Whey Protein: Myths explained.
Wherever hype is being served, there usually is a side dish of fiction. The fitness industry is by no means an exception to this rule, especially when it comes to their mostly widely used supplement; whey protein. Despite the ever-growing evidence for the effectiveness of whey, the industry seems to continually play it up as a magic bullet. A magic bullet for not only extreme muscle growth, but also weight loss.
This idea of drastic body transformation is the hype I was referring to. By doing this, the fitness industry has taken a multi-faceted supplement and reduced it, in the eye of the public, into a one trick pony. This type of influence is exhibited often when I’m talking to female clients and customers about whey protein. Inevitably there is a concern about becoming too muscly or they are afraid, to a lesser degree of what whey protein will actually do to their bodies. This promise of massive body transformation has led to safety concerns for the general public – a concern which is safe to say… Fiction.
Here’s the deal. Whey protein isn’t like a low-level drug that someone takes. Neither is it something that works or doesn’t work. The truth is that whey protein is processed from natural food. Yes, it is processed, but so is coffee, olive oil and chocolate.
Whey protein is far more than a one trick pony. Although its main claim is to enhance gym goers’ results, it can be used by non-gym enthusiasts as well for a myriad of purposes. Below is a list on how you can take full advantage of one of the best and most thoroughly researched supplement in the world:
Whey: Beyond BodyBuilding
Lowering Blood Pressure:
Whey protein has been shown in a broad range of studies to reliably and safely lower high blood pressure. The main action this works through is a bioactive peptide called lactokinin which is found in many dairy products, but whey protein is especially high in lactokinin.
Type 2 Diabetes:
Whey protein has been shown to moderate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies on whey protein and diabetes found that the supplement may even be comparable to Diabetes medications in its effectiveness.
LDL (Bad Cholesterol):
LDLs are a well-known marker and risk predictor for heart disease and many other health conditions. Studies had found significant decrease in LDL with the usage of whey protein compared to those with higher levels.
The super antioxidant of the body glutathione relies on a healthy supply of protein for its production in the body. Cysteine, an amino acid found abundantly in whey protein is a key component of this powerful defense mechanism.
You can probably tell by the name of these little guys that they are a part of your immune system. In fact, up to 10% of whey protein is made up of this by weight. These proteins have been studied since the 1980’s and were used to establish the basic principles of immunology which is used today. They work overtime to keep your immune system up and running.
Lactoferrin, which is found abundantly in whey protein, is the unsung hero of dairy. These proteins can help – by stimulating the immune system, promoting bone health, fighting against inflammation, helping with infections as well as helping to prevent iron deficiency.
So there you go, the very little discussed superpowers of perhaps the most researched health supplement in the world. The array of people who can benefit from this amazingly safe product is broad and wide, just like the fitness industry promises.
By Sam the Protein Man
You can come have a chat to Sam at Health Squared Garden City.