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Whey Protein and Inflammation

by Charles Weller August 12, 2015

Whey Protein and Inflammation

In the efforts to improve ones diet, the incorporation of various supplements can sometimes introduce some unwanted effects, inflammation being a common one associated with the intake of whey protein. However, plant-based proteins can offer the same health benefits without the uncomfortable symptoms.

Why Do I Need A Protein Supplement?

There are many reasons why one might look to a protein supplement to try and improve their diet. As the building blocks of protein, amino acids play a major roles in the body’s immune function, metabolism and weight management as well as muscle development and performance. Amino acids, which are classified as essential or nonessential, are either produced in the body or must come from an outside sources such as through food or supplements. Two of the most common supplements are in the form of protein powders, which are either animal based or plant-based.

What Type Of Protein Supplements Are Available?

Animal based protein powders are either casein, whey and/or egg based, with traditional whey being the most popular. Whey is made from the liquid that is left behind after milk has curdled and strained in the manufacturing of cheese. Plant based protein powders can come from a variety of sources, such as hemp, rice, pea, sacha inchi, potato, etc. It was once believed that plant-based proteins were limited in the type of amino acids supplied, however it has been shown that a plant-based diet that includes complementary sources of plant-based proteins can result in a full spectrum of amino acids.

What’s Wrong With Consuming Whey Protein?

Both whey protein and plant-based proteins have been shown to provide many benefits in supplementing the human diet, however consuming whey protein does often lead to many undesired side effects such as inflammation.  Inflammation associated with lactose intolerance is one of the most common side effects from consuming whey protein. Since it is derived from milk, whey protein is a common allergen and the proteins from the milk can trigger an immune response, which results in many inflammatory symptoms such as vomiting, skin rash, hives, bloating, stomach pain and diarrhea. Whey protein is notorious for causing some of these digestive issues, and such symptoms should not be lightly disregarded. Although one might be getting the benefits through an improved diet with whey protein supplements, the exposure to inflammatory symptoms over an extended period of time can lead to chronic inflammation, which is believed to be the underlying cause of many illnesses and diseases.

The Solution — Plant-Based Protein Sources

As an easier digestible source of protein for humans, plant-based proteins can provide the same benefits without the unwanted side effects, making it a more desirable alternative. Ground-Based Nutrition offers plant-based protein supplements perfectly packaged with a blend of five of the finest plant-based protein sources available today to make up a superior amino acid profile that rivals virtually any other protein supplement, whether animal or plant-based. Additionally, the plant-based Superfood Protein provides an abundance of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber – all critical components for optimal health and disease prevention.

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