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Axis Labs Clutch Whey Protein Reviews

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Axis Labs Clutch Whey Protein
Derek Peterson
By Derek Peterson
June 26, 2013

Axis Labs Clutch Whey Protein was introduced in 2007 and then discontinued.

Now it is back!

Although the final formula is not yet available, Axis Labs released a preliminary ingredient list to whet the appetites of bodybuilders everywhere. Let’s break down those ingredients to see what’s inside Clutch Whey Protein.

Ingredients

This protein powder contains a blend of whey concentrate and isolate, an amino acid blend, cocoa, creamer, artificial flavors, and a few fillers.[1]

Whey Protein Concentrate vs. Whey Protein Isolate

Clutch Whey Protein contains both whey protein concentrate (WPC) and isolate (WPI), with more WPC than WPI. But, manufacturers don’t clarify the actual ratio on the nutrition label.

Whey must be filtered to make protein bioavailable. WPI goes through a more thorough filtration process than WPC.

WPC contains a 70-85% protein concentration, while WPI contains a 90-95% protein concentration.[2]

WPC contains some fat, mineral, and lactose. WPI has little to none. WPC is the cheapest option, whereas WPI is a little more expensive.[3]

Both whey protein forms deliver protein to muscles. If you are cutting fat or calories, WPI would be a better choice. If price is your main concern, WPC is a good option. Since Clutch Whey Protein has both types, it solves the problem of having to choose.

Amino Acids

Clutch Whey Protein contains 20 amino acids.

Four (threonine, methionine, phenylalanine, and lysine) are essential amino acids. Essential amino acids break down food, stimulate growth, and repair tissue.[4]

Two (valine and isoleucine) are branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). BCAAs reduce muscle and protein breakdown during intense exercise, as well as improve athletic performance. [5]

The rest are non-essential amino acids. The body produces these naturally, but they can also be ingested.

Three of these non-essential amino acids—taurine, glycine, and glutamine—make up 50% of the total proteins.

Taurine is a conditional amino acid. It does not get incorporated into proteins and has no role in protein synthesis. Rather, it is used as an antioxidant and to improve mental acuity.[6]

Glycine is used to make proteins. It also transmits signals to the brain and may improve memory.[7]

Glutamine is produced by the muscles. It stimulates amino acid and glucose creation, providing fuel for exercise.[8]

Cocoa, Nutritional Creamer, & Flavors

These ingredients add more flavor than nutrients.

Axis Labs uses cocoa to create a chocolate taste. Cocoa contains antioxidants that lower blood pressure. It also contains caffeine, which increases mental alertness.[9][10]

The nutritional creamer is primarily made of unsaturated fats (sunflower oil) and dextrose sugar (corn syrup solids). It gives the powder a sweet taste.[11][12]

Natural and artificial flavors are also present in Clutch Whey Protein, but the ingredients list doesn’t specify.

How Does Clutch Whey Protein Compare to Other Whey Proteins?

Clutch Whey Protein compares favorably with whey proteins on the 50 top-selling products list on BodyBuilding.com.[13]

• Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey costs $57 per tub. It contains 120 calories, 24 g protein, 3 g carbs, and 1 g fat.

• MusclePharm Combat Powder costs $52 per tub. It contains 130 calories, 24 g protein, 5 g carbs, and 1 g fat.

• Muscle Tech Phase 8 costs $53 per tub. It contains 130 calories, 25 g protein, 3 g carbs, and 1 g fat.[14]

• Clutch Whey Protein costs around $50 per tub. It contains 120 calories, 24 g protein, 4 g carbs, and 2.5 g fat.

Clutch Whey Protein rests comfortably in the middle of the pack. It has an average carb and fat content, a low calorie count, and a decent quantity of protein. Its price is also average. It seems to be a typical whey protein powder and will, no doubt, produce typical results.

Taste

Clutch Whey Protein will be available in three flavors: smooth chocolate, cookies ‘n cream, and vanilla. Most of the beta testers enjoy these flavors.

There is considerable enthusiasm about the cookies ‘n cream flavor in particular. One reviewer basks in the joy of finding actual cookie pieces at the bottom of his shake.[15]

User Reviews

Users rave about Clutch Whey Protein, giving it everything from 10 points to 5 stars. On BodyBuilding.com, Supplementing.com, and FitFlex.com, users fully endorse the protein shake.

