like a minor change. You continue eating the same diet and training as you
normally do. The only difference is that now you swallow 5 tablets with water a
few times a day. It’s hardly a difficult habit to maintain. You started on the
first Monday of February. By the first Tuesday of June you haven’t missed a
the clincher. Over the course of those 16 weeks you gained 8 pounds. Has anyone
else noticed? Yes. Are you panicking? No. Your pants don’t need to be let out
in the waist. Your abs and biceps don’t look any less defined. Quite the
contrary, your body fat has gone down as a percentage of your body weight
because you’ve gained 8 pounds of lean mass –muscle mass. Swallowing the
tablets was the only thing you did differently.
If the tablet described above sounds like a wonder drug, then you are
wrong. It contains a nutritional formula, albeit an exceedingly rare one. The
scenario described above needn’t only exist in your dreams, moreover. It was inspired
by members of the “No Nonsense” bodybuilding public like yourself who
supplement their diet and training with the very same tablet –consumers like
Mecca, from Temple, PA, for instance.
The first time Mecca used Beverly International’s MASS Amino Acid
Tablets, he took 4 tablets with each meal and 3 of them every 5 minutes during his
workouts. Everything else about his diet and training program remained the
same. Yet this minor change would have major implications for his physique. He
“The addition of MASS Aminos was
the only change. After one bottle my strength jumped 5-10 pounds on every lift
and my bodyweight went up 5 pounds.”
Jeremy, another devoted BI customer, also takes MASS Aminos with each
meal and during his workouts. He says it played a major role in taking his
bodyweight from 178 pounds to 190 pounds while gaining zero body fat.
One of the most convincing recent testimonials comes from Rick, a diet
and training consultant and National Physique Committee vice-chairman from Ohio. Twenty-six years ago Rick was building fitness equipment. Customers began asking him
for diet and training advice. By 1997 the demand for his advice was so great that
he decided to build bodies full-time.
Despite his busy schedule, Rick has never stopped building his own body.
At 57 years of age, his physique is beyond exceptional, not just for someone
his age, but for someone period. At a competition in 2009 his body fat was
calculated to be a sliced 2.8%. He won his class at the NPC Indianapolis in
The rare properties of MASS Aminos left a lasting impression on Rick
after breaking his neck in 2005. For 2 months the left side of his body was
paralyzed, making the prospect of serious training a pipe dream. Suffering from
extreme pain, he could barely manage to eat 1-2 small meals a day. These and
other factors combined to create a perfect “catabolic storm”.
Rick wasn’t about to lie around and wait as his hard-earned muscle mass
evaporated. “With my background in nutrition I figured that MASS Aminos might
be just the ticket.” He continues, “I knew that this product contains the same
ingredients used in medical settings to halt muscle wasting.”
To say that Rick gave MASS Aminos a try is an understatement. He swallowed
them with water all day long, sometimes taking as many as 70 tablets in a
single 24-hour period. The result?
“They worked great!” Rick enthuses. Members of the medical team that
supervised his recovery were surprised at how much muscle mass and conditioning
he was able to maintain under the catabolic conditions. “Every day since I’ve
taken MASS Aminos. I find them especially valuable when I’m unable to eat
properly due to my intense schedule.”
Rick recommends this staple BI supplement to almost every client in his
busy diet and training consulting practice. “The key is to take
enough tablets to make a difference,” he explains. He usually has clients take 3-5
tablets, 4-6 times per day. If they are preparing for a physique competition,
then it is almost guaranteed that they will be supplementing with the product.
Doing so allows them to maintain more muscle mass while achieving lower levels
of body fat. As the day of the competition approaches, he closely monitors
their lean muscle mass, body fat and strength levels. To date he has over 100
documented success stories with MASS Aminos.
Rick concludes, “In my opinion MASS Aminos offer more bang for the buck than
literally any supplement on the market today. I feel that they are assimilated very
quickly and efficiently. They are also easy to use. As easy as protein drinks
are, MASS Aminos can be taken at any time and easily transported. We are all
occasionally in a position where it is difficult to eat as we would like. If
you have MASS Aminos available, it is easy to give yourself a quick shot of
high-quality protein until you are able to get actual food in. These days I
always have them at my side.”
“In my opinion the MASS Aminos offer more bang for
the buck than literally any supplement on the market today.”
What makes MASS Aminos so incredibly rare among protein supplements? Which
key ingredient allows it to produce dramatic results like those described here?
The “Hydro” Buzz
In some parts of the world, the term hydro, derived from the
Greek word for water, is synonymous with electrical power. In the sports
nutrition marketplace, it is the latest buzzword for hydrolyzed protein
supplements and often regarded as synonymous with muscle-building power.
