Whey Your Lysine - What Protein Should You Use

Researchers from University of Sevillle suggests that the heating process used to make most commercial whey protein powders negatively impacts Lysine levels. This amino acid is transformed when heated, making it biologically unusable. Additionally, the heating process also changes the overall protein structure meaning supplements are altogether less digestible.

Lysine is one of nine essential amino acids in humans required for growth and tissue repair, Lysine is supplied by many foods, especially red meats, fish, and dairy products.

What's the benefit of Lysine (from Healthline) ?

  • Lysine supplements may help prevent the herpes virus from replicating. It’s thought that lysine blocks another amino acid called arginine, the virus needs in order to multiply.
  • Lysine may help reduce feelings of anxiety and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in some people. 
  • Lysine may help you absorb more calcium and reduce the loss of calcium in your urine.
  • Lysine is essential for the formation of collagen, an essential protein that affects wound repair, speeding up wound healing and reduce recovery time.

According to Food Matters, when whey protein is low-temperature-processed (raw or cold-processed) it retains many of its fragile immune factors and nutrients leaving it loaded with the ideal blend of easily-absorbed amino acids, anti- inflammatory immune factors and metabolism-boosting peptides, along with potent antioxidants and alkaline minerals.

It is important to use a brand that is free from pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. Plus, some popular leading brands of protein powder may contain dangerous levels of heavy metals. A Consumer Reports' test showed that 3 of the 15 protein drinks tested contained risky levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead. All these factors render them inferior from a health perspective.

Raw whey protein concentrate has been found to have a variety of health benefits, including:

  • Helping your insulin work more effectively, which helps maintain your blood sugar level after a meal.
  • Promoting healthy insulin secretion, which is imperative for optimal health. 
  • Helping to promote your optimal intake of macros (proteins, fats, carbohydrates), vitamins, and minerals needed for your overall wellness
  • Supporting your immune system, as it contains immunoglobulins
  • Helping you preserve and build muscle (particularly during exercise) as it delivers bioavailable amino acids and cysteine
  • Maintaining blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range

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