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Casein

  • night-time protein supply (so-called "night protein")
  • micellular casein with native protein quality (CFM technology)
  • for growth and maintenance of muscle mass
  • promotes recovery
  • Made in Switzerland
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Casein

Casein from Sponser® is a protein fraction of milk that is slowly digested and metabolized. Therefore, casein is ideal for sustained protein supply during the night or during rest periods and provides a sustained feeling of satiety.

The micellar casein covers upscale demands and is produced gently and naturally by means of cross-flow microfiltration (CFM). Casein (lat.: caseus: cheese) belongs to the insoluble protein fraction of milk and does not pass into the whey, but is normally processed into cheese. Casein constitutesof different types of protein.

A characteristic feature of casein is its long gastric dwelling time due to its gel-forming property and the concomitant slow flow of amino acids into the bloodstream. For this reason, it is often used as so-called "night protein" and ensures optimal growth and the preservation of muscle mass as well as faster recovery. Casein naturally contains calcium, potassium and phosphorus, which contribute to normal muscle function.

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Ideal for long-lasting protein supply ("night protein").

Preparation

2½ scoops (approx. 20 g) + approx. 300 ml milk. When preparing with water, increase powder quantity  to approx. 30 g.

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TYPISCHE NÄHRWERTE/VALEUR NUTRITIVE/
NUTRITION FACTS/VALORI NUTRITIVI

PER 100 G PULVER/ POUDRE/POWDER/ POLVERE

1 PORTION**

Energie/energy kJ (kcal)

1495 (353)

732 (173)

Fett/lipides/fat/grassi

3.0 g

0.9 g

davon gesättigte Fettsäuren/dont acides gras saturés/of which saturated fatty acids/di cui acidi grassi saturi

 

0.8 g

 

0.3 g

Kohlenhydrate/glucides/
carbohydrates/carboidrati

7.5 g

16 g

davon Zuckerarten/dont sucres/
of which sugars/di cui zuccheri

4.7 g

15 g

Ballaststoffe/fibres alimentaires/fibres/fibre alimentari

4.0 g

0.8 g

Eiweiss/protéines/protein/proteina

72 g

25 g

Salz/sel/salt/sale***

0.45 g

0.38 g

Aminosäuren/acides aminés/amino acids/aminoacidi per 100 g Reinprotein/protéine pure/pure protein

ESSENTIAL

Histidin

2.9 g

Isoleucin

5.2 g

Leucin

9.6 g

Lysin

8.1 g

Methionin + Cystin

3.6 g

Phenylalanin + Tyrosin

10.4 g

Threonin

4.4 g

Tryptophan

1.3 g

Valin

6.6 g

NON-ESSENTIAL

Alanin

3.2 g

Arginin

3.8 g

Asparaginsäure

7.4 g

Glutaminsäure

22.5 g

Glycin

2.0 g

Prolin

10.5 g

Serin

5.7 g

Ingredients: Microfiltrated casein 84%, defatted cocoa 12%, caramel powder, flavours, sweetener sucralose.

Developed and producet in Switzerland

MINERALSTOFFE/SELS MINÉRAUX/ MINERALS/SALI MINERALI

 

%NRV*

 

%NRV*

Calcium/calcio

2100 mg

263%

780 mg

98%

Phosphor(e)/phosphorus/fosforo

1300 mg

186%

530 mg

76%

Kalium/potassium/potassio

770 mg

39%

600 mg

30%

*Nährstoffbezugswerte/valeurs nutritionnelles de référence/nutrient reference values/valori di riferimento dei nutrienti
**1 Portion = 20 g + 300 ml Magermilch/lait écrémé/skim milk/latte scremato (0.1% Fett/graisse/fat/grassi). 100 ml fertige Zubereitung enthalten 244 kJ (58 kcal).
***berechnet aus natürlichem Natriumgehalt, kein Kochsalz zugesetzt/
calculated from natural sodium content, no salt added.

