Supplements vs. Food Protein


While there’s no substitute for eating nutrient-rich whole foods, research proves that protein supplements may offer some clear advantages when consumed as part of a well-planned diet and fitness programme. Whey protein supplements have a high biological value, absorb into the body at a very rapid rate and are rich in Arginine, Glutamine, and Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs).

Results from a recent study suggest that hydrolyzed whey protein has much higher bioavailability than whole protein. Bioavailability refers to the nutritional effectiveness of the protein in terms of the percent that can be used by the body. Glutamine and BCAAs are important amino acids involved with supporting your body’s immune system, plus Glutamine may also help you recover from the effects of overtraining. In addition, it has been found that people who are sensitive to certain food compounds may be able to tolerate supplements much better than the actual foods they were derived from.

Bodybuilders and other strength athletes can also benefit from the ergogenic fatigue-fighting effects of protein supplements, particularly those found in whey and other milk proteins. Several studies conducted on Olympic-class athletes highlight milk protein’s ability to improve physiological condition and enhance athletic performance. Amino acid supplements can also produce similar results.

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