Have you ever wanted to be as athletic and nimble as Rob Gronkowski, Giancarlo Stanton, and Russell Westbrook? For starters, ry consuming Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein after a hard workout. It should help start you off on the right foot, as you’ll find out in this review.
About Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein
Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein is “the perfect combination of whey protein, complex carbohydrates, and amino acids to deliver a better recovery product than 100 percent whey alone,” per the manufacturer’s official website. Formula notes:
- Great ingredient combo. Maltodextrin, whey protein, milk protein, creatine, taurine, BCAAs, and l-glutamine.
- Zero cholesterol. Bodes well for long-term health.
- Affordable. Approximately $19.89 for a 2-lb. (907-gram) container.
Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein Supplement Facts (Decadent Chocolate, 2 lbs. [907 grams])
|Serving Size: 1 Scoop (47 g)|
Servings Per Container: Approx. 20
|Nutrient||Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|Calories From Fat||10|
|Total Fat||1 g||2%*|
|Saturated Fat||0.5 g||3%*|
|Trans Fat||0 g||†|
|Total Carbohydrates||17 g||6%*|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g||4%*|
|Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin, Premium Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Concentrate), Recovery Blend (Creatine Monohydrate, Taurine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, L-Glutamine), Alkalized Cocoa, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Digestive Enzyme Blend (Papain, Amylase), Gum Blend (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan), Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium.|
|Directions: Mix 1 serving (2 scoops) with 8-10 ounces of cold water or skim milk and consume within 30 minutes after your workout. For a 40g dose of protein, mix 2 servings (4 scoops) with 16-20 ounces of cold water or milk. Six Star Recovery Protein can also be taken between major meals and before workouts. Read the entire label before use and follow the directions provided. Consume 10 glasses of water daily for good health.|
Superior to 100% Whey for Recovery
Maybe you’re into professional sports. Perhaps you’ve been following the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Giancarlo Stanton, and Russell Westbrook. Aside from the fact they’re star athletes, they’re also endorsers of the popular protein supplement, Six Star Nutrition 100% Whey Protein Plus. They’re all great sports stars. Make no mistake about it.
Well, you could be as fit as they are. One of the keys is to include a potent post-workout supplement in your stack. Some which quickly come to mind include CORE Nutritionals PWO, Angry Supplements C.G. 15 Creatine + Glutamine Powder Unflavored 15000 Mg., and Muscle Feast Anabolic Recover.
Let’s see if Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein joins that elite group. This product is “the perfect combination of whey protein, complex carbohydrates, and amino acids to deliver a better recovery product than 100 percent whey alone,” per the manufacturer’s official website.
Well, yes. Whey protein (found in many protein supplements) could only do so much – it helps you make that quick transition from catabolic to anabolic after a hard workout. However, it’s not that simple.
Your body undergoes a lot of stress during training. Once you finish your last rep, your muscle glycogen stores are depleted. You also damage your muscle fibers. With that, you need a more comprehensive nutritional profile to speed up recovery.
Enter Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein, a product which seems to go above and beyond the call of duty. That’s precisely the kind of supplement you need after a tough workout.
Now, if your post-workout has 20 grams of protein per serving, consider it a major bonus. “Six Star Recovery Protein gives your muscles what they need to recover and grow back stronger, so you can get back in the game sooner,” per the manufacturer’s official website.
Its Premium Protein Blend features a combo of whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate.Whey protein concentrate (WPC) is around 70 to 85 percent protein. It has more carbs and fats than whey protein isolate (WPI).
The good news: these give WPC a better taste than WPI, which tends to be more on the bitter side. Plus, WPC is rich in immunoglobulins, a special kind of protein which helps boost the immune system.
Not only that, but whey protein in general helps raise your glutathione levels. This is a potent antioxidant which helps keep nasty free radicals at bay. In fact, no less than the Whey Protein Institute’s official website says, “Both WPC and WPI are shown in research to be an effective cysteine donor that maintains a concentration of active GSH (glutathione).”
With that, you’re sure to enjoy increased antioxidant protection when you supplement with Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein.
For its part, milk protein concentrate is 80 percent casein and 20 percent whey. Casein, the dominant protein of cow’s milk, has a slow absorption rate. It takes around seven to eight hours for your body to fully absorb it.
The takeaway: Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein helps your body remain in an anabolic state longer because of its fast- and slow-absorbing protein components. We believe that bodes well for your post-workout recovery.
We also agree with the manufacturer’s claim. This Premium Protein Blend will help you build muscle mass and shorten recovery time. We’re talking about two time-tested bodybuilding ingredients here. No ifs and buts about it.
The other half of Six Star Complete Recovery Protein’s 1-2 post-workout punch is 17 grams of carbs per serving. The manufacturer uses maltodextrin, a popular post-workout carbohydrate among fitness enthusiasts.
Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate (polysaccharide). It is a by-product of corn, rice, or starch. Its high glycemic index rating translates to faster absorption. When you chug on Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein, you will experience insulin spikes, more energy, and muscle growth – it’s an anabolic environment at its finest.