The appeal of hydrolyzed proteins seems pretty straightforward at first
glance. When a whole, or, intact, protein is treated with a solution of water
and enzymes, its molecules are broken down into smaller pieces. This is known
as hydrolysis. The smaller pieces of protein can be absorbed more
quickly. Faster absorption, in turn, is thought to promote larger increases in
muscle protein synthesis and muscle mass.
A closer look reveals that hydrolysis isn’t nearly so black and white as
the $5,000, 4-color advertisements littering bodybuilding magazines might
otherwise suggest. Thus, if you walk into a sports nutrition retailer simply looking
for a protein supplement bearing the word “hydrolyzed” on the label, you may end
up wasting your money on a bottle full of disappointment. To avoid this, you need
to learn a little bit about PBAAs.
Peptide-Bound Amino Acids (PBAAs): You only gain what you
Amino acids are to proteins what letters are to words: building blocks.
In the 1970s, scientists came to the realization that the intact proteins in
the foods we eat are not completely digested into their amino acid building
blocks before being absorbed. In fact, the main product of digestion was
discovered to be small peptides consisting of 2 or 3 amino acids, known as dipeptides and tripeptides, respectively. Decades later it would be confirmed that
cells lining the intestinal wall contain transporters capable of absorbing
these peptide-bound amino acids (PBAAs). Once inside the intestinal cell, the
peptides are thought to be hydrolyzed into free amino acids which can be
released into the bloodstream and carried to tissues including muscle.
The presence or absence of PBAAs in your protein supplement can go a
long way in determining whether or not you experience any satisfying results
while using it. Bodybuilders know all too well that you only gain what you
retain. To increase muscle mass, your body must synthesize more muscle protein.
Protein is built of amino acids, and amino acids contain nitrogen. Thus, if your
muscles aren’t retaining more nitrogen, then it’s a pretty safe bet they aren’t
depositing more protein, which means their mass won’t increase. In short, if
you want bigger muscles, then you need to increase muscle protein deposition.
“In short, if you want bigger muscles, then you need
to increase muscle protein deposition.”
Absorption affects deposition.
Protein deposition depends to a considerable extent on the rate at which
a protein is absorbed after being consumed (Dangin et al., 2001). Since
digestion precedes absorption, you might expect a mixture of free amino acids to
win a speed test if pitted against intact proteins or PBAAs. In fact, studies
show that you would be wrong: The gold medal goes to PBAAs. Not only are they
absorbed more quickly, but they can also increase nitrogen retention as much as
16 times compared to a mixture of free amino acids and nearly twice as much as
regular food. In bodybuilding terms, this means 2-16 times the potential gains.
“The gold medal goes to PBAAs. Not
only are they absorbed more quickly, but they can also increase nitrogen
retention as much as 16 times compared to a mixture of free amino acids and
nearly twice as much as regular food. In bodybuilding terms, this means 2-16
times the potential gains.”
The size of the PBAAs may also be important. Studies performed in the
1970s revealed that PBAAs created by partial hydrolysis of milk proteins are
absorbed most efficiently if they contain ample amounts of di- and tripeptides,
in particular (Adibi and Mercer, 1973). Studies performed in the 1980s reported
similar findings (e.g. Grimble et al., 1987).
At this point you may be convinced that a hydrolyzed protein supplement
containing an abundance of small PBAAs is a great investment. Exceedingly rare
is a properly manufactured one, as we shall now see.
Hydrolysis: It’s a matter of degree.
At 2.6% by weight, casein is by far the most abundant protein in bovine
(cow’s) milk. It is also regarded as among the best quality proteins Nature has
to offer. Casein is complete with all of the amino acids required to synthesize
tissue proteins, it is absorbed efficiently, and numerous studies have shown
that healthy subjects can stimulate protein synthesis and suppress protein
breakdown by adding a casein supplement to the diet. Imagine, then, what kind
of results one could expect by taking a hydrolyzed casein supplement.
Imagination was put to the test in 2000, when a group of researchers put
a hydrolyzed casein supplement head to head with a whey protein hydrolysate in
a study involving overweight police officers (Demling and Desanti, 2000). The
officers were given either (a) a hypocaloric diet providing 80% of calorie
requirements with no exercise, (b) a hypocaloric diet combined with resistance
exercise and a casein hydrolysate, or (c) a hypocaloric diet combined with
resistance exercise and a whey protein hydrolysate. The officers receiving the
casein hydrolysate lost roughly double the body fat and gained double the lean
mass of those receiving the whey protein hydrolysate. Chest, shoulder and leg
strength was also about 30% greater in the casein hydrolysate group. The
authors of the study concluded “This significant difference in body composition and strength
is likely due to improved nitrogen retention and overall anticatabolic effects
caused by the peptide components [PBAAs] of the casein hydrolysate.”
