What is Whey Protein?
Whey is the liquid left over during the cheese making process after the casein in milk is converted into curds. Whey protein is a high quality, complete protein, with all the essential amino acids. Whey protein is also the richest known source of naturally occurring branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). BCAAs are important for strength training athletes, endurance athletes and professional athletes. The body requires higher amounts of branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) during and following exercise as they are taken up directly by the skeletal muscles versus first being metabolized through the liver, like other amino acids. Low BCAA levels contribute to fatigue; therefore, the best time to take Whey Protein is within thirty minutes to an hour after exercise.
Benefits of (BCAAs) Branch Chain Amino Acids:
Metabolizes directly in the muscle
Helps build muscle
Helps stop muscle breakdown
Helps prevent muscle protein breakdown during exercise
Can delay fatigue and improve exercise performance
What type of Whey Protein?
There are many types of whey protein but the three main types are: Hydrolyzed, Isolate, and Concentrate. Hydrolyzed Whey Protein is the Ultimate, Isolate is runner-up, and Concentrate is the basic.
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
The King of all whey proteins
Rapid absorption rate
100% Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
May taste bitter
Whey Protein Isolate
More pure than concentrate
Not as easily digested as Hydrolyzed Whey Protein but still quickly absorbed
Much better choice than concentrate
Look for a low-temperature method (avoid heat-processed)
90% Protein Isolate with minimal amount of fat and lactose.
A great choice if you don’t want to spend the money on Hydrolyzed.
Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)
WPC is the least expensive
Contains more Fat
Contains more Lactose
Ratios of protein varies depending on Brand
Don’t waste your money.
What to purchase?
When purchasing a Whey protein powder read the ingredients. It should not have any artificial flavors, sweeteners, fillers, binders, no fat or sugar added, or anything else.
I personally use Thorne’s Hydrolyzed Whey Protein and/or Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate. www.thorne.com and http://www.bluebonnetnutrition.com both are excellent products.