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I was asked…

Hi Richie, how do l choose a good protein powder?
Thanks for your help,
—Jeff.S. Austin, TX.

Thank you Jeff for asking me such important and serious question!
You know that taking Whey protein at the right times can make all the difference between building an extra half-inch on your arms or adding 20 pounds to your personal best on the bench press. But not just any Whey protein will do. There are great Whey protein products and there are not so good whey products. And being able to tell the difference between them can be critical to your gains.

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The first step in determining the worthiness of your protein is to give yourself a pat on the back. You recognize Whey’s benefits and are including it in your daily regimen. It’s enormously advantageous for several reasons, including Amino Acids and microfraction content (more on that in minute) and digesting rate.Whey is one of richest sources of BCAAs, which include the three Amino Acids, Leucine, isoleucine, and Valine. These bad boys have been shown to be absolutely key for muscle growth and even for energy drink during workout. Whey protein is also contains biologically active protein microfractions, such as alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, glycomacropeptides, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, lactoperoxidease, and various growth factors. These provide antioxidants, boost immune function, and enhance muscle recovery and growth.

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Probably the most important factor that puts Whey protein miles a head of other forms of protein is digestion rate. It breaks down very rapidly. in fewer than 30 minutes it can fast track a good portion of it’s aminos to your muscles, and that quick delivery to muscles, and that quick delivery to muscle cells has been shown to be vital for pushing growth.
On it’s own, Whey protein powder is far more effective than any other protein on the market. But the effeciency of individual product containing Whey protein varies widely, mostly due to the other ingredients mixed into the final blend.

When you buy a protein powder, your intention is to buy protein and not carbs or fat, because they’re easy to get in your diet. So when your laying your hard-earned money for a jug of protein, skip the blends with high amounts of carbs and fat. A quick glance at the supplement facts panel will show you how much of each are in the product.
You’re not done yet. Keep scaning down the label until you get to the ingredients list. The information contained here is the key to knowing whether a protein powder ia really amazing or simply passable. First, you might notice that most Whey protein products contain more than one type of Whey. You might see Whey protein isolate, hydrolysate, or concentrate. To be considered a great Whey protein, the product must list Whey protein isolate as the very first ingredients. That’s because Whey protein isolates are the purest forms of protein you can get, with some being more than 90% protein. And hydrolyzed Whey protein isolate means that the high quality Whey has been predigested into smaller protein fragments for even faster digestion than regular Whey isolate. Whey protein concentrate on the other hand, goes through less filtering, which means fewer of the natural carbohaydrates found in milk are removed.The result is a Whey product that is much lower in protein content. Although most Whey protein concentrates are somewhere between 70-80% protein, and some can be less than 35%. This is why some companies make a big deal about their Whey protein isolate powders.

But to really know whether a Whey protein powder is top notch, you’ll need to do some math. Take the grams of protein per serving listed on the supplement facts panel and divide it by the serving size (in grams). This will give the percentage of protein in each serving. To be considered a great Whey protein powder, the percentage protein per serving (or Scoop) should be 80% or greater. For example, if a Whey protein powder provides 25 grams of protein per 28 grams scoop, that protein powder is about 90% protein and is a great powder for the money.

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29 comments on “I was asked…

  1. Hey Richie,
    That was great advice! I can’t wait till your next article.

  2. After reading I think I’m going to pick up some Whey. What brands do you suggest?

  3. I never knew how important the digestion rate of whey protein was in considering what formula to buy. Thanks for your suggestion, I’ll keep my eye out.

  4. After reading this, I’m not just buying any whey for my body. I have to make sure it’s up to the task!!!

  5. Hi guys, I’m 18 and I just bought “supper advanced whey protein” from body fortress. I work out and I’m trying to turn my fat into muscle, will this help?

  6. Whey protein helps you to build lean muscles. If you want to have big muscles you will find better supplements for this purpose. Advanced bodybuilders use a combination of few supplements. So look also for other supplements, not only Whey protein.

  7. I’m 15 and my doctor recomended it to me so I’m positive its fine to take

  8. Age ? Which age we can use it ? does it matter ?

  9. I’d like to point out that it’s not just for “getting lean” protein is protein, it will help you to build muscle and get bigger if you eat correctly as well. I’ve bulked up a fair bit using it.

  10. hey Richie nice job i read your article over and over and i liked them good job XD

  11. i just bought this and the flavor is an issue…doule ricvh choco. what do you mix it with to improve it

  12. Is Whey Protein bad for a 16 year old?

  13. My wife is a vegetarian and protein is one of the hardest things for her to get into her diet. I never thought of using a whey powder before. Thanks for the suggestion. Is there anything else besides milk that you can blend it with to improve the flavor?
    Is there a particular brand of protein whey powder that you use or recommend?

  14. After reading this, I understand how important it is to balance my diet for lean muscle. This article helped me very much

  15. I never thought that using a whey powder could work so well, but having a healthy diet along with the product helps a ton.

  16. I enjoy protein diets for my health, but it is still important to keep the diet balanced while adding more protein.

  17. Protein Powder is a great tool or supplement to enhance the body. I stand by it and appreciate my results.

  18. Nice article, will you please let me have your contact information, i need to share some information with you.

  19. Hi, How do you compare Whey Protein with PRO COMPLEX ?

    • Pro Complex is a protein blend of fast, medium, and slow digest protein. It contains Whey protein, Milk , Egge Albumen, Casien, Glutamine Peptides, Whey Peptides and key form of Amino Acids. Whey protein is fast digest in and out of your system quickly. For better results l’ll stick to whey protein. Good Luck.

  20. i love this website. learnt a lot from it. thnx

  21. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about I was asked& .

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