What You need to Know About Whey Protein
By: Bryan Ruskin
What is Whey Protein and where does it come from?
Simply said, whey protein is derived from milk. Within milk
there exists two forms of protein: casein, which makes up
nearly 80% of the total protein in milk, and whey, the other
20%. Whey protein is a more soluble protein and is much
richer in content than its less valuable, though more
abundant brother, casein. Also, whey protein is abundant in
branched-chain amino acids, which are vital to building and
maintaining muscle tissue. During the process of extraction,
whey protein is separated from its original compound during
milk's transformation into cheese. The resulting product is
pure whey protein/
Is there a difference between Whey Isolate and Whey
The difference between the two is actually quite large. Whey
protein isolate contains 90% or more of pure whey protein
and is its most highly concentrated form. Whey concentrate,
on the other hand, typically contains only 25-89% of pure
whey protein and also is known to possess additional fats
and lactate within its formula. The difference in price
between whey isolate and whey concentrate will be apparent
to any buyer in the market for a protein supplement. While
some may want to save money and invest in concentrate, the
money kept is simply a trade off for a more than likely
inferior protein product.
Why is Whey Protein important for those who work out?
When exercising, the goal is to break down muscle fibers and
tissue so that they will regenerate stronger each time. In
order for this regrowth to occur, however, the body must be
equipped with the necessary nutrients it needs to perform
its various functions. Whey protein assists in: building and
repairing muscles and bones, repairing cells within the
body, metabolic functions, etc. In a simple sense, whey
protein and the amino acids it contains will bolster muscle
recovery time and provide the body with the nutrients it
needs to keep up with your gains in the gym.
How much Whey Protein should I take a day?
This will vary based on your age, size, and overall fitness
goals. Typically those wish to build stronger and larger
muscles will want to consume more than individuals who
simply want to get into a lean, athletic shape. In any case,
whey protein is beneficial to both parties.
Where should I get my whey protein from? Like
which brand is the best?
There are many brands from GNC, to twinlab, to EAS, but
the one I highly recommend is to get your whey (or any
protein supplement) from Netrition's Protein Selection, they have probably the cleanest purest
form of whey you can possibly buy.
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