Whey: The Basics
So what exactly is whey, and how can it assist you with your fitness gain.
Whey is a source of protein naturally found in milk. It undergoes a particular extraction process which separates milk into whey and other bi-products such as Casein and Curd (which is the basis of cheese and yogurt making). When Why is used alongside your exercise routine, it will greatly help improve lean muscle growth and protein synthesis.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and all 9 essential amino acids can be sourced from whey. The BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) – leucine, isoleusine and valine, are found in high quantities in whey, and are not only important in assisting muscle growth but also, repair and recovery. Glutamine, also present in whey, fuels intestinal cells- aiding in the efficient absorption of nutrients.
There are a number of different kinds of Whey protein; they are:
- WPC (Whey Protein Concentrate) – Contains low levels of fat and carbohydrates. The amount of protein within a WPC can range from 30% to 90% depending on the brands specific concentration value.
- WPIs (Whey Protein Isolate) – WPCs are processed further to remove any fat and lactose, leading to an extremely high protein concentration of up to 90%.
- WPH (Whey Protein Hydrolysate) – Is a rapidly absorbed form of whey protein, partially digested(hydrolysis) to allow for rapid and efficient absorption by the body.