Manufactured by Vitol Products, Russian Bear 5000 is like your regular protein powder that you have to mix in milk to get loads of calories. While it contains loads of sugars from sweeteners, many people still think it is a good way to add more calories to your diet. Should you be putting your money on Russian Bear 5000? Here is our review to help you decide.
Russian Bear 5000 is an offering of Vitol Products, which is not a very popular company but still has a good reputation in the world of dietary supplements. The supplement is available as a powder and as a tablet, and you can mix both with milk. Russian Bear 5000 in powdered form is more popular because you can use it like your regular protein powder before and after exercise. It claims to be one of the best muscle gainers because it offers a combination of protein, calories, and other nutrients. In fact, it is said to provide you with up to 5,000 calories when you mix it with whole milk. It certainly offers a good number of calories, but it also contains loads of sugars, which may be the reason why many people may not feel like trying it.
Russian Bear 5000 offers no information about specific side effects you may experience after using the supplement, but you are likely to experience gastrointestinal problems when you first include it in your routine. Have a look at our ‘Side effects’ section for more details.
Russian Bear 5000 is not that affordable, as you have to pay $32 to get a 4 lbs container. You only get 20 servings from one container.
Russian Bear 5000 is supposed to help you gain weight in a short time. It claims to increase weight without adding fat to your body, but the truth is that it is no better than many other cheaper weight gainers available in the market today. It provides you with 5,000 calories only when you mix one third of the jug with more than a gallon of whole milk. It is never going to be a good way to increase your caloric intake because it is hard to drink this much in one day. The company says that it has ‘anabolic’ ingredients, such as yohimbe and Deer Antler, but they are not considered anabolic in the real world. If you take out those ‘exotic’ ingredients, you are only left with carbs and protein that you can easily get from any other weight gainer at a much lower price. Our verdict: save your money and pay more attention to your diet to gain weight and lean muscle.
Russian Bear 5000 is a dietary supplement designed to help you gain weight in a short time. It includes a number of ingredients, including some ‘exotic’ ingredients along with high quality carbs and protein. The idea is to increase your caloric intake to provide your muscles with energy to grow. It means it helps you gain weight by increasing lean muscle mass. While the supplement certainly helps increase your caloric intake, you may not get as many calories as they claim. Moreover, it includes several ingredients that do not have enough scientific data to support their use.
Russian Bear 5000 offers a combination of protein and other ingredients. It claims to help you increase your lean muscle mass, which may seem possible considering that it provides you with protein. The question is, ‘Why would you want to spend your money on Russian Bear 5000 that provides you with the same amount of protein that you can easily get from your regular protein supplement and that too at a lower price?’ Really, there is no reason to make the switch because Russian Bear 5000 does not have anything special.
By having three scoops of Russian Bear 5000, you will get 55 g of carbs and 19 g of protein. Many protein supplements actually provide you with much more than 19 g of protein per serving. It is also important to consider that 45 g of carbs in each serving (three scoops) are from sugars. They say the sugars are from stevia leaf, but even if that is the true, the sugar content in Russian Bear 5000 is still on the higher side. You may think that you should still try it because there are some other ingredients as well, but unfortunately, there is no information about the benefits of using those ‘exotic’ ingredients included in Russian Bear 5000. Let’s talk about some of those ingredients to get a better idea about why we think you will be better off avoiding Russian Bear 5000.
The supplement contains Eleutherococcus, which is actually Siberian ginseng. Some studies suggest that the use of Siberian ginseng may help treat heart ailments, bronchitis, and rheumatism, but not many scientific studies are there to confirm that it is equally effective for athletic performance. There is not enough scientific data either to suggest that supplementing with Siberian ginseng increases muscle strength. Many studies have actually noticed no positive results after the use of Siberian ginseng. For instance:
In one study, 20 highly trained distance runners given Siberian ginseng failed to outperform similarly conditioned runners given a placebo when both groups raced against each other on treadmills. Not only did the Siberian ginseng-taking runners run no faster, they didn’t run for longer either.
It is also important to point out that studies that noticed positive effects of Siberian ginseng used high quality Siberian ginseng extracts. It means that if you really want to use it, you should get it from a reputable company and ensure that the extract contains at least 0.8% eleutherosides, which is the main active ingredient. Moreover, you may have to take more than 300 mg twice a day to see effects. Unfortunately, we do not know about the quality or quantity of Eleutherococcus present in Russian Bear 5000, which is why we do not think it will prove effective.
It also includes another nutrient called inosine, which is supposed to increase the synthesis of ATP to help you gain muscle mass. It was thought that Easter Bloc athletes used inosine to enjoy great gains but the review of scientific literature did not confirm it. The nutrient is also supposed to improve protein synthesis in the cell, which in turn increases oxygen utilisation and boosts endurance in athletes. Not many studies confirm it; in fact, many animal studies have shown that inosine cannot be used within the gastrointestinal tract and is rendered useless. Since we do not know how much of it is there in Russian Bear 5000, you may actually end up experiencing side effects because high doses can be detrimental to performance as well as health.
Here is what the official site states about taking Russian Bear 5000:
As a dietary supplement mix one container together with one gallon of whole milk and drink throughout the day. Small drinks are preferable and can be spread out over one to four days. Drink whenever you choose including 30 minutes before bedtime. You will find Russian Bear 5000 Weight Gainer to taste great; if water is preferred instead of milk. You may also mix in a blender with ice for a delicious frosty milkshake.
