For every Avengers Assemble, there’s a Fantastic Four.
And for every Expendables, there’s a Ghostbusters.
Yes, cramming all of our favourites into one doesn’t always turn out as glorious as it sounds.
Which brings me nicely to H2N Nutrition Ultra 6, the latest whey protein supplement to go through my deliberately harsh supplement rating system, which I set up to help you determine the best from the rest in the supplement industry.
No supplement has made it out with the coveted 5 stars, and you may remember my recent savaging of Pro Jym 2.0, so let’s take a look at this offering from H2N Nutrition and see if it can get the scores moving back in the right direction.
Whey To Go
In this product, H2N Nutrition did something quite unusual by combining six different types of protein into one supplement.
As you know, I’m all for experimentation.
The idea is that you obtain a more complete source of protein, while also enjoying a greater release of the nutrients thanks to the mixture of slow-digesting and fast-digesting sources.
So in this product we have casein, whey concentrate, milk protein, egg albumen, soy and whey isolate.
I’m a big fan of casein.
It’s timed-release is great for curbing your appetite when everyone around you at work is gearing up for a stealthy assault on the vending machine.
H2N Nutrition Ultra 6 Review
So far, so good for Ultra 6.
But now it’s time for us to get stuck into the nitty-gritty of the product as we delve deeper into the tub.
Taking a look at the formula will reveal a few things:
If you’re a keen follower of my blog, the the first thing you may have noticed is that it’s not a proprietary blend!
Yes, H2N Nutrition go as far as to list not only the full macronutrient content per scoop, but also the content from each individual protein source. In doing so, they join an elite list which includes a few other trustworthy companies, and they can sit proudly alongside the likes of NutraBio and Grenade.
They deserve a big thumbs-up for this, and I respect this kind of transparency a lot.
Your nutrition breakdown is as follows:
- 26g protein
- 5g fat
- 18g carbohydrates
As mentioned earlier, it is also based around a protein blend as opposed to one sole source of protein. This is another factor of Ultra 6 that I am happy with, because if you read my piece on the best whey protein for building muscle you will know that protein blends are better for promoting lean muscle growth.
In fact, during a 2009 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, discovered that consuming 20 grams of a protein blend containing whey, casein and soy was superior for protein muscle protein synthesis versus 20 grams of whey alone. (1)
So that’s another factor which puts Ultra Six in a good position.
But nothing is perfect, of course.
If you looked at the formula above you will notice that the carbohydrate count is quite sizable.
With 18 grams of carbs in each serving (12g of which is sugar) this makes H2N Nutrition Ultra 6 a supplement which would be fantastic if used in the post-workout window, where our body is great at absorbing fast-digesting carbohydrates as shown in this article, but you wouldn’t want to use it as your main whey protein supplement.
That’s because you’d find it harder to stay within your daily calorie target considering you were packing in 18 grams of carbs in each shake. With three shakes per day, that’s around 50 grams from your daily carb target wiped out before you’ve even ate anything.
That being said, it’s pretty much perfect as a post-workout shake.
The high carb count also greatly lowers the protein-per-serving ratio, which is another important factor to take into consideration when buying a new whey protein supplement.
After all, you could obtain your carbohydrates from plenty of different places.
With a 50 gram scoop here, you are looking at a ratio of just 52% protein-per-serving, meaning 48% of your serving is, well, not protein.
These are the biggest hindrances to the product itself, and will definitely hold it’s overall score back.
H2N Nutrition Ultra 6 – The Final Verdict
All in all, this is a powerful whey protein supplement which has a lot of good things going for it.
I’m not going to dwell too much on what I said about the rather high carbs in each serving because it is billed as a post-workout shake and, to that end, it actually serves it’s purpose really well.
The idea to use a whey protein blend pays off, the choices for the formula are strong, and the label transparency is refreshing in an industry which displays about as much honesty as Shaggy at a relationship counselling session.
As such, H2N Nutrition Ultra 6 picks up a very nice 4 stars – the joint-highest score on the blog so far. Well done.
- Paul, G. L., et al. The rationale for consuming protein blends in sports nutrition. J Am Coll Nutr. 2009 Aug;28 Suppl:464S-472S.