Ask True Nutrition #8: Protein Additives

So you’ve finally decided on which of our many protein options and flavors you are going to choose from. You go to add the mix to your cart. But wait! What are all of these additive options? Your head starts spinning once again. Do I need “Protease?” What does it do? What is in the “Vitamin and Mineral Mix?” Should it be in my formula, too? Let’s take a closer look at each of these protein additives to see how they may benefit your mix.

Carbohydrate Enzyme Complex

The Carbohydrate Enzyme Complex is a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes that have been specifically-designed to help with the digestion and absorption of carbohydrate materials. These enzymes include Bromelain, Cellulase, Hemicellulase, and Amylase. By allowing for the increased breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates in the stomach and small intestine, the Carbohydrate Enzyme Complex may help to reduce the cramping and bloating effects that often result from undigested carbohydrate materials.* They may also help to increase gut-emptying speed, and increase the rate of replenishment for both glycogen and glucose.* The Carbohydrate Enzyme Complex is added at 160mg per 30g serving, which will increase the total serving size of your mixture by 160mg, accordingly. Mixtures that are high in carbohydrates, such as post-workout formulas, may benefit from the inclusion of this additive.


The loss of valuable electrolytes through extensive exercise can lead to a number of unwanted side effects, including dizziness, fatigue, muscle spasms, cramping, dehydration, and abnormal heart rate, to name a few. Since the human body cannot generate electrolytes on its own, these nutrients must be replenished through food or dietary supplementation. You can learn more about Electrolytes HERE! When selecting the Electrolytes additive, you will receive an additional 261mg of electrolytes per 30g serving, which will increase the total serving size of your mixture by 261mg, accordingly. Each 261mg Serving of electrolytes will contain the following electrolyte amounts:

40mg Sodium (from Sodium Chloride)
60mg Chloride (from Sodium Chloride)
10mg Calcium (from Calcium Chelate)
3mg Magnesium (from Magnesium Aspartate)
4.2mg Potassium (from Potassium Gluconate)
1mg Zinc (from Zinc Aspartate)
6mg Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCL)
50mg Tyrosine (as L-Tyrosine)

Electrolytes are an essential addition to any pre- or post-workout formula, when they are needed most.

Protease Enzyme Complex:

The Protease Enzyme Complex is a uniquely synergistic blend of digestive protein enzymes derived from aspergillus niger. The enzyme preparation is a mixture of several acid, neutral, and alkaline proteases demonstrating both exo-peptidase and endo-peptidase activity. The exo-peptidases liberate amino acids by hydrolysis of the peptide bonds at the terminus of the peptide chain. The endo-peptidases hydrolyze the interior peptide bonds of protein liberating polypeptides of varying lengths. The broad substrate specificity of the Protease Enzyme Complex enables the enzymes to easily and efficiently hydrolyze most soluble proteins. Casein, hemoglobin, gelatin, soy, fish, and other plant and animal proteins are hydrolyzed to smaller molecular weight peptides and free amino acids for increased digestion and absorption.* The Protease Enzyme Complex is added at 100mg per 30g serving, which will increase the total serving size of your mixture by 100mg, accordingly. Any mixture that contains a significant amount of protein may benefit from the added Protease Enzyme Complex.

Vitamin and Mineral Mix:

In addition to our array of multi-vitamin offerings, True Nutrition also allows customers to include a simple Vitamin and Mineral Mix in with their various protein mixtures. The Vitamin and Mineral Mix provides an additional 107mg of material on top of each 30g serving, which will increase the total serving size by 107mg, accordingly. This blend will provide the following ingredient amounts based on the current Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA):

Vitamin A 138%
Vitamin C 42%
Vitamin E 59%
Vitamin B3 25%
Vitamin B5 115%
Vitamin B6 20.5%
Chromium 5%
Vitamin B2 29%
Vitamin B1 22%
Biotin 25%
Vitamin B9 17.5%
Vitamin B12 25%
Sodium 0.004%
Potassium 0.005%

While these added vitamins and minerals serve as an excellent additive to any protein or carbohydrate mix, they should not take the place of a standard daily multi-vitamin.

It is our goal to help you meet your goals, and adding True Nutrition‘s protein additives to your supplement intake may be the key to your continued success! Ask us how each of these additives can complement your current diet and exercise plan today!

*DISCLAIMER: The above description is provided for information only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your physician or the appropriately licensed professional before engaging in a program of exercise or nutritional supplementation. No information in this site has been reviewed by the FDA. No product is intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.