The Bigger Picture of Casein: Rapid protein use is desirable immediately before and after exercise to help refuel recovering muscles, but delayed digestion and absorption may be more beneficial at other times-including bedtime when your body typically goes for hours without food. Casein proteins are acid sensitive and tend to thicken in the stomach. Because of this, it can take more than twice as long for our Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein to be broken down into its amino acid subcomponents than other proteins. Gold Standard Natural 100% Casein is also free of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and synthetic colors and uses only premium micellar caseins to create a protein formula that’s truly time-released. No Artificial Flavors, Sweeteners, or Synthetic Colors. Loaded with Micellar Casein. 24 grams of time-released protein per serving. Contains AMINOGEN digestive enzymes to enhance utilization. Nearly 5 grams of BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine). Nearly 5 grams of Glutamine & Glutamine Precursors in every scoop. Typical Amino Acid Profile (milligrams per serving) Essential Amino Acids (EAAs): Tryptophan: 265, Valine: 1555, Threonine: 1042, Isoleucine: 1312, Leucine: 1994, Lysine: 1772, Phenylalanine: 1068, Methionine: 608. Conditionally Essential Amino Acids (CAAs): Arginine: 873, Cystine: 74, Tyrosine: 1359, Histidine: 656, Proline: 2454, Glutamine & Precursors: 4860. Nonessential Amino Acids (NAAs): Aspartic Acid: 1583, Serine: 1359, Glycine: 582, Alanine: 634.