Before describing the observed benefits and pros of whey protein powder, let’s say that no food supplement can replace a holistic, natural and unprocessed diet. However, whey protein can be useful if you are working hard and have difficulty supplementing your protein intake from natural foods.
Benefits of Whey Protein?
The pros of high quality whey protein powder can range from aesthetics to general health retention. Positive by target states associated with whey protein include:
Support to increase muscle mass
Support for cancer treatment
Raising glutathione, the body’s essential water-soluble antioxidant
Reduction in HIV symptoms
Decrease in triglycerides
Reducing bad cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol
Support for immune system health
Increase in sports performance
Decreased recovery time and signs of overtraining
Lists can be made as the best whey protein powders, but what makes a whey protein good or bad is its content and the ratio of what it contains. Certain amino acids are used in the body for certain purposes. For example, whey protein is a BCAA-rich protein powder that contains 3 of 9 amino acids, which is of particular importance in the repair and maintenance of muscles. In both training and body recovery, your body will break down a small amount (1-5%) of amino acids for ‘fuel’ and these amino acids are usually BCAA. Although this amount may seem small, your body will break down your muscles this time to get these BCAAs. However, when a high amount of BCAA is provided to the body, this time the body will preserve the muscle while leucine, one of the BCAAs, will trigger muscle synthesis. In other words, leucine signals your body to increase amino acid storage, and your body does this by adding more muscle.
So if you have a goal of building more muscle, getting enough BCAAs will help both preserve existing muscle and stimulate extra muscle building. Muscle retention becomes more important if you are in the weight loss period and are restricting calories. Getting enough BCAAs during this period also helps your body to brake muscle loss while losing fat.
One of the benefits of whey protein is that it increases glutatothione production, according to some studies. You may have heard that vitamins C and E are antioxidants, but one antioxidant your body uses to scavenge free radicals is glutathione. Glutathione is made up of three amino acids: cysteine (cysteine), glutamic (glutamic) and glycine (glycine). Cysteine, which is high in whey protein, is thought to increase glutathione production in the body.