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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer


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This is one of the biggest supplement releases within the sports nutrition industry. When it hit the shelves, they buckled under the strain. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer is a hard-hitting mass gainer that delivers quality calories.





Optimum Nutrition is one of the most trusted, and well-respected brands in the history of sports supplementation. Their Gold Standard Whey protein is probably the highest selling protein powder in the world today, and has won the best protein award for many years running. And now ... the wait is over. For all the "hardgainers" out there, you can now realise your muscle growth potential with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer.



Every single essential amino acid is included in this formula, naturally found in the high quality protein. In fact, the proteins are mostly from isolate, or whey protein isolate, which is considered the highest quality protein powder1. This makes the perfect recipe for muscle protein synthesism, which means faster muscle recovery and growth2


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What's the gold standard difference? Quality! Gold Standard Gainer provides high qualtiy proteins with the majority being from the purest isolates, along with premium plant based carbohydrates from oat pea and potato starch. Not only with a cleaner carb profile, this mass gainer provides good fats from flaxseed and chia seed, which are two of the richest sources of the Omega 3 Linolenic Acid yet discovered3.



A quality macronutrient profile ensures a calorie dense weight gainer that produces quality muscle gains. This product certainly does deliver on the promise of optimal nutrition, ensuring that your health is not sacrificed in the process of gaining size. After all, we want this new size, this new you, to actually be sustainable. And for this, we need to make sure that we stay well-nourished. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer has got your mass gaining nutritional needs covered. 



Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer is perfect for use in conjuntion with a high calorie diet, or to create a high calorie diet when used in addition to normal meals. With a fantastic all-natural carbohydrate blend, this product is certain to help you achieve your body composition goals. 




1. Marshall, K. Therapeutic Applications of Whey Protein. Alternative Medicine Review. 2004 Vol 9;2 p.136-156

2. Tipton K.D., et al. Stimulation of net muscle protein synthesis by whey protein ingestion before and after exercise. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2007 E71-E76

3. Ali N.M., et al. The promising future of Chia, Salvia hispanica L. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. 2012


Key Features

  • Muscle Growth Recovery Formula - get gold standard size!
  • 55g protein per serve with the majority being from whey isolates
  • 112g plant based carbohydrates
  • 11g of "good" fats
  • 2:1 ratio carbohydrates to protein
  • 760 quality calories per serve
  • Ideal for the "hardgainer" 
  • Increases muscle growth potential
  • Improves recovery time 
  • Comes in 3 awesome flavours



Gold Standard Gainer Flavours


Gold Standard Gainer vs Pro Gainer

gainer vs pro gainer comparison


Gold Standard Gainer has a 203 gram serving size (2 scoops) compared to 165 grams (1 scoop) with Pro Gainer. Within this larger serving size, Gold Standard Gainer offers 20% more calories, due to the 27 grams more carbohydrates and 4 grams more fats that it contains. The fibre content is also higher in Gold Standard Gainer compared to Pro Gainer, offering 9 grams per serve versus 5 grams, respectively. 


The protein content is comparable between the two mass gainer powders, though Pro Gainer contains an extra 5 grams per serve at 60 grams of protein. Pro Gainer contains a broad-spectrum multivitamin and mineral complex that is not found in Gold Standard Gainer, which is helpful for supporting overall nutritional status. However, Gold Standard Gainer contains a quality whole-foods carbohydrate mix, which includes oat flour, pea starch, potato starch and lactose or milk sugar (and some maltodextrin). The carbohydrate and sugars contained in Pro Gainer are derived exclusively from Maltodextrin and lactose.


Both Gainers contain medium chain triglyceries (MCTs) to promote energy and training intensity. Pro Gainer contains 200mg less sodium and 20mg less cholesterol per serve, making it a more heart-healthy choice. In terms of the protein blends, Gold Standard Gainer contains primarily whey protein in the form of isolate, concentrate and some hydrolysed isolate, with some casein contained in the milk protein isolate. However, Pro Gainer contains both egg, casein and whey protein sources, making it suitable for anyone in need of a more sustained release product.


Both products contain an abundance of calories and protein, making them effective for any mass gains program. However, if you prefer whole foods sourced calories with a lower glycemic index, Gold Standard Gainer is a more suitable choice. However, Pro Gainer is a more heart-healthy option which also offers a greater sustained-release effect.


How to Use Gold Standard Gainer

For recovery after an intense workout, add 1 scoop of Gold Standard Gainer to a shaker with 300ml cold water and shake until well mixed. Consume immediatley. For gaining weight, mix 2 scoops  with 600ml  cold water and consume. 


To support a high calorie diet, mix 1 scoop with 300ml of cold water and consume between meals to meet your calorie goals. To support recovery while sleeping, mix 1 scoop of Gold Standard Gainer with 300ml cold water and conume 1 hour before bed.

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 203g (2 Scoops)

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INGREDIENTS: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate, Hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolate), Carbohydrate Blend (Oat Flour, Pea Starch [Carb 10%], Potato Starch), Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavour, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup, Solids, Sodium Caseinate, Mono & Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Lecithin, Ground Cinnamon, Flaxseed protein, Salt, Milled Chia Seed, Gum Blend (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan), Gum Arabic, Sucralose.


CONTAINS: Milk & Soy. May contain wheat.