One of the most well-known benefits of whey protein, is that it can help build muscle. But as research reveals, whey protein also possesses 7 other health benefits. Read on as I unravel the 8 benefits of whey protein that are based on academic research and real life studies.
Support the Immune System and Reduce both Inflammation and Asthma
Asthma is an inflammatory disease that affects the lungs. Cytokines assist in managing inflammation and are used by the immune system in response to trauma and infection . Research has demonstrated whey proteins’ ability to improve cytokine response. Supporting the immune system and its response to inflammation . Scientists have also found that the consumption of whey can help reduce the amount of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) in the blood. Experts have found a link between CRP and inflammation. Whereby an increase in CRP leads to an increase in inflammation and a reduction in CRP assists with alleviating it [3, 4].
Muscle Building and Recovery
Whey is rich in amino acids. These amino acids are classified into two main groups; essential and non-essential. Essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body, instead they are absorbed from the foods we eat. Similarly, non-essential amino acids are also absorbed from the foods we eat. However, they can also be produced by the body. Both groups provide the nutrients that are required to build natural anabolic hormones and muscle . In particular, research has demonstrated that the group of essential amino acids known as Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are especially useful in synthesizing muscle. As whey is high in BCAAs, experts recommend that its consumption can assist in reducing the duration of muscle soreness and promote the recovery, toning and growth of muscle fibers [6, 7, 8, 9, 10].