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  • Protein Powder Benefits - What Are They?

  • What is all the hype with protein powders? Truth be told, there are so many benefits of protein powders, we are not sure if we can capture them all in this one article. Protein is a macronutrient that helps build and tone muscle, repair tissue, make enzymes and hormones, and aid in weight loss. It’s one of a building blocks of bone, muscle, and skin and our body needs it to produce hormones, enzymes, and other much need chemicals. Since the recommended daily intake of protein for people 19 years and older is 46g for women and 56 g for men protein shakes have become a great way to supplement that number.  Let’s dig into some specific health benefits:

    Weight Management

    Protein powders are an excellent addition to help you with your weight goals. Eating protein-rich foods will help you feel fuller longer in return eating smaller portions and snacking less. Buddy’s Whey Protein Isolate Concentrate Shakes has been known to reduce body weight and total fat mass in people who are overweight or obese according to a 2017 review. In addition to reducing body weight and fat mass, whey protein may reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and other risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Whey protein is a complete, water-soluble milk protein. It contains all the amino acids that the human body requires from food and the body absorbs it quickly and easily.

    Muscle Growth and Recovery after Exercise

    Since protein is essential for muscle growth and can help repair damaged muscles and tissues, you will often find athletes drinking a protein shake before and after a workout. Protein supplements significantly improve muscle size and strength in adults, both men and women, who exercise, especially if using weights is part of their workout, according to a 2018 analysis of 49 studies.  Protein can also help repair damaged muscles and tissues. Reducing muscle damage, improving muscle performance, and muscle protein synthesis are reported as additional benefits of drinking protein shakes after exercise. It is beneficial for athletes in intense training to increase their intake of protein twice the daily recommended amount to 111-159g per day for a person who weighs 175 lbs. according to the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Casein comes from dairy and is a type of protein that is rich in glutamine, an amino acid, that helps speed up muscle recovery after exercise. The body digests this protein slowly and is best taken at night one hour before bedtime.

    Other Health Benefits

    People that follow certain diets such as vegans or vegetarians may find Buddy Nutrition protein shakes a great way to supplement the deficit of protein in their diet. Pea Protein is a high-quality alternative to soy and dairy based proteins. Buddy Nutrition’s Pea Protein Isolate are harvested from non-GMO yellow peas from Europe and is a good source of the amino acid arginine. Another one of our popular vegan option is our Hemp Protein which has a nutty flavor that not only contains an excellent source of protein but also fiber which steps up the meal replacement. Our Rice Protein Concentrate is not only dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, but it also tastes great and is great for building muscle. For our paleo friends, we have Grass-Fed Beef Protein Isolate. This protein is completely sugar free, fat free, plus its sourced from hormone and antibiotic free grass-fed cattle.  Our Egg White and Whole Egg Proteins are also paleo friendly meal replacement proteins that support muscle growth during and after a workout, have a broad nutritional value, and are soy and gluten free.  In addition, Buddy Shakes are great for older adults and people with chronic illnesses that may need more protein intake than the general protein intake recommendations.

    One of our Buddies at Buddy Nutrition is waiting to chat with you to help design your personalized protein blend. Don’t hesitate and reach out today at https://www.buddynutrition.com/protein-powder.