Whey protein is the finest protein source when it comes to building lean muscle mass.
It has been favoured by many as the best protein source for muscle recovery due to its excellent macro nutrient profile.
Whey protein is without doubt one of the worlds most popular sports supplements when it comes to increasing performance and muscle recovery.
1. What is Whey Protein Isolate (WPI)?
Whey protein is the most filtered and processed form raw whey protein which is extracted from cows milk.
Whey protein isolate has become very popular for its rapid digestion,low carbohydrate and very low lactose content.
Typically WPI is up to 93% protein by weight and even with flavouring you can see protein contents over 90%.
Whey protein concentrate (WPC) is approximately 80% protein by weight and slightly higher in carbohydrates and fat. WPC also has a higher amount of naturally occurring immune boosting properties.
Whey hydrolysate is the leanest and fastest digesting of the three. It is filtered to the highest degree and is made of very small particles which can be broken down and utilised by the body extremely quickly.
3. What Does It Do?
Whey protein provides the body with high amounts of easily utilised amino acids.
Whey is also naturally high in branched chain aminoade acids (BCAA's) which are the three specific amino's which signal muscle protein synthesis.
Consuming a serve of whey protein immediately post-workout is ideal to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. This is a very important signalling process which tells the body to stop breaking down protein and start building it up again.
3. How Do I Take It?
Whey protein is ideally suited to those times throughout the day when your body needs a very fast digesting protein source.
The times when protein timing is most critical is first thing in the morning and again post-workout. These are very critical times when your body needs the fastest digestion nutrient source possible and whey protein is perfect for this.
We'd suggest taking 25-50gm protein from a high quality whey protein supplement immediately post-workout and also in the morning with breakfast.
The amount will vary but 2-2.5gm/kg bodyweight is a great place to start to ensure you have enough protein in your body to grow and recover.
Yes,whey protein is suitable to be stacked with other ingredients. Given the advantages of whey protein powder post-workout we would suggest adding a fast digesting carbohydrate source such as Cyborg Sport Karbolyn along with Max's Creatine X8. This makes a very complete post-workout shake to stimulate muscle recovery and shuttle nutrients into the muscle as quickly as possible.
5. Which Products Have This?
We'd suggest picking up a high quality whey protein blend as you yield the benefits of a number of different forms on whey protein in a single product.