Whey protein

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There are heaps of protein supplements and meal replacement shakes on the market all promising amazing things from bigger muscles to better health, and everything in between.

You might be wondering if the type of protein used in these products makes any difference.

Well, most products use whey protein, which is the protein component of whey, the liquid portion of milk as it coagulates during the process of cheese making. Whey is used for good reason because it contains all essential amino acids and it is digested and absorbed very quickly.

Studies show that the essential amino acids from whey appear more rapidly in the blood after consumption compared with other proteins like casein and soy protein. Whey protein also contains a rich source of leucine, which is an amino acid that plays a role in triggering the protein synthesis machinery inside the muscle. These specific properties of whey protein mean that muscle protein synthesis after weight training is higher when whey protein is consumed compared to casein, soy protein or any other protein that might be used to make supplements and meal replacement.

So if you’re using a protein supplement after exercise, it’s a good idea to check that it is high in whey protein because this will give you the best opportunity for muscle mass gain.

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