It seems that there is a new health fad or diet almost every week. Each one promises to be the next greatest way to lead a long, healthy life. Whether it’s juicing, Atkins, South Beach, raw food and on and on. The one consistent factor is they all serve a purpose but never seem to address the entirety of our health problems. None of these fads have as much research or longevity as protein and the proof to back its importance in maximizing our quality-of-life potential.
To have a healthy body, you need to have the right carefully selected proteins every day. The human body stores fats and carbohydrates, but it does not store protein. This is why regular consumption of the right protein is a health essential. In addition to water, protein also comprises a large percentage of our bodies. If one were to drain all the fluids from the body, the remainder would be about half protein. That’s right—about half of your dry body weight is protein.
Protein, specifically whey protein, may be the single most important nutrient for the human body. It is clearly not just for building muscles. Proteins are in nearly every cell in our body, including our brain. But the right kind of protein really matters when maximizing our quality-of-life potential.
Michael Colgan, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading experts on protein. Along with his research team, he has analyzed nearly every protein source on the planet; including proteins from animals, plants, and even seaweed. He has concluded that raw whey protein from New Zealand or Australia’s grass-fed dairy cows is one of the best protein options in the world.
Dr. Colgan has made it clear that after researching proteins for more than thirty years, he has discovered that proteins are incredibly complex substances but are far from all the same. Some protein sources are much healthier and supply more usable protein than others.
Disclaimer: Carefully selected raw whey proteins similar to those found in New Zealand and Australia are also found in other regions of the world including Canada, N. America, England, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and many other countries.
There are several key considerations when selecting your raw whey protein. Some of the important considerations are that whey protein should be from cows that have not been injected with growth hormones or antibiotics. In addition, the cows need to be only grass-fed, with no corn in their diet. Michael Pollan pointed out in his book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” that feeding corn or grains to cows destroys their immune system. Cows are ruminants and they are meant to eat grass, not corn or grains.
Most importantly, the whey should not be denatured, it needs to be un-denatured. This means that the processing of whey is not done with high heat pasteurization as is the normal procedure in North America. High temperature pasteurization breaks the protein folds that contain amino acids. This high heat diminishes the utilization of the amino acids in the human body. The processing should be a low-temperature high-filtration process. It is critically important that you source your raw whey protein with the above considerations in mind if you want the best possible result. Stay tuned as we continue our conversation regarding the importance of protein and choosing an optimal one for you later on.