Why is Whey a Superior Protein Source?

Why is Whey a Superior Protein Source?

by Joe Cohen

Wellness Director

The key nutrients our bodies need are called macronutrients and they fall into three categories: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The word protein is derived from the Greek word “proteio,” which means primary. As you may know, proteins plays an important role building tissues like muscle and functioning as enzymes and hormones.

Protein sources like meat, fish, and plants all provide important health benefits. Another source called whey has outstanding properties and is among the highest quality protein sources available.The three most important benefits of Whey protein include boosting immunity, increasing the antioxidant glutathione, and impacting satiety.

Whey positively effects the appetite by increasing the feeling of fullness after consumption. Several studies have noted decreased food intake for meals following servings of whey protein. Over time, this can reduce excessive caloric consumption and support weight loss.

Whey contains a number of peptides, or short amino acid chains, that have been studied for their immune enhancing benefits. Two peptides found in whey are called alpha-lactalbumin and beta-lactoglobulin. They support immune system functioning by boosting white blood cell function and production. White blood cells protect the body against infections and foreign bodies. 

When examining the amino acid composition of whey, there is a notable amount of cysteine. This amino acid is very important in the production of the antioxidant glutathione. In our bodies, glutathione plays a critical role in the oxidation reduction and detoxification processes — essential for optimal health. In fact, daily consumption of whey protein has been reported to increase glutathione production in otherwise healthy individuals.


Advantages of Undenatured Whey

Comparatively, whey protein is among the highest quality protein sources available. It provides a complete amino acid profile rich in essential amino acids, particularly branched-chain amino acids. This is important because it can be quickly digested and rapidly absorbed by the body. 

Because of its unique nutritional properties, the benefits of whey protein has been studied for decades. This includes supporting weight loss, muscle building, and exercise recovery.

But all whey protein is not the same. Prolonged exposure to harsh conditions like excessive processing at a high temperature damages proteins and causes them to lose their unique biological activity. It also significantly impacts how quickly it can be digested and absorbed by the body. This damage is called denaturation. Undenatured whey protein is the most beneficial.


Grass-fed, Flash-Pasteurized, Ultra-Filtrated, and Undenatured

San Marco Wellness features
undenatured protein in its nutritional program. Our supplier uses only the best quality, responsibly sourced whey protein for our dairy based shakes. It is sourced primarily from dairy farmers in New Zealand and Australia and meets strict quality standards. The milk used is from grass-fed cows who are not treated with hormones or routine antibiotics. 

This whey protein starts as freshly collected milk that is flash pasteurized in a process that takes 15 seconds to complete. This essential step destroys pathogenic bacteria like E. coli while ensuring dairy proteins are not damaged.

Next, whey is separated from the other components of milk. This whey protein is produced using an advanced membrane ultrafiltration technique. Unlike typical processing, this gentle, temperature controlled method uses a selectively permeable membrane to separate the whey from whole milk. The results is undenatured whey protein that has outstanding nutritional benefits and is delicious.


Take a Step towards Optimal Health

whey protein is one of the three essential components in this unique nutrition program. The other two include an aloe vera based cleansing juice and a multi-mineral adaptogenic tonic. This synergistic system is part of a multi-dimensional program. 

San Marco Wellness takes a customized, medically supervised, and evidence-based approach which includes nutritional cleansing, Semaglutide, a customized Mediterranean diet, and fitness recommendations. Getting started on this program begins with a qualifying Zoom consultation with Wellness Director, Joe Cohen. The next step includes completing two medical consent forms and a phone consultation with Medical Director, Bridget Rossi

You will schedule your first coaching session with Wellness Director, Joe Cohen, after completing your phone consultation with Medical Director, Bridget Rossi.  Completing and submitting your Lifestyle Questionnaire before your first coaching session will provide ample background information to ensure an optimally productive session. Contact Joe Cohen at San Marco Wellness to get started today.

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