Optimum Nutrition Pro Gainer

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By supplying complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), digestive enzymes, vitamins, essential minerals, and great taste as well, we've created the ideal lean gainer. Pro Complex Gainer was made with quality, not quantity, in mind. Because we understand that you want to get big, not fat.
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Putting on size requires a balance of heavy training and quality nutrition. Because everyone's a little different, some have a harder time packing on muscle than others. PRO Gainer™ is a high-protein formula delivering calories that count during recovery. Each shake provides ample supplemental protein, carbs, vitamins and minerals to build on the amount you're getting through a balanced diet of food. Use PRO Gainer™ as your post-workout recovery shake and/or high-protein meal between meals.

  • 650 Calories
  • 85 Grams Carbs to Help Restore Energy Levels
  • Few Sugars
  • High Protein to Carb Ratio
  • Mixes Effortlessly with a Blender, Shaker, or Spoon
  • Easy to Drink

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Disclaimer: The following content is provided by Aisle7 and is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies, clinical experience, or usage as cited in each article. Hi-Health provides this information as a service but does not endorse it. In addition, Aisle7 does not recommend or endorse any specific products.

Food as Medicine: The Pros & Cons

Food as Medicine: The Pros & Cons
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People should consider what they eat and drink while taking medication
Everyone knows it: Eating well is almost universally the first-line defense for both managing and treating many diseases. But not everyone realizes that food’s “medicinal” properties can also influence medicines in the body—enough that people should consider what they eat and drink while taking medication.

Delicious, nutritious…and therapeutic

Some foods are packed with disease-fighting nutrients that have been shown to help with particular conditions. For example:

  • Grapefruit is a rich source of vitamin C and flavonoids, and may even help lower high cholesterol levels.
  • Pomegranate has been shown to slow atherosclerosis progression.
  • Dark-green leafy vegetables are loaded with lutein (for healthy eyes), magnesium (for a strong heart and reducing negative effects of stress), and fiber (for healthy digestion).

While these tasty, wholesome foods have these proven benefits and more, each is also known to interact with certain prescription medications—some with potentially serious consequences.

What we eat affects body chemistry

Eating to support health makes food a kind of medicine—and viewing it as that is a helpful reminder that what we eat creates chemical reactions in the body. So adding more chemical reactions—such as supplements and drugs—to the mix should be done with some consideration. The types of interactions that food may have with medicines include:

  • Beneficial: Replenishes depleted nutrients: Eating more of a nutrient-rich food may help replenish nutrients when a medication obstructs or depletes it from the body.
  • Beneficial: Side effect prevention: Eating more of a nutrient-rich food may help prevent or reduce the likelihood or severity of a potential side effect caused by a medication. Taking certain medications on an empty stomach can sometimes cause side effects such as nausea, solved by taking the medication with a meal.
  • Beneficial: Positive interaction: Some medications are more easily absorbed when taken with food, improving their action in the body. Some, for example, are fat-soluble, and could be affected by the amount of fat in the diet.
  • Adverse: Reduces drug effectiveness: When taking a medication, a food, nutrient, or other substance should be avoided as it may increase or decrease the medication’s absorption and/or activity in the body. Sometimes just having too much food in the stomach can block a medicine’s action, which can be avoided by taking it on an empty stomach.
  • Adverse: Negative interaction: When taking certain medications, a food, nutrient, or other substance should be avoided, as the combination may cause undesirable or dangerous interactions. It is generally recommended to avoid foods that have been shown to interact with a medicine.

Spotlight on some highly interactive foods

Drug interactions are not often studied, and animal and test tube studies, which don’t always translate to clinical effects, are often the primary sources of information. But following research over time has revealed some foods that should be avoided or taken with care when under medical treatment:

  • Grapefruit and grapefruit juice: By inhibiting an intestinal enzyme that helps metabolize many different drugs, grapefruit allows more of certain drugs to be absorbed, potentially increasing the medication’s effectiveness and the toxicity, even if the grapefruit is consumed at a different time than the drug. A few of the long list of interacting drugs include amlodipine, atorvastatin (Lipitor), cyclosporine, diltiazem, felodipine, lovastatin, methylprednisolone, nifedipine, sildenafil, simvastatin (Zocor), and verapamil.
  • Pomegranate and pomegranate juice: This fruit inhibits the same enzyme blocked by grapefruit. While there is much less research on drug-pomegranate interactions than on drug-grapefruit interactions, it would be reasonable to assume that the same interactions that occur with grapefruit would also occur with pomegranate.
  • Dark-green vegetables: These are rich sources of vitamin K, which interferes with the blood-thinner, warfarin. A person taking warfarin does not have to avoid vitamin K–containing foods. However, with the aid of a doctor or a dietitian the average vitamin K intake should be kept relatively constant from week to week.

