Whey protein benefits: What type to choose (and to avoid!)
Are you looking for an on-the-go meal supplement that can keep up with your healthy lifestyle? Whey protein concentrate, a delicious powder that mixes well with all kinds of liquids, could be just what you need.
Happy cows make high-quality whey protein. Ann Louise Gittleman’s Fat Flush Whey Protein is derived from the whey of disease-free cows in New Zealand that are also hormone-free.
Bodybuilders and cancer patients alike have been using whey protein for years.
Whey protein has been shown to:
- Act as a prebiotic to feed the healthy microflora in your intestines.1
- Boost immunity.2
- Build muscle mass.3
- Lower blood pressure.4
- Speed recovery time.5
With all these reasons to use whey protein, it’s no wonder that so many brands are on the market. But be careful what you choose because the quality and the kind of whey proteins vary, and you want to be sure that you’re getting the best nutritional value for your money.
Understanding whey protein benefits: Why whey protein?
Whey protein supplements contain cysteine, lactoferrin, and immunoglobulins.
These substances each play critical roles in your body:
- Cysteine is an amino acid in colostrums and in mother’s milk that can help regulate metabolism and improve immunity.6
- Lactoferrin is also in colostrum and breast milk and is a prebiotic that supports the growth of good bacteria in your gut, helping establish an inner ecosystem at birth. It also has been shown to inhibit viral replication and the growth of bad bacteria by bonding to excess iron.7
- Immunoglobulins are powerful immune boosters in colostrum and breast milk. They are proteins that act as antibodies to help get rid of bad bacteria and pathogens in your intestines.8
Collectively, they help manufacture glutathione, perhaps the most important antioxidant of all. Glutathione is essential for helping protect your body from free radicals and helps metabolize toxins and carcinogens.9
Whey protein provides amino acids (the building blocks for proteins) and lipids (fats) that your body can readily absorb. So, if you generally have trouble digesting milk, you can probably digest whey protein without any problems.
Most people who have stomach discomfort and gas after consuming dairy usually have this problem because they cannot digest the protein casein or milk fats. Whey protein does not contain casein or fat and causes few digestive problems.
Click here to check out our big collection of high-protein soups, salads, entrées, and other protein-rich recipes.
A few fast facts about Fat Flush Whey Protein
Here at Body Ecology, we recommend only Fat Flush Whey Protein concentrate, created by nutritional pioneer Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D. The whey in Fat Flush comes from hormone-, antibiotic-, and disease-free A2 cows grazing in natural grass pastures that are pesticide- and chemical-free.
For two very important reasons, Fat Flush Whey Protein has the highest biological value of any protein: It is a concentrate, and it is non-denatured.
Most whey proteins on the market are isolates, ion exchange, and hydrolyzed formulas. These whey proteins are made using high heat, chemical, and pH regulation that is part of the cheese manufacturing process. It is this process that damages or denatures the whey protein.
- Fat Flush Whey Protein is a concentrate, which is non-denatured (undamaged and not part of the cheese manufacturing process).
- This makes Fat Flush Whey Protein a complete protein that provides a balance of all the essential amino acids.
- Since the protein structure of Fat Flush has not been altered, your body can readily use all of its beneficial components for improved health and increased vitality.
And, Fat Flush Whey contains a whopping 20 grams of healthy whey protein in each serving. Every batch is quality-tested for lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, ensuring it’s safe and free from heavy metals.
Why you need Fat Flush Whey Protein (especially with compromised immunity)
If you want to increase muscle mass, boost your immunity, and have a delicious and easy-to-make drink, then Fat Flush Whey Protein is for you.2,3
Others who may especially benefit from Fat Flush Whey Protein include:
- Anyone over the age of 50. As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass. Fat Flush can provide much-needed protein and fats to aging people to prevent muscle loss and promote overall health.
- Anyone with O or A blood types. These blood types need protein, and the Fat Flush formula is easy to digest.
- Autistic children. People with autism have low levels of glutathione and high levels of other toxins. Fat Flush Whey Protein provides essential protein and glutathione and helps them detoxify their systems.10
- Cancer patients. In addition to the immune-enhancing benefits of Fat Flush, studies have shown that whey protein can limit the growth of cancer cells.11
- Regular exercisers. If you follow a regular exercise routine, you could benefit from Fat Flush. You’ll recover faster from your workouts and not deplete your body so much after a tough day at the gym or outdoors.5
We consider Fat Flush Whey Protein to truly be the best whey protein supplement on the market. This explains why we recommend it as a valuable choice when you want a whey protein concentrate.
We love it most when it’s combined with our Vitality SuperGreen green foods drink in the morning. This blend is so delicious that many BEDers consider it an essential part of the Body Ecology System for Health and Healing.
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