Whey Protein: The underutilized supplement
By: Marylin Salgado
We hear of whey protein all the time, yet we don’t buy it or use it as much as we should. Let me take the time in this blog to breakdown Whey Protein to its simplest form. That way you are thoroughly informed, and whether you are training or are heading in that direction, you can immediately start using this great supplement. It also feels good to know what you are putting in your body, as sometimes labels make it difficult to understand all the chemical components listed.
What is Whey?
Whey is that cloudy, watery liquid that remains after milk has been separated from curd, especially when making cheese. Total downer. Here’s the upside. It is rich in lactose, minerals and vitamins. It also has lactalbumin, a protein, and some fat.
What is Protein?
This is where it gets complicated, so I will spare you the brain numbing experience of getting too technical. Protein contains amino acids, and the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur and may even contain iron. It may also contain antibodies, hormones and enzymes.
Let me break these down for you so you understand the benefits of each component and why it is not only necessary but essential you add Tokkyo Nutrition Whey Protein to your daily diet and workout routine. I will keep it short, sweet and to the point.
Let’s begin with the components found in Whey:
- Lactose – Sugar found in milk
- Lactalbumin – A protein found in milk
- Fat – Stores energy in the body
Let’s continue with the components found in Protein:
- According to Medline Plus, Amino acids – Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins. Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life.
When proteins are digested or broken down, amino acids are left. The human body uses amino acids to make proteins to help the body:
- Break down food
- Repair body tissues
- Perform many other body functions
- Carbon – Carbon is the main component of sugars, proteins, fats, DNA, muscle tissue, pretty much everything in your body. Jacquelin Howard, December 6, 2017
- Hydrogen – provides the body with energy and may even assist with slowing down the aging process (bonus)
- Nitrogen – Nitrogen is an important source which further help to synthesize human proteins. Jagran Jose, November 1, 2017
- Oxygen – helps add Oxygen to food and then releases energy in our body
- Sulfur – helps with muscle inflammation and metabolism
- Iron – Essential for blood production in the body
- Antibodies – keep you healthy by helping your immune system kick into action when your body is attacked by viruses or bacteria
- Hormones – Control and coordinate body functions
- Enzymes – Assist with digestion and metabolism.
Whey protein is the foundation of any weight lifting and bodybuilding regimen. It should be one of the first products you buy and keep using daily according to your intake needs. Let me help you figure that out.
Calculating your daily protein intake
Multiply your weight by 0.36. For example, 130 lbs. x 0.36 equals 46.8. I weigh around this range, but I take 60 grams of TokkyoNutrion Whey Protein daily for my workouts with weights, and it has served me well. Should you have any questions concerning your intake, make an appointment with your MD or consult a Personal Trainer or Fitness Specialist in your area. As always, consult your doctor before adding a supplement to your diet or starting an exercise program.
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