Whey protein is probably one of the most well-known types of protein out there, but is it the best type of protein for you to be taking? Well that depends on when you’re taking it, of course. If you’ve ever been to GNC and asked them this, then chances are they have told you that you should be taking whey protein whenever you can. I wonder why that is…
There are different types of protein powders that are currently on the market right now, and many of them have different rates in which they break down when digested and should be used to your advantage when taking them to make sure your muscles always have a supply of proper nutrients to recover.
For instance, casein protein – which comes from milk just like whey does – is a slow-digesting form of protein that should be taken right before going to bed in order to supply your muscles with protein throughout the night. Obviously taking whey protein before you go to sleep will not benefit you all night since it is completely broken down in just over an hour after digesting.
So just when should you take whey protein? Generally speaking, whey protein should be taken soon after waking up along with a carbohydrate, and also soon after you work out – again with a carbohydrate – in order to maximize its fast-digesting properties. Carbohydrates act as a “protein delivery system” and help to aide amino acids work quicker.