So here’s what we’ve got, A podcast and blog all rolled into one on the Regained Wellness Supplement review. Today is my Biosteel review which is a product that in my opinion has surpassed Gatorade as the real go-to for performance enhancement.
If you want to listen to the review just click play below but feel free to read on, or do both at the same time unless you have problems walking and chewing gum at the same time..
*Just to start out, I have no connection to this company or others I’ve reviewed. I’m just using my knowledge of years worth of time spent selling and using hundreds of supplements in nutrition stores and gyms. Ok, let’s do this thing.
What Is Biosteel?
Biosteel is a sports supplement company that also carries nutrition bars and whey protein. I’m going to focus this review on their High-Performance Sports Mix. Like I mentioned above Biosteel is an alternative to sports drinks like Gatorade which are claimed to promote hydration and better performance through lost electrolytes etc. This is all well and good but when you look at something like Gatorade you are looking at basically sugar water with some food coloring thrown in. If you want to learn why Gatorade might not be the best choice for workouts and sports check out my podcast on it:
With Biosteel, you get the same electrolyte replenishment without the terrible sugar content. It doesn’t use any artificial flavors or colors and has zero sugar. It also throws in some amino acids which can help in muscle performance and delay muscle tissue breakdown. The branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s) may also decrease stress hormones, promote earlier recovery, spare muscle tissue and aid in performance.
A Quick History Of Biosteel
Biosteel was never intended for public sale but started out as a solution to a problem. How could pro athletes get a higher quality supplement that was better than a crappy sports drink while being aware of everything that went in it?
Matt Nichol was a trainer with the Toronto Maple Leafs (booo!! Sorry, was born into a Montreal Canadiens household) with a background in kinesiology and biomechanics. Nichol was learning about mixing and creating supplements from some sports nutritionists and biochemists. He needed to make something that was free of any banned substances (there are A LOT of even minor things that are on the banned substance list) along with keeping it free from chemicals and additives.
After finding a good mixture and doing extensive testing on it with athletes he had Biosteel as we know it. The bright pink which is a great and recognizable feature came about somewhat unintentionally. Matt was looking for a distinct color and found one that turns out exists naturally. Red beet powder, which has performance benefits, gave Biosteel an instantly recognizable pink color and it’s great #DrinkThePink
As with any great movement, word of mouth spread around the NHL and top players were now using Biosteel year round including Steven Stamkos and Mike Cammellari. The idea then came about to sell the powder mix in tubs for $60 but expand from the regular nutrition stores into Sports and fitness stores. A big turning point is when Biosteel had huge exposure one night on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada. Questions were asked about what this pink liquid the pros were drinking was, the name Biosteel was finally revealed to millions of people and they never looked back.
What’s In Biosteel?
The Biosteel High-Performance mix is a powder that is around 7 grams per serving. And in that you will find:
Amino Acid Blend
L-Leucine 1184 mg
L-Valine 536 mg
L-Isoleucine 536 mg
Glycine 458 mg
L-Glutamine 992 mg
Taurine 135 mg
Calcium (Calcium, Lithothamnium corallioides – Whole) 40 mg
Magnesium (Magnesium citrate) 5.4 mg
Zinc (Zinc, hydrolyzed vegetable protein chelate) 540 mcg
Sodium Citrate 134.8 mg
Potassium (Potassium citrate) 48 mg
Citric acid, Natural Mixed Berry Blend, Beetroot Red, Sea Salt, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf, Magnasweet (Licorice Root), Sweet Ambrosia (Erythritol, Inulin from Chicory Root, Gum Arabic, Rebaudioside A, Thaumatin, Lactic Acid Powder), Erythritol.
And Here Are The Nutrition Facts:
|AMOUNT PER SERVING (7.16 G)|
|Fat 0 g|
|Sodium 125 mg|
|Potassium 31.1 mg|
|Carbohydrate 1 g|
|Sugars 0 g|
|Protein 0 g|
|Calcium 12.5 mg|
|Magnesium 5.5 mg|
|Zinc 162 mcg|
|Vitamin B Blend|
|Biotin 0.23 mcg|
|Choline 258 mcg|
|Vitamin B12 0.23 mcg|
|Folate 5.8 mcg|
|Inositol 250 mcg|
|Niacin 256 mcg|
|Pantothenic acid 237 mcg|
|Vitamin B6 252 mcg|
|Riboflavin 252 mcg|
|Thiamine 250 mcg|
|Amino Acid Blend|
|L-Leucine 1184 mg|
|L-Valine 536 mg|
|L-Isoleucine 536 mg|
|Glycine 458 mg|
|L-Glutamine 970 mg|
|Taurine 135 mg|
|Lithothamnion Corallioides – Whole 37 mg|
|Magnesium (Magnesium Citrate) 4.5 mg|
|Zinc Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Chelate 540 mcg|
|Sodium Citrate 134.8 mg|
|Potassium (Potassium Citrate) 31.3 mg|
What’s It Taste Like?