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Protein powders in comparison

An overview

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Protein intake

For healthy, training people

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Protein tips

For endurance athletes

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Night Protein

For recovery and muscle build-up

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Game, set, match

Sports nutrition in tennis

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Recovery drinks

In endurance sports

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Protein powders in comparison

Overview of SPONSER protein powders

Protein fulfils many physiological functions in the body. Proteins not only play a decisive role in the development, maintenance and recovery of muscles. They are also present in the entire structure of the human body: in the skin, in muscles, nails, bones, ligaments, and other tissues. Hormones and enzymes also consist mainly of protein.

Why is it necessary to consume protein in food?
Protein is formed from chains of amino acids. These are distinguished as non-essential and essential. The human body cannot produce the latter itself, so they must be supplied through food. Some amino acids are also regarded as conditionally essential (formerly semi-essential) because the body cannot produce them sufficiently by itself in certain situations (e.g. in childhood, during healing processes or growth).

Who benefits from an increased protein intake?
Because proteins play a central role in muscle building, it is obvious that during intensive physical training, such as strength or endurance exercise, the protein needs increase. However, proteins are not only important in strength training and in the recovery of endurance athletes. They also play an important role in weight loss: a protein-rich diet, thanks to its satiating effect, helps to save calories and achieve the desired weight more easily. People who are active in fitness, strength and endurance sports benefit from an increased protein intake compared to general intake recommendations.

Which protein for which purpose?
It may be relatively difficult to cover one's increased protein requirements solely through the general diet. For this reason, SPONSER® offers a wide range of high-quality protein preparations in various dosage forms: powder, bars, shakes, mixable, ready-to-drink, lactose-free, vegan, etc. Depending on individual preferences and situational needs, the most appropriate protein powder can be chosen accordingly.

Graphic overview of SPONSER protein powders
To find your way quickly through the range of proteins offered by SPONSER®, and choose the ideal protein powder for your own purposes, have a look at the linked graphic overview:

» 9 protein powders in comparison (PDF)

Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ

14. 02. 2020
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Protein intake

ISSN recommendations on protein intake for healthy, exercising individuals

The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) provides an objective and critical overview on protein intake for healthy, exercising individuals. Based on the currently available literature, the ISSN has defined the following 13 positions, which are commented by Yvonne Forster, SPONSER® nutritionist and food sciences engineer:

• «An acute exercise stimulus, particularly resistance exercise, and protein ingestion both stimulate muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and are synergistic when protein consumption occurs before or after resistance exercise.»

• «For building muscle mass and for maintaining muscle mass through a positive muscle protein balance, an overall daily protein intake in the range of 1.4–2.0 g protein/kg body weight/day (g/kg/d) is sufficient for most exercising individuals, a value that falls in line within the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range published by the Institute of Medicine for protein.»

Comment: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum intake of 0.8 g protein per kg body weight per day, which is often contradictory to the significantly higher doses of ISSN. It must be taken into account that the WHO values are always based on minimum requirements - also politically justified and influenced by ethical-ecological principles.

• «There is novel evidence that suggests higher protein intakes (>3.0 g/kg/d) may have positive effects on body composition in resistance-trained individuals (i.e., promote loss of fat mass).»

Comment: With an intake of >3 g protein per kg body weight per day, a diet has to be considered protein dominant. Since proteins have a very satiating effect, the general diet can be designed according to the «low carb» principle. In this case you should refrain from eating snacks containing carbohydrates. If a weight reduction is in the foreground, SPONSER® recommends the LOW CARB PROTEIN SHAKE. This protein shake additionally contains dietary fibres which also have a satiating effect and have a positive influence on our microbiome.

• «Recommendations regarding the optimal protein intake per serving for athletes to maximize MPS are mixed and are dependent upon age and recent resistance exercise stimuli. General recommendations are 0.25 g of a high-quality protein per kg of body weight, or an absolute dose of 20–40 g.»

Comment: SPONSER® designs the protein shakes generally with approx. 20-25 g protein per portion. The protein shakes can be taken with water or milk. If taken with water, increase the amount of powder. Exact recommendations for use are indicated on the packaging.

• «Acute protein doses should strive to contain 700–3000 mg of leucine and/or a higher relative leucine content, in addition to a balanced array of the essential amino acids (EAAs).»

Comment: AMINO EAA tablets from the SPONSER® range are particularly suitable for targeted amino acids intake. WHEY PROTEIN is naturally rich in BCAA (branch-chained amino acids) and therefore also rich in L-leucine.

