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November 22, 2014

The Ultimate Protein?

Fitness First USA

Protein is the most important nutrient required in the human body. Whether for athletes who push themselves to the limit, or a bariatric patient whose body has been through serious trauma, the needs are the same. Both bodies require a great deal of protein in a complete and easily absorbable form to repair and rebuild the body. Regardless of whether the goal is to increase muscle size or rebuild and repair the body from surgery, protein supplementation is essential.

But what protein source is the best? To be fair, there are a variety of protein sources, all of which offer benefits. All of these protein sources have drawbacks as well. Many people enjoy a steak as a source of protein. On the other hand, its drawbacks include cost, lack of convenience, lack of portability, and difficulty in digestion for clinical patients, There are also many who elect to not eat meat entirely.

Milk protein sources have been popular for decades. Supplements have been created using both components of Milk; Whey, and Casein. These sources can be turned into powders and sold in a more convenient way as they don’t have to be cooked, and are quick to prepare. On the other hand, some people suffer from milk allergies, while others are lactose intolerant., Milk based proteins can also often cause bloating and gas.. Milk proteins require a larger volume of liquid than clinical patients can consume at one sitting, and are not convenient for travel as they need to be refrigerated.

Ideally, a protein supplement would be conveniently packaged and easily carried anywhere. Heat stable, so there would be no refrigeration required. It would be lactose and gluten free, while being concentrated so that both athletes and clinical patients with limited stomach volumes could drink it. The protein would be easily assimilated, so it would need to be predigested, in other words, broken down already into short peptide chains while retaining all essential amino acids required for the protein to be absorbed and utilized by the body.

Until recently, there has been no real answer to the need for the ideal protein. This is where innovation must come into play. Innovation in the form of a brand new type of protein, created to specifically address all the needs and eliminate all the shortcomings of existing protein sources.

New Whey protein was created using three proteins as a base or starting point. These proteins include bovine collagen isolate, whey isolate, and casein isolate. These proteins as with any protein are made up of small blocks called peptides. These peptides contain amino acids which are used to rebuild muscle tissue. By using a process referred to as enzymatic hydrolyzation, each of these proteins are broken down into their basic parts or blocks called peptide chains. This mixture is no longer Whey, Casein or Collagen, it is a brand new protein matrix, a highly bioavailable protein peptide soup requiring virtually no effort by the body to be absorbed. All essential amino acids are present in this matrix which his known as New Whey.

Benefits for bariatric patients

Bariatric patients not only have high protein requirements to help repair their bodies, they also have special needs that must be met by their protein supplements. Their bodies cannot break down and absorb protein the way other people’s bodies can. They have significantly decreased Hydrochloric Acid in their stomach, which is needed to break most proteins down. They also have decreased Pepsin enzymes, which also are required to break down most protein sources. Once the protein enters the upper portion of the small intestine for absorption, bariatric patients have fewer Pancreatic Protein Enzymes (Trypsin & Chymotrypsin) needed for the final stages of digestion.

Bariatric patients can specifically benefit from New Whey Protein due in part to the fact that the protein matrix it is made up of already predigested protein peptide chains. The enzymatic hydrolyzation process elminates the need for much of the regular digestion process which is lacking in a bariatric patient. There is little work to be done by the stomach’s hydrochloric acid or Pepsin enzymes. And once the New Whey enters the small intestine, because most digestion has taken place before the New Whey is even consumed, the peptide chains are broken into their amino acid counterparts and quickly absorbed by the body.