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Health Tip for week Oct 5th

  • Whey Protein is good for weight loss and more…

Let’s start by defining what is Whey Protein.  Whey is a complex milk-based ingredient made up of protein, lactose, fat and minerals. Protein is the most abundant component of whey and includes many smaller protein sub-fractions and minor peptides. Each of these sub-fractions has unique biological properties. Manufacturer takes liquid whey and “dries it” making whey protein powder.  With modern filtering technology, it allows companies to isolate some of whey’s highly bioactive peptides, such as lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase, which occur in only minute amounts in cow’s milk.

Benefits of Whey Protein:

Jarrow's Whey Protein

  • The protein in whey has a high biological value, meaning it’s easily absorbed by the body.
  • Also, easily and quickly digested by the body which is able to quickly utilize most of the amino acids in whey protein to help with tissue repair and recovery after exercise.
  • When isolate, whey protein is very low in fat and carbohydrates. This is because the refinement process used to create whey protein powder removes nearly all of the fat and sugars in the liquid, leaving a final product that is almost 100% protein by volume.
  • Improve immunity and even stave off muscle wasting.
  • Support satiety (minimize hunger), improve insulin sensitivity which helps with weight management, and optimize muscle mass.
  • Research suggests that whey may help reduce stress, moderate cortisol, and support healthy serotonin levels, thus imparting feelings of well-being.
  • It boosts glutathione levels, facilitating immune function, and aiding in the fight against cancer.

First, you need to understand that whey protein is not an anabolic steroid – it’s a food.  The goal of drinking whey protein is usually to add weight (in the form of additional muscle), not to lose it.

That said, muscle growth will replace fat so ultimately you lose body fat and change your body fat percentage to favor lean tissue.  In summary, having whey protein as a supplement in your diet could help you become leaner overall … and yes, that would probably include losing some belly fat.

There are lots of research supporting that whey protein may thus help to improve whole-body wellness by supporting healthy weight, mood, and biochemistry.  Click here if you are interested to read and learn more about it.

However, be careful of the whey protein powder sold in the market.  There are so many types and everybody has different preferences and opinions on which ones are good.  My recommendation is to read the ingredients.  The main ingredient should be whey protein and it should be 100% natural.  If the list of ingredients is long, you are likely to get more stuff like sugar substance in replace of whey protein.  In other words, you are getting cheated.  You will probably get 50% of whey and 50% of sugar to make it taste good.  Also, look for those ones with less chemicals.  If you don’t know a word or the word is long, it is more likely to be chemically processed and genetically modified.  The most expensive whey powder doesn’t necessarily mean the best.  It’s just marketing.   In summary, look for one that has a short list of ingredients and 100% natural whey.

I highly recommend Jarrow’s brand.  At AF Performance, we sell Jarrow’s 2 lb Whey for $29.95 (no tax) along with other doctor’s brand which you cannot get at regular Vitamin Shop or supermarket like Metagenics and Thorne.

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October 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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