What You Should Know
Stacking is a major aspect of bodybuilding. Supplements are often offered by one manufacturer with the idea of including all, safely, into one supplement routine. Universal Nutrition has included Animal Pak as the foundation for their Animal Stack. Animal Pak is a multi-supplement that includes many common vitamins and nutrients with a boost for people trying to increase muscle size.
The official website is complete with ingredient lists and ordering. Universal Nutrition also includes a long list of supportive research links for consumers who want to read more about the ingredients used in each of the supplements found online.
List of Ingredients
Mega-Vitamin/Mineral/Antioxidant Complex: Zinc, Chromium, Magnesium, All The B Vitamins, Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorous, Vitamin A (from beta carotene, alpha carotene and acetate), Vitamin C, Vitamin E (from tocotrienols/tocopherols), Selenium and Folic Acid.
Key Amino Acid Blend: Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Cystine, Glutamine Acid, Glutamine, Histidine, Isoleucine (BCAA/EAA), Leucine (BCAA/EAA), Lysine (EAA), Methionine (EAA), Phenylalanine(EAA), Proline, Serine, Threonine (EAA), Tryptophan (EAA), Tyrosine and Valine (BCAA/EAA).
Performance Optimizers: Argentine Liver, L-Carnitine, Pyridoxine Alpha-Ketoglutarate, Hawthorne (berry), Para-Aminobenzoic Acid, Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero), Oriental Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) and Choline Bitartrate.
Antioxidants and General Support: Milk Thistle, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), Grapeseed Extract, Lutein, Lycopene and Pinebark Extract.
Bone Support: Calcium, Vitamin D and Magnesium.
Digestive Enzymes: Lipase , Papain , Pepsin, Pancreatin, Bromelain and Inulin.
Animal Pak is a multi-vitamin style supplement created for bodybuilders. Much of the ingredients in the mineral and mega-vitamin list can be found in common, over the counter, vitamins. The remaining ingredients, however, are included with weight lifting in mind.
Amino acids are the functional building blocks of new muscle. While many other body building supplements will include amino acids, there are rarely any side effects from taking them multiple times a day.
Performance optimizers will not help someone trying to lose weight. These ingredients are included to help the muscle make the most out of every movement from lifting off the bar to complete a routine set of repetitions.
Antioxidants and general support includes ingredients to aid cells in recovery. Weight lifting will greatly damage muscle cells because out of destruction, new larger muscles are formed. Bone support is equally important as heavy weights can wreak havoc on joints and bones. The ingredient list is rounded out with a digestive complex to ensure the body is able to use every other ingredient to the fullest.
Animal Pak retails for $51.95 for 44 packs. One pack is taken daily to optimize the body for weight lifting. Though this is a bodybuilding supplement, there are no ingredients that will render weight gain and thus the supplement can be safely used by people trying to lose weight.
- The supplement can be ordered online.
- A complete list of ingredients is included on the website.
- Anyone can take Animal Pak.
- Animal Pak is priced higher than other multi-vitamin supplements.
- Some of the ingredients would not be useful for someone simply trying to lose weight.
Universal Nutrition does a great job of offering a complete list of supplements for the bodybuilder. However, these supplements are mostly useful for a small portion of the population. More people are trying to lose weight than build muscle and thus the audience for the supplements is very narrow.