Monday, July 5, 2010

Review Iso Sensations 93 Isolate by Ultimate Nutrition

Awhile back, I did a review on my all time favorite protein by BioX (you can see it here). I LOVE their Power Whey Isolate. Prior to falling head over heals for Bio X , I was a faithful consumer and supporter of Iso Sensations 93 Isolates and Allmax's Isoflex. Today I am reviewing Ultimate Nutrition's Iso Sensation 93.

Iso Sensations 93 are a 93% PROTEIN ISOLATE (as the name implies) and has a great scoop size of 33g giving you 30g of protein isolate per serving (which is a perfect amount as you can only absorb 30-40 grams of ISOLATE protein at a time- they are predigested and go right to your muscle tissue for recovery and repair). Many people misunderstand reading protein labels. All Isolates tend to have around 88% and up pure protein (leaving less fat and carbs per serving) and the highest bio-availability. The easiest way to tell is to read the label and do the calculations. Don't think that because it says 50 grams of protein means it has more than a product that claims it has 30 grams/serving. The 50 grams may in fact have LESS protein per serving or just have a scoop size the size of my head :)

I will write more on Protein Comparisons and how to compare and read protein labels, the differences between proteins etc at a later date but here is a really quick primer:

For example:
Iso Sensations 93 has a lesser counterpart that is called Whey Sensations 81. Note that the label or product says WHEY and not ISOLATE. This typically means it is a cheap blend of either concentrate and isolate- or other proteins, or it is 100% whey concentrate. Whey Sensations actually has 81% per serving and is a good cheap basic whey.
Iso Sensations 93 has the following nutritional label:

Serving Size 1 Scoop (33g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Cholesterol 2mg
Carbohydrate 1g
Sugars less than1g
Protein 30g

So, if 1 gram of Protein has 4cal/gram than 30grams of protein (what is in the product per 33g serving) than 120 calories of the product come from protein (30g * 4 calories = 120). Now to figure out the PERCENT % OF PROTEIN PER SERVING (thus being able to qualify it as an isolate and compare it to other products) you take the 120 calories that come from the protein and divide it by the total calories per serving=
120 cal/ 130 cal = 0.923 or 92.3%
You can also easily divide the amount of protein per serving by the serving size in grams=I
30g of protein/ 33g of product.

The Whey Sensation Chocolate Truffle per the same size scoop ( I multiplied it out so the scoop size is the same for the comparison) 33 grams=
1.6g fat
3.3g carb
26.8g protein

Less protein per serving (because it's not a pure isolate) and therefore has more fat and carbs within the same serving size. 26.8g protein x 4cal/gram = 107.2 cal of the 137 come from protein. As for the percent of protein per serving of this product 26.8 g/ 33g serving size = 81%- much less bang for your buck.

Compared to Bio X Power Whey Isolate, Iso Sensations 93 (as are most proteins) is a thinner textured tasting protein. They have a wonderful Chocolate Fudge and Cafe Brazil! I find that the Chocolate Fudge has a really mild coconut flavor and is wonderful. This flavor is by far my favorite our of their options. I used to love their Cookies and Cream, until I tried Bio X's Cookies and Cream and haven't looked back since! They also have a nice , Strawberry, Natural Natural (no taste, flavor, sweetener etc) Vanilla Bean and a Banana. The stats vary slightly depending on the flavor.
This is a FANTASTIC product and recommend it without hesitation. The Chocolate Fudge is really worth trying! Great in Oatmeal, Shakes, eaten as pudding, with nut butters, in Protein Nutella, coffee, ice cream etc.
I love the quality, digestibility, taste and effectiveness of this product. As all Isolates, it dissolves almost immediately is a great addition to anyone looking to increase their protein!

Here is what the company says about the product:

Ultimate Nutrition is proud to release Iso Sensation 93 containing 100% IsoChill Whey Protein Isolate. IsoChill is a functional whey protein isolate, processed by a novel ultra-low temperature microfiltration process to contain a full balance of undenatured bioactive whey proteins including immunoglobulin (IgG), lactoferrin (Lf), and glycomacropeptide (GMP). It is derived from sweet whey, membrane-filtered and spray-dried by indirect heat to ensure the highest product quality.

This unique formula is further enhanced with colostrum. Colostrum has long been considered nature's first food. This pre-milk substance supplies nutrients and other necessary biological elements and activates and regulates numerous immune, growth, and repair processes. However the benefits do not stop at birth! Numerous studies have shown that colostrum continues to exert important biological activities when given to adults. As our bodies age, we produce less of the immune factors needed to maintain optimal health. Supplemental colostrum can help replenish these stores.

Iso Sensation 93 also includes an added glutamine complex. In times of stress, (weight training) certain parts of the body demand so much glutamine that the body can’t manufacture enough. In these instances, glutamine supplementation could make a world of difference. Intense training causes muscle cell glutamine levels to decrease, allowing for muscle breakdown. Supplementation of L-glutamine causes an anti-catabolic effect by keeping these levels elevated, thus preserving muscle mass and improving nitrogen balance. We’ve combined the most stable and readily absorbed forms into our complex. Being easily absorbed and bioavailable, peptide-bonded glutamine, N-acetyl L-glutamine and glutapure enter muscle cells fast, break down to free glutamine, and perform essential metabolic functions.

Optimizing insulin metabolism can support the muscle-building process. Our SI complex includes alpha-lipoic acid, d-pinitol and 4-hydroxyisoleucine. These ingredients are effective in improving insulin efficiency and sensitivity, and copying insulin's effects on muscle with another molecule altogether. A greater uptake of blood sugar by muscles could lead to enhanced glycogen synthesis and ultimately greater gains in lean muscle. In the end, they all favor better uptake of creatine, glucose and amino acids, and they enhance muscle recovery and growth without excess sugar use.

Finally, our enhanced delivery system includes D complex: a blend of the digestive aids protease and lactase for superior digestibility, ensuring maximum absorption and utilization of the nutrients in this formula. These enzymes contribute to the health of the digestive tract and can increase the utilization of whey protein. Try a gourmet-flavored Iso-Sensation today and you will be hooked. You will never go back to regular Whey Protein Isolate again.


  1. Great review! Very interesting about colostrum.. last time I learned about that word was when I was doing labor and delivery and post partum in nursing! LOL

  2. This supplement contains Glutamine which is really good for body building. It plays key roles in protein metabolism.

  3. Great suppliment for body building