Biosteel has a mixed berry flavor to it which is minimal and not overpowering. I thought it would be too much of an overly sweet flavor like many sports drinks are but it’s actually quite light. It almost had a bit of a bubblegum flavor to me. This can change due to the amount of water you use. I’ve played around with different amounts of water and still get a little bit of that berry flavor but again that bubblegum taste comes up. With either taste experience I get it is still a good thing.
How Do You Use Biosteel?
There are a few different sizes available: a 375-gram tub, a box of 30 individual packets and a tube that has 14 individial packets.
I’ve been trying out Biosteel for a couple of weeks now in various ways to try and experience it as vastly as possible. The recommendation they provide is:
- Adults: Mix 1-2 scoops, 2 times per day with 250-500ml of water
- Athletes: 1-2 scoops with 500ml of water for every hour of exercise.
I used it before workouts, during workouts, before playing hockey and during hockey games. Here’s what I found:
I mixed it up about a half hour before training in the gym. I’m not sure if more time is better or not but saw they referred to a half hour before exercise and imagine the absorption is relatively quick. I have been playing around with some pre-workout supplements and cut them out when I was using Biosteel. You don’t get that stimulant effect due to the fact it’s free of caffeine or beta-alanine which tend to be prevalent in pre-workout supplements.
Due to this fact, I didn’t find the workout especially notable but I definitely felt more hydrated and was able to get through a chest workout with at least the same effort I would normally have.
Drinking During Workouts:
This is where I noticed a huge difference. I mixed it up to sip during the workout like many would do with a BCAA supplement. I was able to crank out more reps during a back workout on every exercise along with going up on the weights I used. I didn’t feel like stopping the workout and I caught myself wondering why I was cruising along so well. I had forgot I was even using it at this point. I’ve tried so many supplements that I just kind of zone out to being aware what I’m consuming on that particular day and then remembered I had been trying the Biosteel.
I was also able to go for a longer cardio session at a higher intensity than normal and like I said I was almost looking for more to do in the gym. It’s an interesting experience as I’m aware there can be a placebo effect but it felt like a more concentrated energy and focus as opposed to being all hopped up on caffeine and taurine.
During Hockey Games:
If you’ve never played hockey it is the ultimate in a high-intensity workout. It’s cardiovascular, muscular endurance, anaerobic and aerobic all wrapped into one while trying to go top cheese after throwing around some good sauce.. (get a puck head to translate that for you)
I mixed it with water to sip during and I felt somewhat ok using it. It wasn’t a massive standout but I chalk that up to a few things:
- Our game wasn’t until 10 pm that night instead of 6 pm so at that late point in the day you’re pretty fatigued already.
- We got LIT UP that night. I don’t care how much energy you have, when you’re frustrated, the team is frustrated and the other team is not letting up it really takes the wind out of your sails.
I did notice I had a bit more energy near the very end of the game which is usually not the case and I was able to take a full ice rush with the puck in the last minute. I definitely chalk that up to the Biosteel.
Using During My Next Hockey Game:
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. We were back on at 7pm and I felt like I could have played 3 straight games. Again, this isn’t that buzzing caffeine/stimulant energy but a pure replenishment and hydration. I play defense so it’s a lot of battles in front of the net and down low in the corners for the puck. I was rushing the puck a ton and still able to back check. I noticed I wasn’t sweating like I normally am during a game and didn’t feel fatigued at all afterward. A few hours after the game and I felt like I hadn’t even played hockey that night I was still feeling that fresh. Pretty amazing experience. I know this will not always be the case but this night it seemed to all come together. Also got two helpers in the game (assists on goals to the lay person..).
Side note: we lost 4-3 but I blame the refs..
The Sucralose Issue:
In the podcast review, I did mention how my only complaint was that a bit of sucralose is used. I’m not a big fan of artificial sweeteners but the good people at Biosteel let me know that the High-Performance Energy Mix is now sucralose free and I must have been using an old batch.
This now turns the product into a truly artificial ingredient/sweetener free substance. There are as many people who say artificial sweeteners are ok as ones that say they can be harmful but it’s amazing to see Biosteel make the decision to just eliminate it all together.
Wrapping It Up
I love this product. It’s the type of thing I had always hoped would exist and the type of supplement I would have wanted to make. It provides an amazing solution for hydration and mineral needs during exercise and I feel it is starting to push drinks like Gatorade to the side. There is also a lot of research and studies to back the claims published on their website.
There is a bit of an underground feel to it as Biosteel is not this corporate behemoth putting profits before quality and many athletes are jumping on board with it. Most notably they have hockey phenom Connor McDavid on their team and to me, there isn’t a better choice to have represent your company. McDavid is changing the face of the game the same way Biosteel is changing the game supplement wise. It’s a perfect fit.
Also on team Biosteel:
- Tyler Sequin- NHL
- Sean Lee-NFL
- Brooke Henderson- LPGA
- Marcus Stroman- MLB
- Andrew Wiggins- NBA
- Rosie MacLennan- Gold Medalist
- Team Jacobs- Pro Curling
- Taylor Pischke- Pro Volleyball
- Ezekial Elliot- NFL
- Dennis Shapovalov- ATP Tennis
Pretty good crew right there covering a wide range. So that’s my Biosteel review and if you want to sum it up in a rating I give them a 9.5/10
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