Know About Whey Protein

Whey protein is a byproduct produced during producing cheese from whey. Whey is liquid which remain after milk is curdled and strained for producing cheese. There are reports from some studies, which suggest that whey protein have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity in laboratory tests animals (rodents such as mice, rats etc.), but the similar effects in human is uncertain and unknown. Whey protein and its beneficial health effects on humans is making whey protein very popular. Whey protein is also becoming very popular protein (food) supplements. New studies and research is being conducted globally on whey protein and its health benefits and its properties of reducing risk of diseases.

Whey protein has become a very poplar dietary and protein supplement and gaining in popularity over many other supplements. The reason of the popularity of whey protein can be attributed to a great extent to the alternative medicine community, who promote the good qualities of whey protein and its health benefits.

Whey protein is rich source of amino acids and there are claims that it has good effects on reducing heart diseases and cancer. We all know the uses of proteins (proteins are the building blocks of human body) and amino acids (used as fuel and in producing and synthesizing proteins). Milk protein (and whey protein is produced from milk protein) has most of the amino acids we need (essential amino acids) for health and protein synthesis. By supplying all the essential amino acids required for protein synthesis, whey protein can be used as one of the best dietary and protein supplements.

Presently there are mainly three forms of whey protein available in the market namely, concentrate, isolate and hydrolysate forms. The concentrate form of whey protein contains 30% to more than 80% of protein and also have good amount of carbohydrate and bioactive compounds and low cholesterol. Isolate form of whey protein contain more than 90% of protein (by weight) and low carbohydrates and fats. Hydrolysate form of whey proteins contain partially digested proteins, which makes it easier to digest and absorb proteins and as a result, this form is also costlier than other forms.

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