If you thought taking whey protein was purely about getting bigger, stronger and more ripped, think again. You can now add healthier to that list.
If you’re at all fitness savvy, you know the benefits of resistance training on cardiovascular health. You also know that carrying extra body fat is not only unpleasant to look at but also unhealthy. Elevated body-fat levels and associated oxidative stress result in poor physical performance and also can lead to life-shortening cardiovascular problems. The protective effects of resistance training result in part from adaptive increases in the body’s antioxidant levels and healthy alterations in blood cholesterol.
What’s all this got to do with whey? Well, a recent study published in the journal Appetite showed that taking 30 grams of whey protein immediately after training as well as with lunch and dinner boosts the body’s total antioxidant capacity by 4 percent over training alone. The researchers also reported an almost 7 percent decrease in cholesterol levels in those who exercised and used whey protein, and they found no significant difference in cholesterol in those who trained but received a placebo. It was concluded that whey protein supplementation augments the favorable effects of exercise on antioxidant capacity and blood lipid profiles.
Over the years, research has proven that whey protein powder helps build muscle, lower body fat and increase strength. We now know that it also serves to keep our blood work healthy, which is an added bonus to further support regular use.
Action Point:To get the most from your whey or protein-blend supplement, take 25 to 50 grams three times daily. Drink your first shake upon waking and the other two preworkout and postworkout.