• «These protein doses should ideally be evenly distributed, every 3–4 h, across the day.»

Comment: This distribution results in approx. 5 protein portions, considering the food-free sleep phase. Usually lunch and dinner are hardly a problem to reach the recommended amount of protein. Breakfast and late evening meals before bed rest are often insufficient. WHEY PROTEIN, which can be added to any smoothies or muesli, is suitable for enriching breakfast. CASEIN is recommended for late meals. Casein has a slower emptying time from the stomach due to its gelling property. This ensures a continuous flow of amino acids throughout the night, which minimises the catabolic night phase. MULTI PROTEIN, which also contains 2/3 microfiltered casein, is a valuable alternative.

• «The optimal time period during which to ingest protein is likely a matter of individual tolerance, since benefits are derived from pre- or post-workout ingestion; however, the anabolic effect of exercise is long-lasting (at least 24 h), but likely diminishes with increasing time post-exercise.»

• «While it is possible for physically active individuals to obtain their daily protein requirements through the consumption of whole foods, supplementation is a practical way of ensuring intake of adequate protein quality and quantity, while minimizing caloric intake, particularly for athletes who typically complete high volumes of training.»

• «Rapidly digested proteins that contain high proportions of essential amino acids (EAAs) and adequate leucine, are most effective in stimulating MPS.»

Comment: AMINO EAA are tablets with free-form essential amino acids that are suitable for a targeted EAA intake, as well as for supplementing or optimizing the protein intake from the general diet.

• «Different types and quality of protein can affect amino acid bioavailability following protein supplementation.»

Comment: The bioavailability of amino acids and proteins depends on the dosage, the type of protein and, if given, the degree of hydrolysis. Vegetable protein sources such as soy, peas, etc. are not always complete in their amino acid profile. For this reason, vegan meals should combine different vegetable protein sources. VEGAN PROTEIN from SPONSER® contains a broad mix of vegetable protein sources with a very broad amino acid profile resulting in a high biological value. Nowadays, hydrolysed (predigested) proteins are also available on the market. This means that the complex protein structure is destroyed and the body requires less digestive work. Particularly sophisticated products therefore contain a mix of high-quality intact protein sources such as protein isolate, protein hydrolysate and free amino acids, as is the case in PREMIUM WHEY HYDRO, for example.

• «Athletes should consider focusing on whole food sources of protein that contain all of the EAAs (i.e., it is the EAAs that are required to stimulate MPS).»

Comment: Protein supplements from SPONSER® generally contain the entire spectrum of essential amino acids

• «Endurance athletes should focus on achieving adequate carbohydrate intake to promote optimal performance; the addition of protein may help to offset muscle damage and promote recovery.»

Comment: In endurance sports, the stimuli are usually set differently, but good quality training also leads to exhaustion. The protein supplements of SPONSER® are therefore also suitable for the regeneration support of endurance athletes. Since the carbohydrate supply of endurance athletes is not limited to the same extent as that of strength athletes, PRO RECOVERY with natural sweetening and moderate carbohydrate content is very suitable for regeneration support.

• «Pre-sleep casein protein intake (30–40 g) provides increases in overnight MPS and metabolic rate without influencing lipolysis.»

Comment: CASEIN is recommended for late meals as it causes a slow emptying of the stomach. This ensures a continuous flow of amino acids throughout the night, which minimises the catabolic night phase.

Literature
Jäger et al, 2017: International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: protein and exercise. J Int Soc Sports Nutr, 14(20).

Author: Yvonne Forster Nigg
dipl. eng. food sciences UAS
dipl. dietitian HS

12. 11. 2019
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Protein tips

Protein: For regeneration, muscle building, weight control and immune defence

Protein fulfils many important functions in your body. For endurance athletes, regeneration, build-up and maintenance of muscle mass, weight control and immune defence are the main concerns.

