Why is protein so important?

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 is right—about half of your dry body weight is protein. In fact, protein, specifically whey protein, maybe 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 to maximizing our quality of life potential.

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.

The important considerations are as follows:

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 not corn.

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 were meant to eat grass not corn or grains.

If they are not given antibiotics the cows become sick and thus need antibiotics.

And, most importantly the whey should not be de-natured it needs to be un-denatured. This means that the processing of whey is not done with high-heat pasteurization as is the norm in N. America. High-temperature pasteurization breaks the protein foods that contain amino acids. This high heat diminishes the use of 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.

Our bodies are made up of over 22,000 different kinds of proteins, some of them formed in amino acid chains over 30,000 in length. This means that to be healthy and full of vitality, we need to consume protein sources that provide everything we need.

Cooking causes the protein to become denatured, a term referring to the breakdown of natural folds in a protein’s structure. In short, any high heat processing of proteins (as used in most pasteurization processes in North America) causes them to be denatured, which means the natural protein folds break down.

Whey protein reduces oxidative stress

According to an article published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health[1], researchers have reason to believe that undenatured whey is better than denatured. The reason for this is that while denatured whey is broken down into individual amino acids, undenatured whey protein is processed in such a way that the protein’s “natural folds” are left the researchers who conducted the study say there’s evidence that undenatured whey protein is better able to boost antioxidants and enhance the immune system.

The study further states that oxidative stress happens when harmful oxidative agents created through psychological, dietary, or environmental stress or the natural metabolic process overwhelm our antioxidant systems, damaging cells. Whey protein is an excellent source of the building blocks of glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants in terms of protecting cells from injury and slowing the aging process.

As we age, our ability to manufacture glutathione decreases, making whey protein especially important for seniors. In fact, the NLM-NIH study revealed that some people in their 60s and 70s have glutathione levels that are as much as 50 percent lower than those who are in their 20s and 30s. This demonstrates how important whey protein is in fighting oxidative stress and slowing down the cellular aging process.

What are the best sources of raw whey protein on planet earth?

Raw Whey Protein has the qualities we mentioned above. It makes take a little work on your part to source the best raw whey proteins. Now you know what to look for. Keep in mind it is what the cows eat and how the whey is processed that become some of the determining factors in your quest for the best raw whey protein sources.

Note: From this point forward, we will refer to carefully selected whey protein as those sources that we recommend.

It is important that when you source your raw whey protein your whey includes the specific properties we have laid out in this book. Again, our goal is to make you aware of what is available and give you the option to make the formulas yourself or to point out to you a wide variety of sources you may use to create your carefully selected whey protein shakes.

Not all Whey Protein is Created Equally and here is why

You might think that any whey protein is sufficient to fill your body’s desperate need for protein. But whey protein from carefully selected sources is used in your recipe that whey is in a class by itself.

Carefully selected whey protein (which is what we use but as we pointed out there are lots of other choices of raw whey protein if you are willing to take the time to investigate) use a low-heat, high-filtration process, unlike in North America where a high heat pasteurization process is used. The result is that the raw whey proteins you use should be undenatured. An undenatured whey protein has been shown to be superior to denatured protein as we mentioned above.

The ideal whey protein has unique properties, some of which mimic mothers’ breast milk, humanity is the first perfect food. Thus, carefully selected raw whey protein shakes contain approximately the same protein in amounts, almost identical to the same ratios of protein and milk protein found in human breast milk. Comparatively, typical cow’s milk that has been pasteurized does not come close to those ratios.

These carefully selected raw whey proteins are excellent sources of all the essential amino acids, but they differ in one important aspect. Whey is a fast-digesting protein, and casein (another milk protein) is a slow-digesting protein.

This means milk protein works to keep amino acid levels in the blood steady over a longer period of time and to promote optimal muscle growth.

No Antibiotics or Growth Hormones / Grass Fed Cows

Carefully selected raw whey proteins need to come from cattle that are not treated with antibiotics or growth hormones, and their food sources are not riddled with herbicides and pesticides. In addition, the cows are only fed grass, not corn, as Michel Pollan pointed out.

Michal Pollan also points out that we eat whatever a plant or animal ingests. This includes antibiotics and hormones that are injected into livestock and poultry. There is a wide belief that this is a major contributor to the scary reality of our growing resistance to antibiotics. We should only be getting antibiotics or hormones from a prescription—not from what we eat

Processing Matters

Another huge advantage of using carefully selected world-class whey protein has to do with the way it is processed.

When purchasing whey protein, make sure the product label specifies that the protein is undenatured.

We need to be cognizant of preventive interventional strategies as the best way to maximize our quality of life potential. Approaches such as simply not eating meat from animals that were fed corn or injected with antibiotics or growth hormones are easy steps toward a healthier lifestyle. You may want to consume products from grass-fed cows every chance you get.

