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5 Interesting Facts About Whey Protein

.You probably know whey protein is a high-quality protein naturally found in dairy milk. It is a complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs including leucine which stimulates muscle protein synthesis. But did you know protein...

1. Helps with Muscle Fatigue

Whey protein contains precursors which raise the levels of water-soluble antioxidant glutathione. Some studies have found oxidative stress contributes to muscle fatigue, so having higher GSH levels may allow you to train longer and harder.1

2. Improves the Health of the Immune System
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The amino acids in whey protein (specifically cysteine, glutamate, glycine) also improve the health of the immune system by enhancing the function of neutrophils to help fight off enemies.

3. Slows the Lost of Muscle Mass with Aging
Seniors working out

Increasing daily protein intake has been shown to slow down the rate of the loss of muscle mass that comes with aging.2

4.  Quality Matters

The quality of protein certainly does matter – whey protein is more bioavailable so it gets processed faster in the body and easier to absorb in the muscle tissue. As a result, a higher concentration of amino acids reach the muscle contributing to how whey protein helps to rebuild the muscle tissue faster than other forms of protein. 3

5. Helps at Night

Biozzz Whey protein and a clock

Consuming whey protein before going to sleep has shown multiple benefits to improving training efficiency and exercise recovery. Research on protein ingestion before sleep found that it inhibits muscle protein breakdown, increase plasma amino acid availability which then increases muscle protein synthesis rates and improves whole-body protein balance during overnight sleep. 4

 

  1. Kerksick C, Willoughby D. The antioxidant role of glutathione and N-acetyl-cysteine supplements and exercise-induced oxidative stress. J Int Soc Sports Nutr 2005, 2:38-44.
  2. Padden-Jones, D. Role of dietary protein in the sarcopenia of aging. Am J Clin Nutr;2008;87:1562S–1566S.
  3. Burd NA et al. Greater stimulation of myofibrillar protein synthesis with ingestion of whey protein isolate v. micellar casein at rest and after resistance exercise in elderly men.British J Nutr 2012 Sept108(6):958-62
  4. Luc J.C. van Loon. Protein ingestion prior to sleep: potential for optimizing post-exercise recovery. Sports Science Exchange (2013) Vol. 26, No. 117, 1-5.



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