5 HEALTHY REASONS WHY WHEY PROTEIN IS FOR YOU
5 HEALTHY REASONS WHY WHEY PROTEIN IS FOR YOU
TLG AUSTRALIA 24/9/2018
- General Wellness:
Whey protein has come a long way from its early days as a pure body building aid to increase muscle and help reduce fat.
As with the humble aspirin, new technology used in ongoing research has shown it capable of doing far more than just curing a headache. Research into the benefits of taking a whey protein supplement, has uncovered a plethora of possible health benefits that we could all take advantage of, especially as we get older, and the body’s natural processes begin to slow down.
For anyone with any type of chronic medical condition, or who suffers any form of lactose intolerance, you should chat with your GP before considering any type of supplement. For the rest of us, whether ardent gym fans, general keep-fitters, or those who just feel something is lacking, a whey protein drink or smoothie in the morning, may be all we need to set us up for the day.
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- Enhance Those All Important Antioxidants:
We’ve all heard of these babies. Almost every article we read on the benefits of different foodstuffs will claim they contain antioxidants. In most cases they do – to a greater or lesser extent.
Antioxidants help counter oxidation in the body, such as stored food products which would begin to decay. Vitamins such as C or E are two antioxidants which help remove harmful oxidizing mediums from living things. Without them, we would be open to a range of potentially chronic diseases.
For us humans, one of the most important of all antioxidants is glutathione, and, instead of being introduced as part of a balanced diet, it is produced by the body. To maximize the production of glutathione, the body requires a regular supply of a number of amino acids. One such acid is cysteine, and is often in short supply.
Whey protein, on the other hand, contains high levels of cysteine. Studies carried out on both rodents and humans have concluded that regular intake of a whey protein supplement may help boost the body’s natural defenses by increasing levels of glutathione and reducing oxidative stress.
- High Blood Pressure:
Did you know a recent survey estimated that up to 70% of Australian adults could be suffering from elevated blood pressure (hypertension)? The majority of these people are not your stereotypical overweight couch potatoes either.
Most are relatively fit individuals from all walks of life and occupations. While, thankfully, we have medications which can control the vast majority of high blood pressure situations, the age at which it is being diagnosed continues to drop, and diagnosis in the late thirties early forties is becoming increasingly common. So what has this to do with whey protein?
Medical investigations in various countries have repeatedly found the intake of dairy products helps reduce blood pressure. Further research has pointed to a group of bioactive peptides which are found in dairy products, to be responsible. These peptides, called angiotensin- converting-enzyme inhibitors, (ACE-inhibitors) are prevalent in all dairy products, and in whey protein are called lactokinins. Although a limited number of medical studies using whey protein have been carried out, the results were promising, showing a drop in blood pressure in people already suffering hypertension. Tests undertaken on volunteers with normal blood pressure however, showed no reduction.
- Help with Type 2 Diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease which produces a high blood sugar count and lowers insulin function. Without the insulin hormone working correctly to help push blood sugar toward the cells, the blood sugar continues to rise, causing a whole range of different symptoms. Type 2 diabetes is, unfortunately, a lifetime condition, and one which, if not managed properly, will worsen at an increasing rate.
While there are a range of drugs available for treatment, major lifestyle changes need to be adhered to, to keep the condition stabilized, and prevent deterioration. Weight needs to be reduced if one is overweight, greater amounts of exercise taken, and the daily diet carefully monitored.
Research has indicated that whey protein is effective in moderating blood sugar levels by increasing the activity levels of insulin, and improving its effectiveness. Whey protein’s easy digestibility gives it the edge over other protein builders such as fish and egg whites.
Tests carried out by Tel Aviv University suggest taking a whey protein drink before breakfast may well help control blood sugar spikes. A common problem associated with type 2 diabetes.
Anything that helps stabilise blood sugar levels can only be a good thing. Evidence is available showing whey protein is capable of reducing blood sugar levels in both type 2 diabetes sufferers, and healthy people. If you suffer type 2 diabetes have a chat with your diabetes nutritionist, and ask if a whey protein supplement can be included as part of your diet.
- Helping Reduce Inflammation:
From eighteen to eighty, if we undertake any form of exercise, from walking, to major gym workouts, sooner or later we will pull or twist something, causing painful and activity-limiting inflammation of the joints or muscles.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is known as an acute phase plasma protein, and responsible for the inflammation which occurs with injury. During a period of inflammation, the plasma concentrations can increase by up to 1000 fold. An intensive study of how to quickly bring down the swelling, found that high doses of a whey protein supplement significantly lessens the plasma content, helping the swelling reduce at a much faster rate.