Effects of Whey Upon Health
by Dane C. Fletcher
Studies with rats have shown that rats fed whey protein then exposed to
carcinogens developed cancer less frequently than rats not fed whey protein. In
humans with cancer, whey is often given to patients as it has been shown to help
tumor regression. It's believed that whey protein drains cancer cells of the
glutathione (GSH) agent, which make them more vulnerable to cancer treatment.
This is still not widely recognized in the medical community, but that may come with
time.

Fighting high cholesterol

Most protein sources raise LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels in the body. Whey
protein, on the other hand, actually helps to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the
body. Animal-based proteins help cause the formation of clots in the arteries. Whey
isn't an actual animal protein, so it does not exhibit this characteristic. Casein protein
doesn't have the same effect - only whey.

Assisting with Bone Growth

Whey protein concentrates have been shown to play a key role in bone growth.
Collagen (bone protein) production is increased and hydroxyproline levels in bone
cells improve. Bones benefit from the consumption of whey protein. The effects have
thus only been tested on rats, and its unknown if whey helps with human bone
development later in life, when osteoporosis becomes an issue for many.

The substitute effect

Another more common sense, less scientific point, is that when we consume whey
protein, we are not ingesting other protein sources, which may have known, or
unknown negative side effects. Bodybuilders who consume three servings of whey
per day will consume three less servings of chicken or beef each day. When you
factor in the negative effects of these fatty, hormonized meats, you begin to realize
the net difference in negative toxins entering the body due to the substitute effect.

If you're not already using it, give whey protein a try. Aside from its benefits to
building muscle due to it being a fast digesting protein, whey seems to have terrific
health benefits as well!


About The Author

Dane Fletcher is the world's most prolific bodybuilding and fitness expert and is
currently the executive editor for BodybuildingToday.com. If you are looking for more
or information on weight training, or supplementation, please visit
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A double scoop of whey protein is a
fast and effective way to deliver 50
grams of amino-complete,
fast-digesting protein to the muscles
of the body following a workout, or
anytime a nitrogen-negative balance
is near. Whey is often considered the
perfect bodybuilding food because it's
fast, neat, relatively cheap, and very
good for replenishing the muscles.
However, whey also has some other
health benefits, which are beginning
to come to light. Check them out!

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