Plenty of Proteins!
In today’s supplement market, it is easy to get confused with all of the large words and terminology. This is especially true when looking at different types of protein. Today, I will be discussing the main difference between two popular forms of protein: whey protein and casein. Both forms of protein are derived from milk, but they behave very differently. Whey protein is considered the “fast” protein because it hits the stomach and is easily digestible within 2 hours. However, casein is a protein that releases much slower, sometimes taking 6-8 hours to digest!
Now that we know the difference between the two, let’s talk about when is the best time to take each type of protein. Whey protein is most useful when taken directly before, during, or after a workout due to its ability to rapidly digest and start going to work on your muscles immediately. On the other hand, casein is more useful when it is taken before a time of fasting such as before you go to sleep or before a long road trip. Casein digests very slowly, so it will give you the feeling of fullness.
Lastly, I want to briefly speak about a new type of protein that has been very popular in the supplement market as of late. They are known as protein complexes. Instead of being one isolated form of protein, these are blends of three or more forms of protein which digest at different time frames, allowing your body to absorb a steady supply of protein for up to 6-8 hours after ingestion. One popular formula is the combination of whey isolate, egg albumen protein, and casein. In this case, a new form of protein will be released every 2 hours for up to six hours, roughly. This is my recommendation, and what I personally take. Keep your eyes out for different types of proteins, and always do your own research and consult with your doctor before beginning a new supplement!