Your Questions About Whey Protein, Answered
These next couple of weeks will be dedicated to discussing whey protein, an incredibly popular supplement right now in the fitness world. Though many recognize it’s a great muscle builder and source of lean protein, there are so many questions that have been left unanswered. We want you to have an in-depth understanding of this incredible supplement. So, here’s the beginning of our series on whey protein.
In these blogs to-be-released, we’ll be discussing topics such as whey protein’s uses, origins, and composition; benefits and precautions to using it; and how to easily incorporate it into your daily routine. We’re aiming to use simple language to explain its complexities in an easily comprehendible manner — we want this information to be of practical use to you. With that said, let’s dive into some general info to kick start your understanding of whey protein.
Whey protein is great for bodybuilding, but you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to benefit from it. It can work effectively for people who want to build lean muscle, those who train intensively and need extra nourishment, and even in anti-aging diets.
“Whey protein is one of the highest‐quality proteins given its amino acid content (high essential, branched‐chain, and leucine amino acid content) [and has] rapid digestibility.”
— Devries, M.C. and Phillips, S.M., Supplemental Protein in Support of Muscle Mass and Health: Advantage Whey
Though it’s a protein similar to casein and soy, studies have shown it is better able to stimulate muscle protein synthesis short-term with more comparable results long-term.
One of the easiest ways to take whey protein is with a protein powder/ supplement. You can put it in smoothies, shakes, oats, and a variety of other foods and drinks. Our Co-founder, Raul, often posts on his Instagram story (@mr_venezuela) about how he incorporates whey protein. You can get creative! The variety of flavors on the market is also incredibly helpful to people who may not love the taste of a plain powder. We’ve seen chocolate-flavored, fruit-flavored, cookie-flavored… the list goes on. By taking whey protein in powder form, you’re getting the protein your body needs without high levels of cholesterol, sugar, and fat. This is especially useful if you’re trying to build lean muscle without having to eat a lot of meat or another form of protein right before your workout.
Like all products, whey protein comes in varying quality levels. The best whey supplements have qualities akin to the following: 100% grass-fed, non-GMO, bioavailable, naturally occurring amino acids, highly absorbable, high standard of sourcing, and high glutathione levels (increases oxidation in muscles).
We hope this initial overview was helpful! Check back to read the four blog posts we're releasing soon that go more in-depth into whey protein-related topics. In the meantime, here are a few of our whey protein products if you’re looking to immediately add this supplement to your regimen.
We look forward to continuing this series and will be posting reminders about these blogs on our socials!