Enthusiastic amateurs, professional athletes and bodybuilders regularly use protein supplements as part of their day-to-day training schedules. Protein supplements are designed to promote increased muscle mass when combined with regular exercise. Supplements are usually taken in the form of pills or a powdered formula which can be mixed with milk, water or fruit/veg juices to make a tasty shake. But just how do supplements speed up the muscle growth process?
Put simply, protein supplements provide your body with the raw materials to create the amino acids that are needed to build muscle tissue, quickly and efficiently. The reason athletes and bodybuilders benefit so much from taking protein supplements is that intensive physical activity requires higher than usual levels of protein. By increasing your protein intake you are also giving your muscles more time to recover and they grow faster as a result
During digestion, protein is broken down by digestive enzymes. The quicker the protein is broken down, the faster it can be converted into amino acids that repair muscle tissue faster and promote quicker but natural growth. It is also known to improve the overall immune health of an athlete, helping them to stay healthier, fitter and stronger for longer through intense training campaigns. Research also suggests that consuming extra protein before you work out is a great way of optimising muscle development. This protein is quickly digested into amino acids in readiness to be used by the muscles requiring repair following a strength work-out.
A muscle-building protein supplement is by no means a substitute for a fat loss supplement. The latter works in a much different manner in that it is designed to increase a person's metabolic rate or minimise food cravings. Have a look at our excellent fat burner ThermoTHIN which is a great complementary product for our range of protein supplements.
It is generally thought that whey-based protein supplements offer superior results for muscle gain. Whey is however a common food sensitivity so if you are getting:
then you should definitely try a plant based protein supplement. Plant based supplements are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Unlike most protein supplements, which do not contain vitamins and minerals, all our range of plant-based protein shakes are packed with nutrients. So they not only help you to build muscle they also improve your nutrient intake. And they are all free from nasty additives: pure plant pwer!
And given the hype around whey protein, if you doubt the validity of plant based protein for muscle building then take a look at the fantastic examples of what can be achieved on the following sites:
If that does not convince you to make the switch and experiment with plant-based protein then I don't know what would! If you look at the biggest and most powerful animals on the planet most of them eat plant proteins. And even the predators eat the stomach, packed with plant-based nutrients, of their prey first.
You might also want to have a look at our Active Beetroot which is a relatively new supplement which is great for sports enthusiasts. You can also add Go Daily to your protein shake for added fibre (psyllium), good bacteria and prebiotics, L-glutamine, digestive enzymes (to boost digestion) and glucomanan (which regulates blood sugar levels and aids fat loss).
There are some concerns that the consumption of protein supplements is bad for our bodies. This is true if taken in unnaturally high doses, which can potentially overload your liver and cause lasting damage. The onus is therefore on the user to follow the instructions on the pack to make sure you consume the right amount. Never take more than is recommended.