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Recognize Whey Protein Benefits For A Fitter You!

Let's assess some of the main advantages to including whey protein powder in your diet so you can get the full picture of what this supplement is all about. Learn more.

By: Shannon Clark

Article Summary:
  • The benefits of whey protein go far beyond adding more muscle to your body.
  • Whey protein contains substance that aid in the prevention of many diseases.
  • The calcium in whey can also help you control your weight by boosting your metabolism.

  • Recognize Whey Protein Benefits For A Fitter You!

    When most people think of whey protein powder, they instantly think of muscle building. After all, in order to generate more muscle mass in the body, protein is the biggest requirement.

    If you fail to get in all the protein you need, you are not going to be successful with the goal of building more muscle mass. While you don't need hundreds of grams of protein a day like some people believe to build muscle, you definitely do need to get in enough.

    Something that often gets overlooked however is all the other benefits that whey protein powder has to offer.

    Let's assess some of the main advantages to including whey protein powder in your diet so you can get the full picture of what this supplement is all about.

    The Other Benefits Of Whey Protein Powder Are Often Overlooked.
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    The Other Benefits Of Whey Protein
    Powder Are Often Overlooked.


    The Types Of Whey

      Right off the start it's important to realize that not all forms of whey protein powder are created equally. There are a few different varieties that will differ slightly in make-up, so choosing the right variety for your goals will be important.

      The four main variations of whey protein powder include whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, hydrolyzed whey protein, and undenatured whey concentrate.

      Whey protein isolate contains the greatest protein concentration coming in at 90-95%, while the rest of the whey protein powders range from 25-89% total protein content. Most will be towards the higher end and you can easily evaluate the protein content by looking at the nutritional information on the particular protein you are purchasing.

      Whey protein isolate also contains the lowest level of lactose, so anyone who is currently lactose intolerant will definitely benefit from this factor. It tends to be lowest in fat as well, so really one of the best well rounded proteins available.

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    Immunity

      One advantage to including whey protein in your diet regularly is the impact it has on your immunity levels. Immunoglobulin is an antibody that is found in whey protein powder in concentrations of as much as 10-15% and will help to suppress the lymphocyte proliferative response to T cells.

    Whey Protein Powder Contains The Antibody Immunoglobin In Concentrations Of 10-15%.
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    Whey Protein Powder Contains The Antibody
    Immunoglobin In Concentrations Of 10-15%.


    Cancer Benefits

      With incidences of cancer on the rise, doing whatever you can to prevent this deadly disease is important. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best methods to decrease your risk of catching cancer and promoting a strong and healthy immune system.

      Researchers have also intensely been studying the impacts of whey protein concentrates on cancer and find that it does have anti-cancer properties. They believe that glutathione stimulation is the primary immune-modulating mechanism through which whey protein can help to decrease the risk of cancer, especially cancer of the liver and pancreas.

      In addition to this, whey protein tends to have an iron-binding property to it, which can help prevent the mutagenic agent from causing oxidative damage to the tissues in the body.

    Researchers Have Found That Whey Protein Does Have Anti-Cancer Properties.
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    Researchers Have Found That Whey Protein
    Does Have Anti-Cancer Properties.


    Treatment Of Hepatitis

      A third benefit of whey protein powder comes with hepatitis treatment. Research has also been conducted and shown that ingesting whey protein supplementation in those who are currently suffering from Hepatitis B or C can help reduce the patients' serum alanine transferase levels, which is a key factor in recovery.


    Cardiovascular Disease

      One of the key issues in preventing and managing cardiovascular disease is making sure that saturated fat intake is kept low and blood pressure remains under control.

      In one study researchers had a group of 20 healthy adult males consume either a fermented milk supplement with added whey protein concentrate or a placebo for an eight week period.

      After the eight week period elapsed they investigated the effects of the supplement on the levels of HDL, triglycerides, and systolic blood pressure and found that the subjects taking the whey protein supplement had higher levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and lower triglycerides and systolic blood pressure.

      This suggests that including whey protein in the diet can put patients who are at risk for cardiovascular disease on the right path towards management.

    Whey Protein May Put Patients Who Are At Risk On The Path Towards Management.
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    Whey Protein May Put Patients Who Are At
    Risk On The Path Towards Management.


    Better Weight Control

      Maintaining a healthy body weight and composition is a main priority of most people and by regularly including whey protein powder in the diet, you can help accomplish this.

      Studies have demonstrated that calcium is a mineral that helps to influence the energy metabolism and positively promote a better body composition. In one study calcium fortified cereal was compared to calcium fortified cereal plus non-fat milk in terms of increasing weight and fat loss and it was seen that the addition of the milk substantially amplified the weight loss effects that were seen.

      One point that should be noted is the researchers did make mention of the fact that while a higher dairy consumption can help with obesity prevention, in those who are already obese simply adding more dairy to their diet will not have much of an effect; at that point, calorie reduction needs to come into play as well.


    Osteoporosis

      Finally, it's already well known that calcium is a key ingredient in preventing bone loss and osteoporosis, but now studies are also suggesting that the particular form of protein found in whey protein powder has the ability to increase femoral bone strength, meaning the benefits may not stop after the calcium content it contains.

      By including whey protein in your diet regular you may help maintain stronger bones by increasing bone formation and bone mineral density.

    The Form Of Protein In Whey Protein Powder Can Increase Femoral Bone Strength.
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    The Form Of Protein In Whey Protein
    Powder Can Increase Femoral Bone Strength.


    Conclusion

    As you can see, there are a number of benefits to using whey protein powder apart from it being a convenient way to meet your protein requirements. With all the different flavors and varieties available today that cross an entire price spectrum, it is one of the top supplements that you should be adding to your diet for overall health and well-being.

    Reference:

    1. Marshall, Keri. (2004). Whey Protein Review. Alternative Medicine. Volume 9, No. 2.

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