Build a Better Body with Quality Protein
We all know protein plays a crucial role in building and repairing muscle, and promoting hormone function, especially for athletes who are constantly putting their muscles to the test. But not all proteins are created equally. The type of protein you eat is important because each one varies in amino acid composition, speed of amino acid release, and digestibility.
The building blocks of protein are amino acids. Proteins that contain all of the essential amino acids, including those that the body cannot make and must be obtained from the diet, are considered complete proteins. Complete proteins are the best for muscle tissue, and these include all animal-based proteins such as whey, casein, egg whites, and soy protein. Other sources of protein are considered incomplete because they are missing one or more of the essential amino acids.
Proteins also differ in the speed the amino acids are released into the bloodstream. Whey protein is a fast-absorbing protein that releases amino acids rapidly into your bloodstream. Casein is a slower-absorbing protein that results in a slow and sustained release of amino acids. Soy protein falls between whey and casein in terms of speed of release. Athletes can benefit by consuming a combination of proteins that first quickly spike amino acids into the bloodstream and then sustain their release for several hours. That’s one of the reasons why CLIF Builder’s MAX™ is formulated with TriBuild™ protein—our proprietary blend of whey, soy, and casein—containing fast-absorbing proteins that work quickly to promote muscle growth and slower-absorbing protein, which helps to extend the window of muscle growth.
In addition to the amino acid content and speed, each type of protein also varies in digestibility. For the most part, higher-quality proteins such as whey, egg whites, and soy are easier for the human body to digest.
If you want to make the most of your workouts and build the best body possible, reach for high-quality sources of protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as in those times immediately before, during, or right after your workout.