Pro Complex Vs. Pro Complex Gainer

Updated July 19, 2017

Protein shakes are used for post-workout recovery and muscle growth, as a healthier meal replacement or to gain weight. Optimum Nutrition offers two protein powders called Pro Complex and Pro Complex Gainer, which are used to facilitate different results.

Macronutrient Content

Pro Complex protein contains 270 calories and its macronutrient content is 60 grams of protein, 1 gram of total fat, and 5 grams of carbohydrates. This product is geared toward people looking to keep lean and trim without putting on weight. Pro Complex Gainer is aimed toward people looking to put on lean body weight. The gainer contains 60 grams of protein, 8 gram of fat and 85 grams of carbohydrates in a 650 calorie serving.

Vitamin and Mineral Comparison

Pro Complex Protein contains a vitamin and mineral profile of: vitamin A 50 per cent, vitamin C 100 per cent, calcium 25 per cent, iron 6 per cent, vitamin E 100 per cent, thiamine 50 per cent, riboflavin 50 per cent, niacin 50 per cent, vitamin B6 50 per cent, folic acid 35 per cent, vitamin B12 50 per cent, biotin 50 per cent, pantothenic acid 50 per cent and chromium 100 per cent of the daily recommended value.

Pro Complex Gainer contains a vitamin and mineral profile of: vitamin A 20 per cent, vitamin C 35 per cent, calcium 50 per cent, iron 25 per cent, vitamin E 35 per cent, thiamine 15 per cent, riboflavin 35 per cent, niacin 20 per cent, vitamin B6 20 per cent, folic acid 20 per cent, vitamin B12 20 per cent, biotin 20 per cent, pantothenic acid 20 per cent, phosphorus 35 per cent, iodine 45 per cent, magnesium 30 per cent, zinc 20 per cent, selenium 10 per cent, copper 20 per cent, manganese 35 per cent, chromium 30 per cent, molybdenum 25 per cent and chloride 4 per cent of the daily recommended value.

Other Comparisons

The protein in Pro Complex is based on a blend of whey protein isolate, glutamine peptides, L-leucine, egg albumen, whey peptides, L-isoleucine and L-valine. The product also contains 14,000 milligrams of branch chain amino acids needed for muscle repair and growth.

The Pro Complex Gainer protein profile contains whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, egg albumin, hydrolyzed whey weptides and glutamine peptides. Pro Gainer has a high profile in carbohydrates and calories, as this protein powder is designed to be a weight gainer shake taken to supplement additional calories to your diet.

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About the Author

Jay Jay Waltz has been writing professionally since 2009, focusing on health, wellness and nutrition. He has written for various online publications. Waltz is a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer while undergoing corrective rehabilitation training. Waltz also holds a Bachelor of Science in public health environmentalism from the Southern Connecticut State University.