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THE WONDERS OF WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, INVITE HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 642
Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH
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Amanda Williams MD, MPH: [00:00:40] Have you ever walked by the Invite Health Whey Protein Isolate and thought, hmm, that product’s probably not for me. That’s for folks who work out and I don’t work out, well today, I want to talk all about the whey protein isolate and the wonders of whey, because clearly, when it comes to muscle mass, yes, whey protein very, very important. But it goes far beyond that, and that’s what I want to delve into today. I am Dr. Amanda Williams, scientific director at Invite Health. There are so many things that we need to zero in on when it comes to maintaining our muscle mass as we grow older. It’s one of those areas once again where you don’t want to wait until you are coined as, wow, that person looks really frail. We don’t want to get frail; we want to maintain our muscles as we grow older because it’s not just the muscle mass. What is that muscle mass actually doing? How is it actually supporting us? How does it protect us? Well, there is technically a term called sarcopenia, which is general loss of muscle mass that occurs because of just growing older? Now we know that there are other things that can drive this, including more severe health conditions which can create frailty or catabolic wasting, as they call it. But this is something that we don’t want to have happen because when we start to kind of waste away, when that muscle mass is starting to diminish, this can lead to significant problems in terms of your immune function, brain functions or cognitive decline you will also see. But if you were losing that muscle mass, that means we’re weakening the underlying skeleton. So, we are more prone to even a fracture. So maybe you step off the side of the sidewalk. Funny. And next thing you know, you break your ankle, we don’t want these things to happen. So, what can we be doing? Well, we know that we can always look at maintaining the structure and function of the muscles. and how do we do that? We achieve that with the utilization of amino acids. What are amino acids? They are the building block to our proteins. So, the whey protein isolate is something that I definitely think would be incredibly advantageous to have on board. I mentioned in the first segment, oftentimes when we think about whey protein or, you know, taking in a protein powder, most people think about, you know, someone who’s in their twenties or thirties and they’re hitting the gym four or five days out of the week and they’re looking to, you know, bulk up. But this isn’t just for those individuals. We can’t look at protein powders anymore as just for those who are going and working out and trying to increase the size of their muscles. We have to recognize that those proteins are maintaining our muscles as we grow older. And if we are not having adequate exposure to those very essential and very important amino acids coming from the diet, and we aren’t replenishing this in any way, shape or form, we are going to be more prone to sarcopenia or the age-related muscle mass loss. So, we know that we can start to incorporate in the Invite Health Whey Protein Isolate. We have an excellent formulation, incredibly clean. I cannot say enough about the differences when it comes to whey proteins. I was just at a trade show this week. There were different vendors there and this is one of the areas where unfortunately, about a decade ago the market was kind of overcome by really junky whey proteins, and pretty much every company was trying to, you know, get into the whey protein arena and they were finding the cheapest, lowest quality sourced proteins. And this is a problem because most of it was coming from China. And, you know, not that I’m knocking everything that comes from China, but this is a concern when it comes to the supplements that you are taking. † [00:05:00]
[00:05:01] So we take a lot of pride in our whey protein isolate in the source that we’re using it from coming from New Zealand, where we know that there has never been any type of exposure to mad cow disease, for example, the amino acid spectrum within our whey protein isolate, incredibly comprehensive. And this makes a difference to you not only when it comes to the muscle mass, but for overall support as our muscles are growing older. And I’m going to talk about the science on this. Ours is incredibly clean. It’s interesting, you know, many years ago, there was some protein powders that were tested out and they were finding that they, you know, had the amino acid blend in it. But when they zeroed in, they’re like, this doesn’t seem normal, and this was proteins that were coming from China and it was actually contained different ashes in it, which is horrible. And so luckily, you know, they stepped in, and they were able to block a lot of that junky protein from coming into this country and being used in supplements. But this is why using a high-quality formulation from a trusted source, and this is what we pride ourselves in. