Iron Forged Nutrition Whey Protein Concentrate
Introducing Iron Forged Nutrition Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate!
Iron Forged Nutrition Whey Protein Concentrate- We have talked about producing our own protein for a long time, but it seemed to be nearly impossible. It is such a significant investment with much less reward than most products on the market. You have to put up a lot of money just to get started, and if you want to work with a prominent manufacturer, they won’t even consider working with you unless they are making money. Being that protein is expensive to buy, you also have to consider the cost of the flavoring, cocoa, sweeteners, thickeners, figuring out a formula that works through testing, manufacturing (most have very high minimum order requirements per flavor for protein orders), bottling (bottles and lids), labeling, testing, scoops to put in the containers and much more. It keeps nearly all of the smaller companies out of the market unless they buy a private label product from one of the few protein manufacturing companies who is willing to work with them to help boost their own volume and move more protein. In this case, they buy a stock formula and slap their label on the product to make a couple of dollars off of each unit, but they have no control over the product itself. We talked with many companies and never could find that deal that made sense or worked out for us. The amount required to invest in your own formula is a huge gamble. What happens if the product doesn’t turn out good, taste good, or doesn’t sell? Then it could be a considerable loss which most small businesses can’t afford. So, we held off and continued researching for years. I grew very frustrated with the more prominent protein companies taking advantage of the brick-and-mortar stores to build their customer base. That is when I decided we would do whatever it took to make this happen, and that is when we began to put in the work to make it happen. It took nearly a year, but I am very happy to say that we are ready to launch not only a comparable product price-wise which wasn’t easy but a better tasting and higher quality product. This is just the beginning. We will be able to do things that no one else is doing with flavoring and changing the formulas for all types of protein products. So be sure to try our product and stick with us because there are going to be some huge things to come in the upcoming future as we perfect our formulas and develop unique flavors and profiles that have never been done before!
Iron Forged Nutrition Whey Protein Concentrate – What is Protein?
Protein is one of the three macronutrients. It is essential for human survival, as well as building and maintaining muscle tissue. Macronutrients provide calories or energy and are required for survival. The body needs large amounts of macronutrients to sustain life. Each gram of protein contains four calories. Chemically, protein is composed of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, and proteins are the building blocks of muscle mass, according to NIH (National Institutes of Health). When the body breaks down protein, it helps fuel muscle mass and boosts the body’s metabolism. Protein also helps the immune system stay strong and helps you stay full. In addition, protein provides satiety, the feeling of fullness, which prevents overeating. Proteins are a necessary part of your daily diet, but not all proteins are created equal.
Is Whey Protein the best?
Some proteins are better than others, and we are going to discuss that a little bit here. Our protein product contains Whey Protein Isolate of at least 90% purity. It is usually higher, but we list it at 90% because of the variance from batch to batch. Whey protein is better than other protein sources because it contains an incredible source of essential amino acids, which are absorbed rapidly . Numerous studies show that it can increase muscle mass and strength while decreasing significant amounts of body fat . However, whey is more than just protein. It contains many other nutrients, some with potent biological effects. As a result, whey protein is one of the best-studied supplements in the world. Whey protein is a mixture of proteins isolated from whey, the liquid part of milk that separates during cheese production. Milk contains two main types of protein: casein (80%) and whey (20%). Whey is in the watery portion of milk. When cheese is produced, the fatty parts of the milk coagulate, and the whey is separated from it as a byproduct. If you’ve ever opened a yogurt container to see liquid floating on top — that’s whey. Cheesemakers used to discard it before they discovered its commercial value. After being separated during cheese production, whey goes through various processing steps to become what people generally recognize as whey protein — a powder added to shakes, meal replacements, and protein bars. Proteins make various essential things, including tendons, organs, skin, hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters, and multiple molecules. Proteins are also the building blocks of the contractile elements in your muscles. They’re assembled from amino acids, smaller molecules that are linked together like beads on a string. Some amino acids are produced by your body’s cells, while others must be obtained from foods called essential amino acids. Proteins that supply all nine essential amino acids are the best, and whey protein is loaded with them. It’s exceptionally high in essential branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) like leucine and contains a high amount of cysteine. Studies show that leucine is the most anabolic (growth-promoting) amino acid, and cysteine can help boost levels of the cellular antioxidant glutathione [3,4]. Whey protein appears to be particularly effective at stimulating growth in humans. In fact, human breast milk is 60% whey, compared to 20% in cow’s milk .
