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The Position of Enzymes in Sports Nutrition

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Everyone knows protein is a macronutrient that is essential to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. For active individuals, whether they’re everyday fitness enthusiasts or serious athletes, the need for protein is even greater as it plays a key role in muscle recovery. In order to meet growing consumer demand for protein, many food products and supplements are boosting their offerings with more of the macronutrient. But not everyone understands the important role enzymes play in protein digestion. Without them, they may not be receiving the full nutritional benefits of protein consumption.

Whey is a protein found in milk and is the most popular protein on the market. It’s the supplement of choice among body builders, athletes, and casual health conscious individuals seeking an alternative to carbohydrate-rich or fatty foods. The biggest appeal of whey protein is its amino acid profile; whey contains the highest percentage of essential amino acids, 25% of which are the BCAAs leucine, isoleucine, and valine, the most important for muscle building and tissue repair.

However, for whey protein to be effective, it must be broken down into smaller particles within 90 minutes of consumption through a process known as hydrolysis. It takes approximately 90 minutes for the whey protein to pass from the stomach through the small intestine for digestion, absorption, and assemblage into a bio-usable form for muscle synthesis. Protein that goes undigested is excreted from the body, rendering it useless to consumers hoping to improve muscle recovery. In addition, the body’s failure to break down whey protein into small particles results in the formation of large peptides. These large molecules are the cause of the discomforts that many people experience after consuming a large amount of whey protein, and can include bloating, nausea and cramping. Some people may chalk these discomforts up to lactose intolerance, since whey is a dairy protein.  However, lactose is not present in whey isolates.

With greater consumption of protein comes the need for more enzyme supplements to aid in absorption. ProHydrolase® uses a proprietary blend of enzymes to help the body better digest and absorb high quantities of protein. Backed by two human clinical studies, ProHydrolase has been shown to break down protein into smaller peptides to allow for more effective absorption, and to reduce the potential for digestive discomfort. The studies demonstrate that when consumed along with whey protein, the nutritional supplement increases amino acids in the blood by 20% (compared to whey protein alone), improving muscle synthesis. It is also effective when used with soy, casein, hemp and pea proteins.

ProHydrolase has been tested with some of the most popular protein supplements on the market, and was found to effectively break them down by 99%, degrade 99% of the peptides responsible for stomach discomfort, and is two to three times faster at protein hydrolysis than other protein degrading sports formulas. Active individuals looking to enhance their performance or or accelerate their recovery should turn to ProHydrolase® to get the most out of their protein consumption.

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