Whey protein has extremely high nutritional values and many other health benefits and it is no surprise that it is the preferred natural protein supplement worldwide.
“The equivalent of the market supplement in powder form can be made effortlessly at home in the liquid form,” says Dr. Pradeep Mathur at Sanjeevani Gohana.
He further points out the beneficial values of Whey:
- Superior Protein Source
- Excellent for Muscle Growth
- Beneficial Effects on Blood Fats
- Reduces Hunger as is extremely Satiating (Filling)
- Aids in Weight Loss
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Reduction of Swelling
- Aids in Type2 Diabetes
- Improves Body’s Antioxidant Defence Capabilities
Superior Protein Source
Whey contains all the essential amino acids and is the superior protein source. Furthermore, it is highly digestible and compared to other proteins, it gets absorbed very quickly from the stomach. No wonder, it is the preferred choice of gym goers, athletes, body builders and others who need an easy-to-digest version of high quality protein.
Dr. Pradeep Mathur adds, “It may be made at home or purchased in the market. During cottage cheese production, milk leaves out a liquid which is highly rich in protein. This liquid is whey.”
Whey Powder comes in three types:
- Concentrate (WPC)
- Isolate (WPI)
- Hydrolysate (WPH)
But the home made version is best and cheapest.
Receding of muscle mass with age naturally, invites chronic diseases. However, this may be slowed down or even prevented or reversed with good exercise regime and diet. Addition of protein or protein supplements along with strength training is a good preventive measure for age related muscle weakening. The amino acid, Leucine, found in this high quality protein source is known to be the most anabolic or growth promoting. Whey has superior qualities for muscle growth, and prevention of muscle loss with age. In fact, whey even surpasses other proteins as soy or casein for muscle growth. If your diet lacks in protein, you must consult a doctor. So go ahead and combine muscle strengthening with whey for your fitness.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Hypertension or extremely high blood pressure is main reasons for heart disease. Dairy products consumption help out in reducing blood pressure. Bioactive peptides present in dairy called angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) are responsible for helping reduce BP. In Whey, Lactokinins are the ACE inhibitors. It has helped out overweight patients in reducing their BP. Casein, another milk product is also helpful in reduction of BP.
Aids in Type2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic disease. The blood sugar remains high and the insulin does not function properly. Insulin is a hormone responsible for taking the blood sugar to the cells and keeping it within healthy limits.
Whey has been found helpful in controlling blood sugar and increasing insulin level and receptiveness to its effects.
Whey is a better source of protein than even fish and egg white. Whey is comparable to diabetic drugs as sulphonylurea. It is used as a supplementary treatment towards Type 2 Diabetes. It may be taken either before or with a high carbohydrate meal for control blood sugar in healthy and Type 2 Diabetes.
Reduction of Swelling
Inflammation occurs when the body is damaged. Chronic inflammation may be harmful and calls for many diseases. It indicates bad lifestyle habits or underlying health problems.
High doses of whey protein supplements reduce the C-reactive protein (CRP) – the main indicator of inflammation in the body.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Whey protein is beneficial in inflammatory Bowel Disease, acombination of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Mathur adds that “The patient suffers from chronic inflammation along the lining of digestive tract. Whey has beneficial effect on inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Improves Body’s Antioxidant Defence Capabilities
Antioxidants act against oxidation in the body, reducing oxidative stress and cutting risk of chronic diseases. One of the most important antioxidant that the human body produces is glutathione. It is dependent on amino acid cysteine that is limited in supply.
Whey is a high cysteine food and can improve body’s natural antioxidant defences. It has the potential to increase glutathione levels.
Beneficial Effects on Blood Fats
High LDL cholesterol is indication of risk for heart related diseases. In overweight people consumption of whey can help reduce the LDL cholesterol, considered to be the bad cholesterol.
Reduces Hunger as is extremely Satiating (Filling)
Whey protein has the quality of making a person feel satiated, as if he or she has just taken a full meal.
It brings down the cravings for food and the desire to eat. In essence there are some foods that bring about this feeling depending upon their protein, carbohydrates and fat composition. Protein is known to be the most fulfilling. And within proteins, whey is most satiating amongst other proteins as casein and soy. People consuming way are inclined to eat lesser calories which ultimately helps in weight reduction.
Aids in Weight Loss
Diets structured for weight loss usually focus on more protein consumption as it promotes:
- Curbs the appetite and thus a person takes in lesser calories, as discussed earlier
- It revs up metabolism that again help in burning the lesser calories you are taking in
- Furthermore the muscle mass is maintained during weight loss
But don’t go excessive on protein consumption as body can utilize only so much in a day. Excessive consumption can cause digestive issues as:
Dr. Pradeep Mathur further emphasizes, “Consult your doctor than deciding a diet plan by yourself. Also if you have any liver, kidney or lactose intolerant issues, you must seek professional guidance, especially if you choose to use the market products. Going natural is the best way. If you can use the home-made version, which is very easy to make, then you must.”
To know more on how you can make protein whey at home, read, “Home-made Whey Protein.”
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