Ascent Protein Review
Every day, it seems there’s another company making another unique version of the classical protein powder.
As it is, I’ve written about and reviewed countless brands that fit under countless umbrellas designed to serve every type of athlete out there.
What I’ve gathered through this tenuous process is that, consistently, the most popular type of protein is whey protein.
Whey protein is widely regarded as the best type of protein available, ranking as superior to certain vegan options like hemp and bean protein. Whey is also regarded as better than its counterpart, casein.
Quickly, whey protein and casein protein are both derived from milk. The big difference is in how quickly the proteins are digested.
Whey protein is a quick-digesting protein, casein is a slow-digesting protein. Whether or not this matters will depend on the kind of athlete that you are.
One BCAA in particular, Leucine, kickstarts the biological pathway that begins the muscle regrowth process on a cellular level.
Of the many Whey Protein powders out there, few are regarded as truly unique. One of these few companies is Ascent Protein.
They are fully backed by a whole retinue of professional athletes, including the running back Christian McCaffrey, crossfit champ Katrin Davidsdottir, the second fittest man on earth, Brent Fikowksi, and the Spartan World Champ Robert Killian, among others.
These athletes are some of the most accomplished athletes on the planet, and they choose to use Ascent protein, out of all the other options. This would imply there is something different about Ascent.
What Makes Ascent Special?
Ascent’s biggest claim to fame revolves around their protein filtration method. They do not buy whey protein, they filter it themselves.
What they do buy is grade A milk from only the most trusted farmers, which they then filter in a unique process that keeps the protein in its native state. The result is something Ascent likes to call Native Whey Protein.
This might not sound all too special, but the chemical makeup of their Native Whey includes 17% higher levels of Leucine, which is absolutely imperative BCAA I mentioned earlier.
The purest form of Micellar Casein is also included in this resulting Native Whey, which helps to bring together the two different types of milk-derived protein.
And, in addition to this, Ascent protein contains no artificial ingredients or additives – it is pure protein.
A Little More Info
A 2 pound package of Ascent’s Native Whey protein costs only $40, which is relatively on par with the competition.
In addition Native Whey contains 120 calories, 25 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, 1 gram of fat, and 5.75 grams of BCAAs, as well as 2.75 grams of Leucine per serving.
This made-in-the-U.S.A protein powder is also gluten free, making it doubly advantageous to a wider range of athletes. It comes in several flavors which include Chocolate, Vanilla, Lemon Sorbet, and Unflavored – catering to a wide variety of palettes.
In terms of taste, this product has a surprisingly amazing flavor, when mixed with either milk or water. As most protein powders taste like liquified chalk mixed with sand, a neutral tasting protein powder is a good find.
But a good-tasting protein powder is rare. The taste, the ingredients, the process, and the protein, are all among the strengths of Ascent.
Where it falters slightly is in price and a lack of dietary enzymes that many protein powders contain to settle sensitive stomachs.
Who’s it for?
For starters, protein powder alone is beneficial only to those athletes who work out regularly at high intensities. If you don’t work out all the time, and if you don’t work out hard, you might not need extra protein.
But if you are one of those athletes who grinds all the time, Ascent is for you. The only thing that would keep you from this unique, delicious protein powder is an allergy to tree nuts, peanuts, or soy, as Ascent products may contain traces of all three.
Otherwise, Ascent protein might just be one of the best protein powders out there, owing to its unusual protein derivation processes, which result in more BCAAs and better, purer protein.
I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.