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More reasons why whey bodybuilding protein is one supplement you cannot afford to ignore
In the world of bodybuilding protein, whey protein reigns supreme! The popularity of whey protein supplements has grown wildly over the last few years.

We have reached a point now where few consider a bodybuilding supplement program complete without whey protein in one form or another.

But with the huge number of companies promoting their ‘unique formula’ of whey… how do you know who to trust, or more importantly which whey is best and most suited to your goals?
Well, fear not intrepid knowledge seekers, all will be revealed shortly. But first, what exactly is whey and why does it have such a good reputation?

Whey protein is derived from milk and is made up not only of protein but is in fact a composite of protein, lactose, fat and minerals. The protein in whey has a high Biological Value which is no surprise when we look at the reason why. Whey protein can be split into various components which each have their own unique properties and nutritional value.

The technology required to filter whey protein to separate out these components has only recently become economical for the manufacturers of protein supplements.

In the past whey protein concentrate provided the basis for lower biological value supplements. More recently whey protein isolate has become popular due to its relatively high biological value, high Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) content and the fact it can be absorbed and utilized quickly.
This is the reason the market for high tech sounding ‘ultra-filtration’, ‘micro-filtration’ and ‘Ion exchange’ whey protein has mushroomed in size in recent years. We’ll look at the merits of each of these later.
Some of the special components of whey protein that you may have heard of are;
  • Alpha-lactoglobulin - High in both essential and non-essential amino acids
  • Beta-lactoglobulin – High in both essential and non-essential amino acids
  • Immunoglobulins - Immune system enhancing antibodies
  • Glycomacropeptides – Biologically active proteins and antiviral
  • Lactoferrin – immune system boosting, antiviral and anti-cancer agent
Benefits of Whey Protein
Top of the wish list for many athletes and bodybuilders is a nutritional supplement that can both (1) aid rapid recovery and repair of traumatized muscle tissue following exercise and (2) provide the raw materials for muscle growth.

Whey protein is currently the best proven answer to these demands.

But there’s more!

There is growing evidence that Whey can delay muscular fatigue during exercise. For weight-trainers this is especially important because of course it means the muscles can be forced to exert more power for longer, before failure occurs. The result is accelerated muscular adaptation and growth.
To understand why, we only need to know that whey protein increases the levels of the body’s most abundant anti-oxidant, Glutathione (GSH). The result is raised immunity and reduced oxidative stress (caused by exercise induced free-radicals). This can be summed up in the following way:
Whey protein > Higher Gluathione levels > Reduced oxidative stress.

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