Progenex Cocoon

Recover while you rest

Nighttime recovery is crucial for daytime performance and success. PROGENEX Cocoon combines just what your body needs for a deep, restorative and reparative sleep so that you wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and recovered. Ready to tackle stress, rise above the daily grind, and attack your most grueling workouts.

PROGENEX Cocoon is a special nighttime formula featuring micellar casein and Metamorphagen™. As a slow digesting protein, micellar casein stimulates protein synthesis through a sustained release of amino acids throughout the night, promoting muscle building while preventing muscle wasting. This slow, steady drip of amino acids is not only critical for protein synthesis, but is also crucial for immune system support.

WOD Hard. Sleep Well. Recover Strong

PROGENEX Cocoon not only stimulates protein synthesis, it also contains the perfect amounts of Metamorphagen™—the powerful tryptophan peptide that reduces sleep interruptions while fostering deep, sound, restorative sleep so that you wake up feeling strong, rested, and fully recovered. The precise amount of Metamorphagen™ is specially formulated to do all this without increasing drowsiness. Enabling you to maintain peak performance levels throughout the day before wrapping you in a warm cocoon of recovery come night.

Why use Progenex Cocoon?

The ingredients in PROGENEX Cocoon have been shown in studies to:

- Stimulate protein synthesis (Tipton, 2004)
- Increase lean muscle mass and strength (Demling, 2000), (Willoughby, 2007)
- Prevent muscle wasting (Boirie Y, 1997)
- Speed recovery (Cermak, 2012)
- Improve immunity (Gregory, 2008)
- Enhance satiety (Abou-Samra, 2011)
- Reduce blood pressure (Cadee, 2007)
- Improve Sleep (Hartman, 1982)
- Boost Mood (Thomson, 1982), (Levitan, 2000)

Total Recovery

For a synergistic and supreme effect, we recommend combining the use of PROGENEX Recovery and PROGENEX Cocoon. After a rigorous workout your muscles need amino acids, fast! PROGENEX Recovery delivers just that—in a matter of minutes, not hours. Giving your fatigued and starving muscles the most pure, potent form of protein necessary for recovery, repair and growth. Adding PROGENEX Cocoon—nighttime recovery—to your daily routine will ensure maximum recovery, enabling enormous gains in speed, strength and stamina. Begin using PROGENEX Recovery immediately post-workout and PROGENEX Cocoon before bedtime for the ultimate 1-2 Recovery punch!

Total Recovery Plus

Take your recovery to the highest level by adding PROGENEX Omega+ to your Recovery and Cocoon routine. Famous for reducing inflammation and accelerating recovery, Omega+ combines krill oil (the most bioavailable source of omega 3s) with the all-natural antioxidant and anti- inflammatory, astaxanthin. Couple these two ingredients with EPA-rich calamari oil and Vitamin D-3 and you get the finest, most potent and powerful omega 3 supplement, specifically designed to enhance athletic performance.

Micellar Casein

How does this clotting of casein in the gut actually occur? Well, it’s actually quite similar to the process of making cheese. You see, casein curdles in acidic environments. When manufacturers make cheese, they simply add a substance with a low pH to the milk causing the casein to curdle while the whey goes by the “whey” side. This is how you get your curds and whey. So what Miss Muffet was actually eating was something very similar to cottage cheese. Although today, the milky liquid found in cottage cheese is not usually whey. Most people wouldn’t find cottage cheese and whey very appetizing. But back to your belly and the clotting of casein. The acidic nature of your stomach is what actually causes the casein to clot during digestion. This coagulation slows its digestion, enabling the casein to serve as a time-released protein supplement that peaks hours after consumption, supplying your muscles with a slow and steady drip of amino acids. Again, the best time to ingest casein protein is right before bed so that your muscles are fed a slow and steady supply of protein while you sleep.

Metamorphagen™

Micellar casein, however, is only one of the ingredients that make PROGENEX Cocoon the ultimate in nighttime rest and recovery. PROGENEX Cocoon also features Metamorphagen™—our proprietary tryptophan peptide that reduces sleep interruptions while fostering a deep, sound, restorative sleep so that you wake up feeling strong, rested and fully recovered.*

Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about drowsiness because the precise amount of Metamorphagen™ was specially formulated to wrap you in a cocoon of recovery at night so that come morning you are ready to hit it hard, maintaining peak performance levels all day long!

Tryptophan and Sleep

Most people associate tryptophan with Thanksgiving and turkey. Turkey does contain tryptophan and people do seem to get a little tired after eating their Thanksgiving feast. Many believe it’s from the tryptophan, others say it has more to do with overeating. All arguments aside, science has proved the positive relation between the two (tryptophan and sleep).

In fact, over 30 years ago, Dr. Hartman discovered L-tryptophan’s ability to reduce sleep latency (the amount of time it takes an individual to fall asleep), while simultaneously promoting a deep, less-interrupted sleep (Hartman, 1982). Studies demonstrating the power of tryptophan are not limited to just adults. Recently, scientists substantiated tryptophan’s capability to improve infant sleep (Aparicio, 2007). For years, tryptophan has been added to infant formula and for good reason. It works! Both parents and babies sleep more soundly because of it.

