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This article covers:
- The difference between WPC and WPI
- What our Naturals range is
- What Casein is and when to take it
- Essential amino acids
What is the difference between Whey Protein Isolate and Concentrate.
All Whey comes from milk. However the difference between the two occurs in the filtration process.
In the Whey Protein Concentrate filtration process, most of the fats and lactose are removed but not all of it. This results in the powder containing 70-80% of protein. Premium Powders Concentrate contains a protein content of 81.7%.
With Whey Protein Isolate, there is a second filtration process which removes almost all the fats and lactose leaving you with an almost pure protein. This is why our WPI contains 27g of protein for every 30g serve.
So which one do you choose?
If you are lactose intolerant, go for the WPI.
Whey Protein Concentrate is cheaper than Whey Protein Isolate.
Whey Protein Isolate has the highest amount of protein per serve.
What is our Naturals Range
One of our exclusive products is our natural protein series. Sourced from the highest quality grass-fed cows milk, our Natural protein is hormone free and free from all artificial additives.
It comes in Chocolate, Vanilla and unflavoured and is sweetened with Stevia RA98, which is the purest form of Stevia available.
So if you're after the purest and most natural form of whey protein, give our Naturals series a try!
What is slow release protein?
You may have heard the terms slow-release and fast release before. Simply put, it describes the speed in which the body breaks down amino acids.
Fast-release proteins such as WPI result in a spike of amino acids to the muscles. Whereas slow-release protein like Micellar Casein release a supply of amino acids over a longer period of time.
So which one do you take and when? Whey protein and Casein work harmoniously in keeping your body's protein stores supplemented. The best time to take Casein (slow-release) would be at night to reduce muscle breakdown while you sleep. You should take whey protein after your workout to kick start your muscle recovery.
What are amino acids?
Amino acids are organic compounds that build the proteins you need to survive. In the human body, amino acids make up a huge proportion of our cells, muscles and tissues, and some play an important role in the transport and storage of nutrients. Furthermore, they play a large role in the healing of muscle tissue, bones and skin which is why it's so important to ensure you're supplementing your body with the right amino acids.
Here is a breakdown of some our Amino Acids
Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) -
L-Carnitine is an amino acid capable of transferring long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria to produce energy. In short, it uses fats to produce energy. When this amino acid is bonded with the Acetyl group it allows the L-Carnitine to pass the blood-brain barrier more effectively.
ALCAR helps to reduce the amount of lactic acid produced during intense exercise. Lactic acid in the muscles is the reason you feel sore and fatigued during your workout.
ALCAR helps to promote cellular health in the brain which allows the brain to function quicker and more efficiently.
Individuals who take ALCAR have been shown to improve their mood and short term and long term memory.
BCAAs - BCAAs or branch chain amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and provide the basis for protein synthesis and energy production. BCAAs are also essential in many metabolic processes (chemical transformations within cells of living organisms) which is why it's so important for BCAA's to be available for the body at the right time so that these processes can occur. Amino acids are usually broken down in the liver, however BCAAs are the only exception to this. They enter directly into the bloodstream, increasing the concentration of BCAAs in muscle tissue.
Glutamine - Glutamine is so important because of its contribution to muscle growth through protein synthesis, prevention of muscle breakdown and growth hormone elevation effects. Being a non-essential amino acid, the body naturally produces glutamine. So why do we need to supplement glutamine? Through intense physical exercise and illness like colds, glutamine depletion can occur. So to ensure that you're getting the most out of your workouts, the best time to take glutamine as soon as you finish your workout, because that is when your glutamine levels are at its lowest.
Citrulline Malate - Citrulline malate helps to fight fatigue. This amazing amino acid’s primary role is to delay the onset of fatigue during intense training. For this reason, it is a key ingredient in pre-workout formulas. A study done in Spain reported that a group of male athletes who took Citrulline malate were able to perform 50% more repetitions than those who were taking a placebo.