Choosing the Right Protein for Your Bodybuilding Pursuits
Nowadays, it looks like there are more and more bodybuilders ingesting more protein in one form or another. Just walk around your local grocery store, and you’ll probably find an array of protein-packed 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 in now a favorite supplement for those wanting to put on muscle and improve their physiques as well and health. To know the protein that is best for a particular need, you must use a certain gauge, such as protein quality tests. The most widely used condition to measure the quality of a protein powder NZ is Biological Value (BV), the amount of nitrogen (body protein in grams) substitutable by 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. However, scientists directly involved with protein research mostly agree that a higher BV means better digestion, use and retention of the macronutrient in the body. That also means more lean tissue gained when everything else – calories, exercise type, etc. – are equal.
A complete protein with a very high BV, whey protein powder NZ has all the essential and nonessential amino acids and the highest branched-chain amino acid content nature offers. Whey’s BV is around 104, while the next highest BV is 100, for an entire egg.
Again, BV is but a single criterion for proteins, and though important, people have a tendency to make too big an issue of it. For instance, beef has a rather low BV but has been a primary protein source for athletes (and non-athletes) for so long. Soy has a low BV but has many valuable properties. Therefore, as an overall guide to choosing a protein powder NZ, BV is something to look into but must not cause you to forget other proteins.
How Much Protein?
The leanest amount of protein that you must take in for muscle growth is 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight (for example, if your weight is 200 pounds, the minimum amount of protein you have to take in is 200 grams to promote muscle growth). You may ask, can I take too much protein? Anything in excess of what you need is actually just excreted through your urine, so the answer is no. But if you choose to take in greater than usual amounts of the macronutrient, it is recommended you take calcium and magnesium supplements too as protein has a tendency to deplete both minerals in the body.