Matrix Muscle Whey Complex

Matrix Muscle Whey Complex is a product from UK based company Matrix Nutrition. This product states that it can both build and repair muscle fibres. This review will aim to examine the ingredients in this product to see if it can support the claims made


Whey Protein Concentrate/ Soya Protein Isolate

Whey and soy protein helps aid muscle protein synthesis when combined with resistance training (1, 2). Other key features include increasing muscle mass (3), an increase in lean body mass (4) and greater recovery from exercise (5). Longer periods of supplementation have shown greater gains in fat free mass (6).

Muscle protein synthesis is increased due to high concentration of Leucine (BCAA) which is a signalling molecule needed to increase muscle protein synthesis (7). Consumption of whey protein helps increase muscle mass due to a greater amount of peripheral nitrogen retention whereas soy protein has been found to have a greater effect on splanchnic protein synthesis (8).

The reason for greater recovery of exercise can be due to a post exercise insulin response (9, 10) which means glycogen resynthesis occurs rapidly so exercise can be prolonged, with greater training volume increased hypertrophy and decreased muscle damage.


Glycine is one of the components of creatine which helps increase muscle growth and energy during exercise (11). When metabolised it acts as an amino acid and regulates blood sugar levels which can also control that amount of sugar released into the blood (12).

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine monohydrate, (CM) is defined as a nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in humans and aids in the supply of energy to cells in the body, (13). The majority of CM, 95%, can be located in the skeletal muscle with the rest distributed to the brain, heart and smooth muscles.

Creatine has been found to increase the replenishment of ATP stores in the skeletal muscles (14). It is attributed to a greater rate of phosphocreatine resynthesis during the rest periods. Higher sprint speeds reported (15). There have been numerous theories proposed as to why creatine is a benefit to short term high intensity exercise (16). One theory is that the increased amount of phosphocreatine, (PCr), can be used as an immediate buffer to ATP which reduces the dependence of glycolysis which delays the production of lactate and hydrogen ions during exercise thus prolonging the activity by delaying the onset of fatigue, (17).


Taurine is a semi essential amino acid that has been found to increase endurance performance; this has been attributed to an increase in blood flow (18). Taurine has also been found to help protect against cell damage which will help recovery after exercise, decreased oxidative stress in cardiac tissue (19) and increased fat oxidation (20).

Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is a water soluble dietary fibres, which have been reported to reduce total cholesterol; however there seems to be insufficient evidence to confirm this theory. (21)


Sucralose is a sweetener that is calorie free. This ingredient is used in many products and is used to make the product taste sweeter and does not have any nutritional benefit.


This product contains ingredients that can help to build and repair muscle fibres, with the addition of creatine within this product it can enhance your workout by allowing quicker recovery times between sets and reps. This product should be consumed pre and post workout. This product has no banned substances when referring to the WADA prohibited list when observing the label / ingredients posted on the website.

*NOTE – This product has not been tested in a laboratory and may contain other substances that may not appear on the label


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