A Complete Guide for Whey Protein and Its Benefits

Jul 17, 2020 07:00 AM EDT | By Wyn J. (staff@foodworldnews.com)

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Protein is essential to take for humans to function correctly. There are tons of foods that we can get protein from- foods, supplements, and even whey protein. The difference between these protein sources is that it is not created equal. 

Whey protein is just another form of protein, and it has one of the best sources of amino acids that the body needs. These amino acids are very fast absorbing and are beneficial to one's immune system. Not only that, but whey protein can help build body mass through muscle gain and lose unnecessary and unhealthy fats. 

What is Whey Protein?

Whey protein is a mixture of proteins that come from whey. The whey is the liquid component of the milk where cheese is extracted. Milk is made up of two main ingredients: whey and casein. In the process of cheese-making, the whey is separated from the soon-to-be cheese as the milk forms the fatty parts. Therefore, it is a byproduct of cheese production. If you come across buying yogurt and there's a wet layer on top, that is whey.

Whey, in general, does not have taste, that's why manufacturers add flavor to it. Usually, whey is flavored chocolate, but there are other flavors such as strawberry and vanilla. Most whey protein manufacturers sell whey protein in powder form for people to make shaken drinks out of it. However, when you plan to buy whey, make sure you've checked the ingredients because sometimes they add refined sugar to it. This is one factor that should be considered primarily for those who follow a strict diet and people who want to lose weight.

Health benefits of whey protein

Aside from that, whey protein is not just ordinary whey. It has other health benefits that you can choose from, and here are some of those health benefits that whey protein provides: 

  1. Whey protein is high in lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, beta-lactoglobulin, and alpha-lactalbumin. 

  2. Whey protein can lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and reduces the risk of depression and stress.

  3. It protects the body from getting diseases such as cancer and hepatitis. It also increases bone mineral density and improves one's immune system for people who have HIV. 

  4. It is high in amino acid cysteine, and it offers a lot of health benefits, including an increase in glutathione levels, which serves as an antioxidant for the body.

Whey supplementation effects

Whey protein mostly comes in supplement form. Many people take whey protein supplements because it increases body mass and adds strength. There are tons of ways that whey protein can promote muscle strength, such as:

  1. It provides amino acids and serves as building blocks for muscle growth.

  2. Increases the release of anabolic hormones that stimulates insulin for the body.

  3. Stimulates muscle protein synthesis with the use of leucine.

  4. It is easy to absorb and can be used quickly by the body compared to other protein types.

It is highly recommended to take whey protein right before, after, or during a workout. The whey protein intake will ensure the protein synthesis is utilized well and productively by the body. 

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