Types of Proteins for Bodybuilders
Today, it appears like more and more bodybuilders are taking in more protein of some kind or another. Simply walk around the local grocery store, and you’ll likely find a variety of protein-infused cereals and even “high”-protein oatmeal.
Whether the protein is whey, soy, milk or casein, it’s all about one thing: protein, the muscles’ building blocks. So now the question is, what type of protein works best for bodybuilders?
Whey protein powder NZ has become a favorite for people working to add muscle and enhance their shape and their health. To know which protein is best for a certain need, you should use a particular gauge, such as protein quality tests. The most widely used condition to measure the quality of a protein powder NZ is Biological Value (BV), the amount of nitrogen (body protein in grams) substitutable by 100 grams of protein in the adult diet.
Protein powder NZ having the highest BV is taken by many as the best for promoting growth, but this is a widely disputed claim among scientists. Most scientists directly involved with protein research, however, are in agreement that a higher BV indicates better digestion, use and retention of protein in the body. As well, that means more lean tissue gained provided all else – caloric intake, exercise type, etc. – are the same.
A complete protein with a very high BV, whey protein powder NZ has all the essential and nonessential amino acids and the highest branched-chain amino acid content nature offers. The BV of whey is about 104, while the next highest BV is 100, for a complete egg.
Again, BV is but a single criterion for proteins, and though important, people have a tendency to make too big an issue of it. For example, beef has a comparatively low BV but it has been a mainstay protein for athletes (and people in general) since time immemorial. Soy has a low BV but has many valuable properties. Therefore, as an overall guide to choosing a protein powder NZ, BV is something to look into but must not cause you to forget other proteins.
How Much Protein?
The lowest amount of protein that you have to take in for muscle building is 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight (if you weigh 200 pounds, for instance, the least amount of protein you must take in is 200 grams for muscle growth). You may ask, can I take too much protein? Whatever excesses you take are actually simply excreted from your body through your urine, so no, you can’t take too much protein. However, if you want to take in higher than usual amounts of the macronutrient, it is advisable you take calcium and magnesium supplements as well because protein tends to deplete both minerals in the body.