The word PROTEIN has become synonymous with just about any type of training today. Whether you’re training for Muay Thai, Crossfit, endurance racing or another sport, protein has become a major focus in sports nutrition planning. But, at times getting enough protein from whole food sources can be difficult, so turning to a protein powder makes sense and is a great way to supplement your diet and insure you’re getting the protein your body needs.
However, in today’s world, selecting an effective protein supplement can be a challenge. Walk into any grocery store, any convenience store, any health food store or supplement shop and you’ll find a plethora of protein powders to pick from. You can easily find selections ranging from whey protein, casein protein, egg protein, soy protein, rice protein, hemp protein, pea protein, alfalfa protein (yes someone is making alfalfa protein powder), weight gainers, blends of different types of proteins and on and on and on. Not to mention, you have your selection within protein types, such as protein concentrate vs. isolate and complete protein sources vs. incomplete protein sources. . . . Make no doubt about it; you have a shit load of protein to pick from. All this can make selecting an effective protein powder that meets your needs a real challenge.
The Mission Behind Whey-Pro 5
When I set out to create the first protein powder at PNP Supplements, the mission was simple. Create a protein powder the stood out from the rest, a protein powder with a clean formula to deliver the high quality protein you expect, yet advanced enough to give you the advantage you need to recovery faster, so they can progress further and ultimately compete better.
The philosophy behind Whey-Pro 5’s formula was simply, to keep it simple. I believe that simple protein formulas are better than long, complex formulas that seem to give you everything in them, but often end up giving you less of what you originally bought the protein supplement for in the first place, which is protein. This is why Whey-Pro 5 is formulated with five ingredients, three of which are proteins.
Finally, if any additional ingredients were added to Whey-Pro 5, they needed to be natural ingredients that supported what the protein was doing, such as support protein syntheses, improve digestions, strengthen the immune system or improve overall health. By the time Whey-Pro 5’s formula was complete, it was like nothing else available.
Breaking down Whey-Pro 5’s Protein Blend
A protein supplement is only as good as its sources of protein, which is why three forms of whey protein were selected for Whey-Pro 5. With all the different sources of protein available, you might wonder, why did I select whey protein as the protein source. There are three main reasons why whey protein was selected over other forms of protein.
First and most importantly, whey protein is a higher quality protein than regular whey, milk, egg, soy or hemp protein. Whey protein delivers more branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) that you need as a hard training athlete to help preserve, repair and build lean muscle tissue better than other sources of protein can gram for gram.
Second, whey protein is low in carbohydrates, fat and calories, which make it perfect for athletes who are watching their weight or cutting weight for competition. Many PNP Athletes have used Whey-Pro 5 when training for fights for its high protein and low calorie profile.
Third, whey protein digests easier and much faster than other protein sources. Whey-Pro 5 contains whey protein hydrolysate, whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate. All three forms of protein digest at different rates from each other, but all digest quickly.
Whey-Pro 5’s Protein Sources
Whey Protein Hydrolysate: Protein that is broken down into peptides and is readily absorbed by the digestive system to quickly provide amino acids to your muscles. Of all the whey protein sources, this is the quickest digesting protein and reaches the muscles within minutes of consuming it.
Whey Protein Isolate: The most pure source of protein at around 90 percent pure with an excellent amino acid profile. It absorbs quickly and provides gram for gram the highest yield of protein.
Whey Protein Concentrate: The least refined of the three whey proteins, at around 80 percent pure, and provides whole food substance. Although it is a fast digesting protein, concentrate is the slowest digesting of the three whey proteins to complement the faster digesting proteins.
The combination of these three whey proteins, gives you the high density amino acid protein you need to recover more effectively between training sessions.
Bovine Colostrum: Advanced Ingredients for Advanced Results
Bovine colostrum has been around since the beginning of time. From ancient Chinese medicine to the people of Kenya and Tanzania to Britain, bovine colostrum has been highly valued across several cultures for centuries for its powerful health benefits.
However, in modern times it has become a lesser known and used ingredient, until recently. Colostrum has gained popularity for its athletic benefits and has been used by some top-level athletes, including Britain’s Olympic team.
Colostrum is a very distinct ingredient that you won’t currently find in other protein powders. Scientific studies have show athletes who supplement with bovine colostrum have realized a wide range of athletic gains, which include the following.
- Gains in lean body mass.
- Increases in essential amino acid concentrations within muscles.
