What is the best protein?
Author: Dominick Walsh of
Muscle growth is dependent on the
balance between protein synthesis and protein breakdown. The goal is to
increase protein synthesis and decrease protein breakdown. Casein protein is considered to be a
muscle-sparing protein. Since casein protein slowly enters the blood stream, it
has a moderate impact on protein synthesis, but it has a powerful effect on
reducing protein breakdown.
Current research has shown that in
terms of overall muscle tissue increases and decreases of body fat, casein
reigns superior. It’s been shown to accomplish this by increasing anabolism to
a moderate extent, but more importantly, decreasing catabolism to a large
degree. It seems that the reason behind this is simply because of its slow
digestion and consequently, absorption rates. It provides a steady, slower
paced release of amino acids into the blood stream.
We all know that we need to take whey protein after workouts–but that
doesn’t mean that whey can’t be better. Slow-digesting casein protein was once
believed to have no place around workout time, but newer research suggests
otherwise. In fact, a study from Baylor University (Waco, Texas) reported that
men who consumed a whey/casein blend of protein after workouts for 10 weeks
gained significantly more muscle than the subjects who consumed a whey protein
shake without casein. These subjects also lost more fat than the ones
using only whey.
Current research is showing that
the optimal protein for fat loss and muscle building is a mixture of whey and
casein protein. Try Intek
Evolution Protein or Optimum
Health Pro Complete 40 for the ideal blend of whey and casein proteins.
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