Hello fellow bodybuilders!
It is now 2015 and hoping you are all ready for making some new gains with me! Follow me through my series of articles and let’s progress together.
Now I am sure you have all been contemplating which supplements actually work and have probably heard of whey protein. Understandably, it can be hard to choose the right products with so many to choose from on an ever-growing market; every company claims their products are the best and want you to buy from them.
My aim is to help inform you of what these supplements do, but before I start my best protein powder review and recommending products I must answer the question :
What is whey protein?
Whey protein is a by-product of making milk into cheese, it contains a very balanced source of amino acids and is very quickly absorbed in the digestive system, making it an ideal way to fuel muscles and support growth. Amino acids are basically the building blocks of protein and are essential for anybody looking to build muscle.
More importantly, whey protein is a good source of branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs, these are essential amino acids and the main 3 are leucine, isoleucine and valine. Our body does not naturally produce these so it is vital that they are part of our daily diet.
Whey protein is popular over other types of protein to have post workout to aid in optimum recovery; due to its fast absorption and cell uptake within the muscles. The quicker you feed your muscles and restore amino acids after strenuous exercise, the less chance you have of burning muscle and you will also recover much quicker.
Whey protein has many benefits for individuals including muscle hypertrophy, prevent muscle tissue loss, aid fat loss, increase strength and support your metabolism.
Which are the best Protein Powders available on the UK market in 2015 ?
1. Impact Whey Protein from MyProtein
At the top of the list is this great product made from whey concentrate, it has 82% purity and 20 grams of protein in each serving. One thing I like about Myprotein products is they are very affordable on any budget, some companies charge too much after the supplement tax was introduced in the UK but MyProtein have kept their prices VERY competitive.
Each serving contains 2 grams of leucine- an essential amino acid that makes up 30 percent of muscle tissue, it also provides all the other essential amino acids. Impact Whey Protein mixes well and has a good choice of flavours, my personal favourite is lemon cheesecake!
The last bonus is that you can order single serving sachets before committing to buying a larger amount, that way you can almost try before you buy.
2. Whey Protein 90 (isolate) from the Protein Works
Whey isolate is a purer form of whey protein that concentrate and this little gem is derived from vegetarian sweet cheese. For those seeking whey that is 90% pure per 100 grams and is easier to absorb than most other proteins known to humanity- this could be for you.
Whey Protein 90 (isolate) is bolstered with their patented amino acid enzyme system, AMINOGEN. This is an enzyme system that will help you fully absorb your whey isolate meaning greater muscle support. This powder is also very low in carbohydrates and has minimal fat content, making it great for those who are on a cutting phase.
The Protein Works deliver a lot of good products but for all-round goodness, I vouch for this one mostly. Offering good taste, is easy on your digestive system and mixes well. I know a few people including myself who have had success with this product.
3. Gold Standard Whey Protein from Optimum Nutrition
The name says it all with Gold Standard, this is a famous product from Optimum Nutrition and probably one of the most commonly used protein powders in the UK and has even received an Award of Excellence from BodyBuilding.com. (They claim it is the world’s best-selling protein powder in fact)
Each serving offers 28g of whey protein isolates and 5.5g of BCAAs, 4g glutamine, only 1g of sugar and 3g of carbs to aid you in your bodybuilding goals. I personally find the taste of Optimum Nutrition products nicer, with a rich fuller flavour than most, although their products tend to be a bit pricey which may put some people off.
So if you want a well-balanced product that has a reputation that precedes itself, Gold Standard Whey Protein is one that you won’t be taking any risks with. They have proven time and time again why Optimum Nutrition is one of the best supplement companies in the world.
4. Pure Whey Protein from BulkPowders
I have used bulkpowders several times in the past when on a budget and they have never let me down so far. Pure Whey Protein is the cheapest whey protein in Europe, let alone the UK and this does not mean the quality suffers either. Pure Whey Protein from BulkPowders is also athlete endorsed which also speaks in volume for their reputation.
They also offer this whey powder in a novelty variety of flavours from chocolate cookies, apple crumble and custard or toffee popcorn. BUT real bodybuilders don’t always care about flavour as long as the product contains the right ingredients.
Pure Whey Protein contains 24.2g of whey protein concentrate per 30g serving, 2g of fat and 1.5g of carbs; at such a low price it is hard to not be tempted to part with your hard-earned cash in exchange for this.
5. Pure Whey Isolate 97% from BulkPowders
Another one from BulkPowders makes the list, with 99% of the calories in this whey powder coming from protein. They have even managed to cram in 23g of BCAAs per 100g. Pure Whey Isolate 97% can deliver 29g of protein per 30g serving- giving you ultimate recovery and more bang for your buck.
There is virtually no carbs or fat in this powder, is high in leucine and I have personally not found a whey isolate with higher purity. The only downsides are that it does not come in any flavours, is a little more expensive and does not mix well compared to other forms of whey powder. It will be great to see what happens with this product in the future so see if they can improve on a few things, watch this space.
Why exactly should you add whey protein powder to your nutritional plan?
Whey protein has many potential health benefits for bodybuilding and many other aspects in the human body. The main goal most of us want is to add lean muscle mass whilst losing fat, and the more lean muscle you have; the better your chances are of burning fat with a boosted metabolism.
Of course there is more to bodybuilding than building muscle, we need to look after the rest of our body also as everything works in synergy. Whey protein is full of immunoglobulins which are powerful antibodies that support the immune system; with a stronger immune system you can fight off infections faster, meaning you will less likely have to take time away from the gym when ill.
Remember that just because you have added this supplement to your diet does not mean that miracles will happen, whey protein should never replace any part of your diet but be used as a boost to reach your goals quicker and more efficiently. Only when correct training, nutrition and recovery are followed can you expect to get results with whey protein.
Supplementation is an addition, not a cure or replacement. If you are looking for a good recovery support system for your muscles after the gym or need a boost at times when eating is not an option then WHEY PROTEIN will help fill that gap.
Pick one from this list and you can’t go wrong, thanks for reading folks!