6 Healthy Reasons Why You Should Be Using Whey Protein

Whey protein is a good quality protein excellent for sports nutrition.  Whey protein may also be fantastic for weight loss, wound healing, immune support, blood sugar management, and healthy ageing. While researching for an ebook I was writing as a health copywriter I found these interesting bits of information on whey protein.

What Is Whey Protein

Whey protein is one of the two proteins found in milk.  The other protein is casein.  When a coagulant is added to milk, the curds (casein) and whey separate. Whey protein is the water-soluble part of milk.  It is a rich source of essential amino acids needed on a daily basis by the body.  Whey protein is a quality protein, amino acid profile, and anti-inflammatory ability.  It can support glutathione production via its high cysteine content.  Whey protein is absorbed faster than other forms of protein and may be useful for hitting targeted daily protein goals.

Everyone has different protein requirements and choosing the best protein powder for you, and your body can be confusing.  Other types of protein powders which may suit your body include; pea protein, hemp protein, soy protein, rice protein, casein protein.  Always try and buy the best you can afford.

Weight Management

Whey itself does not reduce fat, but taking in more protein often helps your fat loss journey.  Whey protein has an excellent amino acid profile.  This helps maintain lean muscle tissue and is low in fat and carbohydrate.  Its high content of leucine is associated with the preservation of lean muscle tissue.  Whey protein contains bioactive components that help stimulate the release of two appetite suppressing hormones.  Whey protein post-exercise may lead to a reduced intake of calories afterwards.

Recovery

When the body is working to heal wounds and surgical incisions it requires increased amounts of protein. An inadequate intake of protein will result in a negative nitrogen balance, thereby significantly impairing the wound healing response.  Protein and its amino acids are the building blocks that initiate the growth and repair of lean body tissue.  Whey protein’s excellent amino acid profile may help regulate the immune system.

Healthy Ageing, Muscle and Bone Preservation

Whey protein is not just for bodybuilders; it may also offer superior protein synthesis and reduced muscle loss in the elderly.  Whey has a good content of calcium and the amino acid L-cysteine.  L-cysteine may help deficiencies that occur during ageing, diabetes and other conditions.

The most exciting piece of information about using whey as a source of protein is that unlike some other proteins, whey does not harm the liver or kidneys.  It may, however, exacerbate the pre-existing damage. People with damaged livers or kidneys should exercise caution when increasing protein intake quickly without the guidance of a doctor.