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Whey Protein

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Whey protein is a mixture of some of the proteins naturally found in milk. The major proteins found in whey protein include beta-lactoglobulin and alpha-lactalbumin. Whey protein has one of the highest protein digestibility-corrected amino acid scores (PDCAAS; a measure of protein bioavailability) and is more rapidly digested than other proteins, such as casein (another milk protein). 1

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Athletic Performance
20 grams daily up to 1.2 grams of per 2.2 of pounds body weight per day2 stars[2 stars]
Animal studies suggest that whey protein can increase gains in lean body mass resulting from exercise. One study found that people taking whey protein improved their performance on a test of short-term intense cycling exercise.
Hepatitis
3 to 4.5 grams twice per day1 star[1 star]
In one trial, supplementing with whey protein improved blood measures of liver dysfunction in people with hepatitis B.
HIV and AIDS Support
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Whey protein is rich in the amino acid cysteine, which the body uses to make glutathione, an important antioxidant. Supplementing with it may improve immune function.
Immune Function
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Whey protein appears to improve some aspects of immune function. One trial showed that whey protein increased blood glutathione levels in a group of HIV-infected people.
Obesity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Whey protein may aid weight loss due to its appetite-suppressing effect.
Osteoporosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some whey proteins may reduce bone loss. Milk basic protein (MBP) is a mixture of some of the proteins found in whey protein and has been shown to promote bone density

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The information presented by TraceGains is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2020.

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