There are several popular types of whey protein. Their main difference is in the way they have been processed.
Concentrate: About 70–80% protein if good quality, but there are lower qualities on the market for sure Our Whey concentrate is 80% and usually comes in higher but varies so we keep it at 80% of the label; Concentrate contains some lactose (milk sugar) and fat and usually has a richer flavor and consistency.
Isolate: 90% protein or higher; contains little to no lactose and fat, making it a lower calorie and easier-to-digest product. Whey protein isolate is what we use in our higher quality protein. It is my personal favorite because it still has the most nutrients and fewer impurities you don’t want. Typically, this type of protein is a little thinner consistency and less rich, but don’t mistake that to mean it doesn’t taste good because I believe our isolate is the best tasting protein out there.
Hydrolysate: Also known as hydrolyzed whey, this type has been pre-digested to get absorbed faster. It causes a 28–43% greater spike in insulin levels than isolate. Hydrolysates are more expensive and usually lack some of the essential growth factors due to pre-digestion like albumin and lactoferrin. I think this is the right choice for someone that can not tolerate any lactose because these are usually 100% lactose-free and are easy to drink. Usually a little bitter tasting in natural form, but when flavored well, they still taste good but not as good as the other two, in my opinion.
The best option depends on what is best for you. Currently, we offer the concentrate at 80% and the isolate at 90%. I believe the isolate is the better of the two, especially for someone like myself who is sensitive to excess lactose. Whey Concentrate is the cheapest and retains most of the beneficial nutrients found naturally in whey. Some people also prefer the taste, which is probably due to the lactose and fat. If you have problems tolerating concentrate, or you’re trying to emphasize protein while keeping carbs and fat low, whey protein isolate — or even hydrolysate — may be a better option. Keep in mind that even though concentrate is the most popular form due to cheaper cost, most of the studies have examined whey protein isolate.
BUILDING MUSCLE MASS AND STRENGTH
Whey protein is popular among athletes, bodybuilders, fitness models, and people looking to improve their performance in the gym, and with good reason. Most normal American diets lack protein, and if you want to add muscle mass, adequate protein intake is a must. There is no easier or better way to get good quality protein with an excellent amino acid profile that is absorbed quickly than drinking a whey protein shake.
The ways by which whey protein promotes muscle/strength gain include:
Building blocks: It provides protein and amino acids, these are the building blocks for increased muscle growth.
Hormones: It increases the release of anabolic hormones that can stimulate muscle growth, such as insulin.
Leucine: It’s high in the amino acid leucine, which stimulates muscle protein synthesis at the molecular and genetic level.
Fast absorption: Whey protein is absorbed and utilized very quickly compared to other types of protein.
Whey protein is particularly effective at increasing muscle growth when consumed before, after or during a workout. Muscle protein synthesis is usually maximized in the period after training. As long as you are getting enough protein for your personal needs, you should see benefits in muscle growth if you are training to add muscle and providing your body with what it needs to rebuild the damaged muscle back up. Adequate protein intake will lead to increased strength and muscle growth. Beyond just muscle, strength, and leanness, whey protein may provide numerous other health benefits. Whey protein contains many growth factors and beneficial nutrients such as lactoferrin, beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, and immunoglobulins. Whey protein can improve your health by lowering blood pressure, blood sugar and reducing symptoms of stress and depression. It also protects against cancer, reduces symptoms of hepatitis, increases bone mineral density, improves immune function in HIV patients, and increases the lifespan of mice. The fact that whey protein is very high in the amino acid cysteine seems to mediate many of these health benefits. Cysteine does this by raising levels of glutathione, the primary antioxidant substance in your body’s cells. Whey protein is one of the best options to increase protein intake in our diets and improve or maintain health. Whey protein can be used to supplement your diet, which would make it a supplement, but it is much more than that when you consider it a macronutrient. Protein powder is a food supplement and is derived from a food source. Nearly every person trying to maintain their health or improve it can benefit from a good whey protein, and we aim to provide our customers with the best of the best! Best taste, best quality, and in the end, the best results when it comes to reaching their fitness goals!