We’ve all seen that person at the gym, the one who seems to always have a protein shake on hand, and we hear so much about pre-workout these days, but if you’re new to working out or looking to add supplements to your diet it can all be confusing. So, let’s break it all down and see what the fuss is about.
What is Pre-Workout?
What exactly is a “Pre-Workout” supplement? A “Pre-Workout” supplement can come in the form of a powder you mix with water. What this supplement can do for your body is give you a boost of energy in a single scoop! This boost of energy your feeling typically comes from a high concentration of caffeine.
Pre-workout also contains amino acids which can help reduce the damage to your muscles caused by an intense workout. Think of amino acids as little building blocks in your body fixing your muscles and supporting your immune system while you workout. This supplement works best when taken appropriately 20-30 minutes before you intend to work out.
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What is Protein and Why would I need it?
When they hear the two words “protein” and “exercise” in the same sentence many people tend to have this picture of bodybuilders eating a ton of meat, chugging shakes and “muscle gains” so let’s bust this stereotype of protein.
Think of protein as a helper of the human body. Protein is so important for everyone from those who go to the gym, play sports or just carry out everyday chores. Protein is a nutrient that is essential to help your muscles repair, supports your immune system and contributes to your overall well-being. While many foods such as eggs, meat and legumes provide you with protein, shakes are a popular supplement choice due to their convenience and high-quality sources. Protein is equally effective in both men and women.
At PUREPOWER Nutrition we offer two types of Protein supplements whey and soy and pea blend.
Fun fact! Whey is a source of protein that comes from the liquid that separates from cow’s milk while making cheese. Whey protein has an extremely high nutritional value, is highly digestible and is absorbed quickly by the body. Due to its fast-digesting nature, you often find people will drink their protein shakes after a workout to help their muscles recover quicker. You will find Whey Protein typically in a powder form which can then be added to liquid or foods such as a smoothie. The benefits of supplementing with whey protein Include:
Muscles just love protein! Protein can help them build and strengthen quicker after an intense workout.
Soy protein is an excellent vegan alternative that is a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids. There’s more to the humble soybean than meets the eye.
The health benefits of soy protein include repairing muscles and lowering cholesterol* as there is no cholesterol in soy protein isolate. Soy is also high in vitamins such as B, C, zinc, iron and an array of antioxidants.
Whether you’re looking to get lean or build those muscles soy protein is a great option for those who would an alternative from dairy-based protein supplements.
The main difference between whey and soy protein is whey is animal-based and soy is plant-based. Whether you choose to supplement with whey or soy protein after your workout, both are great choices.
*Adding soy to your diet may not largely impact your levels of cholesterol however, when combined with other healthy lifestyle changes the collective impact can be positive.
PUREPOWER offers a delicious and nutritious range of protein products from our Lean Cookies and Cream, Strawberry, and Chocolate to our Vegan Vanilla Creme to our delicious whey rich chocolate. Shop the range today.