Whey protein isn’t just for athletes and bodybuilders! Vegetarians, seniors, men and women of all ages, and even children need this key nutrient. Protein is made up of essential and non-essential amino acids which are the “building blocks” for the body, including the immune cells, enzymes, hormones, brain cells, as well as muscles and tissue. Unlike fats and carbohydrates, protein cannot be stored by the body and must be consumed daily as a healthy source of long-lasting energy. It is needed to repair cells, build and repair muscles and bones, and control or influence important metabolic processes.
Whey Protein and Immune Health
Whey Factors enhances the immune system by raising levels of the important antioxidant glutathione; critical to proper immune functioning. Glutathione stimulates antibody production and phagocytosis, increases beneficial enzyme production, and has anti-tumour activity. Also involved in detoxification, glutathione binds to fat-soluble toxins, such as heavy metals, solvents and pesticides, transforming them into a water-soluble form, allowing for excretion via the kidneys.
Whey Factors also enhances intestinal immunity by resisting pathogens. Certain subfractions of whey (immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, glycomacropeptides) act as prebiotics, substances that promote the growth of beneficial bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. These helpful bacteria are beneficial due in part to their antimicrobial effects upon pathogenic bacteria, the production of essential B vitamins, and the inhibition of intestinal enzymes considered to be potential carcinogens.
How Whey Protein Can Help You Lose Weight
Protein generally increases satiety more than fat, thereby decreasing total calorie intake. The body requires more energy to digest protein, so burns more calories after a high-protein meal. Whey is rich in leucine, an essential amino acid that may preserve lean muscle mass while promoting fat loss. The glycomacropeptides in whey stimulate the appetite-suppressing hormone, cholecystokinin (CCK). In addition to being a regulator of food intake, CCK stimulates gall bladder contraction and motility, regulates gastric emptying and stimulates the release of enzymes from the pancreas.
A whey shake is a quick and delicious way to increase protein intake. Whey Factors is an undenatured (natural) protein that has a blend of the two most valued forms – concentrate and isolate. It has added enzymes to make it easier to digest and also provides high levels of BCAAs (branch chain amino acids). Whey Factors is low in fat, lactose and carbs and is made with all natural flavours and natural sweeteners. Enjoy Whey Factors mixed in water or juice or add fresh or frozen fruit for a healthy smoothie.
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