Why do people say Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate is the most effective for your recovery?

When choosing their post workout shakes, people almost unanimously agree that whey protein is best for recovery and having optimal potential for muscle gain. The reason is that whey is a complete protein and one of the most natural sources of protein available on earth. Therefore, it has the highest percentage of branched-chain amino acids that the body can’t produce on its own, including leucine, which plays the biggest part in muscle protein synthesis.

While it is common knowledge that Whey Protein is the best when it comes to recovery and muscle building, less known are the differences between each type of Whey Protein out there. Finding out what are these differences can help you identify which one will better fulfil your needs.

What to expect when choosing Whey Protein Concentrate? 

+ Popular, easy to find, cheap;

- The percentage of protein per serving varies a lot, making it not clear what to expect in a product;

- Low absorption rate which results in longer time needed for recovery;

- Higher amounts of lactose, which can result in serious stomach bloating for people with sensitive stomachs.

What to expect when choosing Whey Protein Isolate?

+ Higher amount of protein per serving than in the Whey Concentrate;

+ Faster absorption in the body than whey concentrate, but still much slower than hydrolyzed whey protein isolate;

- More expensive than the concentrate;

- Some contamination, lactose, carbs and fats traces;

- If you have a sensitive stomach chances are you will experience stomach bloating. 

What to expect when choosing RECOVERY Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate?

+ The highest amount of protein absorption due to the hydrolyzation (pre-digestion) process;

+ More of the important di and tri-peptide protein molecules, known to play a key factor in protein synthesis, the muscle building process in the body.

+ More amino acids delivered to your muscles; 

+ Fastest recovery after an intense workout;

+ Easy digestion and no stomach bloating even for people with severe lactose intolerance;

+ Highest degree of purification;

- The price is higher than the regular Whey Isolates or Concentrates; however when considering the amount of protein delivered to the muscles by each type of whey, the difference in price is justifiable.

What does the research says about recovery with different types of whey?

A study published in the Journal of Science in Medicine and Sports found that subjects consuming hydrolyzed whey isolate post-workout experienced better recovery and performance, shortly after an intense muscle-damaging session, in comparison with those consuming whey isolate. The research was based on 28 subjects completing 100 eccentric-focused repetitions on leg extension. An eccentric focus induces significantly more muscle damage than typical concentric movements.

Straight after the training session, the subjects consumed either 25 grams of whey hydrolysate, 25 grams of whey isolate, or a protein-free placebo. Recovery was assessed via blood markers, subjective ratings, and performance testing. The measures were completed 1, 2, 6, and 24 hours post-testing.

The whey-hydrolysate group was able to regain performance 6 hours later, whereas the placebo and whey isolate group had not yet fully recovered even 24 hours later. This proves that there is a serious difference in the whey you choose to take. 

If you want to see results…

Hydrolyzed whey protein isolate is the best option for those athletes and sports enthusiasts that do intense, frequent training. A whey hydrolysate will be advantageous to attenuate muscle damage and replenish glycogen quickly so that you enjoy a full recovery much quicker than with other types of whey. However if you’re looking for a cheap protein, training just once-twice per week and you’ve got plenty of time in between workouts to allow your muscles to naturally rebuild, then whey concentrate or isolate is an option you can stick to. 

If you’re dieting, choosing a whey hydrolysate post-workout will also be advantageous to promote recovery in the presence of limited carbohydrates. It will help you maximize the muscle-building response with fewer calories, given than it has a significantly higher leucine content compared to whey isolate.

If you’re looking to increase your endurance and feel the effects of your high intensity workouts, the choice is obviously a hydrolyzed whey protein isolate. 

PROGENEX RECOVERY is known to be the favourite hydrolyzed whey isolate of some of the top CrossFit athletes worldwide, due to its high quality standards and delicious flavours.

Take it from the CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Expert, coach Chris Hinshaw: 

PROGENEX Recovery comes in 5 incredible flavours: Belgian Chocolate, Tropical Vanilla, Chocolate Peanut Butter Smash, Peppermint Bark and Loca Mocha.

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