, which is great when you are trying to lose body fat and get shredded and you’ve cut your calories way down.

BioTrust’s IC-5 is their insulin support and carb management system. It supposedly helps to increase insulin sensitivity which is something you WANT when it comes to getting lean muscles and making sure the carbs you eat are NOT turned into fat, but instead are burned up and shuttled into the mitochondria of the cell.

This is cool stuff, but new unproven science. Plus the cost is $67 per bottle. I would say this is more of a luxury supplement than anything else. If you’re trying to drop some pounds and you have the money to spare, then go ahead and get it.

However, when looking at the research, cinnamon has been found time and time again to lower insulin resistance. Of course you could also do some push-ups  squats, and jumping jacks before each carbohydrate-containing meal to increase GLUT-4 activation. But that’s just something I know most people won’t do.

The last product on the list is called Leptiburn. This is something totally new and one that I have never heard of before. Leptin is hormone that regulates energy expenditure and the feelings of hunger. It’s also positively correlated with high levels of body fat so if you have more fat mass, you’ll have more circulating leptin levels.

Obese individuals have been found to be leptin resistant, which makes perfect sense because leptin’s chief responsibility is telling you that you’re full after a meal. Hence the reason why some really fat people can’t stop eating.

Now the cool thing is that leptin can decrease by up to 50% after a 24-hour to 72-hour fast. This boosts hunger and is the big reason why your cravings increase when you go on a diet. Why? Because low levels of leptin are circulating throughout your body.

And the promise with Leptiburn is to prevent this “dip” in your leptin levels when dieting, therefore helping you burn fat and lose weight.

I have to be honest and say that I’ve never heard of many of these products, so right off the bat I’m a little skeptical. I’m not a huge supplement advocate, and most of the stuff is a waste of money; however, the basic supplements (meal replacement powder, protein powder, BCAAs, fish oil) are worthwhile and can speed up your skinny-to-superhero transformation. Using food supplements is especially important if your diet sucks and you aren’t getting good nutrition.

To sum things up, I researched each ingredient and although promising, there aren’t many legitimate scientific studies backing the claims. Frankly, I want to see more research on these ingredients before I would use it to get shredded and ripped up.

All in all, I hoped you liked this comparison and let me know below in the comments section if you have any more questions.

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