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. Simply walk around the local grocery store, and you’ll likely find a variety of protein-infused 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 which protein is best for a certain need, you should use a particular 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 having the highest BV is taken by many as the best for promoting growth, but this is a widely disputed claim 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 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 just a single criterion for proteins, and while important, people tend to make too big a fuss of it. For example, beef has a comparatively low BV but it has been a mainstay protein for athletes (and people in general) since time immemorial. Soy has a low BV but has several potentially constructive properties. Hence, as a general guide to picking a protein powder NZ, BV is something you should consider but it should not make you shun other proteins.
How Much Protein?
The least amount of protein that you need to consume for growing muscle is 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight (if you weigh 200 pounds, for instance, then the lowest amount of protein you need to take in is 200 grams to bring muscle growth). You might ask, can anyone take too much protein? Anything beyond what you actually need is simply excreted through your urine, meaning the answer is a 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.