Why Whey?

Over the weekend I had a great conversation with a friend as we were driving to Ohio about conditioning and Branched-Chain Amino Acids or BCAA.   This of course moved to Protein use and how important it is for our sons who run indoor track during the winter.

So, as we spoke, not only my son, but I have many people that I think about who need protein. My friends don’t run track and are in their mid-fifty’s and older.   It’s easy to sound like a broken record, (remember those?) but how do I get it to sink in of how important it is?   Maybe they’re thinking, what really is it and why did we produce our Whey Protein-26 as an Isolate?

If you remember your high school chemistry class then you know that amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Protein gets digested in the intestine and stomach into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream. The benefits include building tissue and enabling our brains to function at the highest level. Muscle is made up of Protein, Cholesterol and Organic Sulfur.

whey protein isolate is a dietary supplement created by filtering milk protein. Whey is a by-product of the cheese-making process. Whey can be processed to yield whey protein in three forms: whey isolate, whey concentrate, or whey hydrolysate.

Whey proteins are highly bioavailable, (very quickly absorbed into the body), and have a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs)  which are highly concentrated in muscle tissue, and are used to fuel working muscles and stimulate protein synthesis.

The difference between the whey protein forms is the process used to filter the proteins. We use the best filtration methods called microfiltration. It yields a very high protein to non-protein product ratio.

Whey isolates yield a higher percentage of pure protein and can be filtered enough to be virtually lactose freecarbohydrate free,fat free, and cholesterol free. It is the most quickly digested. Therefore, when a quick boost in amino acids are needed, Whey Protein Isolate is a great decision.   http://bozoomer.com/supplements/whey-protein-26-isolate/100-whey-protein-26-isolate.html

Whey protein powders are used by adding water, juice, milk, or other liquid.  Because of their filtration methods, whey isolates tend to be less allergenic than Concentrates and other bovine milk or dairy products.

The Whey Protein Institute says that higher levels of protein are required into old age to cope with the risks of muscle degeneration and disease. Further, depression, weakened digestive systems and dental decay related to aging can decrease your appetite for meats and other protein-rich foods. These conditions may be counteracted with whey protein powder.

Whey protein may provide specific benefit to mature and senior adults. Changes in metabolism and activity levels are associated with profound changes in body composition and various physiologic functions in individuals as they age. Body composition changes include increases in body fat and loss of muscle mass. Don’t let yourself or parent suffer from this condition because the deposition of fat appears to result from a combination of decreased physical activity, reduction in metabolic rate and consumption of excess calories.

Although the loss of muscle, or sarcopenia, is multifactorial, dietary protein intake and activity level appear to be important determinants. Sarcopenia is a common condition in mature adults with important consequences. The loss of muscle strength leads to significant loss of independence, potential disability and the high health-care costs.

The Mayo Clinic warns against a high protein diet if you suffer from kidney disease. The kidneys must work harder to eliminate unused protein from your body.   Consult with your doctor.

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