According to the Pakistan Journal of Nutrition (via SemanticScholar.org), a “maltodextrin and vitamin C combination drink was more effective than plain water to reduce malondialdehyde (a marker of oxidative stress) level of athletes.” While Six Star Pro Nutrition doesn’t have any vitamin C content, supplementing with it and a big-name multivitamin such as Bodybuilding.com Signature Multivitamin (which has a solid 222 percent of the daily value for vitamin C) should pay enormous dividends.
The perfect complement to Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein’s protein and carb components is its Recovery Blend which features creatine monohydrate, taurine, BCAAs, and l-glutamine.
Good stuff right there. Thing is, we cannot find their exact ingredient amounts anywhere on the label. For that, the manufacturer’s transparency takes a huge hit. The manufacturer didn’t indicate any proprietary blends on the label, but leaving out key ingredient amounts such as these is similar.
Nonetheless, it’s a good recovery blend combo. Creatine is a staple post-workout ingredient. Check out its benefits:
- Helps increase muscle mass
- Increases cell volumization for bigger muscles
- Helps increase anaerobic and aerobic performance
- Boosts brain health
- Regulates blood sugar levels
- Helps delay the onset of post-workout fatigue
We’re glad it’s in Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein. Five grams per serving or so would have been great, but we have no clue how much creatine this product has. That’s a huge downer right there.
There has been a raging debate as to when to take creatine: before or after a hard workout. Well, the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (via NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov) says it’s better to supplement with creatine afterward.
“Creatine supplementation plus resistance exercise increases fat-free mass and strength,” the journal says. “Based on the magnitude inferences, it appears that consuming creatine immediately post-workout is superior to pre-workout vis-a-vis body composition and strength.”
With that, creatine is a great post-workout ally. Its inclusion in Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein should reap tremendous benefits. Expect to reap gains in fat-free mass and strength.
As for taurine, it acts similarly to creatine in terms of muscle cell hydration. When taurine boost hydration, it also helps improve protein synthesis. That translates to more muscle. Fitness experts also say taurine helps improve exercise performance and reduce exercise-induced damage.
As hard evidence, researchers from Massey University’s School of Sport, Exercise, and Nutrition in New Zealand declared in October 2017 that “supplementation with taurine twice daily for 72 hours following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage may improve eccentric performance recovery of the biceps brachii in healthy males.”
We’re not surprised one bit. We’ve always held taurine in high regard – it’s one of the most versatile amino acids. We’re stoked it’s in Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein.
As for branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), they’re another post-workout staple. They help boost protein synthesis, increase endurance, and repair muscle tissue.
We would have loved to know how much of each there is in Six Star Complete Recovery Protein. For instance, five grams of leucine (the most anabolic amino acid ) per serving would have been great. Alas, we have no clue.
Finally, this product has l-glutamine, the most abundant amino acid. We daresay it’s also one of the most versatile. Here are the things it can do for you:
- Helps preserve muscle mass
- Increases human growth hormone (HGH) levels
- Assists in post-exercise glycogen replenishment
- Keeps protein breakdown in check
- Regulates the digestive and immune systems
- Wards off free radicals
These are impressive post-workout benefits. Make no mistake about it. Unfortunately, we don’t know how much glutamine there is in Six Star Complete Recovery Protein (five grams or so per serving would have been awesome). The manufacturer left us in the dark yet again.
Nevertheless, Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein has impressive components which should help you achieve your post-workout goals. It has several chinks (taste, transparency, and fillers), so the manufacturer has its work cut out for it.
Let’s check out the formula ingredients:
- Calories, 160: More often than not, a post-workout supplement may exceed 250 calories per serving if it has a high carb and protein content. Not Six Star Complete Recovery Protein – it manages to keep its calorie content within reasonable limits at 160 per serving.
- Calories from fat, 10: This product doesn’t have too much fat content. It only has 10 per serving.
- Total fat, 1 g: Six Star Complete Recovery Protein has a paltry two percent of the daily value for fats (a maximum daily value of five percent is low). It also has low saturated fat and zero saturated fat content.
- Cholesterol, 0 mg: Believe it or not, some top-notch bodybuilding supplements such as Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey have higher cholesterol content (10 percent of the daily value) than Six Star Complete Recovery Protein, which has zero cholesterol. We think that is awesome, to say the least.
- Total carbohydrates, 17 g: This much maltodextrin isn’t so bad, considering it accounts for just six percent of the daily value. We feel this much will help replenish depleted glycogen stores and kickstart anabolism after your last rep. This product has only one gram of sugar per serving, which won’t wreak havoc on your nutrition goals. The one thing which caught our eye is the inclusion of sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda), an artificial sweetener which has certain side effects.
- Protein, 20 g: Twenty grams worth of whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate ought to help keep your body in an anabolic state longer. .
- Calcium, 36 mg: Six Star Complete Recovery Protein is not a significant source of calcium at a measly four percent of the daily value.
- Iron, 5.3 mg: On the other hand, it’s a solid source of iron at 29 percent of the daily value. This mineral helps increase aerobic capacity and exercise performance. Plus, it plays a key role in muscular contraction.
