Why Supplement Your Diet with an All-Natural Whey Protein?
Particularly as you age, your body gradually loses its ability to produce critical amino acids -- the essential proteins you need for energy production, immune actions and protein buildup in the muscle. Therefore, the need to supplement with these amino acids increases as you get older and increases even more in times of high physical stress, like after a workout, or when recovering from injury or illness. That's where whey protein comes in. Whey protein contains all the essential amino acids.* Plus it boasts the highest protein quality rating among all proteins. Thus, it is a complete protein. Whey protein is a by-product of the cheese manufacturing process. At one time it was discarded or used for animal feed, but researchers later realized whey protein has incredible benefits for humans.
High-quality whey protein can have dramatic effects. Benefits include:
•Supports your immune health*
•Boosts your energy*
•Supports your joint and muscle health*
•Supports your beneficial gut bacteria*
•Promotes your muscle strength, endurance and recovery*
•Protects all your tissues' cells via its antioxidant properties*
•Provides critical amino acids and proteins for overall optimal health*
•Supports your body's optimal metabolic rate and fat burning level*
But, finding a protein powder that contains the right proteins, in the most effective blend, with the most nutritionally beneficial outcomes, AND actually tastes good can be a real challenge.
|Miracle Whey™: Your choice for an immune supporting protein powder.* Miracle Whey™ is, in my opinion, the best tasting and comes in the largest variety of flavors: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, blueberry, banana, and peanut butter (made from organic peanuts).|
|Mercola Pure Power Protein: is a premium product designed to boost your overall health and fitness levels.* It contains a unique blend of high-quality whey protein, chia seeds, and probiotics to give you an edge over the competition or if you're more demanding about enhancing your overall health.*|
|Pro-Optimal Whey: If you're looking for a multipurpose protein powder -- one that has additional vitamins and minerals, plus a full spectrum enzyme, then Pro-Optimal Whey is your choice|
Truly High-Quality Whey Protein Powder is Hard to Find Not All Whey Powders are Equal
In my research, I've learned a tremendous amount about the available whey protein powders on the market. I was shocked by what I discovered and I think you will be, too. For starters, many commercially-available whey protein powders are significantly damaged and nutritionally deficient due to over-processing and because the original source of the whey is compromised. Plus, some popular leading brands of protein powder may contain dangerous levels of heavy metals. A Consumer Reports' test showed that 3 of the 15 protein drinks tested contained risky levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead. This all means that before you've even opened the container, you're in trouble. And that's just not right. That's why I created a list that compares do's and don'ts when choosing a quality whey protein powder. Do yourself a favor... Check out this list and make sure you're buying a whey protein powder that has all nine of these qualities needed to be a real winner...
9 Basic Essentials Every Whey Protein Powder Should Have
To me, any whey protein powder is simply missing the mark unless it’s made from and follows these ‘9 Essentials’ at a minimum…
1. All-natural,pasture-fed cows' whey, NOT pesticide-treated, grain-fed cows' whey – Compared to grain-fed cows, pasture-fed cows produce whey that
contains an impressive amino acid and immuno-supportive nutrient profile and is rich in healthy fats – lipolic acid and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid).
3.Cold processed to protect the nutrients in their natural state, NOT heat processed – The majority of whey is heat processed which makes the whey acidic and nutritionally deficient
and damages the immuno-supportive micronutrients and amino acids. It makes whey inadequate for consumption.
4.Acid-free processing, NOT Acid / Ion Exchange Processing - The bottom line is that Acid/Ion Exchange processing is a less healthful, cheaper process than acid-free processing. It denatures amino acid profiles by using acids and chemicals to separate the whey from the fats.
5.Whey protein concentrate, NOT protein isolates – Protein isolates are proteins stripped away from their nutritional cofactors. I have issues with isolates because most isolates are exposed to acid processing. Your body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form. Due to over-processing, isolates are deficient in key amino acids and nutritional cofactors.
6.Sweetened naturally, NOT artificially, and low carb – Many whey powders are artificially sweetened making them undesirable if you have sugar sensitivities, or you want to avoid putting synthetic sweeteners or flavors in your body.
7.Maximum biological value, NOT compromised or damaged – Most whey proteins provide some benefit. But, due to the ingredients, the source of the whey, the concentration of beneficial nutrients, or the type of processing, many whey products simply don't deliver what they promise.
You want whey that retains its maximum biological value, contains all the key amino acids, cofactors, and beneficial micronutrients present and intact rather than compromised or damaged.
8.Easy to Digest, NOT Causing Digestive Stress – Many whey products contain long-chain fatty acids which are hard to digest and require bile acids to absorb.
You want a whey protein powder that contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) is easily absorbed, digested quickly, and is utilized as energy without causing digestive stress.
9.Free from Toxic Heavy Metals or at Such Low Levels NOT to be a Health Risk – You want to avoid protein powders, both whey and non-whey, that contain dangerous levels of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic. Any high concentration of heavy metals consumed over time could lead to serious health consequences.
In fact, a Consumer Reports' evaluation showed how some leading brands of protein powders exceeded United States Pharmacopoeia's (USP) recommended safety limits for certain heavy metals.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.