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, we know what we are doing. Unfortunately, there are so many different options out there available to consumers and you always have to look, I always say, you know, when it comes to your dietary supplementation, think about who is making that. Is this made by a major corporate conglomerate? Because at the end of the day, what is their end goal? And I’ve talked about this before, so many of the, you know, primary multivitamins, and whey proteins out there, are not made by supplement company. They’re made by pharmaceutical companies or these other conglomerates that also make household cleaning supplies. Invite Health has been around for over 20 years, and we’ve established ourselves in this industry as being the leader in scientific and research-based nutraceuticals, this is all that we do. We’re not into household cleaning supplies, we’re not making pharmaceuticals. We are making dietary supplements. So, when it comes to the science, when it comes to the research, we are the go-to and especially when it comes to whey protein. And ours is very, very clean. Ours is a vanilla, natural vanilla, so it’s very easy for you to use this in a variety of different ways to incorporate this into your daily routine. And this makes a difference, because we have so many different factors that can lead to sarcopenia or that muscle mass loss, not only aging alone, but we can look at, you know, physical inactivity. We know that the majority of Americans are fairly sedentary. We can look at chronic disease states, including type two diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease. All of these different factors can lead to the increased loss of muscle mass. So, this is something that we always want to zero in on. So, the whey that we offer has this excellent amino acid profile, this rich source of all of these amino acids, which are vital for muscle building, but they go far beyond that, and that’s what I want to talk about. † [00:08:32]
[00:08:33] Clearly, we can see how the research on whey protein has even advanced to looking at those who have muscle mass loss due to, say, cancer treatments. And in the Cancer Medicine Journal in 2019, they looked at the utilization of whey protein isolate supplementation to improve body composition, muscle strength in individuals who were, in a sense malnourished because of the advanced cancer treatments to which they were receiving. And they could find that through taking powerful whey protein isolate, this improved all of these different markers, including muscle strength and help to also lower toxicity in the body that was brought on because of cancer treatments, which was an incredibly powerful study that they did. And I remember when that one came out, I was like, wow, this once again shows when we think about the power of food, be thy medicine, and why it is that those amino acids really do pack such a powerful punch. But let’s look beyond that. Let’s look at what the average person would be saying. Okay, maybe I should take whey protein isolate from Invite Health, I know it’s very clean, I know that they source this from New Zealand where the whey itself has not been exposed to any harmful agents. There are no pesticides, there are no antibiotics, there are no hormones that are used in this whey. Very, very important. So, the British Journal of Nutrition over a decade ago looked at the impact of whey protein isolate, not only on body composition and muscle mass, but when it came to improvement on cholesterol, insulin, so this is important because if you are a diabetic or a pre-diabetic, we know that insulin resistance is a real deal thing and that creates a lot of havoc in the body. So, they took a group of overweight or actually diagnosed as obese individuals, and they wanted to see the effect that incorporating whey protein isolate would have on improvement if at all of any of these different markers. So, they had this group of individuals who are all overweight or obese, take whey protein isolate for 12 weeks, and then they started to assess them. They started them at baseline, they looked at their levels at six weeks into this trial, and then at 12 weeks, they were looking at their serum lipid level. So, their total cholesterol, they looked at their fasting insulin, they looked at their fasting glucose levels and they could see that the group that was taking whey protein isolate throughout the course of this 12-week trial had significant improvement on all of these different markers. Can you imagine that just taking the Invite Health whey protein isolate for 12 weeks and you can have an improvement on your cholesterol? You going to have an improvement in your hemoglobin A1C, an improvement in your fasting glucose. So, this is why we have to recognize that whey protein isolate is far beyond that of what we recognize in our brain of just those who are going to work out. It is doing so much when it comes to maintaining our health. † [00:11:59]
[00:12:00] And in the Experimental Gerontology journal in 2020, they looked at this. They said, well, what if we have individuals who are older, elderly individuals and we give them whey protein isolate as part of a daily supplement to their diet? Would this do anything to once again help to maintain that muscle mass, the muscle strength and their overall physical performance? And once again, through looking at all of the clinical research done on whey protein isolate and aging individuals, we can see this continual reinforcement that whey protein has this positive contributing effect to improvements in health, from recovery to disease to prevention of cardiovascular and metabolic risks, including type two diabetes. Even when it came to improvement in liver function. So, we can see the science. We understand that the whey protein itself is doing so many things to help in terms with stabilization of nutrient absorption. There was a fabulous study that was done in Australia back in 2017 that showed that those individuals who supplement with whey protein isolate actually improved their B vitamin status in their body, their B12 levels and their folate. So, they took a group of elderly individuals who had subclinical deficiencies in B12, so that very low levels of vitamin B12, and once they gave them just whey protein