Why MAPS may be the World’s Most Perfect Protein Source

Protein supplements have been around for almost 70 years.  Considered healthy by most athletes and bodybuilders, there are a few issues with (especially) powdered protein that should be noted by anyone wanting to get a more improved protein into their diet.  Recent issues about fillers and sweeteners in their formulas – such as aspartame, saccharin and artificial flavors and colors have added to the protein supplement controversy.  To top it off, a 2013 report from Consumer Labs found trace amounts of Lead, Arsenic, and Mercury in protein supplements.  These are all heavy metals that can cause issues with the brain, and muscle tissue. 

What most people don’t know – but instinctively may have figured out – is that protein powders don’t digest all the way (gas, bloating, and uncomfortable feeling).  In other words, you don’t get all of the protein that’s in the supplement.  The makers of MAPS found out that all protein powders (whey, soy) digest at around 17-20%.  This means that most of the supplement goes out in the urine and feces.  Not a good use of your money.  So – many athletes turn to organ meats (steak, fish, chicken, turkey, etc.) for their protein needs.  Although it absorbs at a higher rate than protein powders (up to 40%), it is hard to digest, and again leaves the body without being totally absorbed into tissues.  Example - most meats (beef, chicken, and fish) are absorbed at around a 38-40% rate depending on the cut of meat, the type of cooking prepared, and digestion factors.  All meats carry a heavy digestion toll taking up to 2.5 hours to digest through the duodenum and small intestines.  There is a high burden of nitrogen leftover, and the high levels of bacteria that enters the gut that is not destroyed through cooking

 

Enter MAPS

Developed in the 1990s, MAPS is a pre-digested protein that is over 400% more nutritionally effective than isolates from whey and soy.  Pre-digested means it doesn’t enter the intestines as most food (it’s digested in the stomach and duodenum), and travels into the blood stream and lymph directly.  It produces no fecal residue.  Because it’s digested so early – it can enter into tissues within 23 minutes, saving a lot of digestive energy as with organ meats. 

MAPS also has a net nitrogen utilization (NNU) of over 99%.  This means the amino acids go directly to tissues, and don’t overwork the kidneys or liver for filtering out metabolic waste like other protein supplements.   The concept of NNU is the most important – because of three issues:  ONE – MAPS can be used to help muscles recover faster.  So it’s very important in sports performance.  Recovery is key to intense and regular training.  Athletes should (and do) love MAPS because of this concept.  TWO – because it has little to no energy expended in digestion, medical patients who have bowel disorders, cancer, leaky gut syndrome, or other condition where digestion is compromised would be able to use MAPS as part of their nutrition regime.  THREE - There have been over 30 medical studies published on MAPS, and it is listed in the PDR (Physician’s Desk Reference).  It has been used in weight loss programs, anti-aging, and improving malnutrition. 

For those who are against the use of meats from a humanitarian standpoint, and for those who look at the sheer amount of meats that are thrown away by the grocery industry every day (millions of pounds), and for those who look at meats as perhaps NOT the best source of protein intake for the body, and for all of those vegans who just simply don’t eat meats in their diet, MAPS may be the best-fit protein source available to anyone.

 

Use of MAPS with masters track athletes. 

Improved performance and muscle mass / strength in MAPS master's track athletes.  Safe and effective for master's athletes to improve performance and improve anthropometric characteristics. One of the reasons that MAPS is and could be successful for master’s athletes in any sport (track specifically) is due to reduced recovery time.  Since track athletes are exposed to the same amount of pounding, jumping, and turnover for each event, they can experience more issues with feet, calves, and lower back dysfunction. 

Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins.  The constant tearing down of muscular and intracellular tissues hinders the recovery process.  This is the cause of chronic injuries, and excessive pain regarding training and performance routines.  By using MAPS, athletes may recovery at a faster rate, and allow for higher intensity training (and competition) workloads, with less of an injury risk.  This could be a big step forward to master’s athletes regarding all phases of their athletic experience. 

Ultra-endurance athlete Eric Schranz (from Ultra Runner Podcast.com) states that in his training for century runs (up to and over 100 miles in distance), he started consuming up to 10 tablets a day, and simply put, his recovery process shortened significantly.  He does not feel that his body is breaking down, even with up to four (4) ultra-events in any given month.  Other athletes take them during and after events, and experience the same type of improved recovery aspects. Other athletes use them and have found performance improvements, even after the age of 70 years. 

 

Using MAPS for Metabolic Diseases

Third – the application for MAPS in metabolic disease is astonishing.  The initial studies of MAPS in the 1990s were in infant protein needs during developmental disorders.  The ability for infants to digest MAPS through the stomach and duodenum is essential in getting them their protein needs even if they have issues with digestion through the small and large intestines.  Thus, the application for patients with leaky gut syndrome, Autism, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal bleeding, and colon cancer cannot be underestimated.  It would theoretically allow these patients the ability to completely digest and absorb all of the essential amino acids to build any organ tissue in the body without expending any excess energy in the digestive process. Because they don’t excrete any excessive Nitrogen, then issues such as pH, digestive issues, constipation (or diarrhea) would not be a factor. 

As mentioned above, MAPS allows for complete digesting in the stomach and duodenum, and has 0.04 calories per tablet - essentially zero.  It has a patented formula that allows for use with water, or food.  It may be one of the "cleanest" foods on the market.   It may prove its worth not just for performance and general muscle anabolics, but future research should test this protein source with specific degenerative disorders mentioned above should be performed.  MAPS may prove to be one of the top "superfoods" coming into the next generation of supplements and medical food products.

 

Conclusions

In looking at our food supply, pesticides, food waste, obesity, and the ineffectiveness of many supplements to do exactly what they claim – MAPS may indeed be a perfect type of food.  It has not calories, it digests easily, it has no fillers or additives, it’s Vegan, and it can be used to improve both performance and health.  It’s also priced competitively versus other supplements.  Because it’s used at almost 100% - it becomes a bargain in comparison. 

 

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