Drinking a shake made from carefully selected raw whey protein is a wonderful way to begin to rid your body of toxins. But whey on its own is still not enough.

A number of other substances should be added to your carefully selected whey protein. It is important to either add these ingredients yourself or read your labels to see if what you are buying contains some if not all of these additional ingredients. The addition of these ingredients can allow you to make what may very well be the world’s best meal-replacement shake.

Additional Ingredients You May Want to Add to Your Carefully Selected Raw Whey Protein Shake Recipe

It is important that any carefully selected whey protein shake should contain the enzyme lactase. This is to aid anyone who may be lactose intolerant, although carefully selected whey protein contains exceptionally low levels of lactose. Equally important is the enzyme protease (PROH-tee-eys), since protease is specifically needed by the body to break down protein into tiny particles called peptides. This leads to much easier absorption of the amino acids into our cells. As discovered in the Nobel Laureate discovery by Samuel B. Summers.

It is Not What We Eat or Drink—it is What We Absorb

Protease greatly increases what is called the bioavailability of amino acids, the pieces that really matter in protein molecules. This simply means that with the addition of protease, the body will have a much easier time using all the necessary building blocks of life with truly little waste from inefficient absorption.

It is important to understand that what really matters is not what we eat or drink, but what we actually absorb. A good analogy is someone with pulmonary issues who has difficulty breathing. He or she might get the same amount of oxygen as the rest of us, but the lung tissue has a hard time absorbing the oxygen in the air. It is the same with the food that we eat: if we lack sufficient protease, we simply do not absorb all of the amino acids that we need, and all those good proteins pass through our bodies unused.

Adding Pre-biotic Fiber to Your Recipe is Another Great Option

You may also want to add prebiotic (not probiotic) fiber (called Isomaltooligosaccharides) because prebiotic fiber creates good flora (gut bacteria) in the colon. Most people are familiar with probiotic fiber, which is widely advertised. Probiotic fiber is based on the old health conversation of a “defensive procedural intervention”—using probiotics to treat an existing condition, like to remedy heartburn, or an upset stomach. Also, far too rarely, doctors suggest that patients take probiotics after taking an antibiotic regimen in order to restore gut flora. But we want to go even further.

It is much better to be on the offense by using prebiotic fiber to avoid gut problems in the first place. This is a key point in the new health conversation. But do not be fooled into thinking that relying on probiotics is the only way to go. It is not. The use of probiotics in addition to prebiotics can be an effective strategy as well. If you can only afford one, we recommend the prebiotic fiber.

Glutathione and Selenium Fight Toxins

Glutathione found in whey protein is a critical substance for detoxifying the liver and every cell in the body. Its production depends on the availability of several amino acids, along with available iron and an important trace mineral called selenium. Together these form the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which is a step-in glutathione production and metabolism.

When glutathione production is low, detoxification in the liver is seriously impaired. This means the body is less able to eliminate all toxic metals, many toxic chemicals, and other substances such as biological toxins.

Glutathione is needed in every cell in the body to protect cell membranes, cell proteins and DNA. It is also one of two primary ways the body detoxifies itself. Most glutathione is produced naturally in the body, but the toxins contained in most foods today diminish glutathione levels.

There are supplements available containing glutathione or glutathione-sparing nutrients. However, these nutrient supplements can be difficult for the body to absorb and may only provide minor benefits. A far better solution would be to take in glutathione in responsibly sourced whey protein.

The answer is that carefully selected whey proteins are high in the amino acid cysteine, which has been shown to significantly boost glutathione levels in the body. It is always better for the body to make more glutathione on its own instead of taking a glutathione supplement.

This is a great example of interconnectivity and the effectiveness of TDOS Solutions’ combination of magnifying forces to combat the “S” and chronic oxidative stress in TDOS Syndrome.

Carefully Selected Un-Denatured Whey Protein for Fighting Toxins

Many of the thousands of research studies on glutathione have revealed that un-denatured whey protein is a great way to boost glutathione levels. The research we have seen indicates that the Micro-mineral (or trace mineral) selenium is a co-factor for cysteine, making it more effective. Cysteine plays a huge part in boosting glutathione levels.

As we discussed elsewhere, there is a wide array of minerals that make up the Mineral Suite profile. The micro-mineral selenium is just one of many that will need to be added to any shake you drink.

By sourcing whey protein from carefully selected sources that can be found around the world, and by adding proteases, in particular, you are able to get the most utilization of the amino acids in this whey protein. These all work together to combat the T (toxin) and S (stress) of the TDOS Syndrome®.

By now, you should understand why no single product, ingredient, protocol, or strategy, on its own, is as powerful as the co-factors magnifying their strength to thwart the TDOS Syndrome®.

[1]        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1782728 Bounous G, Gold P. “The biological activity of undenatured dietary whey proteins: role of glutathione.” Clin Invest Med. 1991; 14:296-309.