isolate, they didn’t give them B12 supplementation, they just gave them whey protein isolate, and after eight weeks and they retested them, they could see a significant increase in their B12 levels. So, we can see the importance of those amino acids and why supplementing with these powerful amino acids can make such a powerful impact on our overall health when it comes to aging. And knowing that you can access this powerful, clean, potent formulation from Invite, and start to utilize this as part of your routine every day, even if you’re not taking it every day, maybe use the whey protein isolate a couple of days out of the week. It’s better than not using it at all because at the end of the day, what’s important is maintaining our muscle mass, because it is not just for the strength of the muscles and supporting the underlying skeleton, but for maintaining our overall health in general. Sarcopenia is a major problem. We certainly don’t want to create insult to injury by not doing things that we know we can do. We know that we can incorporate in this powerful clean whey protein isolate into our daily supplementation routine to help with our cholesterol, to help with our blood sugar, to help with our memory, to help stabilize our B vitamin levels as we grow older. So, this is why we should always think about what can I be doing better? And when you’re not exactly sure if you’re doing the right thing with your dietary supplement routine, then this is when you want to speak with one of our very well-trained nutritionists. We have all of our naturopathic doctors Dr. Kay, Dr. Claire, Dr. Alyssa, reach out to one of them. It’s a free service, but they can help give you that guidance on making sure that you’re doing the right things. Is the whey protein isolate ideal for you? How do you take it? How many scoops per day? At what time during the day would be best for you to have it into your routine and then, of course, give you some helpful tips as to how you can get creative with how you use the whey protein isolate into different smoothies. Because we can see that when we have these different amino acids, how beneficial this can be even for stabilizing our mood, you know, having access to these amino acids that the whey protein isolate that we offer, how this can yield more support for your neurotransmitters. † [00:16:17]
[00:16:19] We certainly have seen in the archives of gerontology and geriatrics how when you start to incorporate in these very rich amino acids into a routine, how beneficial this can actually be getting all of those branched chain amino acids not only for the support of the muscles, but for far reaching beyond that. So hopefully this gives you a little bit more insight into the wonders of whey protein isolate. And the next time you were thinking about your overall health, you think of this particular formulation. I want to thank you so much for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting, invitehealth.com/podcast. Do make sure that you subscribe, and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇHealth Podcast. † [00:16:19]
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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
One of the hallmark indications for aging is muscle mass loss. When we think of age-related muscle mass loss, we oftentimes think about sarcopenia and what we can be doing to offset sarcopenia. We want to maintain our muscles as we get older and we also want to support the underlying skeleton. I want to talk about a key amino acid that many people turn to when it comes to maintaining lean muscle mass and building strength.†
What creatine does for the body
Athletes and people who work out will frequently turn to creatine as part of their supplementation routine. But there are other benefits that go along with creatine besides that of just the support for the muscles.†
One of the main ways that we look at our muscles as we start to get older is if we start to lose muscle mass. This is the coined term of sarcopenia. We now realize that creatine can do a very lovely job at trying to fend that off. It has this potential to counteract sarcopenia and that muscle atrophy that occurs throughout the aging process. One of the ways that it is actually doing this is through cellular energy production and helping to support the muscle cells.†
We can also look at creatine as being a very important amino acid for so many other areas within the body, including the cardiovascular system. We have recognized that those who supplement with creatine actually have better lipid profiles. When you look at your total cholesterol, for example, research has been able to show that the creatine itself actually impacts the triglycerides in particular. If someone has elevated triglycerides, which is a circulating fat in the blood, taking creatine can be very helpful.†
We’ve also seen in clinical studies that with higher creatine intake, that results in lower homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a direct indicator for vascular inflammation, which is certainly something that we always want to be able to avoid.†
Making sure you get this amino acid
Creatine can be found naturally in meat and fish, but you can also get it through supplementation. You can check out our Creatine Monohydrate Powder formulation. It is a really good formulation for anyone who has concerns with aging gracefully.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the important benefits that creatine can offer the body. She discusses various issues that people face as they age and how this amino acid can help combat them.†
- What is creatine and where is it found?
- The impact of this amino acid on respiratory health
- Studies on creatine
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