Whey protein is one of the most frequently used and understood supplements in the bodybuilding and fitness marketplace. Despite this, there remains a great deal of misinformation that surrounds not only its purpose, but use as well. With that in mind, we look into the traditional, and not so traditional uses of Whey protein. In particular, we will try to dispel some of the myths that come up with Whey protein.
First Of All What Is It?
Whey protein is a complex protein consisting of many small protein sub fractions as well as minor peptides. Each molecule of Whey protein has a lot going on and until recently, it was prohibitively expensive to separate the more reactive components we use from the bulk of the molecular chains. The process of refining the Whey protein and making it more full of the things we need is called concentration. As a result, Whey protein will have several times the amount of different proteins typically found in trace amounts in things like milk. It all depends on the filtration process used to turn milk into Whey protein.
What Whey Protein Can Do For You
Despite all the misinformation and false claims, Whey protein provides a great deal of benefits. Containing powerful antioxidants (GSH), Whey protein can aid in boosting your immune system and improving liver functionality. In addition, people swear by the benefits that Whey protein provides for muscle growth and recovery. Containing a high degree of protein, it is often used as a dietary supplement to boost the intake of protein and amino acids.
What Kinds Of Whey Are There?
There are 3 different types of Whey protein powder that also benefit athletes and bodybuilders in different ways, while we will briefly go into it here, we recommend seeing this post at Supplement Express for a more detailed view.
The 3 types we are talking about are; Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate and Hydrolyzed Whey. They all different in their protein to carbohydrate and fat ratio, which also is one of the reasons they provide different benefits to athlete and bodybuilders. Whey Protein Concentrate is roughly 70-80% of protein per weight. This type of protein is the least filtered and contains more carbohydrate, fats and lactose then the rest. Whey Protein Isolate on the other hand contains roughly 80-90% of protein per weight. It also contains less carbohydrates, fats and lactose than WPC and is also digested quicker by the body. Last but not least, Hydrolyzed Whey contains roughly 90-97% of protein per weight. It has little to none carbohydrates, fat and lactose. Furthermore Hydrolyzed whey is one of the quickest digesting whey protein powders. So quick that within 15 minutes the body can absorb all of the Hydrolyzed Whey that was consumed.
While Whey protein is often advertised as a muscle gainer, it is basically a supplement that is high in protein. The different types of Whey provide a range of benefits, more notably is the speed at which it can be digested and absorbed by the body. As well the amount of protein per weight and other benefits like an enhanced immune system all help to make Whey protein a convenient and beneficial supplement to boosting protein intake and as a result assisting with the recovery and the development of muscle. However with each year that passes new and interesting facts start to appear about Whey protein, defining what it can and cannot do. Do yourself a favor and focus on these studies over any hype you read online. That way you will always have the facts and not just some rumors or ‘bro science’.