8.1Overall Score

It looks like GNC is finally jumping on the whole-foods bandwagon with the launch of their new PUREDGE line. While PUREDGE Complete Protein might not be for everyone, you’ll definitely want to pay attention if you’re a competitive athlete.

GNC has gone the extra mile and tested PUREDGE Complete Protein by the anti-doping lab HFL Sport Sciences. Impressively, it is certified banned substance free, and doesn’t contain any artificial flavors or GMO added ingredients.

There is a lot more than meets the eye to GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein, so here’s a full review that will serve you as a guide to this new product.

What Kind of Whey?

When it comes to protein powder, the first thing you obviously want to know about is the protein blend. PUREDGE Complete Protein mainly consists of your whey protein concentrate, followed by milk protein concentrate, milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate.

This is a pretty typical protein blend, and is similar to what you would find in the average protein powder. To be clear this isn’t a bad thing, it just doesn’t set PUREDGE Complete Protein apart in terms of its protein powder content.

Complete Protein, or Completely Ordinary?

As someone who struggles to get enough servings of fruits and vegetables, I can definitely see the advantage to something like PUREDGE Complete Protein. It’s going to have a full serving of fruits and vegetables, and 5 grams of fiber.

What’s more, there’s also chia seeds and CLA. Chia seeds are a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which helps increase cognitive ability and overall health. CLA is a naturally occurring trans fat that burns fat, and boosts cardiovascular health.

Does Complete Protein Enhance Performance?

I was impressed that PUREDGE Complete Protein contains an efficacious dose of the amino acid betaine (2.5g). This is a well-researched ingredient that continues to grow in popularity.

Betaine has been shown to increase strength, boost growth hormone levels, and even supports joint and liver health.[1]

Additionally, each serving has 5 g of branch chain amino acids or BCAA’s and glutamine. Glutamine accelerates recovery and alleviates muscle soreness. BCAA’s also help increase muscle growth and recovery by driving amino acids into muscle cells, improving uptake and absorption.

Taste and Value

PUREDGE Complete Protein is currently available only in Natural Berry. I had the chance to try it, and felt that the stevia and monk fruit flavoring system did it a more natural flavor. As far as price goes, you should expect to spend anywhere in the $50-60 dollar range.

PUREDGE Complete Protein In a Nutshell

PUREDGE Complete Protein is an all-around solid protein powder, but it’s perfect if you’re an athlete subject to testing because it’s tested for banned substances. It does ultimately end up on the pricier end of the protein spectrum, but it certainly lives up to its name of being complete.

You get a full serving of fruits and vegetables, as well as performance boosting ingredients such as betaine and BCAA’s.

[1] Jason M Cholewa, Monika Wyszczelska-Rokiel, Rafal Glowacki, et. al., Effects of betaine on body composition, performance, and homocysteine thiolactone Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2013, 10:39

About The Author

Brian E. is from southern California and has worked for names like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe as a supplement expert and consultant. He currently lives in Utah and is studying marketing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.