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Vitamin & Protein Supplements - My Experiences


That is a lot of stuff to take.


I bought two more protein shakes to experiment with.

The first is “Pro Series Muscle Milk” in “Knockout Chocolate” flavor. Each container is the standard 11oz, but this one contains slightly more protein at 32g. Sugar remains at 1, and calories at 160.

The taste is equal to the other chocolate flavored shakes I have been purchasing, although MYOPLEX still is number one. Knowing that these different flavors and contents are relatively equal across the board makes it easier to watch the sales and purchase the items on sale. I paid $7.98 for 4 (about $2 each).

The second one I purchased was “Premier Protein Vanilla”. I already purchased and tasted the Strawberries & Cream from this brand and decided to try the vanilla, since the only vanilla flavored drink I had found previously was from BOOST. Also in the 11oz tetra pack, with 30g protein, 160 calories and 1 g sugar, the vanilla flavor had a more “sweet” taste than the others. It forced me to look and make sure that the drink only had 1g sugar. The taste is good, with a good “richness” to it; I just found it slightly sweeter than the others. I paid $7.27 (or $1.82 each).


Why not just buy Metabolic Drive? Do you live somewhere you can’t get it? It is soooooo much better than that other crap!


Do you want the truth?

I do not want to mess with powders. I don’t want to spend time mixing drinks.

Yes, I am lazy when it comes to this … I would prefer to open the refrigerator and have an already mixed protein shake in a variety of flavors at my disposal.

Sad to admit this - but it is the truth


There is a chain of grocery stores in Oregon called grocery outlet (gross-out). .99 ea. I stocked up!

High T, FSH, SHBG, Low E2 No Libido. My Lab Results (pellets)

I still drink a protein shake every morning for breakfast. Each time I see a new brand in the store, I buy it to see if the taste is better, richer, etc., than the others I have tried. I compare the test based on the chocolate flavor.

The latest experiments are PURE PROTEIN, CLEAN PROTEIN by Six Star and WalMart’s generic brand for everything, EQUATE. PURE PROTEIN drinks are good, but are no different than the others - making them no better or no worse. Depending on price that week, they can be substituted for any other.

The CLEAN PROTEIN drinks were interesting. First 32g protein versus 30 on most; 0 grams of sugar, and promotes itself heavily as “lactose free”. Now to be fair, I am lactose intolerant, yet NONE of the shakes I have tried have given me any stomach problems, even though some of the others do list “milk products”.

Also, CLEAN PROTEIN had one of the best flavor of Chocolate (“Gourmet Chocolate Milk”), second ONLY to BOOST Chocolate. Boost is more expensive, so it is nice to find a less expensive alternative with a great flavor.

WalMart does well with their “Equate” line of generics, and this one is no different. The flavor is good, and is about the same overall as most of the drinks I have tested. I’m confident that this is the exact same shake as one of the other brands, packaged for WalMart.

So far, other than Boost, the drinks are about the same - so buying based on price does not provide a better drink.


Of Walart is your go to and you’re willing to mix from powder, get Integrated whey isolate chocolate flavored. It’s the best chocolate flavor I’ve had other than Biotest, with no artificial sweeteners. The artificial sweeteners are a deal killer for me and pretty much ruin what ever they’re in.


I am taking DHEA myself and am curious if it made a difference.


I had to stop taking it …

Urine test reported 18x higher levels than normal

Blood test came back with DHEA 50% higher.

It was also causing me to eat huge amounts of food.


How much did you take per day and did it also have any effect on your testosterone numbers, or estrogen?