Animal Pak POWDER: The Solution to “Pill” Problems

Animal Pak Powder

After dominating the multi-vitamin realm for 30 years, Animal Pak is now available in the much easier consumed powder form.

Animal is a brand most around the industry are familiar with. Their multi-vitamin, Animal Pak, is one of the most trusted and highest quality multis around — and it’s been here for over thirty years! The only problem is, is that a typical “Pak” contains 11 individual tablets.

While this might not be a problem for some, quite a few people just don’t like / can’t swallow a large number of tablets in a single sitting without going through a gallon of water and teary eyes in the process. All of that is solved now with the release of a powder form of Animal Pak that “packs” in all the same nutrient and minerals except now it’s can be easily mixed in water.

We’ll cover the ingredients down below, but first, make sure to check the best deal and sign up for PricePlow alerts, with coupons included — the Animal Pak Powder will show up as “Servings” in PricePlow when it’s in stock:

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Animal Pak Powder Ingredients

Ok, so we’re not going to go into detail about each of the 100+ ingredients you’ll get from a serving of Animal Pak (and nobody would read that anyway). Rather, we’ll focus on the various blends contained in Animal Pak and highlight some key contributors to each blend.

The most notable differences between the pill form and powder form, is that the powder form hey removes most of the liver (there’s still a bit) and incorporates whey isolate instead.

  • Vitamins & Minerals

    Animal Pak Powder Ingredients

    The biggest difference between the pill and powder forms is that the powder has removed the majority of the Liver Complex and replaced it with a Protein Complex.

    No surprise here, Animal Pak starts out with solid doses of all the essential vitamins and like Vitamins A, B, C, D, E & K and essential minerals such as manganese, copper, selenium, and magnesium.

    This shouldn’t surprise any of though, as this is a multi-vitamin/mineral and what good would it be if these daily necessities weren’t part of it.

  • Amino Acid Complex

    Here’s where things start to get interesting for Animal Pak, it’s not everyday that you see a bevy of amino acids contained in a multi. The Amino Acid Complex packs 19 different aminos including BCAAs and EAAs.

    Each serving of Animal Pak gives 325mg of Leucine, 185mg of Isoleucine, and 175 mg of Valine. These three amino acids are the branched chain amino acids shown to support muscle protein synthesis[1,2] and accelerate recovery.[3,4]

    Along with the EAAs and BCAAs, several non-essential and conditionally essential amino acids are included such as glutamine, tyrosine, and arginine, thus providing a full spectrum of everything your body needs to maximize protein synthesis during the day.

  • Performance Complex

    Make no mistake about it, Animal Pak is not for couch potato American. While the sedentary among the populace could take it, on the serious gym rat or athlete will truly appreciate how it supports performance.

    Here’s where the biggest difference between the two forms of Animal Pak is on display. Gone is the original Uni-Liver™ blend contained in the pill form and instead replaced by a Uni-Pro blend that contains Whey Protein Isolate, Liver, Beef Protein Isolate, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Hawthorne, Milk Thistle, Citrus Bioflavonoids.

    Now, you’re not getting a ton of whey protein here, so don’t mistake this for a protein shake. The Uni-Pro blend is only 3,270mg, so at most you may be getting around 1-2g of whey isolate and the remainder coming from the other contributors in the blend.

    The point here is to add additional nutrients and amino acids that you don’t always get throughout the day. However, the liver never tasted great, so we’re guessing it needed to be augmented by some sweeter whey protein.

  • Antioxidant Complex

    Animal Pak #1 Vitamin

    Year after Year, Animal Pak continues to reign as one of the top vitamins around the world for serious athletes.

    High intensity exercise and heavy lifting results in some pretty dramatic changes to the body. It’s builds muscles, sheds fat, and improves your overall health. However, along with these benefits, comes a necessary byproduct of working out, the build up of free radicals.

    Free radicals are atoms or molecules that contain an odd number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain other molecules in the body. When this happens on a large scale, it begins to affect things like DNA and cell membranes  ultimately leading to diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes and dyslipidemia.[5]

    Antioxidants are substances found in all sorts of fruits and vegetables that combat the spread of free radicals in the body.[6] Animal Pak contains some of the most powerful antioxidant around such as Lycopene (found in tomatoes) and CoQ10.

    Specifically, CoQ10 can improve cardiac function, blood flow, and elevate HDL (good) cholesterol levels.[7,8,9]

  • Digestive Enzyme Complex

    An oft overlooked to overall health is the human gut. Sure, we are all familiar with GI distress when eating or drinking something that doesn’t agree with our systems, but the GI system also plays a critical role in supporting optimal health in the body.

    Modern research has established a link between gut bacteria, energy balance, and energy and inflammation, more specifically how it relates to obesity-related disorders.[10] Years of eating nutrient-void, overly processed foods can deplete the “good” bacteria in your body leading to improper digestion and malabsorption of key minerals and vitamins.

    Luckily, Animal Pak contains some of the most powerful digestive enzymes around, like Bromelain, Papain, and Lipase to aid the body’s breakdown and absorption of proteins and fats.[11] Proper digestion will not only have you feeling better, but also looking slimmer and helping alleviate any bloat you may experience from the previous GI distress you were feeling.

