Your Complete Guide To Whey Protein – Part 2

A couple of days ago we started our four-part series on all you need to know about whey powder, and today we continue our talk about what types of whey protein exist, its benefits in the long run, as well as how much of it you should use.

We’ll first talk about the different types of whey protein that exists on the market. This knowledge is important so that you can decide easier which kind of WP you want, because each variation has something extra to offer you, and your choice should be based on your goals and your body’s response.

Hydrolyzed whey is most easily absorbed by your body and there are two reasons for that. This mix has had an enzyme treatment before reaching you, and as such, it has the ability of breaking the longer proteins down into shorter ones. This treatment of whey protein also helps your stomach to stay calm (sometimes digestion can get a bit jumbled up when you first start using whey), and the possibility for allergies is smaller. The downside of hydrolyzed whey is that the other components of the powder can vary a lot, so make sure to read the label.

Whey protein isolate, as its name suggests, is the purest form of whey protein that can be found out there, with its protein concentration of up to 95%. Other components of whey powder such as fats and lactose are present in whey protein isolate, but in miniscule amounts. This is why the isolate variation works best for all those athletes and fitness aficionados who are lactose intolerant. The flip side of the why protein isolate coin is that, while it’s very pure in its content, it also misses some important ingredients that improve its effects on your body.

Whey protein concentrate varies in its content of the raw whey protein the most, so the smallest amount you can have is around 30%, while the ones that are most available have around 80%, which is quite close to the hydrolyzed whey. In this type lactose is very present, up to 8%, which immediately means it’s not recommended for anyone with lactose intolerance, and concentrate also has more fats than all other variations.

We already touched on why whey protein is so good when it comes to improving your musculature from a biological standpoint, but it is important to mention how whey is beneficial for you on a grander scale. If you combine the use of whey protein with resistance training, you can expect to gain a lot of lean muscle and it will show admirably, as long as you follow good a suitable diet. But, another benefit we’d like to underline is that both your digestion and immune system will improve if you start using whey protein in the long run. Because this is a natural protein that is basically just condensed to give maximum effect, your whole body, and not just your muscles will respond positively to it. The result of this supplement is actually a state as close to wellbeing as you will ever come.

When talking about when and how much whey powder you should use, there aren’t any strict rules per say, but there are ways in which the professionals use this supplement for optimal results. Whey protein is best used after a workout, simply because it is digested very quickly and once in your metabolism, it helps in reducing the muscle protein break down that happens after exercise. If you’re not sure how much of it you should use, then we’ll recommend up to 40g in one serving, that is considered just enough to give great results and to be affordable, because this supp isn’t cheap.

If you’re not sure how to incorporate whey powder into your eating routine, you can simply drink it as a milkshake, mixed with water or milk. If you want to make a meal out of it, then combining it with oatmeal for breakfast is a good way to go, and you can always bring a milkshake with you to work, and swap it for a snack.

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