The ultimate guide to whey protein supplements

Whey protein is considered the most complete source of protein with the highest biological value (BV) of known sources of the protein family(fig.1). It is an easily digestible, typically safe, and fast-acting protein source that contains substantial amounts of all 9 essential amino acids(EAAs) which our body cannot actually synthesize on its own.

 

What is whey protein?

 

When it comes to the manufacturing process, whey protein is produced as a by-product of the cheese-making process and it’s basically the liquid portion of milk that will be separated and dried out to create the familiar powdered form. In this liquid portion, you will find not just protein but also some other nutrients like carbs, fats, vitamins, and minerals in relatively small quantities. In general, it could be 35-90% protein by weight. It’s important to note that the more refined the whey is, the more concentrated the protein and the more effective the product will be.

Nevertheless, at Nutragainz we always steer towards the highest-end when it comes to managing quantities in which we include “active ingredients” in our products, as we want our customers to get the most bang for their buck when enjoying our cost-effective products. Whey Gainz - the whey protein supplement by Nutragainz also contains the maximum ratio of active protein which can boost whey's effectiveness and its versatility to a significant extent.  

 

Fig.1:The Biological Value of Specific Protein Sources


 
“The Biological Value measures how efficiently your body utilizes a given nutrient source. The higher the biological value, the more amino acids and nitrogen your body is retaining from the protein source”

 

What are the benefits of whey protein?

 

 

It enhances the effect of resistance training

 

It’s a well-known fact that, in order to achieve muscle growth, you need to keep maintaining your weight training sessions along with a positive protein balance in your body. To further explain, the body asks for the following requirement in terms of its muscle nutrition.

 

Protein intake + protein synthesis(inside body cells) > protein breakdown



However, a number of studies have found that supplementation of whey protein combined with resistance exercises can offer up greater gains in muscle mass and muscle strength over just exercises alone. But why is whey protein such a popular supplement nowadays? What makes whey so special in regards to muscle growth? Let’s delve deeper into protein science to puzzle them out.

 

 

 

Amino acids, the structural units of proteins are responsible for maintaining numerous vital body functions in your body including muscle protein synthesis. Speaking of amino acids, whey protein has a diverse amino acid profile. In fact, whey is made of amino acids such as the all-rounder - glutamine, the Nitric oxide booster - arginine, the dopamine aid - tyrosine, and other amino acids such as lysine, glycine, aspartic acid, phenylalanine, etc.

Most importantly, it contains “branched-chain amino acids”(BCAAs) which is a group of 3 essential amino acids that are also known to be extremely effective at building muscles, decreasing muscle fatigue, and alleviating muscle soreness.

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The presence of BCAAs in supplementary whey protein paired with proper resistance training can boost muscle protein synthesis in the body, allowing you to improve your gains at the gym immensely at a much faster rate.

 

It promotes healthy weight loss

 

Protein is by far the most full-filling macronutrient when compared with carbs and fat. It decreases the appetite by reducing the level of “ghrelin” in your body which is often called “hunger hormone”. In fact, all these proteins are shown to carry appetite-suppressing effects with their major properties but even compared with other powerful proteins such as Casein, whey protein can suppress appetite to a greater degree than all of them. Thus, whey protein makes you feel fuller for longer, helping you eat less and lose some of the body fat.

Whey Gainz is a tremendous tool for those of you who are looking to lose a few pounds fast!

 

 

Whey protein offers anti-oxidant effects

 

Whey protein is a precursor to a powerful anti-oxidant called “glutathione” which is sometimes known as the body’s master anti-oxidant. The particular substance is essential for optimal biological functions in your body as it helps fight free radicals. Whey protein contains the amino acid called “cysteine” and through a series of reactions, it is converted into the important anti-oxidant, glutathione.

 

 

It helps reduce LDL, lowers B.P, and regulates blood sugar

 

Several studies have revealed that whey can be effective in reducing LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels in your body which is what we normally call, “bad cholesterol”. This allows you to minimize your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular diseases.

It’s also believed that whey protein can help you lower your blood pressure as it sometimes functions in a very similar manner to conventional blood pressure drugs which are being used by millions of people nowadays. It also regulates blood sugar levels which is great news for patients with diabetes mellitus and for those who are on the edge of developing diabetes as well.

 

 

It helps treat children with asthma

 

A study, published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition concluded that children with atopic asthma who were supplemented with whey protein had an improved immune response and reduction in inflammation. The study also suggests that supplementation for longer periods with more potent whey supplements can be more beneficial in treating such conditions.

 

 

 

 

Wrapping up

 

If you are sticking to a well-balanced diet with a quality workout routine and still not getting your desired results, supplementing with whey protein will definitely help you get the extra edge. Of course, Nutragainz will help you gain greater results, giving your muscles all they need to grow. No matter what your goal is, our premium products always have a lot to offer with additional benefits.

 

References

 

 

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