- Sodium, 280 mg: This much represents 12 percent of the daily value for sodium, which is almost borderline high (anything more than 15 percent is high). With that, those who are monitoring their salt intake are better off skipping this product. Try going for a post-workout which has five percent or less the daily value for sodium for best results (such as the aforementioned Muscle Feast Anabolic Recover, which has just two percent of the daily value for sodium).
So, does Six Star Complete Recovery Protein live up to the hype? We say yes and no.
Yes, because it has an impressive ingredient profile. We also say no because the manufacturer leaves the consumer guessing at times.
How can you consider a post-workout supplement to be “The Complete Recovery Protein” if that’s the case? The company did not fully disclose the individual amounts of its Recovery Blend (creatine monohydrate, taurine, BCAAs, l-glutamine).
You won’t be able to capture a large share of the market if this keeps up. In fact, there are many ingredient-conscious customers out there. They could turn to another brand at a moment’s notice.
Nonetheless, we believe Six Star Complete Recovery Protein can give you good results (they would have been great had it not been for the inconsistent transparency).
Twenty grams of WPC and milk protein concentrate per serving is solid. Like we said, they can help keep your body in an anabolic state longer. That’s what most bodybuilding enthusiasts want.
As for the 17 grams of maltodextrin per serving, its fast absorption properties will help replenish depleted glycogen stores and increase your energy levels, for sure.
On the other hand, the Recovery Blend’s ingredients speak for themselves – one look and you can tell these are time-tested ingredients which give you tremendous results.
Plus, we also like this product’s low fat and sugar content. We like its zero cholesterol content even better. These bode well for your long-term health.
The Digestive Enzyme blend consisting of papain and amylase serve as a nice finishing touch. Any time you speed up nutrient absorption during the anabolic post-workout window, it’s a major plus.
We’re also stoked about Six Star Complete Recovery Protein’s competitive price: one 2-lb. (907-gram) container costs approximately $19.89.
On the flip side, our take on the manufacturer’s transparency: inconsistent at best. Look no further than the exclusion of the Recovery Blend’s individual ingredients.
Another thing which gnaws at our conscience is the inclusion of dirty ingredients. We already told you about the potential side effects of sucralose (one of which is obesity).
It turns out Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein also has carrageenan, a food additive which has carcinogenic properties. Long story short, you should steer clear of this ingredient at all costs. The manufacturer should have done its homework.
Another downside is the taste. Customers say Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein is average at best. We agree with their assessment.
The takeaway: Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein is a solid post-workout supplement with several glaring loopholes. It’s a bodybuilding produce which can make a difference. However, it still has room for improvement. With that, we’re clamoring for a cleaner advanced formula sooner than later.
Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein Benefits
Six Star Complete Recovery Protein has the following benefits, per its official website:
- Perfect combination of protein, carbs, and amino acids for better recovery
- Twenty grams of protein per serving
- Helps increase muscle mass and strength
- Low sugar content
- Great taste
We agree with these claims. Six Star Complete Recovery Protein should help you achieve your post-workout goals.
Who Takes It?
The manufacturer intended Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein for healthy and active individuals who are at least 18 years of age who want to increase muscle mass, endurance, and strength; shorten recovery time, and achieve their daily fitness goals.
Any Side Effects?
Six Star Complete Recovery Protein has sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda), an artificial sweetener which has ties to obesity. It also has carrageenan, a food additive which experts have linked to carcinogenicity.
If these, or any other ingredient, make you feel doubtful, please consult your physician before buying Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein.
The manufacturer also issues a warning:
Six Star Pro Nutrition Complete Recovery Protein Summary
- Impressive ingredient combo. Maltodextrin, WPC, milk protein isolate, creatine, BCAAs, taurine, and glutamine.
- Seventeen grams of carbs per serving. Maltodextrin content helps replenish depleted post-exercise glycogen stores.
- Twenty grams of protein per serving. Solid combo of WPC and milk protein concentrate for more muscle mass.
- Recovery Blend. Time-tested post-workout ingredients such as creatine, taurine, BCAAs, and glutamine.
- Low in fats and sugar. These should score points with savvy supplement consumers.
- Zero cholesterol. Needless to say, this bodes well for your long-term health.
- Solid source of iron. Twenty-nine percent of the daily value.
- Digestive Enzyme Blend. Papain and amylase for more efficient nutrient absorption.
- Affordable. Approximately $19.89 for a 2-lb. (907-gram) container.
- Inconsistent transparency. Company doesn’t reveal individual ingredients of Recovery Blend.
- Dirty ingredients. Has sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda) and carrageenan. Boo.
- Taste. Customers have given it mixed reviews.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 2-lb. (907-gram) Container (20-Day Supply): $19.89
- Available online and in retail
Final Word on Six Star Complete Recovery Protein
After all is said and done, Six Star Complete Recovery Protein has more pros than cons. You can’t argue with the top-notch ingredients, zero cholesterol and extra iron content, and affordable price.
On the other hand, we weren’t so impressed with the transparency, taste, and dirty ingredients.
To close things out, we still recommend you give Six Star Complete Recovery Protein a shot. It should produce good results. Like we said, a cleaner advanced formula should be in the offing.