Lab to Life Series - Protelicious & Me. In addition to being a delicious daily health boost, there are specific health and body composition goals that Protelicious® can support such as; weight loss, detox, blood sugar regulation, anti-aging, athletic performance, combating loss of muscle mass .. and the list goes on and on. In this series we are going to explore the different ways that Protelicious® cold processed whey protein can help us achieve specific goals. What better way to start than with the post “holiday season” quest for detox and slimming?
One simple solution to detox & boost health during this holiday season: clean cold processed whey protein
By Dr. Jean-Francois Lesgards & Sheila Partrat
Have you ever found that by the beginning of January, clothes feel snug and the head heavy? The hallmark of the post holiday season’s not so dynamic duo: caloric excesses and lack of exercise! There are plant extracts that can help our liver regain regular detoxifying function (garlic, dandelion, artichoke or chlorella) following holiday, but our bodies often need a stronger metabolic regulator and detoxification booster. That’s where clean cold processed whey can help.
The benefits of whey are abundant. Specifically, for detox & slimming if can function to:
- re-boost our liver’s detoxifying potential
- help to regulate triglycerides and blood sugar to help us slim down
- improve digestion and intestinal comfort.
The liver is our master cleaner, thanks to a molecule called glutathione (GSH) in our liver cells. GSH can be considered the best scavenger/detoxifier and the main antioxidant in the body. However the “holiday diets” rich in sugar and fats produce high amounts of inflammatory compounds through digestion that deplete GSH cell content. To replenish our liver GSH reserves, our bodies need the precursors for the synthesis of GSH, in particular sulfur amino acids (AA’s) like cysteine and methionine. Whey protein is exceptionally rich in these AAs when compared to many other foods.
Increasing evidence supports the potential use of whey protein in medical/nutritional therapy to manage glycaemia by various biochemical and physiological pathways including the activity of insulin. Trials have shown that whey protein supplementation significantly reduces blood triglycerides, improves blood pressure and vascular function.
Furthermore, whey can contribute metabolically to aid in weight loss. After ingestion whey functions to invoke satiety, and after a few weeks of consumption, whey also improves our ratio of lean mass versus fat mass thus improving our silhouette and health.
Whey is also used for gastrointestinal support by health professionals such as nutritional therapy practitioners. Its gastrointestinal protective effects have been demonstrated in several studies and are likely associated with its GSH-stimulating properties. In addition to this, whey is very rich in glutamatic acid that may play a further role when it is converted to glutamine, an AA utilized as a fuel by the intestines. The association of glutamic acid and sulfur AAs in whey will participate actively to; regenerate intestinal cells, provide better digestion, reduce inflammation and decrease intestinal permeability to toxins thereby provide an overall improvement in digestive comfort.
For more information on the health benefits the clean cold processed whey protein found in our Protelicious® Gourmet whey protein from grass fed cows, please visit www.protelicious.com.