Whey's Longevity BenefitsPrint
Whey protein is often viewed as just a protein source for bodybuilders. Whey has also been shown to stop muscle-wasting in the elderly, boost lean muscle mass, prevent weight gain, and lower risks of cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. It’s increasingly recognized as a food to protect against degenerative aging and prevent muscle loss. Whey protein helps protect against muscle-wasting and weight gain, while lowering certain cardiovascular risk factors. It also improves the body’s production of glutathione. For years, whey protein has been taken by athletes seeking to increase muscle mass and performance.
Evolving research shows that whey does much more. Whey helps protect against muscle-wasting and weight gain, while lowering certain cardiovascular risk factors.1-11 Glutathione levels drop with age, and this could play a role in neurodegeneration, reduced immunity, and other age-related conditions.14-18 Whey protein enhances glutathione production.12,13
The ability of whey to increase glutathione levels comes from its unique combinations of small peptides. Whey protein is increasingly seen as a superfood for healthy longevity. Dangers of Low Protein Whey Inhibits Muscle-Wasting Boosting Muscle Mass Preventing Weight Gain Fighting Cardiovascular Disease Whey protein is often viewed as just a protein source for bodybuilders. Whey has also been shown to stop muscle-wasting in the elderly, boost lean muscle mass, prevent weight gain, and lower risks of cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. It’s increasingly recognized as a food to protect against degenerative aging and prevent muscle loss.
What Type of Whey is Right for You?
Whey protein is commonly available in three forms:
• Isolate with added creatine and glutamine
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