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Casein Protein: Slowly Processed Equals Better Absorption

Aug 17, 2007
There are many protein role players when it comes to bodybuilding muscle supplements. Casein protein is one that many people are familiar with but are unsure how it measures up to other proteins such as whey protein. Casein protein is a by-product of the cheese making process much the same as whey protein. These are also the two proteins that are most often compared in research studies.

Casein protein is derived from milk products. In fact, after casein protein curdles during the cheese making process, it is collected and processed into supplemental form. The quality of casein is the most imperative issue surrounding this supplement. The grade of casein protein can be very high or very low. The casein protein that is low in quality is often labelled as caseinate or calcium caseinate. Caseinate is collected before the protein has curdled which makes it a low end product.

Casein protein is less expensive than most protein products because it is the least refined of all the milk protein supplements. The effects of not being extra refined is that it moves more slowly throughout the system. This allows for a higher absorption rate of the amino acids and the effects to be present longer. This basically means that the protein is capable of providing a full effect when using it as a meal replacement. In fact, it is among the best choices for meal replacements for that very reason. It is capable of sustaining the body for longer periods of time in between meals.

It would be ideal to be able to gain the necessary proteins from a regular diet of food but there are many obstacles that prevent today's society from doing that. Most people aren't able to prepare six meals a day that are loaded with protein due to busy schedules and work commitments. However, supplementing a meal or two with protein can be just the supplement that is needed to still provide the body with the required protein. Casein protein is believed to be the best replacement to actual food because it closely simulates food ingestion. Casein protein is considered 'heavy' in that it lasts longer and moves more sluggishly throughout the system. When food is not an option, supplement protein and provide the body with the strength from nutrients that it needs.

When seeking a protein supplement be sure to acquire it from a reputable manufacturer. The reason for this is that casein protein is separated from whey protein by using harsh acids. This creates a very low quality casein product and is certainly not one that is desired. Manufacturers that claim to sell high quality casein protein will proudly display their methods. These manufacturers use only whole milk to create protein and don't incorporate the use of acids or other chemicals. High quality casein protein will give enormous benefits to any fitness regime. Try it today and feel the difference!
About the Author
Troy Degarnham is the author and webmaster of http://www.bodybuilding-muscle-supplements.info, an informative website about Muscle Building Supplements. Pros and cons of the major supplements are discussed including information on casein protein, creatine, glutamine, amino acids, nitric oxide and multi vitamins.
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