Russian Bear 5000 also provides you with colostrum, which is a mammary secretion produced by cows and other related animals. It is supposed to beneficial for your immune and digestive systems. However, many studies show that supplementing with colostrum is no better than supplementing with whey protein. It may not improve performance in any way.
Supplementation of 60 g bovine colostrum (immunoglobulin content not disclosed) daily for eight weeks alongside thrice weekly aerobic training noted that, when subject to a 30-minute run to exhaustion, that colostrum was associated with an increase in intestinal permeability without any overt gastrointestinal side effects. No performance parameter was increased with supplementation.
Some studies show that there may be some improvement in performance but that is only when you take up to 60 g of colostrum, which does not seem to be the case with Russian Bear 5000. For instance, the following study shows positive results but the effect is not that significant.
Supplementation of either 60 g whey protein, 60 g colostrum, or a combination of 20 g colostrum with 40 g whey, in elite cyclists over the course of eight weeks noted that performance on a weighted cycling test (similar to Wingate) failed to have any difference between groups (despite all groups improving by about 4% relative to the baseline) although in a 2-hour endurance test there was an improvement of 132s and 158s in the colostrum groups (difference not significant) which were both greater than the whey only group at 37s.
Russian Bear 5000 also contains yohimbe bark and claims to help improve athletic performance. First, there are some studies suggesting that the use of yohimbe may help, but that is only when you take up to 20 mg a day, which we are not sure is the same amount you get from Russian Bear 5000. It certainly has a stimulant effect, so it may lead to increase in exercise performance, but the effect is not going to be that significant. You also need to bear in mind that you will be taking Russian Bear 5000 to gain weight, but yohimbe actually helps lose weight by burning fat. You can say that yohimbe in this blend is included to burn fat and leave you with lean muscle mass, but many studies evaluating the effect of yohimbe on muscle mass has been inconclusive.
In a study among athletes, yohimbine 20 mg daily for 21 days had no effect on body mass or muscle mass, but did decrease body fat. No effect on performance was found.
Therefore, you should expect much in terms of fat loss and muscle gain. As far as increasing the number of calories is concerned, you can do it only when you drink loads of milk with each serving. It will never be easy to include more than a gallon of whole milk in your daily routine. Many customer reviews suggest that the taste is not that impressive, which is why it is hard to continue using it. Moreover, the price is on the higher side, especially considering the fact that you are paying a lot just to get whey protein that you can easily get from other cheaper sources. Also, keep in mind that Russian Bear 5000 does not come with a money-back guarantee, and do not expect much from their customer service. So, be on the safer side; avoid it in the first place.
Russian Bear 5000 claims to help you gain weight in a short time. It contains ingredients that help put on muscle mass and burn fat at the same time to get you lean muscle. Here are some of its claimed benefits:
Russian Bear 5000 is in the market for quite some time, but it seems that the company has recently changed the label. Unfortunately, that has failed to make it any better because you will be able to get 5,000 calories only when you mix it with a gallon of whole milk and drink in one day. Considering the fact that it does not taste great and is very sweet, you will have a hard time drinking this much daily. There are not many impressive ingredients, as there is not enough scientific evidence that yohimbe, Siberian ginseng, inosine or colostrum can help build lean muscle. It provides you with carbs and protein, which you can easily get from other fat gainers as well. Another problem is that they have not mentioned what type of whey protein is included. Therefore, you will be better off avoiding it and trying something with scientifically proven ingredients and positive customer reviews.
Russian Bear 5000 has many different ingredients, other than protein, carbs, and calories. Here is more about what you get from this supplement:
Other ingredients: tongkat ali root, tribulus terrestris, schisandra chinensis, boron, carbohydrates, PABA, inositol, medium-chain triglycerides, and choline.
Russian Bear 5000 claims to help with weight gain and achieves this by providing you with additional calories, protein, and carbs. There is no indication of side effects on the official website, but you are likely to experience a few when you first start taking the supplement.
It certainly contains some calories, so you will have a hard time making the adjustment. This may also affect your digestive system in a negative way. You may experience constipation when you do not include a good exercise program in your routine. Some people may react differently and develop mild diarrhoea, which is mainly due to other ingredients found in the blend.
There is Siberian ginseng and yohimbe in the supplement and these ingredients may also be linked to side effects such as diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, and bloating. Yohimbe also works as a stimulant, so you may end up experiencing problems, such as nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, and irritability.
Not intended for use by those with a medical condition. Use only as directed. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Before beginning any program of weight loss, consult your health care practitioner. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
You cannot find many positive reviews for Russian Bear 5000, especially after they have changed the formula. Most people complain about its taste. Here are some examples:
Don’t know what happens to the taste but it tastes much different than it did before. Has an awful taste. Does not have the Chocolate Nestle Quik taste anymore. Don’t know if I had a bad batch but all 6 jugs that I bought all had that awful taste to it. It was truly disappointing.
Pretty strange stuff. Vanilla tastes awful, and has the consistency of sand. Helped gain a few pounds, but not very lean.
They changed the formula. It is just whey protein like the rest.
Highly overpriced. Relies on its cool name. Not made in Russia and it doesn’t work.
Extremely sweet. Like the sweetest chocolate milk you ever had x2. It is actually good at first then over time gets overpowering. I only saw barely any difference in my weight.
No, you do not get a money-back guarantee with Russian Bear 5000.
You can buy it from the official website or order through several third-party retailers.
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