Best Whey Protein of 2016
Whey protein is without a doubt the most popular supplement among athletes, bodybuilders and regular gym goers. Not only is it one of the most researched supplements around but also the most bio-available sources of protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids, thus making it a staple in everyone supplement program.
Whey is the by-product of milk during curding; it makes up 20% of the protein content with the other 80% coming from casein.
Types of whey protein
Whey Protein Concentrate – this is produced through ultra-filtration and refers to whey proteins which contain less than 90% concentration, the other 10% coming from fats, minerals and lactose.
Whey Protein Isolate – produced via numerous filtration techniques ensuring the removal of the majority of lactose and a greater quantity of protein (above 90%).
Whey Protein Hydrolysates — produced via enzymatic hydrolysis of either concentrates or isolates. Through this process the peptide bonds are separated resulting in a reduced digestion time.
Why supplement with whey protein?
Amino acids are the “building blocks” of protein and proteins are the “building blocks” of muscle tissue; aminos are stored within the muscles. Amino acids perform a variety of functions including energy production, metabolism, cardio function etc.
The amino acid L-Leucine (this stimulates the mTOR pathway which regulates muscle protein synthesis) is predominantly found in whey therefore making the supplement invaluable to those looking to increase muscle mass and recovery.
When is the best time to take whey protein?
Whey protein digests quite rapidly (research suggests within 30minutes) therefore making it an ideal post workout supplement so that your body can start to use the proteins for repair/recovery.
It can also be used as a meal replacement, we all know it’s difficult to achieve our daily protein requirements and that’s where whey helps immensely – it mixes easily in water, digests quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling full! If however, you’d prefer to slow down the digestion you may want to consider mixing it with some fats like fish oil capsule or peanut butter.