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CASEIN OVERVIEW

Casein is a slow-digesting time-released protein source that can dramatically slow the rate of protein breakdown. Aside from getting your fast-absorbing protein when you wak up and immediately after your workout, it's important to get a steady flow of amino acids to feed your muscle tissues long after you leave the gym.

  • Long-term amino acid supply and muscle repair
  • Blocks muscle breakdown
  • Perfect choice before bed time
  • High glutamine content
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CASEIN PROTEIN IN-DEPTH

The term casein is derived from the words caseus (cheese). Casein protein makes up approximately 80% of the protein in milk. Casein is highly stable globular phopshoprotein. It can\'t be denaturized and our body digests it slowly. These time-released formulas allows the amino acids to absorb to the blood stream slowly, providing hours of repair and maintenance. When you consume casein, you will reach a peak in blood amino acids and protein synthesis between 5 to 6 hours. Casein dramatically slows the rate of protein breakdown, which makes it a great choice for a pre-bed supplement. Casein protein is also a good idea to use during the day to keep you full and to keep a constant supply of protein available between meals or snacks if you have a long period of time between them. While whey protein is ideal choice for your breakfast and post-workout shake, casein formulas are the top choices to feed your muscle constantly during the day and night.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEINS

Protein is an essential nutrient that the body requires for proper growth and maintenance. Proteins, which are composed of various types of amino acids make up the muscles, tendons, organs, glands, nails, and hair. In addition proteins are responsible for the production of body\'s enzymes which catalyze most of the reactions in living cells, but amino acids also play a key role in regulating moods, aggression, attention, sleep and virtually all other cellular process. The body has twenty different amino acids that act as these building blocks. Human body doesn’t have all the enzymes required for the biosynthesis of all of the amino acids. Nonessential amino acids are those that the body can synthesize for itself. Essential amino acids, also called limiting amino acids, are those that cannot be produced in our body and therefore have to be obtained from food sources. Unlike fat and starch, the human body does not store excess amino acids for later use-the amino acids must be in the food every day. Failure to obtain enough of even one of the essential amino acids, those that we cannot make, results in degradation of the body\'s proteins -muscle and so forth- to obtain the one amino acid that is needed.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN MARKEDLY INCREASE PROTEIN REQUIREMENTS

It has been shown that the protein requirements for athletes may well exceed that suggested by the RDA (0,8g/kg/day) because of a greater lean mass, a greater need for tissue repair, and because a small amount of protein is burned during training. This increases the protein requirement for athletes to approximately double or triple that of nonathletes. Research has shown that 2.0 to 2.6 g/kg/day of protein are required for periods of very intense weight training. Amino acids come from protein rich sources such as meat, fish, dairy products, and vegetables such include dried beans, peas, soy, nuts, and seeds. But we can also supplement our diet with high quality amino acid supplements. Bodybuilders and other athletes can especially benefit from supplementing protein formulas because they aid in repair, growth, and development of muscle tissue. Various protein supplements are available, see the subcategories to get further details!

 

BENEFITS OF HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

The amount of quality protein in your diet is one of the most important factors that influence your metabolic rate, and favorably influencing weight loss. Adequate protein consumption also helps you maintain muscle during weight loss, improve muscle fitness, improve immunity, improve antioxidant function, build HDL cholesterol, and enhance insulin and leptin function - all of which contribute toward optimal weight management efforts over time. Low carb protein powders are the perfect protein source for people looking to lose weight! These protein powders are low in calories, have literally no fat or carbs! These protein powders taste great and can help you stick to your calorie controlled diet! You can use them at any time of the day to curb hunger or get a quick hit of protein! In a particular study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants reported greater satisfaction, less hunger, and lost significantly mora weight when protein was increased to 30 % of the total calories in their diets. Another study, puslished in the Journal of Nutrition, found that a high-protein diet combined with exercise improved weight and fat loss. Researchers suggest that high-protein meals causes the brain to receive lower levels of appetite-stimulating hormones, thus higher-protein diets help people better control their appetites and calorie intake.

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