Did you know protein is made up of amino acids – 9 of which are essential for the repair and maintenance of body tissue and also for our general wellbeing and good health?
Some of the benefits of amino acids include:
Repairing body cells
Building (and repair) of muscles and bones
Source of energy
Metabolism regulation and balance
So why use whey protein powders as part of your daily routine?
Because they are soluble whey protein powders are fast-acting – quickly absorbed by the body – and they start working right away.
Of course, sportsmen and women regularly use whey protein powders in their eating programme, to keep their body in shape, but they are equally helpful to those of us who don’t get as much exercise as we might like.
Unfortunately, as we age our bone mass declines. According to the authors of “Healing Moves” Mitchell and Krucoff: “Age-related declines in muscle and bone mass can lead to frailty and fracture – the primary reason older adults wind up in nursing homes.”
The authors suggest one the best ways older people can retain their independence and enjoy a better quality of life, is through strength training – a proven way to increase bone density, improve muscle power and promote better balance.
In women, concerns about osteoporosis generally set in after the menopause and many women have been known to turn to calcium supplements to counteract problems such as brittle bones and bone fractures.
According to another author, Kathy Keeton, calcium supplements aloneare simply not enough to guarantee bone protection. In her book: “Longevity”, Keeton stresses the need for regular strength and resistance training in order for the body to retain calcium. She also states the importance of using magnesium and other essential nutrients “to assimilate calcium into your bones.”
As regards aging, the good news is, our training does not have to be of Olympian proportions for us to enjoy a better quality of life for longer. If weights and bench presses aren’t your thing, then activities like brisk walking, stair climbing, and dancing promote good mechanical stress within the skeletal system.
You’ve heard the saying “use it or lose it”, well that’s certainly true when it comes to aging and mobility.
If keeping fit and enjoying life as you get older is something that’s important to you, then whey protein powders can help protect your immune system and strengthen your bones and muscles, allowing you to stay active for longer.
Chris Jenkinson a SEO consultant writes and works for Anglian Sports Nutrition a manufacturer and retailer of specialist fitness products such as whey protein powders.