Regeneration
You need the relevant building materials for regeneration and repair of your stressed muscles. For optimal recovery, you should take 20-30 g of quickly available, high-quality protein as soon as possible after exercise. Whey protein is ideal, e.g. WHEY PROTEIN or a recovery shake such as PRO RECOVERY.
Since your metabolism is running at full speed even hours after intensive training and competitions, you should make sure to repeat your protein intake every 3-4 hours. Suitable sources are basic proteins made from multi-component blends such as MULTI PROTEIN or WHEY CONCENTRATE as well as solid foods and protein bars, such as PROTEIN LOW CARB BAR or PROTEIN 36 BAR.
Sleep is the most important phase of regeneration. In order to shorten the catabolic phase, it is advisable to keep the amino acid influx running as long as possible during the several hours of rest at night. Multi-component proteins such as MULTI PROTEIN and CASEIN, known as «night protein», constitute ideal protein sources, grace to their slow and steady digestion.

Strength and muscle building
For your strength and muscle build-up, the same principles apply as for regeneration, but ideally with slightly higher total protein amounts. Notably, it is also important to maintain a positive net calorie balance. This means that more energy must be ingested throughout the day than burned.

Weight control
In order to achieve weight loss you need a negative energy balance. This means you have to spend more energy than you consume. A regular and increased protein supply also plays a decisive role during such a weight loss regime. On one hand, proteins have a greater effect on satiety than carbohydrates. Furthermore, protein also needs more energy for its digestion by the body, which means less calories consumed net. Proteins are also important during a diet because they reduce the degradation (catabolism) and help to preserve muscle mass and vital structures.

Immune defence
Protein is the main building material and energy supplier of the immune system. Therefore, your protein requirement rises sharply in the event of an infection! In order to stop the spread of viral or bacterial pathogens, a great number of defence cells and immune factors must be produced quickly.

Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ

05. 11. 2019
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Night Protein

Protein before bed rest improves recovery and muscle building during the night

Taking a protein-rich late meal before going to bed after strength training, supports recovery and muscle protein synthesis. What has long been known to experienced bodybuilders and endurance athletes was scientifically confirmed a few years ago in a study by first author P. T. Res at Maastricht University Medical Centre. The influence of an additional protein intake shortly before going to bed was investigated with regard to digestion, absorption and protein metabolism during the nightly recovery phase after resistance exercise. Immediately after an evening strength training session, all participants received a usual portion of carbohydrates (60 g) and protein (20 g) for regeneration. In addition, they were given a drink with or without 40 g casein 30 minutes before bedtime. During the night (7.5 h) this protein was effectively digested and absorbed, leading to a rapid increase in circulating amino acids, which was maintained throughout the night. Overall, the additional amount of protein before bed increased muscle protein synthesis by approximately 22% and resulted in a significantly improved net protein balance.

The most effective protein products for the night
Right after training, it is recommended to take a WEIGHT PLUS or RECOVERY SHAKE. If you also want to take creatine, ideally use the MASS GAINER. The MULTI PROTEIN is excellently suited as a late-meal protein shake, since it is based on slowly available, microfiltrated, natural whole milk protein (approx. 80% casein, 20% lactalbumin, no caseinate) and thus ensures a long-lasting amino acid influx into the blood during the night. Or you can use pure CASEIN, which is also offered in filtrated, micellar (native) quality by SPONSER.

Reference
Res PT et al.: Protein ingestion before sleep improves postexercise overnight recovery, in: Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Aug;44(8):1560-9.

Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ

04. 11. 2019
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Game, set, match

All you need to know about sports nutrition in tennis

During the short breaks after the sets you can see cracks like Roger Federer eating half a banana and or having a drink from time to time. Does a tennis athlete need specific sports nutrition and if so, what do you need to know?

Short breaks on the court
Numerous, but short breaks during sets mean that sports nutrition in tennis has to meet special needs: Sports nutrition must not only be consumable quickly, but must also be as tolerable as possible. So if you see tennis stars eating half a (ripe) banana during the sets, there is nothing wrong with that. For a match lasting several hours, however, this snack is definitely not enough.
Tennis players can therefore rely on liquid energy from the tube, for example with a LIQUID ENERGY GEL (with or without caffeine), a high-quality, carbohydrate sports drink such as COMPETITION, LONG ENERGY or ISOTONIC or a few bites of a HIGH ENERGY BAR. In search of a noticeable caffeine kick that reawakens motivation and concentration, we recommend an ACTIVATOR ampoule or a few POWER GUMS out of the bag. The previous and regular use of MENTAL FOCUS can offer clear advantages in terms of cognitive performance both in technical training and in competition.