Mike’s Animal Pak Powder Review

Animal Pak Powder Review

Taste is wayyyy better than expected! How did they mask so many vitamins and minerals?! See the review alongside this picture!

After posting this, People were asking about the taste of the Animal Pak Powder. We got some in, and it’s really good! Team Animal did a great job of masking all these vitamins and minerals – way better than expected.

It tastes like the old orange TORRENT post workout flavor system from a while back – strong but solid… more sweetness than tartness – which is what you need with this kind of stuff. The added protein adds volume and it’s “thicker” than Gaspari Anavite’s – but that’s not at all a bad thing to me at least.

You can get immediate “good feels” from some of the ingredients too, possibly the choline.

Our test PricePlow shaker, on the other hand… not doing so well. Ink started smudging after two uses and keeps getting on my thumb. Not ordering more, will have to figure something else out.

Anyway, way to go Team Universal / Animal – it may have taken 30 years to get this going since Animal Pak originally launched, but you did it right. Will have absolutely no problem finishing this tub.

CJ’s Animal Pak Powder Review

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Dosing

Animal Pak No Joke

Don’t mess around with your health and well-being. Invest in one of the best multis around to fuel your rigorous training.

Take 1 to 2 scoops with 6 – 12 oz of your beverage of choice with breakfast or any other meal. For those who compete or are training with higher intensity, two scoops is suggested.

As for flavors, Animal Pak powder only comes in Orange. If that doesn’t sound tasty to you, then you may just prefer to stick with the good old pill version.

Takeaway

Little has changed from the pill-based Animal Pak to the powder form with the minor addition of some additional whey protein and removal of parts of the Liver complex. Overall, though, Animal continues to bring the same top-quality daily staple that many have come to know and love around the industry.

If you’re tired of slugging pills each morning, it may be worth it to shake things up and give the powder version a try.

Remember, the servings section is where you’ll find the powder form below:

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References

  1. Norton LE, Layman DK. Leucine regulates translation initiation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle after exercise. J Nutr. 2006 Feb;136(2):533S-537S.
  2. Blomstrand E, Eliasson J, Karlsson HK, Köhnke R; Branched-chain amino acids activate key enzymes in protein synthesis after physical exercise. J Nutr. 2006 Jan;136(1 Suppl):269S-73S
  3. Howatson G, Hoad M, Goodall S, Tallent J, Bell PG, French DN. Exercise-induced muscle damage is reduced in resistance-trained males by branched chain amino acids: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012 Jul 12;9:20.
  4. Sharp CP, Pearson DR. Amino acid supplements and recovery from high-intensity resistance training. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Apr;24(4):1125-30.
  5. Singh R., Devi S. and Gollen R. (2015), Role of free radical in atherosclerosis, diabetes and dyslipidaemia: larger-than-life, Diabetes Metab Res Rev, 31, pages 113–126, doi:10.1002/dmrr.2558
  6. Lobo V, Patil A, Phatak A, Chandra N. Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health. Pharmacognosy Reviews. 2010;4(8):118-126. doi:10.4103/0973-7847.70902.
  7. Cardey B1, Foley S, Enescu M; Mechanism of thiol oxidation by the superoxide radical . J Phys Chem A. (2007)
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12833999
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25880053
  10. Musso G, Gambino R, Cassader M. Obesity, Diabetes, and Gut Microbiota: The hygiene hypothesis expanded? Diabetes Care. 2010;33(10):2277-2284. doi:10.2337/dc10-0556.
  11. https://umm.edu/Health/Medical-Reference-Guide/Complementary-and-Alternative-Medicine-Guide/Supplement/Lipase
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  • Tom00436

    Two questions:

    1.) How’s the taste? Even though it’s orange flavor, does it mask all the ingredients?

    2.) More importantly,how does it stack up with other sports related vitamin mixes?

    An example would be VitaJym by Jim Stoppani where he omits Zinc as he says it interferes with amino acid and copper uptake; Calcium interferes with zinc, iron and manganese absorption; and Magnesium as it interferes with manganese absorption as well as with calcium absorption. He lists more points [at his website] and also lists his references at the bottom of the page. I have always been a big fan of Animal, but Stoppani brings the science behind his product and its hard to argue these points. An all powder multi maybe with greens or reds would be amazing, but it needs to be done correctly and I wonder how the Animal Pak Powder stacks up in your eyes, especially to VitaJym, even though its in pill form.

    Always love your articles, and even more so the hands on reviews here and on youtube!
    Thanks,
    Tom P.

    • Andre Walker

      I would say just as certain calcium contain products will slow the absorption of Cipro, it doesnt STOP the absorption by any means but definitely slows it down. Just like the effects of caffeine can be enhanced by tramadol, to what extent? Well depends on the amount of caffeine. 50 mgs of caffeine with 50mg tramadol enhanced doesnt mean much but 300mg with 100mg tramadol and you may be visiting the ER or at the very least start having panic and severe anxiety attacks. So it depends.