- Improved sprinting time.
- Increased vertical jump.
- Improvements in anaerobic power output.
- More explosive capabilities.
- Better endurance during two hour time trials.
- Improved heart rate during physical activity.
- Increased ventilatory threshold.
- Sustained intensity level during athletic performance.
- Strengthen immune system.
- Improve gut health while reduce leakiness of the gut.
What is bovine colostrum?
If you’re not familiar with colostrum, it may sound too good to be true, but colostrum is all natural and is produced by every mammal.
Bovine colosturm is the early milk produced by cows during the first days after giving birth. The early milk has a nutrient profile and immunological composition substantially different from mature milk, which is sold in stores and is used for whey protein.
What makes bovine colosturm different from the standard mature milk used for whey protein, is bovine colostrum provides antibodies and nutrition that will aid in fortifying the immune system and contains may beneficial substances. The most import of these substances are Immunoglobins, Lactoferin, Proline-Rich Polypeptide, Cytokines as well as Vitamins.
“In addition to the macronutrients found in milk such as protein, carbohydrates, fat, as well as micronutrients including vitamins and minerals, bovine colostrum contains oligosaccharides, growth factors, antimicrobial compounds, and immune-regulating constituents either not present in milk or present in substantially lower concentrations”.
So, what does this all mean to you as an athlete?
Bovine colosturm is a natural ingredient that has been scientifically found to strengthen and keep the immune system strong. This is especially true during periods of intense physical training and when you are under a lot of stress, which is key to help you bounce back quickly after each workout session.
Additionally, bovine colostrum provide natural growth factors, including insulin-like growth factors, which are powerful for building new muscle tissue and assisting in the recovery process of muscles. These growth factors strengthen the gut lining and prevent leakiness, the tendency for macromolecules to escape the digestive tract through the intestinal wall, which is often increased with hard training sessions. As colostrum helps to prevent leakiness and enhance the efficiency of amino acid and carbohydrate fuel uptake by the intestine, more nutrients are available for muscle cells and other tissues and organs.
Finally, colosturm is also an excellent source of a wide variety of critical nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and vitamin E. Colostrum also provides vital minerals such as sodium, magnesium and zinc. All this helps to keep you healthy support athletic progress.
The last of the five ingredients in Whey-Pro 5 are digestive enzymes, which are a critical part of the absorption process for any food, including whey protein. Without enzymes, your digestive tract wouldn’t be able to convert protein into amino acids, which is the body’s usable form of protein.
As mentioned earlier, whey protein features the highest concentration of amino acids gram for gram versus other forms of protein. However, that doesn’t mean your body will absorb 100 percent of the protein you consume. According to Colorado State University, some of the protein you consume is digested within the stomach itself, but most of the digestion process takes place in the intestines.
Your pancreas releases enzymes into your small intestine, which then begin to digest the protein you’ve consumed. These enzymes convert protein into peptides and then other enzymes convert the peptides into amino acids. Amino acids are then absorbed into your bloodstream, where they are distributed into your muscle tissue, cells and other body tissues.
Whey protein is considered a fast-absorbing protein that passes through your intestines within an hour and a half after consuming it. Your body has the ability to absorb whey protein at a rate of 8g to 10g per hour, so the maximum amount of whey protein you can absorb per sitting is roughly 15g. Any additional consumed protein that is not absorbed during that time is stored as fat, converted to energy or excreted from the body.
However, the amount of protein your body can digest and utilize within the hour and a half time frame can be influenced by the level of digestive enzymes you have in your digestive tract. You can improve whey protein absorption in your body by supplementing with the correct digestive enzymes to make the digestion process more efficient.
When enzymes are consumed alongside whey protein a higher absorption rate of whey protein can take place. Ingesting digestive enzymes like protease and lactase with whey protein has been showed to provide a higher absorption rate of whey protein compared to consuming whey protein without digestive enzymes. This is why Whey-Pro 5 comes with a digestive enzyme blend containing both protease and lactase.
No one protein powder is perfect for everyone. Ultimately, the protein powder that is right for you will depend on your health, physical fitness and athletic goals; your preferred source for protein as well as your lifestyle choices and budget. However, if you’re a serious athlete looking for a purer source of protein with additional health and recovery benefits while keeping the number of ingredients to a minimum, Whey-Pro 5 could be the protein for you. As with all PNP Supplement products, Whey-Pro 5 comes with a 100 percent money back guarantee, so check it out.