Protein Blends – What’s the Big Deal?

In Muscle Elements new ALL NATURAL product The TRUTH™, they give you a blend of four protein sources that not only disclose the amounts of ALL 4 proteins, but they are each certified HORMONE FREE.  They also break down each source and explain why having a blend of protein like this is important.

First of all, lets review what protein is.  The word ‘protein’ refers to a type of molecule in food that can be broken down into amino acids. The body needs twenty amino acids – as a biological machine it can create (or synthesize) eleven of these itself.  However there are nine, called ‘essential amino acids’ that the body cannot create and has to gain through the consumption of food.  These ‘essential amino acids’ are: Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Valine and Histidine.  When we eat, the body breaks down the protein in food in order to create the amino acids that it needs.  Although most foods contain protein some foods are richer in some of the essential amino acids than others. Usually, foods need to be combined so that the body receives all the amino acids it needs on a daily basis – part of the reason that a varied, balanced diet is essential to us.  For example, if you ate only blueberries you may start to lack the Tryptophan, Lysine and Histidine that your body needs – introducing some meat and/or cheese into your diet would help to address these deficiencies.  A lot of times it is hard to consume the required amount of protein needed on a daily basis just through food, which is why protein powders are so popular.

 

Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is generally more economical of the four and has the lowest amount of protein per 100 grams. Despite having the lowest protein content, it still has a very high percentage typically ranging from 55-89%. The other 11-45% is made up of fat, lactose and contains higher amounts of various immune-enhancing peptides such as alpha-lactalbumin and immunoglobulins.  Whey is high in BCAAs, it is fast digesting so it will get to your muscles very quickly.  The TRUTH uses a WPC that is 80% protein on a dry basis.

Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) has on average 90% of its weight coming from protein, with minimal lactose and fat. This is more expensive than concentrate and there are varying methods of filtration that can keep many of the beneficial qualities of the concentrate, although this generally costs more.  Whey isolate is one of the most complete forms of protein available and because it lacks carbs, fats, cholesterol and lactose, it is commonly used as a health supplement. A single serving of many brands of whey isolate may provide your body with all of the amino acids it needs to promote ideal health results from workout and fitness efforts. Further, it contains a high level of leucine, cysteine and amino acids. These elements, in combination with the high levels of pure protein it provides to your body with practically zero fats and lactose, make it ideal for those who want to nourish their body and promote a healthy lifestyle.  WPI is also high in BCAAs and is very fast digesting.  We use a WPI that is 90% on a dry basis.

Micellar Casein – The Positive Attributes of Micellar Casein Protein is the fact that casein protein helps promote strong, lean muscles. Studies have shown that it keeps the amino acid levels higher for as long as seven hours. This is an unusually long time and scientists are impressed by these results. It means that micellar casein allows the amino acids to keep stressed muscles from deteriorating for longer than other proteins. Micellar casein protein also strengthens the immune system, an important function in an age where there are so many new viral strains. That’s because it contains glutamine and immunoglobulin, good all-purpose amino acids our bodies need. Glutamine aids in protein absorption by the cells and new studies indicate that it helps body builders and other athletes that put tremendous strain on their muscles. Other tissues utilize glutamine as well and ingesting extra amounts keeps them from taking it from muscles. Additionally glutamine helps the digestive tract renew its lining which is a normal process happening about every three days.  The word “micellar” refers to the fact that the casein protein is separated from the milk without using chemicals. It’s specially filtered so that the process won’t interfere with its naturally beneficial qualities. Because of the way it’s extracted from the milk it’s considered an extremely high-grade protein.  Micellar casein takes time to work its way into the cells, blood, and muscles. Those same bodybuilders would do better to take casein before going to bed or at other times when they won’t be having a meal for a while. Micellar casein stays in the system longer and keeps doing its work building and helping to maintain lean muscle mass.

Milk Protein Isolate -  is usually made from cow’s milk, in a process that removes the proteins from the milk itself. It typically derives about 20 percent of its proteins from whey, with the other 80 percent usually coming from the caseins in the milk. Milk protein isolate is an excellent source of protein, so it’s often used in bodybuilding supplements, protein powders, and protein bars.  Some believe that milk protein isolate is particularly effective for stabilizing blood sugar levels and helping to increase lean muscle mass. That’s because it can take the body several hours to fully digest this type of protein isolate. Milk protein isolate may be able to stabilize blood sugar for as long as seven hours. This can help prevent hunger and can help bodybuilders develop more muscle. It also means that this supplement can be used as an effective meal replacement.  Bodybuilders often use milk protein isolate to increase muscle mass, especially prior to competitive events. This diet supplement can also help to stabilize blood sugar levels, raise metabolism, and encourage weight loss. Most experts believe that protein isolates made from milk are low in calories and sugar, and safe for use as part of a weight-loss program.

In closing we hope the above has been informative and educational.  As you can see there are many benefits of using multiple sources of protein and this is the reason that they formulated The TRUTH™ using these high quality, certified hormone free sources.  This blend is designed for 4-6 hours of protein and amino acid absorption in to the blood stream to keep you anabolic throughout the day or night to maintain and grow lean muscle tissue.