Fast-digesting protein and healthy fats are key components to muscle growth. Look for products that contain the following ingredients for better muscle recovery and growth.
Whey Protein Hydrolysates: Yes, whey protein is the fastest digesting of all the protein powders, but there’s a way to make it even faster, and that’s by hydrolyzing, or breaking the protein down into smaller protein fragments. One study from Canada reported that when men drank a whey protein hydrolysate after a weight workout, muscle protein synthesis (the process that leads to muscle growth) was 120 percent higher than in those who had drunk a casein shake and 30 percent higher than in those who had drunk a soy isolate shake.
Medium-Chain Triglycerides: We’re so used to associating bad things with the word “triglyceride,” so it might be surprising that these special saturated fats are actually good for muscle building. MCTs are much shorter than most other fat molecules, which means they don’t get stored in fat cells. Instead, they are preferentially used by muscles for fuel. They also boost metabolism and enhance how well the body uses protein to build muscle tissue.
Glutamine: This amino acid aids muscle growth by decreasing muscle breakdown and increasing levels of leucine in muscle fibers. In addition, glutamine helps decrease muscle fatigue by buffering lactic acid, boosts growth-hormone levels, and can increase the amount of calories and fat burned at rest and during exercise. The immune system requires glutamine to function, so taking supplemental glutamine also keeps it functioning well, keeping you healthy and in the gym.
GET IT ALL-IN-ONE: BNRG Proto Whey contains all three of these ingredients to help build muscle mass, burn body fat and improve recovery.