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    20 Jan

    7 Whey Protein Benefits

    Posted by Natural Earth Health Products on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    This is my first post for 2015. I wanted to tackle Whey Protein straight off the bat...Why I love it and choose to use it in our products and I answer some common questions in relation to our Wholefood Protein Formulas.

    I have many customers who thought that whey protein did not suit them, but find that ours does... they wonder why? I suggest that the adverse reaction they might have had was not with the whey itself but with all the other synthetic add-ins you often get loaded with in 'other protein shakes'. These might be the colours, flavours, fillers, synthetic vitamins and minerals, artificial sweeteners etc... It frightens me when I read some of the ingredient lists on those products. 

    Most people who have stomach discomfort and gas after consuming dairy usually have this problem because they cannot digest the protein casein or milk fats. Whey protein does not contain casein and is low to very low in fat and causes few digestive problems on its own. ref Donna Gates Body Ecology Diet.

    And with all things it comes to quality. We only use the highest grade, grass fed, undenatured whey protein.  Many whey proteins on the market are ion exchange and hydrolysed formulas. These whey proteins are made using high heat, chemical and pH regulation that is part of the cheese manufacturing process. It is this process that damages or denatures the whey protein. 

    It is true that whey proteins are recovered from the whey stream of cheese manufacturing.  But not all manufacturing is the same. Our manufacturer naturally recovers the 'whey' from the curd (casein) during the process, as they are water soluble over a very wide pH range. Nutritionally and economically a great deal of research has gone into optimizing the recovery by our manufacturer to produce whey proteins. As the product is not denatured during the recovery and represents approx 20% of the milk protein and remains biologically available why would you not recover them? Knowing the nutritional value of dairy and the global cost with regard to greenhouse gas emissions of dairy production, it seems crazy to to waste anything from the stream.  

    Whey is separated from the casein and the sugar (lactose), and fats are mostly filtered out (more so in the Isolate) by cross flow micro and ultra filtration to take the whey to either a 80% concentrate or 90% isolate protein content. 

    Whey protein has been shown to:

    • Build muscle mass
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Speed recovery time
    • Boost immunity
    • Act as a prebiotic to feed the healthy microflora in your intestines

    Whey protein contains cysteine, lactoferrin, and immunoglobulins. These substances each play critical roles in your body.

    • Cysteine is an amino acid found in colostrums and in mother's milk that can help regulate metabolism and improve immunity.
    • Lactoferrin is also found in colostrum and breast milk and is a prebiotic that supports the growth of good bacteria in your gut helping establish an inner ecosystem at birth. It also has been shown to inhibit viral replication and the growth of bad bacteria by bonding to excess iron.
    • Immunoglobulins are powerful immune boosters found in colostrum and breast milk. They are proteins that act as antibodies to help get rid of bad bacteria and pathogens in your intestines.

    Collectively, they help manufacture glutathione, perhaps the most important antioxidant of all. Glutathione is essential for helping protect your body from free radicals and helps metabolize toxins and carcinogens.

    Whey protein provides amino acids (the building blocks for proteins) and lipids (fats) that your body can readily absorb. So if you generally have trouble digesting milk, you can probably digest whey protein without any problems. (see the Amino Acid profile for the two types of Whey we use in the product descriptions).

    Protein foods get digested and broken down into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids - small enough for their absorption into the blood stream for transportation around the body. These amino acids are responsible for a variety of functions from building tissues to chemical production that assist with brain function.

    High in BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine - whey is used favorably for those who are looking to build lean muscle. They cannot be made by the body - and must be consumed as part of diet. BCAA's are metabolised in the muscle, rather than the liver. Without adequate levels of BCAA's muscle cells will not recover or grow well. The supplementation of BCAA's can achieve faster muscle growth when combined with training and less muscle loss during weight loss.

    A common question I get is what is the difference between your whey formulas? Firstly the type of whey we use. The products are as follows:

    • Powergen contains Whey Concentrate 80% protein (grass fed, undenatured, Australian - Tasmania source). Made and Manufactured in Tasmania.
    Sweetened only with organic, water extracted stevia leaf tip extract, called Rebaudioside A in the products containing stevia.

    For those of you who choose to use only vegan, raw and dairy free - the use of our Gen 1:29 Superseed makes a perfect replacement. We stock a fermented brown rice protein which can be added to this for smoothies and powerballs etc...

    There is more I could cover on this topic but will come to a close - I haven't even mention CLA (conjugated linolic acid). In recent years it has attracted interest for its said role in health and maintaining a normal body composition- but I have written this article that mentions it and the benefits of grass fed dairy in this article:

    I have found a great article to share with you on whey protein from Dr Axe titled "7 Whey Protein Benefits". This is a great article outlining the benefits of whey protein and there is a great section on the differences between whey protein concentrates and isolates that are found in our range of natural wholefood protein blends. 

    Yours in good health