Whey protein is perhaps the single most-consumed supplement on the market today and now accounts for a multi-billion dollar industry. It is a staple of athletes and bodybuilders, and busy people who need some quick energy “on the go.”
But where did this whole whey fad actually come from? How did this come to be? And, most importantly, what else do we need to know?
Whey has been used by humans for over 6000 years, going back to the very dawn of civilization. Many marketers and whey proponents will direct naive readers all the way back to Hippocrates, father of Greek medicine who extolled its immune-boosting value. This sets up whey as an ancient remedy, connected to the very origins of western civilization.
It’s a very romantic idea.
It’s even true... to a degree. Hippocrates, famous for his aphorism “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” did in fact promote whey.
But there’s a long way between the freshly separated products from organic, locally crafted cheese that only lasts for a few days and the highly processed, sweetened and mixed up protein powders stocking the shelves of supplement stores for who-knows-how-long before finding its way into the bellies of gym rats.
So what is modern whey? It’s a byproduct of the cheese industry that until 1971 they would just throw away. A cheese manufacturer processes approximately 10 pounds of milk (5 quarts) into a single pound of cheese.
Clearly there is a lot of waste in this process.
And that’s what “whey” is. It is the cast-off waste from cheese.
There is no single “whey protein” – it is a complex of all sorts of stuff that was left over from the cheese process. There are hormones, cholesterol, fat, bioactive peptides, enzymes, and globular proteins from cow blood.
In the 1970s, a very clever man with a cheese business named Frank Thomas realized he could repackage this waste product into a “nutritional product,” turning his garbage into revenue. Lots and lots of revenue.
And the whey protein industry was born.
This last secret is perhaps the most important of all of them. Of all the different protein sources out there – meat, eggs, beans, all of them – whey protein is one of the least efficient.
From every possible source of protein you could dream of consuming, whey protein is practically the least useful.
How do we know this? Because nutrition scientists found that we can measure a protein’s actual utilization by the body through a metric called the Amino Acid Utilization™, or AAU™. It compares the amount of nitrogen from protein coming into the body and the amount of nitrogen leaving in in the urine, fecal matter, and dermal excretion. The difference between them is the amount of utilization.
In fact, whey is only 17% utilized by your body for protein synthesis. So all those guys downing 50+ grams of whey protein a day? They’re only getting 8.5g of actual muscle-building protein from their efforts.
Not to mention all the other unhealthy effects we mentioned earlier.
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It’s scientifically formulated for maximum utilization, with an AAU of 99% every last bit goes right to where you need it, with no insulin spike, guaranteed purity, no additives, and is in your bloodstream in under 23 minutes.
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If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.