Protein powder can be intimidating, but it’s not just for body builders or hard-core nutrition gurus; it’s for everyone.
Whey protein in particular has been linked to health benefits including strengthening bones, shrinking your waistline and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. It’s is a simple form of protein (along with many other helpful nutrients) that is clean: no excess saturated fat, sodium or nitrates. Plus, and maybe even best of all, it’s convenient and easy to prepare.
1. Not Just for Body Builders
Images of bulging biceps and washboard abs in advertisements for whey protein have biased public opinion as to who should use it. Despite popular misconception, whey protein is not just for body builders; it offers health benefits for almost everyone including an improvement in body composition (more muscle and less fat), bone health and more.
2. Health Benefits You Can’t Even See
In 2014, the Journal of Proteome Research reported results of a blinded, randomized, cross-over meal study involving participants who were overweight and obese. These individuals were given a high-fat meal containing one of four protein sources, one of which was whey protein. The researchers found that whey improved blood fats, insulin and glucose levels and increased satiation (fullness). It appears that using whey protein can help maintain healthy blood sugars and fat which are important factors to living a long, vibrant and healthy life.
3. Immune Boosting, Disease-Fighting Powers
Whey protein has been clinically proven to support the immune system because it includes many immune-enhancing nutrients: lactoferrin, beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, glycomacropeptide, and immunoglobulins. It also has antioxidant properties by converting cysteine into glutathione, which is a potent antioxidant. These immune boosting and antioxidant powers are significant, helping you to fight off sickness and get the most out of life, all year long.
With so many healthy benefits, whey protein is a part of many healthy diets.
Don’t be intimidated – it’s easy to add into your day by putting a scoop into your glass of juice, smoothie, pancake mix, yogurt or oatmeal. You can also try a delicious all natural flavoured version in water or almond milk.
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