Picking The Perfect Protein
Muscle & Performance|June 2017

DON’T GET OVERWHELMED with choices. We simplify it for you. Here’s how to CHOOSE THE RIGHT PROTEIN for your goals.

Dwayne N. Jackson

Protein is a critical component to muscle growth, maintenance and muscle repair and recovery, and it has a tremendous impact on strength and performance as well. To build muscle, it is essential that proper amounts of high-quality protein be consumed at the proper times, but it can be hard to choke down enough whole foods to fuel your goals. That’s where protein powder comes in. The good news is, there are plenty of choices for you. The bad ne figure out which one you should be taking. Here are some guidelines to help you pick the perfect protein for your goals.

The Power of Protein 

Proteins are chains of amino acids that provide the substrates needed to build muscle and support metabolism. The amino acids in proteins also provide important biological signals for growth and recovery after bouts of heavy exercise or sports performances.

Protein supplements represent the most scientifically supported and effective muscle-building products on the market. This has led to the development of numerous different protein supplements formulated from one or more source proteins. Like most things in life, different sources of protein have strengths and weaknesses, but to get the best bang for your buck, there are a few things that must be considered.

We provide you with a report card on the top five protein source available today, evaluating and describing each one in several fundamental groupings. Consider these five important categories when choosing the right protein source(s) for the job.

PROTEIN SOURCE:

Whey Protein Isolate

OVERALL SCORE: A 

Whey protein isolate represents one of the purest of all protein products on the market, with purity upward of 90 percent. Furthermore, pure WPI contains negligible amounts of fat and lactose, so it is great for those who are dieting or lactose intolerant. WPI is absorbed relatively quickly, which promotes robust and rapid increases in blood amino-acid levels and protein synthesis.

Amino-Acid Profile (A+): WPI contains an abundance of all eight essential amino acids, including exceptionally high levels of branched-chain amino acids and the highest levels of leucine among protein sources. Leucine is the primary BCAA necessary to turn on protein synthesis for muscle building.

Preworkout (A+): WPI’s absorption rate makes it ideal as a preworkout supplement. Taking as little as 20 grams before working out will ensure an abundance of important BCAAs are supplied throughout your training session, sparing hard-earned muscle (especially when dieting).

Postworkout (A+): Studies show that immediately after a bout of resistance training, the rate at which amino acids enter the blood is directly related to the level of anabolism in the body. Whey also boosts anabolic insulin better than other protein sources, enabling greater shuttling of glycogen and nutrients into fatigued muscle, promoting faster and greater recovery.

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