What is Protein Powder?

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Protein powder is a dietary supplement that is made from one or more of four basic sources of protein: whey, eggs, soy and rice. These concentrated sources of protein are processed into powdered form, which can be reconstituted into liquid form as a protein shake when mixed with water, fruit juice or milk. Protein powder also can be sprinkled on cereal, stirred into soups or stews, mixed into other types of food or cooked into baked goods and other meals. Bodybuilders and athletes have long relied on protein powder to make sure that they get the high levels of protein needed to build up their muscles through lifting weights and exercise. Research has shown that ingesting protein powder every day also can boost immune system health, facilitate the healing of wounds after surgery or injury and promote healthy skin.

Why Protein is Important

The human body needs protein daily because that is the substance from which muscles and tissues are built, and there is no place where the body can store extra protein. The need for adequate protein in the human body is second only to the need for water. People who follow healthy diets get plenty of protein through the daily intake of various food combinations. Some people, however, like to supplement their protein intake with a protein powder or occasionally substitute a fast, easy protein shake for a meal.

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Health Benefits

Protein powder is designed to be taken every day as a dietary supplement. Even for someone who isn't a bodybuilder, starting the day with a protein shake can provide nutritional benefits. Many nutritionists advise consuming protein throughout the day, but a healthy boost of protein first thing in the morning can help the body stabilize its blood sugar levels throughout the rest of the day.

Recommended Dosages

Some studies have indicated that a steady amount of excess protein might be unhealthy, especially for people who have liver or kidney problems. The recommended daily dose is based on weight, age and activity levels. Athletes should consult a nutritionist who specializes in sports medicine. Others can consult a healthcare professional or check the recommendations from health agencies.

Purchasing

There are many brands of protein powder on the market. These products are available in a range of flavors and at various prices. People who are shopping for protein powder can find it at health food stores, many grocery chains and online.

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anon282411
Post 29

Is it safe for a 16 year old to take protein tablets.

anon262979
Post 28

Can a well built 16 year old man use protein tablets?

anon260854
Post 27

What is the shelf life of an unopened container of powdered whey protein?

anon191940
Post 26

The best place that I've found to buy protein powder in Poland is online. It has it all the same stuff you can get at GNC with cheaper prices. And the shipping is very cheap.

anon156486
Post 24

What are the dangers or problems associated with taking too many protein supplements?

Pulindar Singh
Post 21

i am aged 16. Should i be taking the protein powder at this age for bodybuilding?

anon124797
Post 19

many of you seem to have question regarding the use of protein powders. to be honest, i have done a lot of research about them and their side effects.

first of all, protein powder is protein in an unnatural form. i would only recommend those older than 16 to use it. I personally advise that only weight lifters use it and use it only after a workout - not before a workout or after waking up or before sleeping. like i said, it is beneficial but too much of it is dangerous.

anon118508
Post 18

How safe is the use of protein powder/tablets in normal children?

anon102851
Post 17

I am an older person. As most of you know, older people use muscle mass. I eat a lot of salads and fruit but seldom any meat. Would using a powder protein supplement help? If so what type for my particular circumstances? I exercise regularly and in good health and am taking no prescription medicines.

anon102736
Post 15

Can my 12 year old child take protein powder? Or is there an age limit?

anon102733
Post 14

anon85027: your shake might have flavor enhancing ingredients that make you hungry afterward.

anon97089
Post 13

I want to ask if there are any side effects from this protein powder? Please inform me.

anon85027
Post 12

i make a shake to replace one to two meals a day. but it makes me feel more hungry. is that supposed to happen?

anon84292
Post 11

Drinking protein powder before a workout is not a good idea because all it does is make you bloated and can cause cramping. Drinking a protein shake right after a workout is the best time of day to do so because your body is craving nutrients it has just lost from the workout.

anon72498
Post 9

i take protein in the morning and in the evening, 30 minutes before working out, but I don't know if the quantity is too much. i weigh 130 pounds and I'm 5'0 feet tall and female. i take three scoops each time.

anon48270
Post 7

well most companies that are worth anything actually put enzyme blends to help with the actual absorbtion of proteins into the muscle. and they ultimately help your muscles get fed instead of most of it becoming feces. I take mine as soon as i wake to get the metabolism started again and an hour or two before a workout so i wont waste muscle fibers used for energy, and also after a work out to repair damaged muscle and finally one before going to sleep, because most muscle is repaired with good sleep!

anon45266
Post 6

I drink protein powder before, after and when i go to bed. before you purchase any protein look for coupon codes online to get them cheaper.

anon44173
Post 5

do you drink it during your workout or before?

anon43519
Post 4

Is protein powder ok after being opened in storage?

anon38410
Post 3

Are protein shakes ok for an active 9 and 10 year old?

anon31316
Post 2

The kidney is a filter that relies on differences in concentration gradients in the surrounding tissue in order to dilute the body's waste with water and urea. The liver is responsible for the enzymatic degradation of amino acids into pyruvate.

anon536
Post 1

how protein is required daily for beginer of bodybuilding.

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