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Build Muscle and Stay Strong with the Help of Protein Powder

Protein helps you feel full and curb your appetite, aids in muscle repair and building, can help boost your immune system to fight diseases, and helps promote healthy skin, hair and nails. When your diet alone isn’t supplying your body with enough protein, protein powders are a great way to ensure that you’re getting enough. Often thought of as a workout tool just for hard-core athletes and bodybuilders, protein powder has always been popular at the gym. It can also be extremely beneficial for vegans and vegetarians looking to supplement their diet, people with lactose intolerances or allergies, and anyone looking to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

What are the different types of protein powder?

Protein powders are made up of two main types of protein: animal source proteins and vegetable source proteins.

Whey and casein proteins are derived from milk and traditionally are the most popular powders on the market. They often have a great taste, are cost effective compared to other types of protein, and come in a variety of flavours including chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. The main difference between the two is that whey protein is absorbed quite quickly in the body, while casein absorbs quite slowly and is great to take before bed.

The vegetarian and vegan protein powders on the market are often made with soy, brown rice, pea or hemp proteins. These proteins offer a healthy supplement for anyone with a restrictive diet, and can be combined with other plant-based proteins to create a more complete protein. They are often high in fibre, rich in amino acids, carry anti-inflammatory properties, and are easier to digest than their dairy alternatives.

How do I choose the best protein powder?

In order to choose the best protein powder, it’s important to understand your personal fitness needs. If you’re looking to build muscle fast, then a milk-based protein will give you energy, quick recovery and faster muscle repair. If you’re looking to lose weight and suppress your appetite, casein protein or brown rice protein will help you stay fuller longer, and they taste great when mixed in a meal-replacement smoothie. For anyone looking for a more complete health supplement, plant-derived proteins and egg white proteins are usually low in fat and carbs, and come packed with amino acids and antioxidant properties.

What are the things to consider when buying protein powder?

When looking to make a purchase of protein powder, make sure you order small the first time and try it out first. There are many types, flavours, and brands on the market and it can be a task to find the perfect one for you. Keep in mind how you will be using it as well, like if you’re going to add it to your favourite smoothie then maybe consider a banana or strawberry flavour. If you’re concerned about mixing it with water or juice then look for one with lecithin, a healthy fat from soy that makes it easy to mix without clumping. If there isn't time for smooths, you can always consider protein bars when you're on the go. Best Buy carries a huge selection of protein powders and other sports nutrition, so there’s something for every diet and fitness routine.

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