As mentioned earlier, hydrolysis isn’t black or white. To achieve the
right level of PBAAs, you need to pay attention to the degree of hydrolysis: If
you hydrolyze the protein molecules too little, you won’t get enough of the
“gold medal” PBAAs referred to above; that is, the smaller peptides thought to
be better suited for protein deposition. If you hydrolyze them too much, on the
other hand, you’ll end up with a mixture of free amino acids that is also less
than ideal for maximizing muscle mass. In practice, consumers need to be much more
concerned about avoiding products that have been hydrolyzed too little, not too
much. So what’s “too little”?
We can use
the ratio of amino acid nitrogen (AN) to total nitrogen (TN) as a gauge of the degree
to which a protein has been hydrolyzed and its content of PBAAs. Generally
speaking, hydrolysates with a higher AN/TN ratio tend to contain more in the
way of PBAAs. Unfortunately, consumers may encounter numerous products with low
AN/TN ratios on store shelves. While some companies claim that their protein
supplements have an AN/TN ratio of “no less than 0.05”, industry experts
suggest that a minimum of 0.30 may be required before consumers will notice
AN/TN ratio of at least 0.31, the leading ingredient in BI’s MASS Amino Acid
Tablet exceeds that of other products by as much as 500%. It also meets the
FDA’s specific requirements for what is referred to as a partially
“Unfortunately, consumers may encounter numerous products
with low AN/TN ratios on store shelves. While some companies claim that their
protein supplements have an AN/TN ratio of “no less than 0.05”, industry
experts suggest that a minimum of 0.30 may be required before consumers will
notice results. With an AN/TN ratio of at least 0.31, the leading ingredient in
BI’s MASS Amino Acid Tablet exceeds that of other products by as much as 500%.
It also meets the FDA’s specific requirements for what is referred to as a partially
Lead: BI’s Partial Hydrolysate of Casein
“leading ingredient” referred to above is BI’s partial hydrolysate of casein.
It is by far the most abundant ingredient in the MASS Aminos formula. It is
also the most expensive to produce -so expensive, in fact, that MASS Aminos has
one of the lowest profit margins of any product BI has developed since the
company was founded in 1967. What motivates them to continue selling it? It
works so well that consumers continue to buy it. The volume of business makes
up for the cost of goods.
BI’s partial hydrolysate of casein is a complex task requiring the optimization
of a number of different factors, including the blend of enzymes used during
hydrolysis. Inside the manufacturing lab intact casein molecules are treated with
a solution of water and an extract of porcine pancreatic enzymes obtained from
USDA and/or Agriculture Canada inspected facilities. The treatment is carried
out under pH-, time- and temperature-controlled conditions in order to produce
a partial hydrolysate. The hydrolysate is subsequently filtered, spray-dried,
sifted and tested. If the test results are positive, the other ingredients are added
and all are blended together before being compressed to form tablets.
itself, casein is hard to compress. To ease with compression, BI’s
manufacturing lab added whey protein. (Though it is listed second on the label,
whey is a distant second from the partial hydrolysate of casein in terms of
quantity.) A small amount of milk protein hydrolysate -the fourth ingredient in
terms of quantity- was also added to facilitate compression.
addition of lysine hydrochloride to MASS Aminos is another distinguishing
feature of the formula. It is the third ingredient in terms of quantity. Lysine
is a dietarily essential amino acid whose main role is as a substrate in tissue
protein synthesis. When MASS Aminos was first developed, lysine was considered
a growth enhancing, or anabolic, agent. With so many satisfied customers, BI
continues to put it in the formula to this day.
content of small PBAAs
clear that BI’s partial hydrolysate of casein is what gives MASS Aminos its
uncommonly powerful muscle-building properties. How can consumers be confident
that this rare ingredient actually contains PBAAs? This is confirmed by repeatedly
testing batches of finished product. BI’s proprietary hydrolysis process systematically
reduces the intact casein molecules from a weight of approximately 23,000 Daltons (equivalent to roughly 170 amino acid residues) to an average of approximately
400-1000 Daltons. These figures are calculated using an alpha-amino nitrogen
assay. They indicate that each tablet of MASS Aminos contains a wide assortment
of PBAAs ranging from di- and tripeptides (up to 60-80%) to peptides of 4-8
amino acid residues, as well as some free amino acids and intact proteins.
