Whey Benefits and Facts

Why whey?  Because whey is incredibly good for you!

According to the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, whey protein has the following advantages:

High levels of essential and branch-chain amino acids which help maintain or build muscle tissue.

Supplementing with whey in athlete diets has been shown to improve body composition and increase strength compared to carbohydrate.

Immune Function

Increases the levels of glutathione in the body, an anti-oxidant required for a healthy immune system.

Weight Management

High quality whey protein is rich in leucine to help preserve lean muscle tissue while promoting fat loss. Whey protein contains more leucine than milk protein, egg protein and soy protein.

Other benefits may include reduced risk for cardiovascular disease & cancer, diabetes management, and wound healing.

See also these additional studies:

According to a 2008 study, a whey-protein supplement increases fat loss and spares lean muscle.

And yet another study published in the Journal of Nutrition finds that whey supplementation improves vascular function.

High quality protein is key to reaping the benefits of whey protein supplementation. Your Way Organics Whey is made entirely from certified organic, non-GMO ingredients. The protein is derived from organically farmed grass fed cattle that are raised without steroids, antibiotics or rBGH. I’m going to keep researching but if I decide to start whey supplementation, I’ll definitely go with Your Way Organics Whey.

Whey contains the highest level of the branched-chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine, which are metabolized directly in muscle. The other amino acids in proteins must be digested before they are available for use. This makes whey protein more immediately ready for muscle building and muscle repair. Some research also suggests whey protein may help kill pain, enhance the immune system and play a role in bone growth

It's an ongoing balancing act throughout the whey drying process to remove excess water but avoid high temperatures that would ruin the quality of the protein.

How Organic Whey is made:

Tankers of whey are pumped into the appropriate silo as they arrive. It first goes to a separator that shakes out the last bit of butterfat. After that, it is pasteurized and taken through an ultrafiltration process that pushes the water and sugar through finer and finer membranes. This allows the relatively small lactose molecules to pass through with most of the water, while retaining the much larger whey molecules. At the end of this stage, the whey protein concentrate is the consistency of molasses.

Next it is piped up to the top of the drying tower and sprayed as a fine mist into heated air. What hits the bottom, 15 seconds later, is a powder ready for bagging.

Besides bodybuilders baby boomers who are inevitably beginning to experience the natural muscle loss that comes with aging. Another huge market is dieters, who seek to lose fat but not muscle.

Whey protein is the gold standard of protein supplements for bodybuilders because it contains the best-known combination of amino acids essential for muscle growth. In the muscle market, whey is often mixed with other supplements like testosterone and given names like "Monster Mix.”  Our whey is Organic and is not mixed with artificial and banned substances.

Other benefits of whey include helping with: Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, HIV, wounds, burns and muscle atrophy in the elderly. Whey like ours is the best dietary source of an amino acid precursor to glutathione, our body's major antioxidant. It's amazing, really. It makes the body-building benefits look like a blip.

Whey is used in infant formula, meal replacement beverages, protein bars, bodybuilding formulas and baked goods. There are also specialty applications, including hospital and recovery diets, some yogurts, and whey crisps in cereals and snack foods.

How Much Protein Do I Need?

The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily minimum intake of approximately 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men. Another way to figure your need is by multiplying your weight in pounds by .36 (or .8 grams per kilo). This number will tell you approximately how many grams a day your body needs. This will vary with age, exercise levels,  individual body chemistry, and special health concerns (like pregnancy, breastfeeding, athletes, dieters), but it’s a good starting point. 

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