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. Just walk around your local grocery store, and you’ll probably find an array of protein-packed cereals and even “high”-protein oatmeal.
No matter if the type of protein is casein, soy, milk or whey, it’s all about one thing: protein, the parts that make up muscles. So now the question is, what type of protein works best 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 type is right for a specific need, you have to use a certain gauge, like 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 with the highest BV is believed by many to be the best for enhancing growth, but this is a well-disputed issue 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 indicates more lean tissue gained when all else – workout choice, calories, etc.- are the same.
Being a complete protein with a very high BV, whey protein powder NZ contains every essential and nonessential amino acid there is, including the highest branched-chain amino acid content nature has to offer. The BV of whey is roughly 104, while the next highest BV is 100, for a full 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 a lot of potentially helpful properties. Thus, as a general guide to selecting protein powder NZ, BV is something you can consider but it must not make you dismiss 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 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.