We haven’t heard much from Dymatize lately, most likely due to their recent sale to Post Foods. So we were happy to hear they are back at it, now with a new BCAA / post workout supplement, M.P.S.
It’s kind of an odd and unexpected release since they already have a line of several amino-based products including Elite Recoup and their BCAA Complex formulation.
However, Dymatize is definitely doing a few new things here, and they seem to be targeting a new type of customer that is looking for alkaline / pH-balanced products. Is it just a fad, or is Dymatize ahead of the curve here?
Is this an Elite Recoup Replacement?
- 1 Important Links
- 2 Is this an Elite Recoup Replacement?
- 3 Analyzing the Ingredients
- 4 It’s different… is different good?
- 5 Flavors
- 6 Early Reviews
- 7 Recommended Dosage
- 8 Important Links
- 9 References
Essentially, you’re paying more than you would for one of their similar lines (or most other BCAA products with a similar amino profile and dosing), but you’re getting a nutrient blend that enhances protein synthesis while also preventing protein breakdown. Dymatize does this by way of a “pH targeted” formula claimed to optimize bioavailability.
Another day, another BCAA?
So is this just a case of “another day another BCAA” or is there really something to this new formulation? Let’s crack into the ingredient list and see if we can’t get a better idea.
Analyzing the Ingredients
Dymatize uses their proprietary Chain-Sol BCAA formula, which is dosed at a 2:1:1 ratio emphasizing L-Leucine. At 7 grams per serving, this is slightly more per dose than their BCAA Complex but basically identical to the content of Elite Recoup.
So what’s the difference here?
An April 2014 study conducted by members of several different universities and published in the FASEB Journal may shine some light on the mystery of M.P.S.’s existence. This study used Dymatize’s Chain-Sol blend to test for the ideal pH balance of BCAAs for both flavor and solubility.
The results of the study — which found that a pH range of 3.2 to 3.6 was ideal on both counts, if anyone is interested — may have in turn inspired this new formulation.
Whey Protein Isolate
That’s just speculation, though, but it’s also not the only new thing going on with M.P.S. You’ll find an added 2.4 grams of whey protein isolate under the hood and it’s also listed as being “pH targeted.”
Interestingly enough, Dymatize also recently funded a couple of studies of post-workout whey protein consumption over at the Exercise and Sports Science Department of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Another connection between study results and a formulation switch / rebrand?
The protein studies were more of a test of whey vs. casein performance, but maybe Dymatize hit upon something in the results.
A new form of Calcium?
The intriguing newcomer on the label is the calcium, specifically L-HICA and L-KIC calciums.
Why these specific types, and why two of them? Well, a 2010 study suggested that elevated levels of HICA, which is a natural byproduct of leucine metabolism, improves athletic performance and delays muscle soreness onset.
L-KIC is the pre-cursor to leucine
KIC, on the other side of the equation, is a natural precursor to leucine, and may play the largest role in leucine’s effect on protein metabolism, at least according to a couple of older studies (one of which was conducted on baby pigs).[4,5]
So, as is usually the case with new supplements, we have some “ifs” and “mights” flying around and not as many conclusive studies on trained athletes as we’d like to have.
But if Dymatize feels confident in not only bringing out another BCAA product into a crowded market but charging more for it and possibly replacing one of their existing lines with it, it may mean they’ve hit upon something they really like in their internal testing.
It’s different… is different good?
Regardless, this product is something different, both between the pH balancing and hitting the L-KIC -> Leucine -> HICA equation from all three sides.
It all sounds cool (and we do love HICA as well as BCAAs when dieting), but is it worth the extra cost? Will anyone be able to tell? We honestly can’t tell you that right now.
M.P.S. is available in fruit punch, orange and lemonade, as well as an unflavored version.
Note: MPS is sweetened with sugar alcohols
One important point is that all these flavors are sweetened with erythritol (sugar alcohol), which seems to give some people digestive problems. Problems can range from gas and bloating, to stomach pains, to “the trots”, so if you’ve never tried an erythritol product before you might want to take a little in another form (like a sugar-free candy) to see if it has any effect.
Once again, this is different than what we’re used to… so it may actually taste way better than sucralose or ace-k based formulations.
M.P.S. just hit shelves in July so the reviews are few and far between so far, but the few there are seem to share common points.
There’s some early skepticism about the value relative to other, similar BCAA products that cost less, but the formulation seems to be well received. It’s going to take some time to establish the claims that the label makes, but in the meantime, this is one of the things that PricePlow is great for — keeping an eye out for sales and price drops on products like these so you can give them a shot without blowing the fitness budget.
Below, there are some links to the main PricePlow site, where you can sign up for price drop notifications as we get more stores in the mix with stock.
M.P.S. is dosed to a single scoop per serving (20 per container) with about 10 oz. of water. There are no stimulants, so there shouldn’t be any conflict with any other products you’re taking. The total calcium content is about 11% of the FDA recommended daily value. It does contain both milk and soy.