Indoor or outdoor
From a nutritional point of view, it makes no difference whether a tennis match is played indoor or outdoor on sand, grass or hart court. However, the climatic conditions can vary significantly and thus have a corresponding influence. Temperature and humidity are central parameters that must be taken into account when eating on the tennis court. In the cold and in low humidity, nutrition has primarily to cover the energy demands of an athlete. In the heat or in great humidity the body needs considerably more liquid. If matches over three, four or sometimes five sets including tie-break are expected, a carboloading two days before the competition is recommended. If the heat on the court is high, a previous soda loading with LACTAT BUFFER can be very useful. Players with a high sweat rate and a tendency to cramp additionally use SALT CAPS or MUSCLE RELAX shots.

Regeneration during tournaments
In tennis tournaments lasting several days or even two weeks, regeneration plays an important role. The recommendations are therefore: Regular carboloading with CARBO LOADER, every second or third day. In hot and humid regions, soda loading with LACTAT BUFFER is recommended to increase sodium levels and thus prevent dehydration and cramps. Always take a carbohydrate-protein shake such as PRO RECOVERY after every match and additionally consume a protein shake MULTIPROTEIN or CASEIN in the evening before going asleep. If frequent travel and/or contact with large crowds is necessary, the use of IMMUNOGUARD prevents the risk of infection.

24. 10. 2019
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Recovery drinks

What is the difference between RECOVERY SHAKE, RECOVERY DRINK and PRO RECOVERY?

SPONSER® offers a range of recovery drinks that are suitable for quick regeneration after hard endurance exertion. A quick overview is provided by this table comparison of our regeneration drinks.

Basics on regeneration in endurance sports
From a nutritional point of view, endurance athletes primarily need carbohydrates and protein following exercise. However, it is virtually impossible to determine the exact amount and ratio of carbohydrates and protein required for each type of exercise. There are too many individual and situational factors involved. For example, the utilisation rate of food intake alone is different for each individual.

However, there are a few rules of thumb that should be adhered to in order to promote recovery:

• 50-60 g carbohydrates per hour after an energetically demanding load, every hour until the next main meal.
• Each main meal should contain 20-30 g protein.
• Take a late meal (possibly also without carbohydrates) with slow protein (for example CASEIN or MULTI PROTEIN) to bridge the night phase.
• Goal: Take one serving of protein every 3-4 hours. A dose of approx. 20-30 g is the necessary trigger amount to optimally support protein synthesis, i.e. recovery.

RECOVERY SHAKE, RECOVERY DRINK and PRO RECOVERY by SPONSER® are equally suitable for recovery or muscle building. The shakes differ primarily in their carbohydrate content and functionality. Briefly described, the shakes differ as follows:

• PRO RECOVERY and RECOVERY SHAKE both deliver approx. 20-25 g protein per prepared portion. PRO RECOVERY, in contrast to RECOVERY SHAKE, contains significantly less carbohydrates, so that the carbohydrates can be added according to hunger or need (bar, banana, pasta, etc.). Depending on the training goal (e.g. low glycogen training) or also for physiological reasons (body weight) it is advisable to reduce the carbohydrates in a certain training phase.

PRO RECOVERY is, as the name suggests, even more geared towards professional and ambitious athletes. It consists of a broad protein mixture with quickly and slowly available protein sources including colostrum, and offers higher convenience through lower drinking volume and its preparation with water. PRO RECOVERY with its functional ingredients delivers the highest possible quality in the regeneration area and is also suitable for taking shortly before strength training or hard units.

• RECOVERY SHAKE is more satiating and tastier for many grace to its preparation with milk, but it also provides significantly more carbohydrates, which is ideal for classic muscle build-up but also for energetic regeneration.

• RECOVERY DRINK is intended for the first replenishment of the energy stores at the competition or training site, or in the changing room. It provides a light, well-tolerated first portion shortly after the end of a performance in a comfortable portion sachet, and is designed for preparation with water. In combination with AMINO 12500, RECOVERY DRINK is an ideal recovery product in competitive situations.

Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences FH
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ

10. 07. 2019
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