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5 benefits of drinking whey protein 

Protein is an important part of a healthy daily diet, supports muscle growth and vital for the function of the human body. However, not every protein is the same or has the same type of result on our body; some are simply better.

Whey is an example of a high-quality protein that has health benefits other than just being the fuel for bodybuilding and muscle growth.

What is whey protein?

Whey protein is the globular particles collected from whey, the liquid by-product of cheese (Who knew cheese would be healthy, right?) or curdled milk. So, the liquid that forms at top of your yogurt is actually good for you.

Here are 5 reasons (other than muscle building) why you should make whey protein a part of your daily diet:

  • Lowers risk of hypertension

There are more than 10 million hypertensive people in UK, having higher than 140/90mg blood pressure. A study by the International Dairy Journal provides evidence to support that Whey Protein controls blood pressure. The regular six-week whey intake did not have an effect on people with normal blood pressure, however, people with elevated blood pressure saw a stark improvement by the end of the study.

A 12-week study in overweight subjects showed that whey protein intake lowered their blood pressure by 4%.

This effect is due to the bioactive peptides in whey protein, known as lactokinins. So regular drinking of whey protein can lead to a cut in the risk of hypertension and, hence, heart-related diseases.

  • Protection against chronic diseases

Drinking whey protein increases the antioxidants in the body, which are substances that help in controlling oxidative stresses. Oxidation in the body may lead to the risk of chronic health diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer, inflammation and heart-related diseases.

It is very important for the body to have abundant antioxidants to cut off the risk of chronic diseases. Whey protein intake can lead to a decrease in oxidative stress and an increase in the levels of glutathione, which is an antioxidant produced by the body.

  • Helps in treating Type-2 diabetes

Whey Protein is known to be effective at regulating sugar levels in the blood by increasing the insulin in the body, which moderates the access of blood sugar into cells. For a chronic disease like Type-2 diabetes, that is characterised by increased blood sugar levels and low insulin could be controlled by drinking whey protein.  

According to Journal of Epidemiol Community Health, Type-2 diabetes prevalence has been increasing in the UK over the last few years, going from 2.7% to 5% per 1000 people in a ten-year period (1996-2005).

  • Aids in weight loss

Since whey protein is extremely filling, it helps reduce hunger and suppress cravings which, in turn, leads to healthy weight loss and muscle gain as part of a calorie controlled diet.

Protein itself is quite filling and helps in keeping hunger at bay, and whey protein is even more effective in doing that by reducing calorie intake. Research shows that whey consumption leads to a decrease in ghrelin (the hormone that tells the brain when you’re hungry) levels.

Whey Protein also boosts metabolism, which helps in burning calories and is easily digestible and is absorbed into the blood quickly.

  • Increases immunity

Strenuous workouts, especially cardio and aerobics, lead to a reduction in glutathione (and important antioxidant) and could increase the risks of diseases and illness. However, researchers found that taking a Whey supplement along with the vigorous workout sessions helps boost glutathione levels.

Immunoglobins, or antibodies, are what make the immune system stronger, and proteins are what make the antibodies stronger. Hence, drinking a whey supplement helps in making the immune system stronger.

How to buy a whey protein supplement

  • Whey protein doesn’t taste brilliant unflavored and is an acquired taste. Flavoured whey is a delicious ingredient for shakes, baking and smoothies.
  • Make sure you read the ingredients’ before buying, to check it doesn’t contain excessive sugar levels.
  • Consult a dietician for the correct dosage according to your height, weight, gender and workout routine.
  • There are three main types of processed whey protein – concentrate, isolate and hydrolysate – and it is always better to find out more about them before choosing which type is best for you.
  • Excessive use of whey protein might lead to increased bowel movements, headaches, reduced appetite, nausea & bloating….so everything in moderation!

Whey protein is a versatile and easy way to add a complete protein source in your everyday diet to lead a healthier lifestyle. Stay fit!

 

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