Protein powder is a staple in health-conscious and sports enthusiasts’ diets. I know, it’s been a staple in my diet for years. But not all protein powder is the same. Some are milk-derived like whey and casein proteins. Some are from egg sources. Some are keto-friendly and then there are your Vegan plant-based protein powders.
It’s important to remember the pros and cons of your protein powder.
Do you need it for muscle growth? Muscle repair? As a pre-workout shake? Post work out shake?
Are you cruelty-free and want to have a powder that will provide you with your essential amino acids without harm to animals?
Protein Powder: Weigh Your Whey
A look at whey protein. Whether powder or bar, not all whey is the same. You will want to look for whey protein that is organic or all-natural and grass-fed. If you can’t spend the extra for organic then try these health criteria suggestions to look for on the label of your product. One criterion is that the whey protein is rbst free and another is for it to be with no added hormones. I suggest sticking to a brand you trust, even if it’s regular whey protein. It is less expensive.
Whey Protein Powder for Mental Health
There have been clinical studies showing that dairy products such as whey, have beneficial effects on cognitive decline and dementia. Could whey be an answer to your memory retention and depressive symptoms?
Whey, a byproduct of dairy, is rich in protein and consists of β–lactalbumin, α-lactoglobulin, immunoglobin, bovine serum albumin, among other proteins.
There are recent clinical trials that reveal whey protein improves cognitive functioning and mood status. It showed that an intake of 20 grams of whey protein improves memory performance in stress-vulnerable subjects aged from 18 to 35 years old. You can read about this in the full article here.
Plant Based Protein Powder
This is a great place for many people who are sensitive to dairy products or maybe are overmethylating. It is great for those who thrive on folates and need a protein powder for their building blocks of amino acids, and maintenance of muscle. These are popular products among the vegan community who are proactive about consuming animal products.
These are also great because you can find powders that are meal replacements: loaded with your vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and more.
This is a convenient way to cover most of your health bases in a morning smoothie mixed with milk of your choice (dairy, almond, coconut..)
If you go with this option you may feel and see benefits including in your mental health. You may feel more relaxed and more energized than you have before due to the vitamins in the powder.
Buy a vegan powder that is organic and non-GMO. A healthy choice for protein powder is an all organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, and for anyone. They have Keto powders, protein powders, protein bars, and powders with fruits and veggies.
Be aware that some other powders may have a lot of grains in them that can trigger food allergy symptoms as well if one is gluten intolerant.
Whey protein powder may be your choice since it increases tryptophan levels which increases serotonin and provides an animal source of energy. Another option that I personally enjoy is an all-in-one shake that provides essential vitamins, fruits and greens, grains and some include probiotics and enzymes.