Posted by Leo Perez on August 28, 2015
The growth of our population and life-expectancy is an indicator of improved health across the world. Senior citizens are living longer, healthier and more active lives, than ever before. As our health and medical knowledge increases, so does our information about proper nutrition at different life stages. Its common knowledge that babies and children require nutrition to foster growth, as opposed to adults whose bodies are more focused on maintenance and repair. However, we must also consider proper nutrition as we move into our “golden years.”
Much has been said about whey protein in reference to building and repairing muscles, but what about maintaining our muscle mass as we age? Or bone health and the threat of osteoporosis?
Let’s talk about how whey protein can play a role in maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle as we age.
Sarcopenia: What is it and why is it important to me?
The US Dairy Export Council states, “Sarcopenia refers to the loss of muscle mass and function that many adults experience with age. This decline in muscle can begin as early as age 40 and more commonly after age 55, when muscles begin to atrophy.”
With the loss of muscle mass, weakness can occur and seniors may be less inclined or may even lack the ability to participate in healthy, active lifestyles. Lower muscle mass can also affect stability and increase the potential for an array of health risks including falls, bone fractures, obesity, insulin insensitivity, and diabetes.
Whey Protein and Muscle Synthesis
It’s no secret that protein is the building block for muscle, but those blocks won’t have much impact without the mortar to help them do the job – this is where leucine comes into play. Whey protein isolate is a complete protein and an excellent source of the essential amino acid leucine. Leucine is a branch chain amino-acid that triggers muscle protein synthesis. Research has shown that 2.5g of leucine per meal is optimal to initiate muscle synthesis for an average adult; lesser amounts of leucine will not signal the body to begin synthesis. Pure Nutrition WPI is high-quality whey protein isolate, rich in leucine – with significantly higher amounts when compared with other proteins. Proper protein and leucine consumption is especially important as we age to maintain a healthy muscle mass and prevent degenerative loss of muscle and strength.
Whey Protein and Bone Health
Not only does whey protein assist with maintaining muscle mass, but it can also have a positive impact on bone density. Osteoporosis is a growing concern for all adults as we age. As our bone mass slowly depletes, our skeletal structures become more fragile and prone to fractures and breaks. Dietary protein interacts synergistically with calcium to significantly and positively impact bone health. With Pure Nutrition whey protein isolate, you are getting the protein and the calcium your body needs to maintain a strong skeletal structure and skeletal muscles.
Be sure to speak with your doctor about adding a high quality whey protein, like Pure Nutrition WPI, to your diet and exercise program. Taking care of yourself every day, is important for a happy and healthy future!