Overview of NutraKey Whey Optima
PEScience is a brand built on quality control and formulation. They put their money into research and development versus marketing to ensure we as consumers are getting the best quality products for our hard-earned dollars. They tout themselves as industry leaders and not followers.
PEScience Select Protein is a great tasting blended protein powder. Comprised of 24g of protein, consisting of milk protein isolate and whey protein concentrate, you are getting a protein that will have different digestion speeds that can benefit you in your fitness goals at a good value.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed NutraKey Whey Optima protein powder on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at quality of protein used, amount and other ingredients involved in the making of this protein powder.
We then look at effectiveness. A high quality protein will be effective. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup, Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie and Chocolate Lava Cake flavors.
Mixability refers to how well the protein powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of proteins available on the market.
NutraKey Whey Optima has a solid serving size of protein at 23g. The protein is derived from Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Hydrolysate. My big issue here is I wish they disclose how much of each you’re getting. The positive thing is that WPI is listed first before WPC. We can assume that there is little Hydrolysate in this but again, would love to see this broken out. With the serving size being 33g, that means there is 10g of “other” stuff in each serving.
Another area we like is the inclusion of the Essential Fatty Acids in the form of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Essential Fatty Acids are “essential” to your health, hence the name. You don’t see this often in protein sources so I am a big. However, if we re-visit my previous point, NutraKey fails to disclose how much of the EFAs you’re getting. It’s listed after Sucralose on the ingredients which isn’t necessarily a good thing.
The same can be said about the Digestive Enzyme Complex. In theory this is great, but without disclosing the amounts and it being listed last it doesn’t give me huge faith that there are ample amounts in Whey Optima.
Overall, the profile is good in theory. I want NutraKey to disclose more dosage in the future.
Protein’s job is to help build muscle. Whey Optima contains 23g from three different protein sources. Nothing wrong with that. It also contains EFAs which we like. Again, back to the profile discussion, we are unaware of the dosage we cannot be too sure to say it is ample enough to be effective. What I can touch on is that the 23g of protein from WPI, WPC, and Hydrolysate is decent. This would speed up your muscle recovery process. But unlike a pre-workout, you cannot “feel” this product working. What I can say is my muscle recovery was solid and had no delayed onset muscle soreness.
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup:
Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie:
Chocolate Lava Cake:
A lot of times with blended proteins you are unsure of what the quality of taste is going to be. The fact that Whey Protein Isolate is first in this blend helped the taste factor. This is one of the better tasting proteins I have ever tried. Many Whey Protein Concentrate powders have a chalky taste too it while Whey Protein Isolate does not. I did not get the chalky taste with any of the three flavors I tried. I enjoyed Chocolate Lava Cake the best.
Due to the fact that the first protein source was a WPI I believe helped the mixability factor of Whey Optima. A couple shakes of the shaker cup, even in milk, and the powder was dissolved rather nicely.
Whey Optima retails for just over $50 for a 5lb container. You have to remember that this is a WPI, WPC and a Hydrolysate blended protein. With WPI being listed first that is the main protein source in this blend. There are a lot of straight WPC on the market that retail for $50 for 5lbs. Overall, because of the added Essential Fatty Acids and Digestive Enzymes I like this value at around $50.