Choosing the Right Protein Supplement
As someone who implements supplements into their diet, it is important to understand what exactly you are ingesting, as not all supplements are created equal.
In case you were zoned out in your high-school biology class, here is a crash course on proteins and enzymes, what they are, and why they’re important.
What are proteins?
Proteins are made up of many different amino acids that form together in a specific way to create a protein molecule.
Amino acids play countless roles in the biological world, from transporting nutrients throughout the body to being the building structure of most living things.
What are enzymes?
Enzymes, on the other hand, are catalysts that have the ability to start or speed up chemical reaction(s), such as breaking down food.
There are certain enzymes responsible for breaking down each of the macro-nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Protein enzymes allow your body to break down and digest the proteins you consume; these enzymes are called proteases.
Most athletes have trouble consuming the recommended amount of protein for their weight and size every day. Thus, they turn to a protein supplements for help. Since not everyone is able to sit down and have a high-protein meal before or after their workouts, protein shakes have become a less than ideal substitute. Your body is usually not able to breakdown all the protein before the shake passes through digestion, which not only leads to less protein uptake but stomach discomfort and gas.
To solve this problem we added digestive enzymes to Whey+. (Read more about digestive enzymes below)
Why is this important?
It is important to have a basic understanding of the different kinds of protein powders available so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
How do I choose my protein supplement?
First step in choosing the right protein supplement for you is familiarizing yourself with the different types of protein powders available.
There are two main types of proteins when it comes to protein supplements:
- Protein concentrates are produced by extracting protein from whole food using heat and acid or enzymes. These typically supply 60–80% protein, while the remaining 20–40% is composed of fat and carbs.
- Protein isolates go through an additional filtering process which removes more fat and carbs, further concentrating the protein. Protein isolate powders contain about 90% protein.
Some powders are also fortified with BCAAs, vitamins and minerals making them superior than generic protein powder formulas.
Athletes and people who regularly lift weights may find that taking protein powder helps maximize muscle gain and fat loss.
For these individuals, the most preferred type of protein is usually whey isolate, for the simple fact that it contains significantly less fat and carbs than any other type of protein.
While whey concentrate retains some lactose (a milk sugar many individuals have trouble digesting), whey isolate contains very little because most of it is lost during processing.
Whey isolate is digested and absorbed rapidly into the body, and is, gram for gram, the highest available yield of protein.
This is precisely why, when formulating Whey+, we chose whey isolate.
What’s in it?
Whey isolate is naturally rich in branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs).
BCAAs are the essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine, which comprise around 35% of your body's muscle protein. They're easily digestible and “essential” because your body can’t produce them on its own—you have to get them from food and workout supplements. Like other amino acids, they're the building blocks of protein.
Leucine, one of these BCAAs, plays a major role in promoting muscle protein synthesis and recovery. There are 4 grams of leucine present in Whey+.
We also added an additional 2 grams of fermented BCAA’s on top of what is naturally occurring in the whey isolate itself, giving you 7.5 grams of BCAA’s per serving.
Fermented BCAAs don’t go through any harsh chemical extraction processes and are not derived from duck feathers or human hair; they are the highest quality BCAA available.
Remember earlier when we discussed how proteins are building structures of all living things? Well, collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It’s used by the body for muscle tissue repair, connective tissues, bone, skin, and gut health, and a multitude of other functions. Like BCAAs, collagen peptides are easily digestible.
To give you even more protein per serving, we’ve included collagen peptides in our Whey+ formula; making it different than any other whey protein on the market.
To top off an already amazing formula, we included a 4 part enzyme blend. Protease, as we mentioned earlier, lactase, papain, and bromelain were all chosen for their distinct and superior abilities to break down proteins.
Lactase specifically helps break down milk proteins. Given the fact that very little lactose is left in whey isolates, even people who are lactose-sensitive can have Whey+ and digest it easily.
These enzymes substantially increase protein absorption, so you’re getting more protein for your buck. More so, this alleviates gas and bloating since you don’t have undigested protein making its way through your gut.
All in all…
When choosing your protein supplement, it is important to make sure you are getting the highest quality protein with the best benefits that will fit your needs.
With Whey+ you will get:
- 26 Grams of protein per serving
- Including collagen peptides and BCAAs
- 5 Grams of BCCAs per serving
- A vitamin and mineral blend including:
- Vitamin B-6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
- Digestive enzymes for easier digestion including:
To top it off, Whey+ ONLY has 109 calories, 0.3 g of fat, and ZERO carbs/sugars per serving.
If you were looking for the perfect protein supplement, I think it’s safe to say, you found it.
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