Here’s what users say:

“The chocolate is top tier, one of the best tasting on the market. It is not too sweet but not too bitter either. It’s a nice medium; this is my new go to protein.”[16]

“I just started using this a few weeks ago and in all honesty I am hooked. The chocolate cake flavor is really original and really awesome to drink. Even better when blended with some ice and cold skim milk, really creamy. Anyways, working well to keep my protein levels high and recovery has improved. Will be using for some time to come, thanks.”[17]

“Clutch Whey Protein is the first and only protein product that I have tried so far. It has helped me to get better results, and I love exercising. I have been able to get results with a good taste too. Clutch Whey Protein is definitely not nasty. I actually thought it might be. It has helped me to get an excellent effect, and it is best when combined with the proper diet and exercise plan.”[18]

Price

Clutch Whey Protein is not yet available on the Axis Labs website. It can be found on BodyBuilding.com for $49.97, at LiveLeanToday.com for $42.97, or at SupplementWarehouse.com for $58.30. However, Clutch Whey Protein is discontinued at a variety of sellers and might not be available.

Final Thoughts

Clutch Whey Protein is a typical whey protein powder. It contains an average protein serving per serving.

It is noteworthy that a large percentage (30% taurine and glycine) of the proteins included do not contribute to muscle growth. However, this is typical of most protein shakes.

Clutch Whey Protein likely produces advantageous results when combined with vigorous exercise.

References

[1] “Clutch Whey Protein: Supplement Facts.” Bodybuilding.com. Available from: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/axis-labs/clutch-whey-protein.html

[2] Venuto, Tom. “Whey Protein Isolate or Whey Protein Concentrate; which is better?” Lee Hayward’s Total Fitness Body Building. Available from: http://www.leehayward.com/whey_protein_isolate.htm

[3] Mollica, Monica. “Show Me the Whey: Concentrates vs Isolates vs Hyrolysates.” Sports Nutrition Insider. 9 Mar 2012. Available from: http://sportsnutritioninsider.insidefitnessmag.com/3771/show-me-the-whey-concentrates-vs-isolates-vs-hydrolysates

[4] “Amino acids.” Medline Plus. Available from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002222.htm

[5] “Branched-Chain Amino Acids.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1005-BRANCHED-CHAIN%20AMINO%20ACIDS.aspx?activeIngredientId=1005&activeIngredientName=BRANCHED-CHAIN%20AMINO%20ACIDS

[6] “Taurine.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1024-TAURINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=1024&activeIngredientName=TAURINE

[7] “Glycine.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1072-glycine.aspx?activeIngredientId=1072&activeIngredientName=glycine&source=1

[8] “Glutamine.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-878-glutamine.aspx?activeIngredientId=878&activeIngredientName=glutamine&source=1

[9] “Cocoa.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-812-cocoa.aspx?activeIngredientId=812&activeIngredientName=cocoa&source=1

[10] “Caffeine” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-979-caffeine.aspx?activeIngredientId=979&activeIngredientName=caffeine&source=1

[11] “Sunflower Oil.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-40-SUNFLOWER%20OIL.aspx?activeIngredientId=40&activeIngredientName=SUNFLOWER%20OIL

[12] Braley, JoLynn. “High Fructose Corn Syrup vs Corn Syrup Solids – What’s the Difference?”19 Jun 2007. Fearless Fat Loss. Availablel from: http://www.fearlessfatloss.com/food/high-fructose-corn-syrup-vs-corn-syrup-solids-whats-the-difference/

[13] “Our Top 50 Sellers.” 13 Jul 2013. Available from: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/top50.htm

[14] “Compare Protein Powder.” FndTheBest.com. 13 Jun 2013. Available from: http://protein-powder.findthebest.com/

[15] Mexisack. “Thread: Axis Labs Clutch Cookies N Cream Protein.” Bodybuilding.com. 26 Dec 2012. Available from: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=150642603&page=1

[16] “Axis Labs Clutch Whey Protein Reviews.” Bodybuilding.com. 30 Jan 2013. Available from: http://reviews.bodybuilding.com/Axis_Labs/Clutch_Whey_Protein

[17] “Axis Labs Clutch Whey Protein Reviews.” Fitflex.com. 5 Nov 2012. Available from: http://www.fitflex.com/axis-labs-clutch-whey-protein-review.html

[18] “Clutch Whey Protein Consumer Reviews.” Supplementing.com. 2013. Available from: http://www.supplementing.com/axis-labs-clutch-whey-protein/

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