How can you choose the right protein powder for PCOS? That’s a great question, and one I’m often asked.
Natural PCOS treatments are powerful, and important approaches. I highly recommend them. And increasing our healthy protein is a great step. We know this helps us subconsciously eat less calories, improves our blood sugar balance, helps us to maintain our muscle mass which is important for our fat burning ability and metabolism. Without protein, we cannot be well or conquer our PCOS signs and symptoms.
There are two proteins that make up milk, casein and whey.
There is growing concern regarding A1 beta-casein in cow’s milk. Before cows were domesticated, cows were genetically of the A2 type, producing A2 beta-casein. However, somewhere along the line, maybe through a natural mutation, an important component of the beta-casein changed. Of the 209 amino acid chain of the beta-casein protein, the 67th amino acid was changed from proline to histidine. This formed the A1 beta-casein, and a peptide called beta-casomorphin-7 or BCM7 formed. Heart disease, diabetes, autism and other illnesses have been linked to BCM7. I cannot recommend you choose casein containing protein powders, as we are unable to tell which beta-casein is within it. A1 casein is NOT something you want to include in your food plan. Period. To find out more, there is a wonderful book called Devil In The Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk by Keith Woodford. It is a heavy, but worthwhile, read.
Whey protein has all 9 essential amino acids, contains antioxidants and enhances immune function.
For individuals looking to shed pounds, whey protein can aid in the reduction of body fat. Consuming whey before and after workouts can increase fat-free mass and muscle strength. Whey has also been shown to reduce hunger, which contributes to weight loss and toning.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, “whey protein supplementation during resistance training offers some benefit compared to resistance training alone.”
Indeed, studies have shown that whey protein is more significant for strength building than casein. In the study published by the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, “in two groups of matched, resistance-trained males, whey isolate provided significantly greater gains in strength, lean body mass, and a decrease in fat mass3 compared to supplementation with casein during an intense 10-week resistance-training program.”
In addition to the benefits of whey protein with weight loss and the gym, there are significant health benefits associated with the protein. Whey fights cancers, particularly prostate and colon cancers. Consuming the protein in a shake form has shown to reduce episodes of depression. Whey can benefit your immune system and fight off colds and illnesses. A decrease in total cholesterol, as well as LDL cholesterol, has been reported. It also has significant advantages in lowering blood pressure.
Finally, whey protein is naturally gluten free.
When choosing the right protein powder, whey has significant benefits over casein and soy.
What other choices are there?
Hemp and pea protein are good options also. Make sure they are free from harmful additives and high quality as well.
Protein powders can make a world of difference for those looking to shed unwanted kilos, to boost their intake of this important macronutrient, to improve hormonal balance and to be well.
From PCOS to perfect health, with love,
The PCOS Expert
Nutritionist, Bestselling Author, Chiropractor