Many of you have heard about whey protein, some of you may even use it daily as a part of your balanced diet and workout regime. But for those who are still curious and for extra reason to continue using it here are some added benefits of whey protein that you may not know.
Firstly, what is Whey Protein?
Whey is a mixture if milk proteins produce as a by product when making cheese. It contains amino acids, rich in leucine, isoleuine and valine which are all important for muscle building and repair.
Isn’t it just for body builders?
No. It isn’t. It can be used if you need added protein to your diet for medical reasons. Simply add a scoop to cereal, soups or stocks. It also helps with appetite control, ideal for those requiring help with weight loss. This should be used in conjunction with a healthy and balanced diet and not as a meal replacement. It is also a fantastic source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus; minerals essential to strong and healthy bones.
So, how can whey protein help me?
Have a look through our 5 areas in which whey protein can help your body. Whether it’s for fitness, weight loss, blood sugar levels or simply for a happy healthy heart, discover how whey can help you.
Fitness Performance : Proven in around the world those who use whey protein when exercising put on more lean muscle mass than those not using it at all. Not only did it have a positive impact on their muscle mass, but also their muscle strength. To get the most out of your supplement add a scoop of creatine (another essential amino acid) to your shake. Although be careful with how much you add, as your body already produces creatine.
Exercise Recovery: During exercise your body looses an antioxidant called glutathione which is required to aid in muscle repair. By consuming whey protein before or immediately after your workout, it helps to prevent the depletion of this antioxidant enabling a quicker recovery time.
Weight Loss: When looking to loose weight, increasing your protein intake whilst keeping carbs constant and reducing fat levels, led to less hunger which leads to greater fat and weight loss. A breakfast containing one scoop of whey protein is the most sustainable when wanting to increase weight loss. Again remember it is not to be used a a meal replacement and should be used in conjunction to a well balanced diet and good exercise regime.
A Healthy Heart: A recent study in Australia has shown that red meat and whey helped with fat loss, whey also helped to improve insulin sensitivity. This helps the body to protect blood vessels from insulin resistance and reducing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Controlling your blood sugar levels: This is a great benefit for those who may be a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Whey protein has a very low glycaemic index (GI) and glycaemic load (GL), which means it causes a slow yet sustained rise in blood sugar levels – in addition to the above points mentioned for a healthy heart.
Immune System: Recent studies in Canada and the USA have shown that whey can help boost the immune system whilst helping those with HIV by boosting their white blood cells.
So with all these amazing reasons to either start using whey or to continue your good work, where do you get it? You can get it in a selection of flavours from your local health food shop or by ordering online. Our top picks for whey are; Myprotein, Bodybuilding Warehouse and BULK POWDERS