Whey Protein is an excellent protein choice for
individuals of all ages who value the role of a healthy diet in helping to
maintain and improve their health.
protein isolate, the purest form available, is unsurpassed as a
source of the essential amino acids required in the daily diet. Essential amino
acids are the building blocks for healthy muscles, skin, nails and other body
tissue. To learn more about
protein and how
it contributes to good health, please select your specific area of interest.
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protein has long been considered the "Gold Standard" of protein for
serious athletes who work hard to develop and sustain a lean, strong and
well-defined physique. Research studies support this belief. Athletes need more
protein in their diet, often as much as twice the recommended daily allowance.
The protein they choose makes a difference and here are several reasons why whey
protein is a preferred choice for athletes of all types.
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protein is a naturally complete
protein, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids required
in the daily diet. It has the ideal combination of amino acids to help
improve body composition and enhance athletic performance.
protein is a rich source of branched
chain amino acids (BCAAs), containing the highest known levels of any
natural food source. BCAAs are important for athletes since unlike the other
essential amino acids, they are metabolized directly into muscle tissue and
are the first ones used during periods of exercise and resistance training.
Whey protein provides the body with BCAAs to replenish depleted levels and
start repairing and rebuilding lean muscle tissue.
protein is an excellent source of the
essential amino acid, leucine. Leucine is important for athletes as it plays
a key role in promoting muscle protein synthesis and muscle growth. Research
has shown that individuals who exercise benefit from diets high in leucine
and have more lean muscle tissue and less body fat compared to individuals
whose diet contains lower levels of leucine. Whey protein isolate has
approximately 50% more leucine than soy protein isolate.
protein is a soluble, easy to digest protein and is efficiently
absorbed into the body. It is often referred to as a "fast" protein for its
ability to quickly provide nourishment to muscles.
protein helps athletes maintain a
healthy immune system by increasing the levels of glutathione in the body.
Glutathione is an antioxidant required for a healthy immune system and
exercise and resistance training may reduce glutathione levels. Whey protein
helps keep athletes healthy and strong to perform their best.
show that achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can add years to your life
and help prevent weight related complications, including diabetes, cancer, and
heart disease. Diet plays a key role in any weight management program and adding
protein protein often helps make a positive difference. Here are some of
the reasons why.
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- The body requires more energy to digest protein than other foods (thermic
effect) and as a result you burn more calories after a protein meal.
protein isolate is pure protein with
little to no fat or carbohydrates. It is a perfect complement to any low
carbohydrate or low glycemic index diet plan.
- Recent studies by Dr. Donald Layman, a professor at the University of
Illinois, have highlighted the role of the essential amino acid leucine in
improving body composition. High quality whey protein is rich in leucine to
help preserve lean muscle tissue while promoting fat loss. Whey protein
contains more leucine than milk protein, egg protein and soy protein.
- Protein helps to stabilize blood glucose levels by slowing the
absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. This in turn reduces hunger by
lowering insulin levels and making it easier for the body to burn fat.
protein contains bioactive components
that help stimulate the release of two appetite-suppressing hormones:
cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). In support of
this, a new study found that whey protein had a greater impact on satiety
than casein, the other protein in milk. Adding whey protein to a mid-day
snack or beverage provides healthy energy and may help control food intake
at the next meal.
2001, heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States for both
men and women. With the average life expectancy rising each year, it becomes
increasingly important to adopt a nutritious diet and regular exercise program
to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
protein should be part of that nutritious diet.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the leading causes of heart
disease and stroke. Exciting new research has shown that whey protein may help
in the battle against hypertension. Both human clinical and animal studies found
that a hydrolyzed whey protein isolate assisted in reducing the blood pressure
of borderline hypertensive individuals.
Elevated cholesterol is another factor associated with heart disease and whey
protein has been shown to reduce cholesterol in a number of animal and clinical
studies. Certain bioactive components in whey protein may be responsible for the
cholesterol reduction however additional research is needed in this area.
