Whey to grow
Q | I’ve been told that a high-protein diet is hard on kidneys. On the other hand, I recently heard that whey protein has medical benefits. Which is true?
A | Honestly, doctors could learn a lot from bodybuilders. What medical doctors now prescribe as a healthy way of eating is what bodybuilders have been practicing for decades. We have been the vanguard of health and fitness, but we have never been given credit for it.
First, a high-protein diet is not harmful. Although some whole-food protein can take longer to digest than carbs, it won’t harm your kidneys (as is often claimed), as long as you are healthy. These studies were performed on those who already had kidney problems.
As for whey protein, what you’ve heard is true. New medical research has confirmed strong health benefits from consuming whey protein. First, whey is beneficial in helping to increase lean tissue (muscle mass), and this leads to increasing muscular strength and performance capacity. The studies also found that cardiovascular patients on a whey regimen improved their blood-lipid profiles and blood pressure, while other patients improved their blood count. Those with gastrointestinal (GI) problems and diseases dramatically improved their GI function. Whey also helped cancer patients and those who suffer from osteoporosis.
It’s not a stretch, then, to say that whey protein provides bodybuilders with more than just amino acids for building muscle mass. It can help improve health numbers and markers–blood-lipid levels, immunity, GI and blood pressure–which are often neglected by bodybuilders. I’m a firm believer that your bodybuilding success will be much easier when you take care of your health, as well as your nutrition and training.
Here are my recommendations for whey intake. Take in whey protein two or three times daily. The dosage should range from 30 to 50 grams each time. The best time to take whey protein is when your body needs a quick delivery of aminos–first thing in the morning, or before or after you work out.
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If you have trouble digesting powder supplements in gel caps, such as branched-chain amino acids or glutamine, try opening up the capsules and adding the powder to a protein shake. Many powder supplements, such as glutamine, arginine and vitamin C, are available in forms ready for mixing into any fluid.
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