Recently, whey protein has caught on with dieters due to research showing that it increases metabolism and reduces hunger. Whey protein has been popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts for 20 years.
Whey protein has a variety of health benefits.
Did you know that whey protein and its constituents have exhibited anti-cancer effects against various types of cancer in studies? It's true. For example, researchers at North Carolina State University found that whey protein alpha-lactalbumin slows the spread of colon cancer in humans.
Lower Blood Pressure
Exciting new research also suggests that whey protein supplementation may lower blood pressure, one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In a study of 30 borderline hypertensive men and women, whey protein supplementation reduced systolic blood pressure 11mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure 7mmHg compared to a control group
There's also good news about whey protein for those who have, or are concerned about, type 2 diabetes. In a recent Swedish study, adding whey protein to a high-glycemic breakfast and lunch increased insulin release by 31 percent and 57 percent respectively in type 2 diabetics compared to when they were fed the same meals without whey.
When shopping for whey protein shakes, be sure to choose one that is all natural, uses ultra-filtered whey protein isolate, and contains no fat and fewer than 100 calories per serving, such as EnergyFirst ProEnergy.