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The Right Choice

Which type of protein supplement you should purchase can become confusing the more you read about the subject. It’s not really complicated as long as you keep a few key points in mind. Some thought needs to go into your choice however, and you need to adjust as the answers to some questions change over time. Once you determine your need based on how you answer the following questions, just remember to revisit this list from time to time in case your needs and goals have changed.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

What are my goals?

To be a candidate for protein supplements, you don’t have to be a competitive athlete. Of course athletes belong to a group that is very much in need of supplementing their typical protein intake. Wanting to lose some weight, desiring to look better by toning your muscles, or simply needing some additional energy and strength to better cope with the rigors of day to day life are all excellent reasons as well. The bottom line is nearly every person can benefit by consuming some type of protein supplement. If nothing else, they can be mixed as a smoothie for a quick and healthy snack or meal replacement.

How much can I afford?

When you look at all the protein powders on the market, it may seem that you can’t afford something like this. The reality is, calories from these supplements are very high quality food sources that cost much less than going out to lunch or dinner for example. How much does it cost to go see the doctor? Whey Protein is rich in immunoglobulin which gives a direct boost to your immune system. By consuming high quality, healthy protein, you can improve your overall health, potentially saving you significant amounts of money in health care costs. The bottom line is you will typically get what you pay for. Purchasing a cheap product could lead to health issues due to impurities or inferior calories costing you more money in the long run.

How do I get enough protein each day?

Remember, your protein need is really the amino acids your body requires to function. Any protein source will provide some if not all the amino acids you must consume each day to maintain or build muscle. Meat, eggs, fish, dairy, raw fruits and vegetables, and protein powders can all provide adequate amino acids on their own. It’s typically agreed a person will need 1-1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight each day. If you aren’t very active you might shoot for the lower number. If you are trying to build a lot of muscle or lose body fat, the higher number or somewhere in between is best. So let’s say you are a 175 pound male, you will need to consume around 80 - 120 grams of protein daily. A typical serving of protein powder will be around 25 grams. So in this example, for 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight, you’d need to consume just over 3 servings of protein powder to meet this target number. While you can do this, we suggest you consume 1 - 3 servings of protein powder per day and then make up for the remaining needs with other protein sources. Spread your consumption out so you are ingesting protein more frequently than the typical 3 times a day meals. We suggest you consume a variety of protein sources to give you a well-rounded amount of protein each day.

How long before I notice results?

Patience is a virtue. In the case of protein supplements, you need to stick with your protein selections and daily consumption routine for at least a couple months. This gives your body time to adapt to the types of proteins you are ingesting. You will become more efficient at digesting and utilizing these calorie sources by giving your body that time to adapt and adjust. Then, if you feel you aren’t getting the results you are looking for, re-evaluate your choices and make one or two small adjustments. Give it some time again until you have a formula that is working for you. Always keep in mind that each body is unique. Listen to your body and adjust from what you are feeling rather than read what is working for someone else and sticking to that regardless of what your body is telling you.

Protein Powders that include peptides should have the percentage fall within the following ranges. The table also explains the importance of each regarding specific benefits.

 

Whey Protein PeptidePercentage %Features and Benefits

Beta-Lactoglobulin

50-60%

High in both essential amino acids and BCAA’s enhancing protein synthesis during training and post workout. Attracted to fat soluble vitamins making them more available for your body to use. Research has shown it to be cancer inhibiting in animal studies.

Alpha-Lactalbumin

12-16%

High in essential amino acids, tryptophan, and BCAA’s enhancing protein synthesis during training and post workout. Human breast milk is comprised of this protein primarily. Regulates stress, sleep, mood, and improves mental alertness. Helps eliminate heavy metals and protects against certain infections.

Glycomacropeptide (GMP)

15-20%

Prevents plaque and cavities of the teeth. Infants benefit from it preventing colitis.

Immunoglobulin (IgG)

5-8%

Immunity boosting and supporting.

Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA)

3-5%

Regulates blood pressure and prevents certain types of breast cancer.

Lactoferrin (Lf)

1-2%

Powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and immune booster. Encourages bone growth and healthy intestinal flora. Iron regulating, cancer preventing, and anti-inflammatory.

Lactoperoxidase

<2%

Prevents bacterial growth.

Lysozyme

<2%

Prevents bacterial growth.

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