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Benefits of Whey Protein

 

By Angelica Vrablic, PhD

 
   

Whey protein is a dairy-based source of amino acids that supports protein synthesis.*

Considered a fast protein because it hits the bloodstream quickly.

Contains branched chain amino acids -- made up of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine -- which are important for the maintenance of muscle tissue.*

Has a high protein digestibility, biological value, protein efficiency ratio, and amino acid score -- all measures of overall protein quality.

An adequate daily intake of protein contributes to the construction and maintenance the critical structures and functions of the body. Proteins are important for many biological processes, including normal growth and development.

If you think you may not be getting enough protein from the foods you eat, taking a Whey protein supplement can help contribute to your total daily protein intake. Whey is a dairy-based source of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. As a natural by-product of milk, Whey is loaded with protein to support strength and recovery from exercise, which plays a role in optimal nutrition.* Milk proteins like Whey have also been shown to have high digestibility ratings.**

Whey protein is considered a fast protein because it hits the bloodstream quickly. Supplementing with Whey helps support protein synthesis, while helping to decrease protein breakdown in the body.* Whey protein also supports the immune system and helps increase muscle mass.* Another important fact about Whey protein is that it contains all nine of the essential amino acids -- the ones that your body needs every day.*

Compared to most other proteins, Whey has a high concentration of branched chain amino acids -- made up of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine -- which are important for the maintenance of muscle tissue.* In addition to promoting healthy muscles and an active lifestyle, Whey is one of the most reliable protein supplements available today.* Not only is Whey an excellent protein source, but it has been shown to have a high protein digestibility, biological value, protein efficiency ratio, and amino acid score.* These are all measures of overall protein quality.

Taking a Whey protein supplement may be especially important for athletes and gym-goers.Intensely training athletes have been shown to require increased protein intakes to maintain muscle mass.* In order to increase muscle mass, hard training athletes may need approximately 1.7g/kg/day.1 Additionally, a review study concluded that the natural aging process is associated with a natural loss in muscle mass. Also noted in the study was that older individuals who are engaged in a resistance training program may be able to gain more muscle and strength by increasing overall protein intake. This may help offset some of the natural loss in muscle that occurs with aging.2

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Results may vary. Use in conjunction with an intense daily exercise program and a balanced diet, including an adequate caloric intake.

1. Lemon, P., et al. Protein requirements and muscle mass/strength changes during intensive training in novice bodybuilders. Protein Requirements During Bodybuilding Training in Men. 1992. Jrnl Applied Phys. 767-775.Tarnopolsky, M.A., et al. Evaluation of protein requirements for trained strength athletes. J Appl Physiol. 1992. 73(5): 1986-1992
2. Evans, W. Protein Nutrition, Exercise and Aging. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2004. 23(6): 601S-609S.

About the Author
Dr. Angelica Vrablic has conducted several clinical trials on supplements for weight loss, joint health and cardiovascular wellness. A frequent guest on popular national radio and TV health shows, she has appeared on programs hosted by Deborah Ray, Frankie Boyer and Dr. Bob Martin, as well as Holistic Healthline and The Heart Show. Dr. Vrablic has worked with several leading natural health companies in nutritional research, including Puritan's Pr

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