Benefits of Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
Hydrolyzed Whey protein was introduced in the early 2000’s. However, it wasn’t known if it was effective or just another supplement gimmick. After 10+ years of research and countless trials we know hydrolyzed whey protein is the most effective type of recovery protein!
What the heck is hydrolyzed protein?
Hydrolyzed protein is the king of proteins! It’s basically protein that has been pre-digested or in other words broken down. No, someone does not chew this up for you. Hydrolyzed protein goes through an additional process called “enzymatic hydrolysis”. As high tech and cool as that sounds, it simply has great benefits. The breaking down of the proteins allow for lightning fast absorption, and shuttles more aminos to your muscles leading to better gains.
Whey protein can help to speed up recovery as well due to the rapid absorption and higher aminos per gram. Leucine is one of the main aminos and found in high concentrations in hydrolyzed protein. When taken, it can help flip the muscle building switch. Hydrolyzed whey has a higher Leucine content compared to whey isolate: 14.2 percent versus 12.2 percent.
Enhanced Glycogen Replenishment
Glycogen replenishment is fueled by insulin, which is robustly stimulated in the presence of carbs, but also stimulated in the presence of protein alone. Whey hydrolysate induces a substantially greater insulin response compared to intact proteins, which facilitates superior glycogen replenishment and a greater anabolic response when consumed post-workout.
Studies show consuming 25 grams of hydrolyzed whey leads to quicker recovery. Due in part, to the rapid absorption, higher Leucine content, and increased insulin sensitivity hydrolyzed whey contributes to quicker repair.
Hydrolyzed whey is very advantageous for those looking to maximize muscle gains while reducing fatty tissue. This is mainly due to the low (or zero) amounts of carbohydrates and sugars in the protein. Hydrolyzed whey is not new and more and more research continues to surface showing the extreme benefits of this type of protein in certain situations.