Made in the USA, this 100% whey formula is the signature protein powder of Body Fortress who manufacturer an impressive range of supplements including BCAAs, pre-workouts, and mass gainers.
When we first saw their whey protein, the big "60g" lettering caught our attention, so we decided to put it through its paces and see how it stands up to scrutiny.
Our Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Review gives you all the juicy details about this popular supplement. So, how did it fair in our testing?
You'll soon find out.
Super Advanced Whey Protein Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Super Advanced Whey has 2 different kinds of serving sizes, each of which gives us an unusual amount of protein. For this review, I based the nutritional info off the 2-scoop serving, since this is the serving size smack bang on the front of their tub. If you only plan on taking one scoop at a time, then half all of these numbers.
Body Fortress kick things off with a blend of whey isolate and whey concentrate (60g), which has a remarkable amount of BCAAs (12g) for a protein powder. There's also creatine monohydrate, l-glutamine, and taurine, which each check in at 3g a piece, forming the ‘Super Recovery’ Blend.
As for the other amino acids, Body Fortress give us a typical amino acid profile for both the essential and non-essential aminos, which is found on the back of the tub in mg doses. Making up the ‘non-muscle builders' are 5 electrolytes; there's 26% of the RDI for calcium, 23% of the RDI for phosphorus, and also a decent amount of magnesium, sodium, and potassium.
Making up the rest of the nutrition label is cholesterol (245 mg), carbs (17g), and fats (10g). I'm not going to sugar coat it, that's a lot of cholesterol for a protein powder and is something to bear in mind when fitting this supplement into your diet. More on this later.
Finally, we have soy lecithin which is used for the mixability of the ingredients by keeping them bound together. The last names on the label are cellulose gum (a thickening agent), sucralose, and acesulfame potassium (sweeteners).
All this brings us to a grand total of 430 calories, which could certainly help you to gain some nice weight if that's what you're after.
How Does It Work?
Super advanced whey works in 3 different ways that we have identified:
The first is muscle repair and growth, which is highly desirable and is achieved through a quality blend of proteins. Being 100% whey means that the amino acids get to work on your muscles very quickly, to repair the fibers and make them grow larger, by providing high quality ‘muscle fuel' for tissue damaged through heavy lifting.
But where do your muscles get protein from if you don't give them enough?
They get it from your body, and in particular your muscle mass. So in effect, you break down muscle in one place to build it in another, meaning you only maintain what you have — at best.
Super Advanced Whey is a dark horse for weight gain. While not having the words "mass gainer" written in a glaring font, it is an excellent protein powder for bulking diets. The macro ratios are excellent too, and we really liked how they didn't skimp on fat (10g) which is an essential macronutrient for health and hormone production.
It also works to increase strength and recovery by adding a pretty neat 3g of creatine and 3g of glutamine into the mix. While it's definitely a bonus for getting stronger, it's something to keep in mind if you prefer to take your creatine separately.
Who Can Benefit From Taking It?
Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey protein is an excellent supplement for any healthy person looking build muscle and recover quicker.
However, those who will enjoy its benefits the most are those who need more calories than the average Joe or Jane, to overcome their faster metabolism, and build the muscle they want.
As we mentioned before, it's really high in cholesterol for a supplement in this category so we wouldn't recommend any overweight trainees use this as part of their regular diet.
Consisting of 430 calories without milk, it's an excellent powder for beginners or skinny guys looking for an all-in-one supplement to their diet. With 12g of BCAAs and 3g of creatine, a beginner, who may not want to empty their wallet for supplements, does not need extra creatine or bcaas if they decide to use Super Advanced Whey.
Super Advanced Whey Protein Side Effects
With more calories than nearly all the other protein powders we've reviewed, Super Advanced Whey can cause weight gain if you're in a calorie surplus. Note, that any foods can and will cause you to gain weight (fat and muscle) when you're in a calorie surplus, so we're not blaming Body Fortress for making people overweight.
Considering the high amount of cholesterol, you might want to choose a supplement with lower cholesterol if you think it will be a problem. Also, using 1 scoop rather than 2 halves the cholesterol, which is something to keep in mind seen as this is a supplement that you won't be (or at least shouldn't be) taking with every meal.
How To Properly Use It
Mix one scoop with 6-8 oz of cold water or 2 scoops with 14-16 oz if you're using the stronger dose. We recommend using more water rather than less because it's not the cleanest mixing supplement out there, but we've had worse.
If you have the gear and time, go ahead and use a blender to smooth out any lumps that your shaker might not break down.
Should You Take Super Advanced Whey Protein Before Or After A Workout?
To gain any kind of muscle, the most important thing you can do when it comes to protein is ensure you’re getting enough. As for when to take it, it doesn't matter that much as long as either side of your workout (pre and post) is covered with a high-protein meal or shake.
That said, we think saving Super Advanced Whey for after your workout is a better idea, especially considering it contains creatine. Add to the fact that muscle is built after training — not before — and there's no doubt that you want a sizeable bolus of protein after your workout to begin the repairing process.
Sizes, Servings, and Scoop
It is available in 2 different sizes; 2lbs ad 5lbs. The 2lb tub has a modest 18 scoops whereas the larger size has 45. The scoops are big, too. One scoop weighs right around 50g which is a testament to the calorie content of this protein powder.
It's likely also why the mixability isn't the best.
The Available Flavors
In total, there are 7 flavors to choose from, and are all pretty typical flavors that you would expect, apart from the Cinnamon Swirl flavor, which we don't see that often.
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Cookies N' Cream
How Does it Compare?
To see how it compares to great protein shakes, have a look at the table we put together that highlights the main differences.
Our guide to protein supplements: vitalrepz.com/supplements/best-protein-powder/
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Taking all the pros and cons into account, Super Advanced Whey is a good protein powder, but not without some downsides.
Regarding mixability, it's far from the best. If you have a blender, it's not a problem, but not everyone has the budget to be buying those. For mixability, Gold Standard beats Super Advanced Whey, hands down.
But as far as value goes, Body Fortress offers a great deal. Your protein, BCAA, and creatine needs are taken care of with one supplement, which is remarkably convenient, not to mention budget-friendly. The taste isn't out of this world, and the high calories don't appeal to everyone, but superficials aside, this is a great 100% whey protein shake.
I hope you enjoyed our Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Review. Hopefully it cleared up any questions you had and made deciding which brand to buy, a little easier.