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Q. What makes ENERGYFIRST® ProEnergy® Protein Powder different from others on the market?
Q. Who is whey protein for?
Q. What are the benefits of whey protein?
Q. Can I use ENERGYFIRST® ProEnergy® Protein Powder if I am lactose intolerant?
Q. What is the difference between soy protein and whey protein?
Q. Are there any side effects associated with whey protein?
Q. I have heard that whey can make me constipated. Is this true?
Q. Can I use whey protein if I have kidney disease?
Q. Can I use ENERGYFIRST® ProEnergy® Protein Powder if I have celiac disease?
Q. Can I mix ENERGYFIRST® ProEnergy® Protein Powder with fruit juice?
Q. Isn’t whey protein just for athletes and body builders?
Q. What should I look for in a high-quality protein supplement?
Q. How much protein does my body need for optimal health and energy?
Whey protein is derived from milk proteins as part of the cheese manufacturing process. Remember the nursery rhyme “Little Miss Muffet” – who sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey? For decades, whey was used as animal feed. Veterinarians noticed how healthy the animals became when they were fed whey, which led to research into the benefits of whey. By 1992, a process was developed to extract the pure amino acids from milk proteins leaving behind all the sugar (lactose), fat, and cholesterol. What the nutritional scientists came up with is the purest, cleanest, most biologically-available (most easily absorbed) source of protein in history. Whey protein isolate is the richest source of the eight essential amino acids and branched-chain amino acids that your body needs for growth, energy, and vibrant health.
ENERGYFIRST® ProEnergy® Protein Powder is made with only 100% pure whey protein isolate and natural sweeteners and flavors. It is processed using cross-flow microfiltration, the most advanced processing technique available today. ENERGYFIRST® ProEnergy® Protein Powder is pharmaceutical-grade and has been used by physicians to improve immunity and muscle mass for patients with cancer and immune disorders. It is recommended for diabetics because it is very low in carbohydrates (2-4 grams per serving) and uses only low-glycemic natural sweeteners, including stevia leaf extract, which has been proven to help control blood sugar. Our protein is completely undenatured and preserves all microfactions of the whey for a maximal immune system benefit. EnergyFirst whey protein comes from grass pasture fed cows that are not treated with rBGH, rBST, or any other hormones or antibiotics. This is the highest quality and most effective protein product that you will find anywhere.
In contrast, many whey protein powders available on the retail market today:
Whey protein is ideal for:
Research shows that whey protein has the following health benefits:
Yes, ENERGYFIRST® ProEnergy® Protein Powder is made from 100% whey protein isolate which is lactose-free and hypo-allergenic, meaning it rarely causes allergic reactions. Lower quality, cheaper whey protein products contain lactose and can cause allergic reactions including stomach upsets and other digestive problems.
Soy protein comes from soybeans, which are legumes (a source of carbohydrates). The protein from soy is not complete. It is missing one of the essential amino acids, called methionine. Most soy protein powders are fortified with this amino acid, making them complete, but they also are processed using hexane and other toxic chemicals that are not safe for the body. In addition, the body does not easily absorb soy protein, giving it a low biological value. This means that a significant percentage of the protein passes through the body unused. Soy is an inferior source of protein to whey protein. Soy has also been linked to increased estrogen levels.
Whey protein increases glutathione levels in the blood and liver. Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and plays a key role in immune function. When liver glutathione levels rise, the liver is able to more effectively detoxify the body. Some people (especially those who have had a highly toxic diet or who have been exposed to high levels of environmental toxins) may have a mild temporary reaction to the mobilized toxins as the liver is removing them from storage in body fat. Whey protein isolate is composed of the same basic proteins that are found in human breast milk and has the same side effects profile as human breast milk. Because it is a milk protein, people who are allergic to milk proteins may experience minor gastric distress from whey protein. This gastric distress usually disappears if you reduce the amount of whey protein you eat. If you have a serious milk protein allergy (which is very rare), you should not use whey isolate. Lactose intolerance is not a milk allergy.
Low-quality whey protein can cause digestive upsets, including constipation. If you experience constipation using a high-quality whey isolate, it may be that you are not drinking sufficient water or that you are not getting sufficient essential fats. It is important to drink at least ten glasses of pure water every day and have at least three servings of raw seeds or raw seed oils (such as ENERGYFIRST® OmegaEnergy® Oil and OmegaEnergy® Mix). The seeds and oils contain soluble fiber and omega 3 and omega 6 fats that are essential to proper digestion and elimination. Exercise and vitamin C can both be helpful as well.
100% whey protein isolate is one of the most easily digested and easily absorbed forms of protein available. It has an extremely high Protein Efficiency Ratio (a measure of protein quality). This is important in conditions like renal failure where protein intake must be limited and it is most prudent to consume the highest quality proteins (like whey protein isolate and egg white proteins) rather than lower quality proteins (like red meat and dairy) that produce more problematic metabolic waste by-products and residues.
Yes, celiacs are usually instructed not to ingest wheat or gluten, and there is no wheat or gluten in ENERGYFIRST® ProEnergy® Protein Powder.
You can but that would defeat the purpose of the ENERGYFIRST Program. Fruit juice, even freshly squeezed, is very high in sugar. It takes many pieces of whole fruit to make one glass of juice. Fruit juice is very quickly broken down into glucose in your bloodstream. It causes an instant blood sugar rush and subsequent insulin spike. You can use whole fruit in your shake, but not fruit juice. Whole fruit has fiber and is not as concentrated as fruit juice. The best plan is to blend whole fruit with raw oil and whey protein, which slow gastric emptying and the conversion of carbohydrates to glucose.
No, absolutely not. Whey protein has long been the protein of choice for athletes and body builders because it is the most easily absorbed, purest source of complete protein available. But this is important for everyone, not just athletes and body builders. Plus, it comes in a convenient powder that can be added to a variety of foods making it a great choice for people on the go. Whey protein is also so pure that it is perfect for babies (after being weaned off breast milk), growing children (strengthens bones), teenagers (helps prevent and treat ADD and ADHD), and adults (provides extra energy for busy people and slows aging as the ability to digest protein lessens). Whey protein isolate is very easily absorbed and is extremely anabolic, meaning it helps build muscle mass. It is also a powerful immune booster that helps prevent sickness and disease.
There are various factors to consider when looking for a high-quality protein:
Protein is the raw building material for muscle tissue and other body proteins. 60-70% of the body’s protein is found in muscle tissue. In order for muscle growth to occur (which is key for getting lean), you must consume more protein than you utilize. The amount of protein you need ranges anywhere from .8 grams per pound of body weight to 1.5 grams or more, depending on your activity level and training goals. The bigger you are, the more active you are. And the more under stress you are, the more lean protein you need. Pregnant and lactating women, children, and carbohydrate-sensitive people need 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day.