But that is not all, the tryptophan peptide has also been shown to improve and enhance sleep for individuals struggling with sleep disorders such as insomnia (Schneider-Helmet, 1986) (Hudson,2005), sleep apnea (Schmidt, 1983) and sleep phase delay (Cooke, 2010).

So How Does It Work?

As an essential amino acid, L-tryptophan enters the bloodstream through the walls of the intestinal tract. L-tryptophan serves as a precursor for the production of serotonin. You see, when L-tryptophan crosses the brain-blood barrier, the brain converts it into 5-hyrdoxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, and then into serotonin. Serotonin plays an important role in regulating sleep, mood and appetite. When it comes to sleep, low serotonin levels negatively impact sleep/wake cycles (Miyamoto, 2012), as well as result in numerous sleeping disorders (Soulairac, 1977), (Wyatt, 1971). Disrupted sleep can ultimately lead to even greater problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome and/or depression. Whereas, sound and sufficient sleep not only results in happier, non-sleep deprived people, it can help you achieve your best body composition ever, as well as improve immunological function.

Sleep Your Way Lean?

Can sleep really help you achieve your best body composition ever? As you may or may not know, getting adequate sleep is essential when it comes to maximizing anabolic hormone production—both testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH). Both of these hormones are regulated by our circadian rhythms—with HGH being produced in waves during deep, REM sleep (fully 70% of HGH production occurs during sleep) (Van Cauter, 1998), and testosterone production growing during sleep and peaking around dawn.

While men obviously produce more testosterone than women—and it’s contribution to protein synthesis and anabolic drive are well known—HGH is both anabolic (promotes protein synthesis) and lipolytic (promotes fat burning) (Bidlingmaier, 2010). Thus, HGH is a key hormone to staying lean. And sufficient sleep is a must for optimal HGH production. So mix yourself up a hot cup of Cocoon each night and rest assured (pun intended) that our Metamorphagen™ will be hard at work, delivering L-tryptophan to help you get a sound, restorative sleep.

Improved Immune Function

Now before we leave the topic of sleep, allow me to remind you of how important sleep is when it comes to immune system support. I will forbear from citing a litany of sources (trust me the list would be large and overwhelming), but in case you are unfamiliar with the research—or simply yearning to delve a little deeper, I highly recommend visiting one of the most recent studies conducted on sleep and improved immune function by Besedovsky and his colleagues, wherein a substantial review of the science of sleep and enhanced immunological defenses is thoroughly detailed and discussed. You’ll probably find more than you cared to know about the sleep dependent activity of T cells and regulatory T cells, but the numerous studies—fully cited in the reference section—are quite handy and helpful (Besedovsky, 2012). Basically, the better you sleep, the better you will feel, and the better equipped your body will be to fight off illness and maintain optimal immune system support.

Improved Mood

Now, let’s get back to our friend, serotonin. In addition to regulating sleep, serotonin also plays an important role in governing mood and behavior. Since L-tryptophan serves as a precursor to serotonin production, Metamorphagen™ can also help elevate your mood. Studies on depression and its treatment have consistently demonstrated L-tryptophan’s ability to increase serotonin production, thereby improving overall mood while ameliorating depressive symptoms (Thomson, 1982), (Levitan, 2000).

Appetite Control

Serotonin is also responsible for appetite regulation. Serotonin inhibits neuropeptide Y, resulting in the suppression of hunger and food intake (Halford & Blundell, 2000). Conversely, a low brain 5-HT level (translate as serotonin level) is associated with enhanced appetite (Leibowitz, 1989) and impaired impulse control (in rats) (Bizot, 1999). Since tryptophan levels directly impact the production of serotonin, PROGENEX Cocoon’s Metamorphagen™ can help you feel satiated as you soundly sleep. No more ravenous mid-night awakenings; your appetite will be regulated while your muscles continuously baste in a slow and steady supply of amino acids, stimulating growth, recovery and repair.*

Peptide Power

Now that you are fully aware of the many benefits of L-tryptophan, allow me to explain what makes Metamorphagen™ such a powerful, proprietary addition to our nighttime formula. PROGENEX Metamorphagen™ contains L-tryptophan in peptide form. Proteins in peptide form have superior absorption rates, protein efficiency ratios, and have been shown to enhance and speed recovery much more effectively than proteins in amino acid form (Boza, 2000), (Poullain, 1989). Consequently, L-tryptophan in peptide form is more potent and powerful than L-tryptophan in amino acid form (Markus, 2008). And that, coupled with our precise dosing, is what makes Metamorphagen™–our special proprietary L-tryptophan peptide—the finest L-tryptophan ingredient.

Nutrition & use

Drink 15-30 minutes before retiring. Mix two (2) scoops of PROGENEX Cocoon with hot* water. Shake until blended. Enjoy.

*PROGENEX Cocoon can be consumed cold, but is designed — and tastes best — when mixed with hot water.