WHICH PROTEIN IS BEST?
There is no single answer to this question. The protein that is best for you may not be for someone else. To make the best choice you will need to consider your particular circumstances, your training goals, any allergies, your taste, your budget, your lifestyle and your training experience level. Review our site and read up as much as you can about our products and educate yourself by doing your own research and study. We will highlight various products in detail in our blogs and regular newsletters to help with your decision. In the meantime, here are some guidelines to make your choice a bit easier:
I'm new to supplementing and/or training
Keep things simple. Start off with a good, pleasant tasting protein. Start with WPC or WPI or even our ND Total Whey to get the best of both. Choose a flavour you know you like, because if you don't like the taste, you'll avoid taking it and miss out on the gains you're looking for.
I'm trying to put on weight and muscle mass is my priority
Our ND Mass Muscleproducts are specifically designed to do this. It includes a large serve of protein and complex carbs to give your muscles all the nutrients and energy they need to grow big.
I'm trying to lose weight
Consider a low carb option like WPC, WPI, HWPI and best of all, ND Hydroxyshred with built in fat metabolisers to help you blast away unwanted fat. I feel sore for days after I train Consider ND Total Whey, with added recovery agents like L-Glutamine and other amino acids to help you recover faster.
I'm Lactose Intolerant or Lactose Sensitive
As whey protein is a dairy product, all whey products contain some lactose. WPC contains the most and should therefore be avoided by anyone with problems associated with lactose digestion. WPI and Hydrolysed WPI have been ultra-filtered to the extent that lactose levels are extremely low and many lactose sensitive people find they have no trouble processing these forms of whey. If you are unable to consume any lactose at all, alternative protein sources such as our soy, rice and pea protein powders are recommended.
I've heard you can lose muscle at night when sleeping. How do I stop this happening?
As a slower release protein, casein proteins are popular as a night-time pre-sleep supplement which will reduce muscle breakdown and promote growth whilst sleeping. I don't want to consume anything artificial Try our range of 'Naturals' products which have been formulated with only natural flavours and sweeteners. You may notice that these products are a little dearer due to the higher cost of all-natural ingredients however we didn't want to compromise on taste for this great tasting range.
When should I take my protein?
This really depends on what you want your protein to do for you. Protein has been shown to be beneficial both before and after training. Consuming before training can reduce protein breakdown, improve protein balance and spare muscle glycogen. It is generally considered most beneficial however, to take faster acting proteins like WPC, WPI, HWPI, ND Total Whey & Mass Muscle within 30 mins of completing your workout for maximum benefit. Taken post-workout it has been shown to stimulate protein synthesis and assist in restoring muscle glycogen when consumed together with carbohydrates. For general muscle maintenance and keeping blood sugar levels steady, proteins can be consumed at any time of day.
How much should I consume in a day?
How much protein you need depends on a few factors, but one of the most important is your activity level. The International Society of Sports Nutrition has set the following recommendations for protein intake:
Important: The body can only absorb so much protein in a given amount of time, so exceeding the recommended amounts can be both a waste of money and unhealthy. When amino acids are catabolised (broken down), it results in a build-up of ammonia which needs to be turned into urea to be excreted. So it is important not to exceed these recommended amounts and drink plenty of clean, filtered water to support your body and help process the protein.