Are you a looking to lose weight? Do you want to build muscle? Do you want to live a long healthy life? There several whey protein benefits! Whey Protein helps support your body in reaching it’s maximum potential.
Whey protein has been proven within several medical studies to improve weight loss, increase energy and boost the most powerful antioxidant- glutathione. Whey, in particular, has a high absorbtion rate in comparison to other sources of protein. It is easy to digest for most men, women and children. Which is why whey is the most popular protein supplement today, and for good reason.
Whey Protein 101
Whey is one of two types of proteins found in milk: whey and casein proteins. Whey proteins are the globular proteins derived as a by-product of cheese production. The term “whey” refers to a complex substance made up of a combination of protein, lactose, minerals, immunoglobulins, and trace amounts of fat. It is primarily the protein (and some of whey’s highly bioactive peptides such as lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase) that make it a superfood for fat loss. This whey protein is dried and sold in powder form and is easily reconstituted by adding liquid.
There are several types of Whey sold today, but here are two common forms:
Whey Protein Concentrate – This form of whey contains low levels of fat and cholesterol and higher levels of bioactive compounds in the form of lactose. This is the best and least processed form.
Whey Isolates – In isolates, the fat has been removed, and they are lower in bio-activated compounds with a mild to milky taste. But the proteins can often be denatured.
Whey Protein Benefits
1. Increases Strength and Builds Muscle
Many studies have concluded that whey protein boosts both muscle mass and strength. In a recent 10-week study, the researchers split 19 men into two groups and gave whey protein, casein and amino acids, then gave the other group a placebo. The men who took the whey protein combination gained body mass, muscle mass and body strength. They also found that it increased protein synthesis and improved muscle performance!
Studies carried out by Laurentian University Ontario concluded that “protein supplementation during resistance training, independent of source, increased lean tissue mass and strength over placebo and resistance training”. Whey protein is the most efficient way to add protein to the diet without extra calories from carbohydrates or fat.
Whey protein typically contains 80-90% protein which is higher than compared to lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs or cheese. It provides the body with what it needs to build muscle, strength and to recover quickly after a workout.
2. Reduces Cravings
Ghrelin and Leptin are the two hormones that help to regulate appetite. Leptin primarily effects energy balance, while gherlin regulates hunger, but the two work together to tell your body when it needs to eat. Whey protein seems to affect these two hormones and causes them to balance out and decreases hunger cravings.
3. Boosts Glutathione
Whey protein helps increase the production of glutathione which is a master antioxidant. It is a found in every cell in your body and helps eliminate free radicals, which cause cell damage. Taking whey protein helps to fight free radicals and disease. Glutathione has been studied to prevent cancer and fight aging diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
4. Boosts Immunity
Whey protein boosts your immune system! Glutathione also boosts the effectiveness of all the other antioxidants like Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, ALA and Vitamin E. It helps heal the effect of environmental and dietary toxins.
Whey Protein Side Effects
Despite all the whey protein benefits, there are those that may deal with a dairy allergy, that may prevent them from using this as a supplement. There are other good sources of protein available- talk with Coach Fonseca about what other sources of protein can meet your dietary needs. And of course, since we are proponents of consuming real whole foods- the best source is always consuming high protein foods.