Does protein help build muscle, gain stamina? A glance at facts

The amount of protein shown on packs is not always the exact measure one may presume.

When the average Joe sees a muscular person, a number of questions might crop up in mind including, whether he goes to a gym, what diet plan he might be having or even what protein he might be consuming, among other things. And, when it comes to protein consumption, a lot of misconceptions surround the practice including the quantity mentioned on the label itself.

This amount of protein shown on packs is not always the exact measure one may presume. According to bodybuilder and social media influencer, late Rich Piana, “When you read the label and it says 24 grams of protein, that number is determined by the nitrogen balance in the product and there are other things you can add to the product to bring up the nitrogen balance which is going to show that protein number being higher, when it's really not more protein.”

The use of protein powder isn't harmful. But those who rely on it too much must wake up to the reality and people should also avoid castigating it without knowing much. There are many types of protein powders coming from various brands.

Here are a few types of protein supplements:
Whey protein
This is the by-product of milk and it is the most popular type of protein supplement. Whey can enter the bloodstream faster than any other protein. This has one of the highest levels of amino acids good for providing muscles with the necessary fuel to power the workout. Whey has other forms like concentrate, compound, isolate and hydro-isolate.

This is also a protein found in milk just like whey. The difference is that this takes longer to digest. Athletes who use this supplement take it right before going to bed. Whey protein, on the other hand, is absorbed quickly, which is why it's often taken immediately after a workout.

Hemp protein is made from nutrient-packed hemp seeds. While it's not the best for boosting muscle because of its lower protein content. It does provide a good dose of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. Pair it with rice or pea protein to round its amino-acid profile and make it complete. This is a good choice if you want to ramp up your overall nutrient intake and don't have strong protein needs.

These protein powders are just supplements and they don't help you gain muscles in large measure instead help you maintain your diet and help you control it. It can never be the main source of strength.

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