If you are going to include whey protein in your diet, it is really important that you know what to look for before making your purchase. You don’t want the cheap stuff, and you don’t want to over pay for poor quality either. How will you know what to choose when you see all of the whey protein products available? We have outlined all you need to know.
Whey Protein Basics
Although goat’s milk whey is available in supplement form, the most common whey comes from cows milk. The top 3 places you want your cow’s milk to come from, are New Zealand, Canada, and select farms in the US.
You must see on the label that the cattle is “hormone free“, raised without the use of hormones including rGBH
Don’t get hung up on “grass fed”. Yes, ultimately grass should be the mainstay of the cow’s diet, as it lives happily on an open pasture. Just keep in mind that cattle that live in the colder climates of North America, endure winter which makes it impossible to be grass fed all year. We address the importance of cows being grass fed in this post.
Whey Protein Details
We have done posts in the past about the ideas of synergy, full spectrum, and consuming the “rainbow” when it comes to food and supplements. We believe that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. The same holds true when shopping for whey protein. Look for the combination of these 4 main qualities in your single whey supplement:
Concentrate – when processed properly, whey concentrate is where all of your immune support is found. IGF1, immunoglobulins, and phospholipids.
- Lactoferrin provides bone support and as well as anti-fungal and viral properties.
- Colostrum contains the growth hormone and helps improve exercise performance.
Isolate – whey isolate will give you the most protein and will stay in the system longer than the concentrate. Additionally, the milk isolate will be a great source of glutathione (the master antioxidant).
Supportive Nutrients – additions like enzymes, antioxidants, and herbs, when thoughtfully added and tested for compatibility and synergy, can really enhance the digestion, absorption, delivery, metabolism and elimination of whey protein. The liver and kidneys are put to work when metabolizing and eliminating protein, therefore any support that can be given to those organs is helpful. When supportive nutrients are added, and the whey protein processing is handled with care preserving all of the unique qualities above, many times people who are dairy, casein, or lactose intolerant find they have no trouble including whey protein in their diet. Use common sense if you are highly allergic to dairy products/byproducts. In this case, any form of whey protein is not for you.
100% Natural Ingredients – NO artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives!!!!!!
Notice all of the words in italics in this post. Your best whey protein supplements will contain all of these words (or as many as of these as possible) on the packaging or available printed material.
When should you ingest your whey protein supplement? Find out here.
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