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Protein Basics 101

Protein Powders 

There are many different types of Protein Powders now available on the market. It can be quite overwhelming knowing which one to choose, understand the difference and knowing the most beneficial time of when to take the supplement. 

There are many reasons as to why people choose to supplement protein powder into their diet...

  • It is high in protein
  • It is convenient
  • It helps you recover after a workout
  • It is gluten-free
  • It can help enhance your immune system
  • It comes in a variety of flavors
  • It is versatile e.g. It can be taken as is or added to recipes to make pancakes, puddings, smoothies... and much more! 

Now that you know how wonderful a product it can be, let us help you define, run down and explain the difference between the types of protein available. This may help you decide which one is the right one for you and your needs.

Why We Need Protein 

Protein is an essential nutrient required for rebuilding cells and is required to be taken daily as the body cannot produce the amino acids itself. Extra protein should be taken both pre- and post-workout for maximum muscle gain, as not taking sufficient protein can severely reduce your ability to gain muscle mass and repair muscle damage from exercise.

Animal Vs. Plant

There are two categories of protein, plant based or animal based protein. 

Animal

Animal sources are derived from milk like whey and casein, beef and egg white protein.

Plant

Plant sources include soy, rice, pea, hemp or sprouted grain proteins.

A plant-based protein we currently stock is
- Clear Vegan Blessed Protein

 

Which is Better?

Majority of people will choose an animal over plant-based protein unless they are leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or suffering intolerances i.e. lactose. Both are high in protein and come in a variety of flavors. 

However, for taste and nutritional value, animal proteins are far more superior.

Protein Types

Whey

Whey protein is derived from milk. Whey is by far the most popular type of protein used in protein powders. For most people, it’s the best all-around choice in terms of taste, quality, and cost. 

Concentrate

Whey concentrate is more economical per gram of protein. It is lower in lactose so better digestive for those who are lactose sensitive. It is also very low in fat and carbs. 

Isolate

For those who are seeking a very low-fat diet, isolate protein is virtually fat-free. Like whey concentrate, it is also low in carbs but even more so lactose-free. Isolate protein is also slightly better tasting than whey concentrate, however the consistency is slightly thinner. 

Isolate protein is fast absorbing into the digestive system so ideal to consume after a workout, between meals or with meals throughout the day.

Our best-selling Isolate Proteins are...

Redcon1 Isotope
R1 Rule 1 Protein

Blends

There are many protein products available which are a mix of different protein types. There are known as protein blends. 

Whey protein products can be made from whey concentrate, whey isolate or a blend of both. Other types of protein are sometimes combined with whey proteins in products and are known as protein blends.

Isolate protein is fast absorbing into the digestive system so ideal to consume after a workout, between meals or with meals throughout the day.

Our best-selling Whey Blends are... 

Rule 1 Whey Blend 
Redcon1 Ration 
Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey 


Mass Gainer

Mass gainers are basically protein powder enriched with carbohydrates and fats. Some powders form of carbs can be from rice bran, oats where some come to contain dextrose. So if your goal is to put on weight, this protein is for you.

Mass gainers are ideal for a mid-morning snack or possibly prior to training if it won't be too heavy or upsetting for your gastric system. Preferably mass gainers are not ideal post-training as they will just sit in the gut and digest as quickly as opposed to a whey blend or isolate protein.

A popular mass gainer we have in stock is...

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer 
BSN True Mass 1200
International Protein Extreme Mass

Casein

Like whey, casein protein is another milk protein derivative. The main difference between the 2 is that whey is absorbed in the digestive system quick, within 30 minutes of consumption whereas, casein can digest over a period of 8 hours.. a more slow and steady realise. Another difference is, casein has a much thicker consistency than whey protein, but taste wise, both taste nice and come in a variety of flavours.

Casein is ideal for times when you will be without nutrients for an extended period of time, such as when you sleep. Our bodies don't actually grow when we're in the gym, they grow while we sleep.

A popular Casein we have in stock is...

Rule 1 - R1 Casein 
Optimum Nutrition - 100% Casein 

Overall

So now you know the difference and some of the different types of protein powders that are available, you can now make your decision on which is best for you, your goals and your needs.

**It is important that you understand that like most supplements, you will not experience immediate results from supplement protein powder. Taking a protein shake will not turn into a ripped, big bodybuilder overnight. Protein will help with recovery, preserving lean muscle mass as well as building it. However, results will show alongside a nutritional, balanced diet and a dedicated training program... this is when you will get and see results.


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