Dark Matter by MHP is a protein and carbohydrate post-workout recovery supplement. This product is intended to be taken immediately after a workout and one hour before taking any other supplements or eating.
- Absorbs faster that whey isolate
- 600% increase in protein synthesis
- Dramatically spikes insulin
- Creatine transport
- Replenishes glycogen stores and increases cell volume
It smelled like fruity bubblegum in the container. Once it was mixed with water it smelt more like fruit and berries, but for the most part the smell went away.
Not big on the taste. It wasn’t the best tasting product that I’ve ever had, but it wasn’t the worst either.
I had to shake this stuff pretty good. It mixed pretty quickly on shaking, but it still wasn’t very soluble, kind of ‘mixing’ with the water and ‘expanding’. However, this is not the sort of product that ‘dissolves’, as I realized on seeing its texture after ‘mixing’.
The texture was completely unexpected, Dark Matter was thick with the consistency of sludge. There seemed to be a bunch of air bubbles throughout it. I thought I was going to have to get out a spoon to eat it. I tried adding more water, but it didn’t really help much
I cannot really comment on effects “Absorbs faster that whey isolate”, “600% increase in protein synthesis”, and “Dramatically spikes insulin” as I didn’t really notice any effects compared to any other post workout shake. To add to that, I would have to have used whey isolate in the same manner (i.e. post-resistance training) under the same conditions (i.e. re-hydration and last meal, etc.); and measured absorption rates of whey isolate and Dark Matter under ‘study’ conditions to know if this was better. A study over an extended period of time, using and NOT using Dark Matter for equal periods of time and with the same diet and training, to see whether there was any difference in protein synthesis whilst using Dark Matter. Also under study conditions (that included a placebo, as well as whey isolate), I would have to have blood tests to see what happened to my insulin levels post-serving (and the few hours afterwards).
I was extremely disappointed with this product. I was expecting it to be on par with Universal’s Torrent, but Dark Matter gets blown out of the water. If you are looking for a post workout recovery shake, look into Torrent or AfterGlow.
Would I use again?
Would I recommend?
I really didn’t like this stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I had gains while using this product, but nothing different than when I’m using much cheaper supplements. However, because I personally did not like the product, I will not be recommending it.