WHAT IS THE BEST WHEY PROTEIN?

Whey protein is a very biologically active protein, meaning it can be efficiently utilised by the body to support tissue repair and growth. Find the best whey protein for you.

Taking whey protein, which protein is the best for muscle building

What is the best Whey Protein for muscle building?

When it comes to muscle growth, whey protein is scientifically proven to effectively support muscle repair and hypertrophy in response to the right training. However, there are now several forms of the powder on the market – most notably whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate and whey hydrolysates, and whey-blends. Unsurprisingly, it can be confusing to know what is the best whey protein for muscle building. Take a look at our quick, informative guide…

TYPES OF WHEY PROTEIN

Whey protein is naturally contained in milk in relatively small amounts (approximately 4g per pint). It’s a very biologically active protein, meaning it can be efficiently utilised by the body to support tissue repair and growth. In addition, whey is high in protein synthesising branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine), immunoglobulins and glutamine (the most abundant amino acid in muscle!).

When supplemented in doses typically of 20-40g per serving, 1-3 times daily, the nutrient has been proven to rapidly spike amino acid levels in the bloodstream, promoting protein synthesis and optimally supporting muscle repair and growth (in response to intense training). Whey supplements are produced via a variety of processing methods, which can be used to produce different qualities and types of the protein. That’s why you’ll see three forms of whey widely available on the market – each with their own benefits:

WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE

The best economical whey protein, offering a balance of quality and value. Concentrate is slightly higher in fat, carbs and lactose than more refined forms of whey, but it has an excellent profile of nutrients such as branched chain amino acids, glutamine and growth supporting nutrients. WPC has a fast digestion speed, meaning it’s effective at stimulating protein synthesis before/after training and between meals.

WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE (WPI)

A highly purified whey protein with very low levels of fat, carbs and lactose, giving it a very fast absorption speed. WPI is an excellent nutrient to take before and after training for a potent stimulation of protein synthesis, in addition to between meals.

WHEY PROTEIN HYDROLYSATES

Ultra-refined whey protein that has been treated with digestive enzymes to break down the protein-bonds. As a result, your body can skip this breakdown process and almost instantly flood your bloodstream and muscles with amino acids and growth promoting nutrients. WPH is expensive, but you only need a small amount of it in a supplement, to get the benefits.

THE QUESTION IS – WHICH WHEY PROTEIN IS THE BEST?

In reality, all three forms of the nutrient have benefits, so selecting the right protein for your budget and specific training needs is key. Whey protein concentrate is the ‘regular whey protein’ that weight trainers have used for years to boost muscle growth. Isolate is a relatively new kid on the block, but it’s purity levels make it a more premium option for the serious trainer. Finally, hydrolysed whey is ultra-advanced – if you want whey to hit your muscles fast, then supplement with a shake that contains it.

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PROTEIN BLENDS -THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS?

Many high quality supplements now contain a blend of these three forms of whey protein. As an example, ULTRA WHEY™ PROTEIN contains a unique 100% Hydro-XFD90™ Whey protein complex – comprising whey protein isolate, hydrolysed whey protein and whey protein concentrate. This enables you to get a large amount of protein per serving, to get very high levels of the active nutrients in whey, and to optimally promote protein synthesis.

PIMPED WHEY PROTEIN SHAKES – EVEN BETTER?

The best whey protein shakes on the market are now fortified with nutrients to take your results to the next level. For example, ULTRA WHEY™ PROTEIN is also fortified with extra glutamine (the most concentrated amino acids in muscle), which is naturally found in whey, but offer enhanced impact in higher amounts. You can also opt for whey shakes that are goal-specific, such as WHEY PLUS HARDCORE™ which is formulated with creatine to support training intensity and a Glycodrive-GH™ pure glycine system, or WHEY PLUS RIPPEDCORE™ which contains green tea to increase beta-oxidation of fatty acids leading to a reduction in body fat mass.

THE BEST WHEY PROTEIN QUALITY

Whichever form of whey protein you supplement your diet with, selecting a supplement that is cold processed, micro-filtered will ensure you’re consuming an un-denatured product that retains all of the beneficial amino acids and whey sub-fractions such as immunoglobulins and growth factors. All SCI-MX® whey protein shakes and bars contain the highest quality forms of the nutrient available, meaning they contain the best forms of whey for effective muscle building.

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