“The results indicate that each tablet of MASS Aminos
contains a wide assortment of PBAAs ranging from di- and tripeptides (up to
60-80%) to peptides of 4-8 amino acid residues, as well as some free amino
acids and intact proteins.”
Acid Tablets are meant to be swallowed with water, not chewed. Nevertheless, if
you get courageous and bite into one, you will be greeted with a very bitter
taste. The tablets also smell rather offensive. Consumers can regard both the
bitter taste and bad odor as a sign of unusually high quality: They provide
further confirmation of presence of PBAAs in the tablets. It has been suggested
that a partial hydrolysate of casein produces a more bitter taste than that of
whey due to the exposure of hydrophobic amino acids, which casein has a higher
Endless Bodybuilding Applications
Mecca, Jeremy and Rick are far from the only BI customers to have
experienced outstanding results while supplementing their diet and training
with MASS Aminos. BI receives letters daily from people of all ages and
backgrounds who have enjoyed remarkable gains in muscle mass, reductions in
body fat and increases in performance while using this unusually qualified
Besides the results, one of the things that makes MASS Aminos so
appealing is its flexibility. This arises from the fact that MASS Aminos is (1)
a tablet and (2) exceptionally dense in nutrients, protein, in particular.
Because it is so flexible, consumers can use it for a wide range of
bodybuilding applications every day of the year. Below are some examples:
injury or illness: Whether it’s H1N1 or a sore rotator cuff, even a minor
illness or injury can create a “catabolic storm” that threatens to steal your
body of muscle mass and strength. Protect yourself with MASS Aminos.
from training: We all know that the most powerful muscle-building stimulus is
training. Even a few days off can cause rates of protein synthesis to collapse,
resulting in a loss of muscle mass. Of course, sometimes layoffs can’t be
avoided. This doesn’t mean losses can’t be avoided. Minimize if not prevent
them entirely by supplementing your diet with MASS Aminos.
Endurance training can cause your muscles to “melt” off your body. Use MASS
Aminos to avoid suffering this fate.
not easy eating properly when you are in class or at work for hours at a time.
MASS Aminos allows you to easily give your muscles a quick shot of PBAAs
whenever they need it.
Poor diet habits:
Most of us don’t eat perfectly all the time. We’re only human. In fact, the
less perfectly you eat, the more likely you may be to notice impressive lean
mass gains while using MASS Aminos.
competition) dieting: Rick’s clients successfully use MASS Aminos to maintain
more muscle and achieve lower levels of body fat while preparing for physique
competitions. You can do the same.
Weight-loss dieting: Use MASS Aminos
to protect your muscle while you strip away body fat.
Improve the mass-building quality of
regular meals: Taking MASS Aminos with meals boosts the
protein quality and anabolic power of the food you eat.
Nighttime anti-catabolic aid: Even
hardcore athletes would prefer not to have to get up and prepare a meal in the
middle of the night. Now you can give your metabolism some anti-catabolic aid
simply by swallowing a few tablets of MASS Aminos with water.
Traveling: Tablets don’t require
mixing, cooking or chopping. They’re ready to go anywhere you are.
sports nutrition products generate dramatic testimonials like those written by
consumers of BI’s MASS Amino Acid Tablets. Its rare muscle-building powers stem
from its partial hydrolysate of casein, an ingredient with properties that
consumers will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the marketplace.
have known for decades that the principal products of digestion after eating a
protein-containing meal are not free amino acids, the building blocks of
protein, but rather small chains of amino acids, known as peptides. It
has also been demonstrated that peptide-bound amino acids (PBAAs), particularly
di- and tri-peptides, are absorbed faster and increase nitrogen retention to a
larger extent than either free amino acids or regular food. As bodybuilders
know, you only gain what you retain, where “retain” refers to the retention of
nitrogen in the form of new muscle protein.
protein supplements have enjoyed considerable recent popularity. On paper, the
idea behind them seems fairly simple: Hydrolysis breaks down intact protein
molecules into PBAAs which can be more quickly absorbed. Quicker absorption
leads to greater increases in muscle protein synthesis and muscle mass.
is not a black-and-white affair, however. When comparing products, consumers
need to pay attention to the degree of hydrolysis, the ratio of free amino
acids to amino acids in peptide linkage, and the size of the PBAAs.
starting size of over 20,000 Daltons, BI’s manufacturing lab treats intact
casein molecules with a carefully optimized blend of pancreatic enzymes under
tightly controlled conditions in order to create a partial hydrolysate
containing molecules in the range of 400-1000 Daltons corresponding to a wide
assortment of PBAAs including but not limited to di- and tripeptides. These
figures are confirmed by alpha-amino nitrogen assays performed on batches of
the finished product.
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