Choosing the Right Protein for Your Bodybuilding Pursuits
At present, it seems like there are more and more bodybuilders consuming more protein of some type or another. Simply walk around the local grocery store, and you’ll likely find a variety of protein-infused cereals and even “high”-protein oatmeal.
Whether the protein is whey, soy, milk or casein, it’s all about one thing: protein, the muscles’ building blocks. So now the question is, what form of protein works perfectly for bodybuilders?
Whey protein powder NZ has become a favorite for people working to add muscle and enhance their shape and their health. To know which protein is best for a certain need, you should use a particular gauge, such as protein quality tests. The most frequently used standard to measure the quality of a protein powder NZ is Biological Value (BV), the amount of nitrogen (body protein in grams) exchangeable with 100 grams of protein in the adult diet.
Protein powder NZ that has the highest BV is accepted by many as the best for growth promotion, although this is an often disputed point among scientists. Most scientists directly involved with protein research, however, are in agreement that a higher BV indicates better digestion, use and retention of protein in the body. That also means more lean tissue gained when everything else – calories, exercise type, etc. – are equal.
As a complete protein with a very high BV, whey protein powder NZ is full of all the essential and nonessential amino acids and has the highest branched-chain amino acid content that exists in nature. The BV of whey is about 104, while the next highest BV is 100, for a complete egg.
Again, BV is but one criterion for proteins, and even if it is important, people usually make too big a deal of it. Beef, for example, has a relatively low BV yet it has been a constant protein for athletes and non-athletes for a long time. Soy has a low BV but has many valuable properties. Hence, as a general guide to picking a protein powder NZ, BV is something you should consider but it should not make you shun other proteins.
How Much Protein?
The lowest amount of protein that you have to take in for muscle building is 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight (if you weigh 200 pounds, for instance, the least amount of protein you must take in is 200 grams for muscle growth). You may ask, can I take too much protein? Whatever excesses you take are actually simply excreted from your body through your urine, so no, you can’t take too much protein. But should you prefer to take in higher than usual amounts of this macronutrient, make sure you take calcium and magnesium supplements as well since protein has a tendency to use up the body’s supply of both minerals.