Protein powders are a long-standing staple of any fitness enthusiasts’ pantry, and with the advent of new protein powder types, it’s time to consider if whey protein is right for you.
What is Whey?
Whey is a dairy protein that can be sourced from cow’s milk or during the cheese-manufacturing process.
How is Whey different from other protein types?
Whey protein contains all nine of the amino acids and is therefore considered a complete protein. These amino acids found in protein are critical to build immune cells and neurotransmitters important for muscle function and growth.
Whey protein is higher in the essentials Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) than other protein types. BCAAs leucine, isoleucine, and valine are key to stimulate muscle growth and maintenance.
Whey protein is higher in the cysteine amino acid to support detoxification. Cysteine is the precursor to glutathione which is a powerful detoxifier and antioxidant.
Whey protein contains special molecules called immunoglobulins that stimulate immune function. Plus, whey contains lactoferrin which is a key immune boosting molecule which has a powerful anti-microbial and anti-cancer effect.
Whey protein can be absorbed quickly into the body, nourishing the muscles and boosting energy levels.
What can Whey protein do?
- provide quick nourishment to the muscles
- fuel the body with high levels of amino acids
- contains the building blocks necessary to repair your body’s muscles after a workout
- support long-lasting energy levels to sustain you through the most active parts of your day
- control hunger and may aid in weight loss
- may help with osteoporosis and bone density
- supports increased strength, muscle gain, and lower body fat levels
- can boost metabolism and aid in balancing blood sugar levels
How much Whey protein should I take and when should I take Whey protein?
Taking whey protein is an easy and convenient way to add 25-50 grams of top quality protein to your daily intake. For the 25 to 40-year-old person with a moderately active lifestyle, a recommended dosage of whey protein is 1-2 scoops (around 25 to 50 grams) per day. Dosages can vary based on age and activity levels. Protein is easily taken as a quick-mixing shake right after a workout, or as a meal replacement during your day to get a quick boost of energy.