Let’s face it; carrying extra body fat is not only unpleasing to the eye but also very unhealthy. Elevated body fat levels and associated oxidative stress not only lead to poor physical performance and aesthetics, but can also lead to cardiovascular problems that will shorten your life.
If you are reading this, then you likely know the benefits of resistance training on cardiovascular health. Part of the protective effects of training is through adaptive increases in the body’s antioxidant levels and healthy alterations in blood cholesterol. Interestingly, a recent study, published in Appetite, has illustrated that taking 30g of whey protein immediately after training and with lunch and dinner boosts the body’s total antioxidant capacity by 4% over training alone. As well, the researchers reported an almost 7% decrease in blood cholesterol in those who exercised and used whey protein. Notably, they found no significant difference in cholesterol in those who trained but received a placebo. It was concluded that whey protein supplementation augments the favorable effects of exercise on antioxidant capacity and blood lipid profiles.
ACTION POINT: Over the years research has proven that whey protein powder helps build muscle, lower body fat, and increases strength—now we know that it also serves to keep our blood work healthly. We suggest regular use of whey protein or protein blends to augment your training results and healthy lifestyle. To get the most from protein supplementation take 25-50g, 3 times daily. Drink your first shake upon waking and drink the other 2 pre- and post-workout.
Sheikholeslami Vatani D1, Ahmadi Kani Golzar F. Changes in antioxidant status and cardiovascular risk factors of overweight young men after six weeks supplementation of whey protein isolate and resistance training. Appetite. 2012 Dec;59(3):673-8. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.08.005.