The key to health is conscientious consumption

While the strength of research varies, there is enough data to suggest a number of other interactions between foods and drugs, such as:

  • Alcohol, which should not be mixed with certain medications
  • High-calcium foods which can block the absorption of some drugs
  • Black tea, some spices, beer, and nutrients such as resveratrol (found in red wine, nuts, and dark chocolate) have been found to have various interactions with medications.

To get the benefits of both a healthful diet and prescription medications, without exposing yourself to potentially harmful interactions, look for credible science-based information and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

An expert in nutritional therapies, Chief Medical Editor Alan R. Gaby, MD, is a former professor at Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences, where he served as the Endowed Professor of Nutrition. He is past-president of the American Holistic Medical Association and gave expert testimony to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the cost-effectiveness of nutritional supplements. Dr. Gaby has conducted nutritional seminars for physicians and has collected over 30,000 scientific papers related to the field of nutritional and natural medicine. In addition to editing and contributing to The Natural Pharmacy (Three Rivers Press, 1999), and the A–Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Dr. Gaby has authored Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis (Prima Lifestyles, 1995) and B6: The Natural Healer (Keats, 1987) and coauthored The Patient's Book of Natural Healing (Prima, 1999).

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 scoop
Servings Per Container: 28
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 650
Calories from Fat 70
Total Fat 8 g 12.000%*
Saturated Fat 3.5 g 18.000%*
Trans Fat 0 g **
Cholesterol 60 mg 20.000%*
Sodium 360 mg 15.000%*
Total Carbohydrate 85 g 28.000%*
Dietary Fiber 4 g 16.000%*
Sugars 5 g **
Protein 60 g **
Vitamin A 20.000%
Vitamin C 35.000%
Calcium 50.000%
Iron 25.000%
Vitamin E 35.000%
Thiamin 15.000%
Riboflavin 35.000%
Chloride 4.000%
Niacin 20.000%
Vitamin B6 20.000%
Vitamin B12 20.000%
Biotin 20.000%
Pantothenic Acid 20.000%
Phosphorus 35.000%
Iodine 45.000%
Magnesium 30.000%
Zinc 20.000%
Selenium 10.000%
Copper 20.000%
Manganese 35.000%
Chromium 30.000%
Molybdenum 25.000%
Folic Acid 20.000%
*Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value (DV) not established.

Ingredients: Maltodextrin, Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate, Egg Albumen, Hydrolyzed Whey Peptides, Glutamine Peptides), Lipid Blend (Medium Chain Triglycerides, High Oleic Sunflower Oil), Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Lecithin, Vitamin/Mineral Blend (DiMagnesium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Ascorbic Acid, Ferric Orthophosphate, Molybdenum AA Chelate, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Boron Proteinate, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Selenomethionine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Palmitate, Cupric Oxide, Chromium Polynicotinate, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Beta Carotene, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin), Salt, Carbogen, Aminogen, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Lactase.


The most accurate information is always on the label on the actual product. While we periodically update our website, the values on the website are intended to be a general guide to consumers. For absolute values, the actual label on the product at hand should be relied on.
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Spoon Stirred: Just add one heaping scoop of Pro Complex Gainer to a glass filled with 16 oz. of water, nonfat milk or your favorite beverage. Then mix it up with a spoon. Stir for about 20 seconds or until powder is completely dissolved. Shaker: Just add one heaping scoop of Pro Complex Gainer to your shaker cup and then pour in 16 oz. of your preferred beverage. Cover and shake for 2030 seconds. Tip: Mixing one scoop with 68 fl. oz. of nonfat milk instead of water will give you a thicker, creamier shake. Blender: Add one heaping scoop of Pro Complex Gainer to a blender filled with 16 oz. of water, nonfat milk, or your favorite beverage. Blend for 3040 seconds. Then add a few ice cubes and blend for an additional 30 seconds. Pro Complex Gainer is a superior supplement that can be used to support high-calorie needs in a variety of ways. Between Meals: Drink 12 servings of Pro Complex Gainer between meals to maintain positive nitrogen balance and support a high-calorie diet. Post-Workout: Begin drinking one serving of Pro Complex Gainer 3060 minutes following exercise to support maximum recovery. Before Bed: Drink one serving of Pro Complex Gainer about 4560 minutes before bed to provide nutrients to recovering muscle throughout the night. Note: For best results use Pro Complex Gainer combined with intense weight training (35 times per week) and a sensible diet. Also, keep in mind that sufficient recovery between workouts impacts your ability to gain lean mass. Allowing at least 48 hours between workouts involving the same body parts is recommended. As a general rule, consume approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day, spread over 57 meals and/or supplements. Store in a cool, dry place. Contents sold by weight. Not volume. Some settling may occur. 16 ounces of skim milk adds 170 calories, 16 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of fat. Serving scoop included, but may settle to the bottom during shipping.


Allergen Information: Contains milk, egg, soy (lecithin), and wheat (glutamine peptides) ingredients. Keep out of reach of children. Diabetics and hypoglycemics should only use this under the advice of a qualified, licensed physician or dietician.

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