What is whey protein?
Whey protein is a type of protein extracted from milk. It contains all 9 essential amino acids required to maintain muscles.
Why should we be taking it?
Weight loss and appetite control – Whey protein at breakfast is more sustaining and staves off hunger for longer, according t a Dutch study. A trial in the U.S found that by increasing protein from 15 to 30 per cent in diets led to less hungers and significant weight and fat loss.
Athletic performance and exercise recovery – Research has consistently proven whey protein enhances muscle growth, recovery and repair. Canadian research found that after six weeks of resistance training the group of men taking whey protein gained significantly more lean muscle mass and increased strength than the placebo group. Meanwhile in the University of Alberta, researchers found that when given whey cyclists recovered more quickly from 40km trials. They found that whey prevented depletion of the antioxidant glutathione, which facilitated faster recovery.
Heart health, boosting immunity and blood sugar control – Research from Australia suggests that protein helps to prevent insulin resistance in blood vessels, reducing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. While in Canada researchers have found that whey powder boosts white blood cells and rev up the immune system. As whey protein has a low glycaemic index (GI) it releases a slow and steady rise in blood sugar, helping to maintain stable blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
How do we take it?