Whey Protein Powder
For years the general public has been ingesting whey protein to boost their workout’s effectiveness and build more lean muscle in a shorter period of time. Now scientists are saying that whey protein may also have additional health benefits other than just assisting a fit lifestyle.
What is Whey Protein Powder?
Whey protein in its simplest form is nothing more than the liquid substance leftover after cheese is processed. This is why people allergic to dairy products should not ingest some types of whey protein. This liquid is dried out and then the solid is processed into whey protein powder with additional flavors added. One scoop of whey protein powder can contain as much as 30 grams of protein, and is sold at most health food stores across the country and online.
Whey protein will not add lean muscle to your body. However, it does help your muscles recover from strenuous exercise more quickly, and give you more endurance during your workout. This will help you build lean muscle by making your workouts more productive. By recovering more quickly from an exercise session, you will feel sore for less time and get back in the gym quicker.
Scientific studies suggest that whey protein may actually improve general health in addition to assisting a fit lifestyle. Whey protein powder contains a high amount of amino acids which affects the body on the cellular level. It is already well known that these amino acids stimulate protein synthesis which assists in muscular recovery, but now they have discovered other health benefits as well. The high level of cysteine in whey powder may help defend the body against toxins and damage at a cellular level.
Concentrates VS Isolates
There are two main types of whey protein powder: concentrates and isolates. Concentrates are cheaper and taste better, but they aren’t as effective. They have more calories, more fat, more carbs and less protein than isolates. Isolates cost more, do not taste as good, include more protein and less fattening properties. However, in the production process most of the immune boosters and antioxidants are lost. If you are lactose intolerant though, isolates are the way to go as they pose less of a risk to the digestive system.
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