Whey Concentrate is the most popular form of Whey Protein available but you may well be wondering what it is exactly! We've given you the details you need on what Whey Concentrate is and the benefits. Remember that when you choose Supreme you can rest assured that our products are Informed Sport tested and verified to guarantee only the best quality protein and ingredients.
What is Whey Concentrate?
Derived and filtered from milk and like all proteins such as chicken, beef, egg, soy, rice, hemp etc —whey is composed of amino acids, which the body can use for muscle growth and tissue repair. Whey Concentrate, has a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), especially leucine, that sets this protein apart from the others.
Firstly, whey is a complete protein, meaning it has all nine essential amino acids necessary for protein synthesis (lets call this muscle growth). We call these amino acids "essential" because your body can't make them and therefore you must consume in them in your diet.
So.. We've established that Whey is a complete protein and one of the best in the business. But what are the benefits? How can it help you?
1. Promotes Muscle Growth
Whey is particularly high in the group of three essential amino acids known as BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These help to build and maintain muscle, and can also serve as an energy source during prolonged or intense workouts.
Also, if combined with resistance exercise it appears to offer up greater gains in muscle strength and muscle mass over just resistance exercise alone. A study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism concluded that those who supplemented with whey protein during resistance training had an almost 5-percent (or 5.5-pound) greater increase in lean tissue mass compared to those who didn't supplement. Not bad!
2. Supports Healthy Weight Loss
Increasing your protein consumption is a well-known weight loss strategy
Eating more protein may promote fat loss by:
- Suppressing appetite, leading to reduced calorie intake (35).
- Boosting metabolism, helping you burn more calories (41, 42).
- Helping to maintain muscle mass when losing weight (43).
3. Enhance Your Body's Antioxidant Defences
Antioxidants are substances that act against oxidation in the body, reducing oxidative stress and cutting the risk of various chronic diseases.
One of the most important antioxidants in humans is glutathione.
Unlike most antioxidants we get from the diet, glutathione is produced by the body.
In the body, glutathione production depends on the supply of several amino acids, such as cysteine, which is sometimes of limited supply.
4. May Lower Cholesterol
In one study in overweight individuals, 54 grams of whey protein per day, for 12 weeks, led to a significant reduction in total and LDL (the "bad") cholesterol (17).
5. It Can Help To Reduce Hunger
Just like supporting healthy weight loss, whey protein has been shown to increase satiety (fullness) and reduce short-term food intake. A 2009 study compared the effects of different protein sources on appetite and found that whey protein decreased hunger more than soy or casein. Furthermore, the amount of food consumed three hours after the protein meal was lowest after the whey protein meal.
The Supreme Nutrition Team