UMP Protein Powder Review

Power Ranking
  • Taste
  • Overall Quality
  • Ingredient Integrity
  • Price

Summary

Beverly International has an extremely high quality and underrated product in the Ultimate Muscle Protein. The UMP protein powder is an incredible value featuring a great tasting blend and quality proteins. We wish that there were not so many artificial ingredients which is it's primary weakness.

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Products come and go in the ever changing world of supplements, so those that stand the test of the time should be held in high regard. In cultures around the world, elders are praised and respected for their wisdom and experience.

With that in mind, we turn the spotlight on a company called Beverly International.

They’re a supplement company that’s been around for over 30 years.

In today’s oversaturated market and climate, that is a feat on its own.

The company started in California, with the founder Jim Heflin being sick and tired of the bunk products being passed off in those days, so he decided he was going to found a company and place emphasis on research.

The company was eventually sold to his friends Roger and Sandy Riedinger, the former a competitive bodybuilder, and the latter a fitness instructor.

Today, the couple remains in charge of a company that’s gone through its ups and downs, yet still manages to dominate the market with excellent products based on their founder’s passion for research.

One of their most popular products is the UMP protein powder (Ultimate Muscle Protein) that’s widely used in fitness circles.

Let’s have a look.

Overview

Beverly International have deemed it their “gateway” protein, because according to them, once you try it you’re hooked.

They attempted to make an all-purpose protein powder that can be used at any time of the deal, for meal replacement, recovery cycles, and pre or post workout.

According to the company they do this by increasing “Anabolic Leverage” which basically means supporting optimal muscle growth through high MPI content (roughly 90% by protein weight).

The blend also contains 80% slow-release micellar casein and 20% fast-release whey, so you get both the long-term and short-term effects, with emphasis on the slow release for sustained energy.

The protein also contains “critical cluster amino acids” which basically include: arginine, glutamine, and BCAAs.

These amino acids support muscle growth and also vasodilation.

Ingredients:

  • Milk Protein Isolate
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Egg white
  • L-Arginine
  • L-Glutamine
  • L-Isoleucine
  • L-Leucine
  • L-Valine
  • Cocoa (processed with alkali)
  • Sunflower oil
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Natural and artifical flavors
  • Soy fiber
  • Potassium citrate
  • Magnesium citrate
  • Medium-chain triglycerides
  • Salt
  • Maltodextrin
  • Gum arabic
  • Soy lecithin
  • Mono- and diglycerides
  • Sucralose
  • Acesulfame K
  • Potassium phosphate
  • Borage oil
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Tocopherols

That’s a lot of ingredients, and while we won’t get into the specifics on all of them, here’s the supplement fact highlights:

  • 120 calories
  • 3.5g total fat
  • 4g carbs
  • 0g sugar
  • 20g protein

Decent, and fairly average amount of benefits for a protein mix that delivers both immediate and extended absorption, but keeps the carbs low and sugar at zero.

But is it worth all those ingredients?

We’ll save you the explanation of each ingredient, but the answer is entirely dependent on your goals.

There are plenty of other proteins on the market that will deliver the same benefits as the UMP protein powder, without all the additives.

However, the taste and mixability reviews are always high! They do use sweeteners Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium, which turns a lot of people off to those mixes because of the inconclusive evidence to the side effects they have.

But if that’s not a huge deal, and you want a protein powder with the low-carb benefits that tastes like an actual milkshake, then this is the one for you.

Pros

  • Unparalleled taste for low-carb, low sugar mix
  • 80% protein, with two different types (casein and whey) to provide both slow and immediate absorption
  • “Anabolic Leverage”
  • Price

Cons

  • Lots of artificial ingredients

Conclusion

The search for a great protein powder, that fits your needs can be overwhelming at times. If you’re hyper aware of your goals, and where you stand on the artificial ingredient argument, this should make your decision an easier one.

Some people are adamant about their protein being all natural, organic, non-GMO, and processed from the best sources.

Others don’t mind sweeteners and fillers as long as they serve a purpose such as making their protein drinking experience as close to eating dessert in the middle of the day as possible.

If you’re the latter crowd, then the UMP protein powder by Beverly International is definitely for you.

As stated before, there are plenty of other protein options for those that deliver the same results, without all the extraneous additives, but we can’t promise that it will taste as good.

One thing is for sure though, Beverly International has been around for a long time, and is well respected in the health and fitness industries, so keep that in mind when you make your decision.

Sources:

https://www.amazon.com/Beverly-International-Ultimate-Protein-Chocolate/dp/B0013OSC0C

https://store.beverlyinternational.com/cgi-bin/commerce.exe?preadd=action&key=21

http://beverlyinternational.com/products/UMP-FAQ.html

http://www.vitacost.com/beverly-international-ump-ultimate-muscle-protein-vanilla

http://www.thehappyathlete.net/product-reviews/nutrition-supplements/beverly-international-ultimate-muscle-protein-review/

http://musclebuildingreview.net/beverly-international-ump/

http://www.nutritionjungle.com/beverly-international-ultimate-muscle-protein-ump-strawberry.aspx