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Whey- The Whey Protein, Do You Have Needed Information?

Updated on September 7, 2013
Whey Protein
Whey Protein

Whey Protein

Whey protein is one of those bodybuilding supplements which are on a boom now a days and whey products are at the pinnacle. It is a buzz word in the fitness for sure, but sad to say, how many know what it is for real?... If you are one of them, get the basics right away.

Whey is a liquid by-product of cheese manufacturing which contains quality proteins. Yes, a milk product of high biological value. It is a pure, natural, high quality protein from cow's milk rich in essential amino acids which help bodybuilders or weightlifting athletes to attainhigher muscular development.

Before going to the benefits of whey protein, i would like to clear some misconceptions.

  • It is not harmful to use whey protein, but inturn a healthy nutritional diet.
  • Proteins do not contain steroids, unless added by manufacturer(they won't, but get yours from a trusted manufacturer anyway).
  • All type of proteins are not the same. Each proteins differ in their functional properties and in their amino acid make up.

Advantages: While it is well known and proved for its role in muscular development, it has also got immune supportive characteristics, is beneficial for bone health and has even got anti-microbial properties. This does not mean that we can use this product for medical purposes(not at all), but refers to the overall health benefits it can do. In one sentence, it keeps body healthy...:)

Major types:

  1. Whey Protein Concentrates: Contain a low level of fat and cholesterol. They are packed with a hight level of bioactive compounds.
    ---they are 35%-85% protein by weight.
  2. Whey Protein Isolates: Theses are processed and presented in most pure form after extracting out fat and lactose, if any. Cost is comparatively higher than other forms.
    ---they are 90%+ protein by weight.
  3. Hydrolysates or Hydrolised Whey Protein: This is the most simplified form of whey protein which means, it is more easily absorbed after digestion and tend to be less allergenic than other forms of whey. (oh, by the way some people, very few, exhibit protein allergy. For that individuals, whey may also pose allergic symptoms. Take notice that this is not a problem with the protein but with the individual.)

There are several other forms of protein products widely available in market like protein bars, protein shake mix, protein powders etc. But from my personal experience, protein powder turns out to be the best. Powder form is soluble, easy to digest protein form and is efficiently absorbed into the body.
Whey is converted from liquid to powdered form under optimum conditions which promise result oriented properties. Also, they are available in different flavours to choose from(by the way, my favorite flavours are strawberry and vanilla).

Perfect time to take Whey protein?
Well, there are a lot of hypes going around. But, from my personal experience, i would recommend two perfect timings.

  1. Within 20-30 minutes after workout: This is the time when your body crave for proteins, the time when it is on #1 demand for all nutrients. But take some carbohydrates(baked potatoes, glucose etc) along with it reasonably, to meet the energy requirements or else the body will have to use the proteins too for energy.
  2. Before you go to sleep:
    You are going take rest, but your body is still working. At the time of sleep, it is proven that the body executes growth and muscle repairing. Now, we can use our common sense... if u've made proteins available, u've done your job. Sleep well, your body will take care of the rest.

These timings have given me best results, and before getting into conclusions, i ask you to try it for yourself and see the results.


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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      A nutirtionist here... Welcome to Hubpages health expert...