29 August, 2005

Protein (Reader Beware These Are Product Plugs)

Protein - Amino Acids

Protein is used by the body to build, repair, and maintain muscle and organ tissues by repairing and building cells, aid in the formation of antibodies, they work in conjunction with enzymes and the hormonal system, help transport oxygen and participate in muscle activities.
When Protein is digested it is broken down into a number of amino acids (Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Cysteine,Glutamic Acid, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Lyrosine, Proline, Serine, Taurine and Tyrosine ), These amino acids are divided by definition into two main groups. The first group is termed essential amino acids and are required by the body to make the second group called non-essential amino acids. Don't be fooled by the term non-essential these proteins are very important to sustaining a healthy and vital life. A deficiency of any one essential amino acid can cause a corresponding deficiency in some or allof the non essential amino acids.
Some foods contain what is called complete protein, that is, they provide all the amino acids necessary to produce usable protein. Examples of these foods would be milk, eggs, meat, fish, and various vegetable products, such as soybeans. But even these foods contain differing amounts of usable protein per weight. The suggested RDA for Proteins and Amino Acids varies from 0.8 to 1.5 grams per Kilogram body weight per day. I would like to point out to the reader that the RDA of any Nutrient is based on the absolute minimum to sustain life. I have not been introduced to any research documents that proves conclusively that over consuming proteins can adversely effect a persons health (with the exception of weight gain). I have read and heard from many so called professionals that the over consumption of protein can lead to kidney problems and other complications but I have as of yet to read any such reports or literature supporting this claim. I've even read in some literature that males should consume 63 grams a day and female should consume 50 grams a day.
This is fine if you only weigh 138 lbs for a male and 110 lbs for a woman and live a sedentary life style. In my personal experience I have consumed between 100 grams to 400 grams of protein on a daily basis for up to 10 months at a time while training. I found that 100 grams a day is a good maintenance intake and 400 grams a day was more then sufficient to grow on, my gains on 400 grams a day were both muscle mass and fat gains. My protein consumption consisted of both whole foods and supplements because I found that trying to eat 400 grams of protein a day from normal food sources was next to near impossible and time consuming as well. So in a nutshell the over consumption of protein in my opinion will led to fat gains only and not to some sort of metabolic disease, excess protein is converted into glucose or stored as fat... its as simple as that. My recommendation as well as others in the field of sports nutrition is to start out with 1 gram per pound of body weight and adjusting from there to met your needs. If you are an athlete and you don't make any gains from this then you should also look at the rest of your dietary and lifestyle habits.
Arguably I've been taught to consume no more the 35 grams of protein per meal as this is the most that the gut (reportedly) can handle at any given time, with the remainder going to waste, fat or glucose. So breaking up your meals into smaller meals more often is of great benefit and aids in maintaining a positive state of muscle growth as well as making it easier on your body. I
know of many athletes including myself that try to eat about every 3 hours, I've even been known to get up in the middle of the night for a glass of milk or a bowl of cottage cheese.

For other sources of protein please consult the USDA website.

Protein Supplements

The importance of protein supplementation is critical to any individual looking to build and maintain muscle mass. Protein has been called "the building blocks of life," and without proper protein supplementation the task of building and maintaining muscle mass is next to impossible. The biggest problem that's faced with the consumption of protein by way of whole foods is mostly convenience. I like to take my protein or meal replacement with me to the gym and mix it up after my work out to get my post work out meal. It is of vital importance to get nutrients into your blood stream as quickly as possible after your work out to optimize your size and strength gains. By using protein supplements you quickly consume and digest needed amounts of proteins to help you grow and recover from your workout.
Advanced Protein

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Veriuni Advance Whey Protein, Product Ingredients:
Hydrolyzed whey protein [producing di-, tri-,oligo- and polypeptides {short and long chains of amino acids}] from specially-filtered and ion-exchanged whey protein concentrate [comprising B-lacto globulin {approx. 46%}, A-lactalbumin {approx. 24%}, immunoglobulin {approx. 10%}, lactoferrin {approx. 6%}, Natural Flavors, L-Glutamine, and Fructose].
Amino Acid Profile (Per 100 grams of whey protein) Alanine 3.7g, Arginine 1.8g, Aspartic Acid 8.1g, Cystine 1.9g, Glutamic Acid 9.3g, Glutamine 3.6g, Glycine 1.4g, Histidine 1.5g, Isoleucine 4.7g, Leucine 8.3g, Lyrosine 2.3g, Lysine 6.9g, Methionine 1.6g, Phenylalanine 2.6g, Proline 4.2g, Serine 3.6g, Threonine 4.9g, Tryptophan 1.3g, Valine 4.4g

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