Back To Basics: Benefits of Grass-Fed Whey Protein
Grass-fed whey protein is a foundational building block to not only power your workouts, but to provide key immune-boosting and anti-aging properties for your body. Why are so many so bullish on grass-fed whey? Because of its all-natural nutrition and overall support for your body’s key functions.
Do you want to build lean muscle, manage your weight, and enhance a full recovery from a serious workout, all while providing key strengthening and supporting building blocks for your overall wellness? Grass-fed whey is an outstanding supplement to accomplish it all. Let’s dive in and learn a bit more about how whey delivers the goods.
What is Whey?
Whey is simply the liquid protein component of milk. The composition of whey protein includes an abundance of amino acids that have been shown to have health benefits for those living an active lifestyle. Whey is actually considered a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids.
Why is Grass-Fed Whey Better?
Unless whey is sourced and processed correctly, many of its benefits may not make it to that scoop you just poured into your smoothie. Decades of research has shown that the feed a cow consumes directly impacts the nutritional value of its milk and, as a product, its whey.
A brief history. Until the 1940’s, almost all cattle in the U.S. ate grass. That changed as the demand increased to improve efficiency of beef and dairy production. In modern, conventional dairy farms, cows are provided a grain-based diet and treated with growth hormones to fatten them quickly. This is done so their meat or dairy can be processed as quickly as possible. This strategy may be profitable to producers, but creates an unhealthy dynamic within the cow. Meat and dairy from cows that are grain-fed have been found to be significantly different in nutritional quality from grass-fed cattle.
The four chambers in the cow’s stomach allow them to best extract all the nutrients from difficult to digest grass. The good bacteria in the four chambers work best at an optimal pH. Grass-fed diets promote this more favorable pH environment and may explain the difference in nutritional content between grass and grain-fed dairy.
Here’s why. Due to the acidic environment that is created in the stomach of cows when they eat only corn, their guts are not as strong and are more susceptible to stomach ulcers, diarrhea, immunity problems, and other diseases of the GI tract. The E. coli count in the guts of grain-fed cows has also shown to be much higher.
Bottom line: healthier cows produce more fortified whey. Now we know!
Benefits of Whey Protein
For Your Workouts –
1.Builds Lean Muscle
Whey protein has shown to be extremely beneficial and effective for individuals who are involved in resistance training. It helps strengthen muscles over time for both those involved in weight training and those merely living an active lifestyle.
Building lean muscles also helps reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Research shows retaining lean muscle translates into increased body strength, increased basal metabolic rate and increased bone strength. Grass-fed whey protein also helps retain lean muscle as individuals get older, reducing incidences of low-muscle-volume falls and accidents.
2. Weight Management
Combined with an active lifestyle, whey protein helps individuals lose weight while building lean muscle and improving metabolic processes. Individuals with a high-protein diet, and who are involved in a consistent exercise regime, have a lifestyle shown to be successful indicators of weight loss.
Grass-fed whey protein helps individuals maintain a protein-rich diet, which helps retain lean body muscle over time. Individuals with more lean muscle mass tend to be more active and health-conscious, and the cycle continues. These characteristics aid in weight loss, or in the maintenance of keeping off extra weight.
3. Exercise Recovery and Grass-Fed Whey’s Amino Acids
After a serious workout, you not only deplenish key fluids and nutrients, you may also wear down muscles that need to recover. Grass-fed whey protein, because of its abundance of essential amino acids – it contains all nine essential amino acids – has been shown to help repair and rebuild muscles that may be damaged during exercise. After weight training sessions, studies show it is vital to have a protein-rich dietary supplement or protein-rich meal shortly after exercise to accelerate muscle recovery and growth.
4. Athletic Performance
Whey protein helps individuals enhance their athletic performance by providing fuel and recovery assistance during the muscle building/weight training process. In studies examining strength-training individuals, higher protein intakes have been shown to have a positive effect on muscle protein synthesis and size gains.
Having a protein-rich diet helps active individuals retain and strengthen lean muscle. This allows them to increase resistance training intensity and workout longer before fatiguing. Hence, there is a strong correlation between grass-fed whey intake and maintaining lean muscle mass and increasing one’s athletic performance and overall health.
Boosting Your Immune System and Providing Anti-aging Benefits –
Cold-filtered whey protein from grass fed cows is a natural source of bonded amino acids that support the production of glutathione in the body. Glutathione is important because it is considered the body’s “master antioxidant,” infusing itself into every cell in your body, protecting them from the harmful effects of environmental toxins, free radicals and carcinogenic chemicals.
Glutathione also protects your body against oxidative damage and enables your immune system to better respond in distress. It lessens our exposure to toxins by clearing them from the liver through waste, and promoting decreased inflammation. In athletic performance, maintaining a healthy level of glutathione has been shown to decrease muscle damage, enhance muscle development, and aid in speeding up recovery time.
Additionally, the immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, and alpha lactalbumin in grass-fed whey all work together to create an ideal metabolic environment to help boost your glutathione levels.
Nutrology offers the highest quality, cold filtered, undenatured grass-fed whey protein that contains none the following: artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, gluten, hormones, GMO's, or lactose. It also does not contain hormones or antibiotics because the whey is derived from grass-fed cattle. This sustainable, all-natural product helps improve your strength and wellness so you can achieve and maintain a level of health and athletic performance.
Written by Joanne Tull, two time Fitness Universe finalist and Fitness Canada finalist. Joanne has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports and TSN after finishing a storied athletic career as a state champion, collegiate and national level gymnast. Joanne’s common sense approach to nutrition will educate and motivate people on how to live a healthy lifestyle while balancing career, kids and fitness goals.