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Cancer patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy often have difficulty in
meeting their daily nutritional requirements due to nausea and lack of appetite.
This may lead to weight loss, muscle loss and protein calorie malnutrition.
protein is an excellent protein choice for
cancer patients as it is very easy to digest and very gentle to the system and
is available in two flavors...chocolate
protein may be added to a wide variety of foods
and beverages to increase the protein content without affecting taste.
As with serious athletes, cancer patients often have reduced glutathione levels
and a weakened immune system. Numerous studies have shown that
protein, rich in the amino acid cysteine,
provides an extra boost to the immune system by raising glutathione levels. This
may help reduce the risk of infection and improve the responsiveness of the
immune system. In support of this, at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American
Cancer Society, research was presented showing that women with the highest
levels of plasma cysteine had a 56% reduction in the risk of breast cancer
compared to individuals with the lowest levels of plasma cysteine.
protein has been shown through animal and in
vitro studies to inhibit the growth of several types of cancer tumors. Dr.
Thomas Badger, head of the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center in Little Rock,
found that feeding rats whey protein resulted in their developing 50% fewer
tumors than rats fed casein. The rats fed whey protein also developed fewer
tumors than rats fed soy protein and the tumors took longer to develop.
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2 diabetes is a growing health problem, largely in part to the continued rise in
obesity. It is not unique to adults and is becoming more of a concern for
children and teenagers. The good news is that healthy nutrition practices have
been shown to play a role in helping to manage, and possibly prevent, the onset
of type-2 diabetes.
protein, a high quality,
high biological value protein, is a good choice for diabetics who need to
carefully manage food intake.
provides more value than equal amounts of lower quality proteins that are often
higher in fat and cholesterol. In addition, whey protein helps control blood
glucose levels and has been shown to be beneficial for weight management, both
of which are often a concern for type-2 diabetics.
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protein contains many of the same
components found in human breast milk and for this reason, is a key ingredient
in a wide variety of infant formulas, including those for premature infants.
Certain types of whey protein based infant formulas have also been shown to help
reduce crying in colicky infants. While breast-feeding is preferred, infant
formulas containing whey protein are the next best thing when breast-feeding is
not an option. In addition,
protein is an
excellent protein choice for the expectant mother who needs increased amounts of
protein. Pregnancy can increase the body's protein needs by up to 33%. Before
making any changes to their diet, it is recommended that expectant mothers
consult with a physician to determine their unique protein needs.
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U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by the year 2020 approximately one out of
every six Americans will be in the in the 65 and older age group. As we age,
muscle loss and its negative health implications is a growing concern, both in
terms of volume and medical costs. Good nutrition and adequate amounts of
protein may help maintain strong muscles during
aging, especially when combined with an exercise and resistance training
program. A recent study in Europe compared whey protein to casein, the primary
protein in milk. They found that older men who consumed whey protein showed
greater protein synthesis, or growth, which helped limit muscle loss over time.
Another benefit of
protein for seniors is the
ability to help prevent bone loss. A recent study conducted at Boston University
showed that elderly individuals who consumed low levels of protein had a
significant loss of bone density four years after the start of the study,
especially in the hip and spine areas. A nutritious diet including
protein may help keep bones and muscles healthy
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When the body is working to heal wounds and surgical incisions it requires
increased amounts of protein. Protein and its amino acids are the building
blocks that initiate the growth of new skin during the healing process.
Inadequate amounts of protein or diets high in poor quality proteins, such as
gelatin, may delay the healing process. Whey protein is a very high quality
protein and is often the preferred choice for high protein products recommended
by physicians following surgery or burn therapy.
protein also contains components with
protective anti-microbial properties, such as lactoferrin. In recent years
companies have introduced mouthwashes and oral care products containing these
protective whey protein components. The companies are taking advantage of the
unique features of whey protein to create new products for diabetics and others
sensitive to oral irritations. This area is expected to evolve in the future.
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