Whey protein powder is known for excellent ability to help build and repair muscle after exercise. In fact is the single best source of protein that we know of today for building muscle which explains its popularity as a sports and weight training supplement. In addition to this there are also some lesser known health benefits of whey protein powder. So lets take a look.
Whey protein powder, especially more pure forms like whey protein isolate, are pretty much protein and very little else, except for a very small percentage of fat and sugar (whey is extracted from milk). This makes whey a good food choice for aiding in dieting. Protein requires more calories to digest than carbohydrates or fat, which helps in weight loss. The kinds of amino acids that make up whey protein also focus on building lean muscle mass because they digest easily and are taken directly to the muscle rather than being turned into and stored as fat
Helps with Diabetes
Eating more protein based meals is naturally more beneficial for our blood sugar levels than eating carbohydrate heavy meals. Protein digests more slowly and of course is not made up of any kind of sugar. Protein also has the distinct advantage of slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates that are eaten along side it. Therefore, whey protein powder, being pretty much protein and nothing else can be used wisely as part of a diabetic menu.
Boosting Glutathione Levels
Glutathione is an antioxidant that is made within every one of the cells in our body, provided we are not deficient in any way. The antioxidant power of glutathione is so potent it is often called the ‘master antioxidant’. As the only antioxidant that lives deep inside cells it is vitally important at protecting us against oxidative damage caused by free radicals actually inside our cells. Other kinds of antioxidants operate else where in the body, so this inner cellular protection is solely the responsibility of glutathione! This protective function provided by glutathione is actually so important that levels of glutathione in the body is the best indicator we have of actually predicting how long we live!
Fortunately whey protein powder can actually increase the amount of glutathione in our bodies and cells. This is important as it is considered by some health professionals that many of us have sub par levels of glutathione. Whey protein achieves this effect because it contains very high levels of the amino acids that are needed to create L-glutathione (the active form of glutathione) in our cells. However, a specific kind of pure whey protein powder must be used to provide this effect and that is non-hydrolysed whey protein powder.