Kaged Muscle products have quickly become the world’s number one supplement on Bodybuilding.com. One of the staple supplements in the KAGED MUSCLE range is RE-KAGED® - so, is this the most superior post workout mix on the market? This article breaks down RE-KAGED® and investigates.
RE-KAGED® comprises of:
- 28 g of Non-GMO Whey Protein Isolate,
- 7 g of Glutamine and Glutamic Acid (4 g naturally occurring from WPI + 3 g of Free Form L-Glutamine),
- Patented BetaPower™ (betaine),
- Patented Creatine HCl
- Super Enzyme ProHydrolase®, which breaks down (hydrolyzes) whey protein into smaller particle sizes for maximum absorption.
Due to its rapid digestion rate, hydrolyzed whey is regularly known as the gold standard form of whey and the best on the market, but is this actually the case?
The answer is no.
Research has failed to prove a significant impact of hydrolyzed protein on long term muscle building. In RE-KAGED®, we use whey protein isolate, which is a high quality protein source with a fast digestion rate. The combination of this, together with Prohydrolase®, actually increases absorption and also causes the hydrolyzation to occur naturally as you consume the product, rather than via any chemical process.
If you really want to test this, leave your RE-KAGED for 15-20 minutes after mixing and you will notice the flavor becomes bitter like hydrolyzed whey protein. This is due to the ability of ProHydrolase® to rapidly hydrolyze (break down) the whey protein isolate.
AMINO ACID REVIEW
When reviewing the amino acid profile of most whey proteins, a single scoop could actually be insufficient to meet the protein needs post workout. After a workout, the body is in an “anabolic environment” allowing you to absorb and utilize more protein than at other times of the day.
For example, Witard et al. (2014) found you need around 25% additional protein post workout to maximize muscle protein synthesis, the key mechanism behind muscle growth.
To achieve this, RE-KAGED® uses 28g of high quality protein with the addition of key amino acids, including ALL nine essential amino acids totaling 12g. This can be almost double that of most conventional whey protein powders. Most important of all is Leucine, the famous amino acid behind Muscle Protein Synthesis. RE-KAGED® contains DOUBLE the amount of Leucine compared to any other known whey protein powder.
QUALITY AND PURITY
If you’ve been in the industry for some time, you will be aware of poor protein quality and protein spiking. RE-KAGED® guarantees it contains 100% premium Whey Protein Isolate and does not contain any amino spiking ingredients or mid-grade whey protein concentrate.
Some of the most popular companies combine Whey Isolate and Concentrate. Although this blend may not be optimal for building muscle, it does, however, help the company cut down on costs. One is classed as a premium type and one is mid-grade. As Kris says, “this would be like filling half of your car’s gas tank with super unleaded and the other half with mid-grade fuel”.
PROHYDROLASE® - A BREAKTHROUGH IN DIGESTIVE ENZYME SCIENCE?
Whey protein is known as a high quality, complete source as it contains all nine of the essential amino acids that the body is unable to produce. While this is vitally important, it must be digested and processed into a usable form.
Although whey protein has the complete essential amino acids it may not be absorbed efficiently.
As shown in the graph, the digestion rate of RE-KAGED® is double that of other leading competitors.
The bottom line represents the time whey powder takes to pass from the stomach through the small intestine for digestion/absorption; from there it will be transported into the muscles for growth and recovery (a bio-usable form).
To visualize this process, think of a large table being moved into a room through a door that is too small. The table must first be broken down into smaller segments in order to pass through the doorway before it can be reassembled and used.
DECREASED STOMACH DISCOMFORT – AN ADDED BENEFIT?
During digestion of the protein it is obviously broken down into smaller parts and peptides. Some of the larger peptides can cause discomfort such as bloating, nausea, and cramping. These symptoms are often confused with lactose intolerance. However, lactose is not present in whey isolates; therefore the underlying cause of the discomfort is usually peptide sensitivity. ProHydrolase® helps break down large peptides which can reduce discomfort some users experience when consuming whey isolates.
BETAPOWER™ - BETAINE IS A NATURAL NUTRIENT FOR ATHLETIC STRENGTH AND PERFORMANCE.
This nutrient provides important muscle-building benefits and is also associated with many health benefits. Firstly, as a methyl donor, it is part of several essential metabolic reactions and contributes to the synthesis of proteins for muscle strength and power.
As an osmolyte, betaine protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress (e.g., low water, high salinity or extreme temperature).
BetaPower™ has been shown in a number of clinical trials to improve athletic performance, especially strength and power.
Although many companies make claims about the amazing benefits of betaine, evidenced in human studies conducted using natural BetaPower™, these specific claims cannot be verified since their products use generic, synthetic materials.
Betaine available in the market can be of either natural or synthetic origin, yet this is not always clear from the product labels. The published athletic performance and safety studies have been conducted using BetaPower™ natural betaine. When the synthetic version is used, it often loses a lot of nutrients and benefits. Make sure your product contains the guaranteed high quality and purity of BetaPower™.
The REAL DEAL BetaPower™ used in 7 Human Studies is 99%+ pure and derived from the molasses of sugar beets.
PATENTED CREATINE HCI
Creatine is known as the master bodybuilding supplement, with hundreds of research studies suggesting it can help you build muscle and lose fat. Some authorities and sporting organizations are even considering making it an illegal supplement in professional sport - it’s that powerful. RE-KAGED® uses Creatine HCI, which has the following benefits:
- Patented Creatine HCl has no sugar, no fillers, no binders, and no buffering agents.
- Patented Creatine HCl is GLUTEN FREE and has NON-MEAT components.
- Patented Creatine HCl is made in the USA and complies with strict cGMP standards.*
- Patented Creatine HCl DELIVERS UNMATCHED STRENGTH – ENDURANCE – RECOVERY FOR EVERY BODY.*
It is the most abundant amino acid in the human body and known as “Conditional essential”. For most trained athletes and bodybuilders, research suggests higher amounts of glutamine is key for optimizing progress.
This amino acid provides a multitude of functions that benefit bodybuilders and athletes. It can help with immune function, recovery, reducing protein breakdown, increase cell swelling and gut health! This will allow you to work harder, more often and recover faster.
KAGE MUSCLE’s Glutamine is manufactured in the U.S.A. by a patented fermentation process and is 100% pure.
RE-KAGED® is 100% pure and is far more than just a whey protein.
It’s a complete package to serve every aspect of your post workout needs.
An added bonus is it that it doesn’t contain ANY of the following:
- NO Slow-Release Proteins
- NO Whey Protein Concentrate (using slick proprietary name only to DUPE you, the customer, into thinking it is high quality)
- NO DEXTROSE – new research explains why this is not needed for bodybuilders
- NO Borrowed Science aka “Generic Ingredients”
- NO Soy Lecithin
- NO High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- NO Corn Starch
- No Artificial Flavors
- No Acesulfame Potassium
RE-KAGED® has changed the protein game - watch and see how long it takes for competing brands to try to catch up