Whey protein is the bi-product you get when making cheese. Once you remove water and casein content from this bi-product, you are left with whey protein. Whey protein has been a staple in the athletic diet for many years and is possibly the most popular sports supplement on the market today. Whey protein can be used for muscle contraction, growth and repair, and for controlling body composition. Whey protein is considered to be the most efficient and economical form of protein for the body to digest and use. It is used by athletes to aid recovery from training.
Whey protein can be used in several biochemical processes and is essential for muscle recovery and repair. Whey protein is rich is glutamine and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). These are considered essential amino acids for anyone who trains by providing an energy source to counteract muscle breakdown and support recovery. Whey protein is arguably the most important nutrient for recovery. The most important time to consume enough of it is immediately after a workout. After training your body requires nutrients to the ‘damaged’ muscles to help them recover. Research has shown that post-workout muscles have a ‘sponge like’ property. The muscle is thought to be able to absorb more protein at this point than at any other time of the day. Whey protein is considered to be the best form of protein for the body to digest and use. Therefore adding a large dose of fast-acting whey protein post-workout will greatly help to kick-start the recovery process.
Hydrolysed whey protein, such as our Hydrolysed Whey, is the ideal whey protein for athletes wanting to accelerate recovery immediately post training. Hydrolysed whey protein has a superior bio-availability compared to other forms of whey protein. This makes hydrolysed whey protein ideal post workout as it helps to shuttle nutrients to the muscles. This enhances the recovery process and improves muscular repair more so than other forms of whey protein. Hydrolysed whey protein is the most expensive whey protein. It’s therefore worth considering whether the additional benefits are worth the additional price tag. Often they can be if you’re primary goal is to accelerate your recovery from training. However, if you are simply trying to build lean muscle mass and help your muscles recover after a workout at a normal rate, whey protein concentrate or isolate will more than likely get the job done.