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I've been looking a long time for some whey protein to use in a morning protein shake that is healthy, satisfies, stays with me so I don't get hungry again right away, and tastes good. I've tried a lot of things, but they don't taste good and they're gritty.

I found a lot of information in Dr. David Williams' alternative health newsletter. Dr. Williams is a medical researcher. I've subscribed to many such newsletters and pared the number down to a handful, of which Dr. Williams Alternatives is one. I've subscribed for years, and have used his info with beneficial results. You can find out more about him at drdavidwilliams.com.

In his May 2015 newsletter, Confidential Cures, Al Sears, M.D. also recommends whey protein, but he puts restrictions on the kind that is good for ideal health. More on those restrictions later.

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Anyway, almost the entire April 2005 newsletter was devoted to the benefits of whey protein, which can make you healthy, smart, good-looking, rich, famous...no, wait, it just seems that way from all the benefits Dr. Williams lists in this issue.

  • Whey is the translucent liquid that separates from the curd when milk coagulates during the cheese-making process. It has the highest biological value of any protein, surpassing even whole egg, previously thought to contain nature's most perfect protein. (Biological value is a measurement of protein quality expressing the efficiency with which protein is used for growth.)

Health benefits of whey protein

  • Several components of whey inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses. Other components help your body make glutathione, which enhances your immune system. One animal study showed that a diet supplemented with whey protein provides protection against toxin-induced cancers of the esophagus, lung, bladder, colon, liver and breast.

  • It also helps lower your blood pressure. In fact one company has developed a product from whey protein called Biozate, which was shown to reduce blood pressure significantly in just seven days. All this without drugs.

  • Whey protein (the alpha-lactalbumin part) reduces stress and depression by reducing cortisol (which is associated with stress) and increasing tryptophan and serotonin, which are calming.
  • It helps speed healing with its glycine content and its added growth factors, IGF-1 and 2. Glycine also helps the memory and thinking functions of the brain.
  • Whey protein has also been shown to protect the stomach and intestinal tract from stress-induced ulcers. 

  • Whey contains a protein called lactoferrin, which new research has shown to be able to increase the production of new bone--important for osteoporosis and non-healing bone fractures.

All this is from Dr. Williams' alternative health newsletter. If you want more info about the newsletter, go to drdavidwilliams.com. There's more, but I'm going to stop now.

Preserves muscle in dieting seniors

We lose muscle as we age unless we work to counteract that loss. When seniors diet, that muscle loss can happen faster.

In a six-month double-blind study, 31 post-menopausal obese women were divided into two groups, both on a 1400-calorie diet. The group that received 50 grams of whey protein in two 25-gram doses, morning and evening, lost 3.9% more weight and gained 5.8% more thigh muscle than the group that did not get whey protein.

Source: Life Extension magazine, February 2012, p. 22. Reference: J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 2011 Nov;66(11):1218-25

Great for weight loss

For me, the biggest benefit is that it takes away my hunger. As a perpetual dieter, this is a big plus for me.

I was using Designer Whey, the one originally recommended by Dr. Williams, and I was loving it, but then they "improved" it, and it no longer tastes good. In fact, it tastes yucky, but I was still using it and altering the taste with my own methods. I put the yucky tasting vanilla into mango/orange juice.

The mango/orange shake tastes good, but I am concerned about the high sugar content of orange juice, even though I'm using 100% juice. It doesn't keep my hunger away as long; I think it's the insulin boost from the natural sugar in the OJ. I'm was still drinking that, though, until Dr. Sears May 2015 newsletter arrived.

Dr. Sears says that your whey protein should be:

  • grass fed
  • hormone free
  • low temperature processed
  • acid-free processed
  • whey concentrate, not isolate
  • naturally sweetened
  • free from toxic heavy metals

In his newsletter, Dr. sears recommends that for good health, it should be from grass fed, hormone-free cows.

Here's what he says:

"If it's not grass-fed, chances are you're consuming protein from pesticide-treated, grain-fed animals. And that's bad news, especially when you consider that grain-fed whey is missing many of the amino acids and enzymes found in grass-fed whey. Grain-fed whey is also much lower in healthy omega-3 fats. Grain-fed cattle are almost always injected with antibiotics, estrogens and growth hormones to quickly fatten the cows and fight the infections and diseases that come from being confined on feed lots."

The protein should be "concentrate" not "isolate." Although some vendors says isolate is absorbed better, that is not true, says Dr. Sears. He says:

"Truth is, isolates aren't natural and are not easily metabolized. What's more, isolates are acid processed and missing key amino acids."

It should be sweetened naturally and should be free from toxic metals.

He says: "Many protein powders contain high levels of toxic and cancer causing heavy metals, like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic. This was confirmed by a study published in Consumer Reports." (“What’s in your protein drink?” Consumer Reports. July 2010)

Whey protein shake

Wow! That's quite a list, and Dr. Sears did not recommend a product, so I was on my own. I didn't know, however, how popular the grass-fed kind is. When I searched online for it, I found a lot of products. They are all very expensive, some more than others.

I used Whey Natural for awhile, and loved it, even though it was expensive, but I can't find it anymore.

Whey Natural is the only brand I tried. There may be better ones. There may even be better ones that are less expensive. Do your own research. If you find something better, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know. 


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