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Would you think a by-product of cheese could be valuable to health ? Probably not. It’s true whey protein is made when milk is coagulated to make cheese. And has benefits for many ills. The powder which you mix with either water or milk makes a flavoured milkshake.
At the moment, it’s in the health spotlight making health claims like weight loss, better mobility in later years, and cancer prevention. It’s mostly marketed to bodybuilders and sold in health food shops in big tubs. Now companies like Maximuscle are saying we should have it daily, not just for health enthusiasts, but anybody.
They say we lose muscle mass in later years, from 30 onwards and claim that taking these shakes from middle-age onwards will help us to be more mobile in later years. Exercise is key to building and preserving muscle mass. However, feeding that muscle is important.
Whey protein has become popular with celebrities who compliment it with rigourous workouts, among those is Gwyneth Paltrow. However, is whey a cure all? Some experts say we consume too much protein and having a shake is suitable for people who exercise vigorously.
Whey has been known for its supposed health benefits. An ancient Greek Hippocrates, used to recommend it to his patients, as well as health spas inSwitzerlandin the 19th century. It’s now easier to take.
Whey is high in essential fatty acids and amino acids, which are compounds the body needs to build lean muscle tissue as well as burning fat and boosting the immune system. A study, conducted a few years back at Washington State University, found that when people had a protein shake it helped lower their blood pressure significantly, thus reducing the risk of stroke or heart disease.
Susan Fluegel, who conducted the study found that people’s blood pressure dropped by six points from a high 140/85 to healthier 123/78. Susan said, “its low-cost whey protein has not been found to be harmful in anyway.”
Other studies have found it may prevent cancer. Ohio University scientists added whey to human prostate cells. Their research found that it increased levels of glutathione, this keeps cancer-causing free radicals under control by a factor of 64%. It has also helped to lower blood sugar in diabetics.
In another study by the American Journal of clinical nutrition. It helped to lower fat in people’s blood whom had eaten a high-fat meal. When it comes to building muscle, it can help to boost your recovery after a workout, which gives a increase in muscle mass.
When you exercise your muscle fibres are broken down, which in turn are rebuilt and grow back. Having a protein shake helps the process. However, you will only get good results when you do intense exercise, such as resistance training combined with some aerobic exercise. You can’t just take it and expect to build muscle, it takes more than that.
If you consume more protein than you need. It will just turn into fat. You start to lose muscle mass about the age of 45 at 1% per year. You only need a 25 g protein shake per day, and that’s it.
I do take whey protein when I remember, but wasn’t aware of the other health benefits that it has, this has come as a good reminder to drink it daily, as well as exercising with resistance and aerobics.