I use it for my intra-workout along with cyclodextrins to enhance its absorption so that I can take advantage of its effects more efficiently. The format is a little bit messy since the bag does not close very well, but you can always use another recipient.
Pros: Smooth digestion. Cons: the flavour is way too sweet for my taste. Looking forward to the results.
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What are Whey Protein Hydrolyzates or WPH?
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein or Whey Protein Hydrolyzate (WPH) has a distinguishing feature, at a molecular level, when compared to the rest of the existing proteins: they are hydrolyzed, which means that they undergo a hydrolysis or molecular segmentation process, resulting in a pre-digested protein with a high peptide concentration.
This manufacturing technique "imitates" the digestive process which would take place in our stomach if we were to ingest a solid protein source, or even Whey.
Thanks to this advanced manufacturing process we obtain a protein with a series of benefits, such as: fast absorption rate, which means that it is completely digestible by anyone and its nutritional composition supports the synthesis of proteins.
How do our bodies absorb proteins?
All proteins are formed by amino acids chains. These links are formed by two or more amino acids, which result in: di or tri-peptides, or tetra or oligo-peptides.
When our digestive system receives the protein, no matter the source, it will have to proceed with the segmentation or fracturing of these unions of amino acids that form the protein. This is done through the secretion of enzymes, in order to absorb and transport them to the tissues of the body through the blood flow.
The way in which our body absorbs proteins is in the form of peptides in the intestine, particularly di and tri-peptides.
This is the reason why Hydrolysed Proteins are regarded as the most efficient choice in terms of absorption because they facilitate the digestion process to the organism considerably.
Types of Hydrolyzed Proteins
The WPH types come from the protein sources that originate from the hydrolysis process, for instance:
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Concentrate
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate
Hydrolyzed Casein Protein
The hydrolysis is a predigestion method, the following step is to obtain the protein source that will be processed. From this information we can deduced that the hydrolyzates from a concentrate or isolate will preserve the same features:
Percentage of protein
Amounts of fat and lactose
Spectrum of protein fractions
The third distinctive point is the degree of hydrolysis, in other words, the concentration of predigested peptides contained within the protein. The greater the degree of hydrolysis the higher the absorption rate will be.
Protein fractions in Hydrolyzed Proteins
When the source of protein that will be used to obtain the hydrolyzate has a high level of bioactive peptides or protein fractions, we will be able to enjoy the benefits that they provide.
A denatured protein is one that has not been subjected to certain processes, such as ionic exchange, the use of chemicals, or high temperatures that can change its molecular structure, breaking down the protein fractions.
The clearest choice will always be to choose proteins that have not undergone such processes, which is the case of an hydrolyzed protein which keeps all its characteristics in order to improve the human health:
Strengthens the immune system
Has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial properties
Improves the absorption and transport of iron through the body
These protein fractions are:
Hydrolyzed Proteins and Protein Synthesis
Due to the quick absorption rate of WPH, it is going to trigger a rapid rise of the total amino acids present in the bloodstream, which is known as a hyperaminoacidemia, and its main benefit is the stimulation of protein synthesis.
The WPH aminogram profile tends to be rich in EAAs (essential amino acids) and BCAAs (branched chain amino acids).
Complete proteins are those that provide the entire spectrum of amino acids, both essential and non-essential without any deficit, so that the organism has the proper building material for the regeneration of tissue.
Among the BCAAs we can find the L-Leucine amino acid, whose importance lies on its ability to stimulate the protein synthesis by means of a metabolic pathway called mTOR.
Benefits of Hydrolized Whey Proteins
This ability is intrinsic to all Hydrolyzed Proteins, and perfectly coincides with its task as a pre or post-workout protein intake, without causing any digestive problem, providing a quick gastric emptying, which allows the individual to consume successive meals efficiently.
Another feature of certain WPHs, especially if they come from Whey Protein Isolate, is that lactose intolerant people can benefit from them without complications, which ensures an optimal digestion and later absorption of the amino acids, avoiding the allergic contraindications.
WPH allows us to flood our bloodstream with amino acids more quickly than any other source, which changes the state of the catabolism to anabolism, which is also kown as Nitrogen Balance. This process favors the synthesis of proteins, since at that moment there will be a higher rate of complete amino acids compared to those which are broken down.
The process of recharging glycogen can be carried out by WPH, since it stimulates the increase of insulin without causing any negative impact on the health markers.
The consumption of WPH produces the translocation of GLUT4, the muscular glucose transporters, which enhances the delivery of insulin to the muscle cells and helps to avoid its accumulation in the fat adipocyte.
Following on from the previous point, we can conclude that if our energy capacity is improved (muscle energy support), our recovery will also be improved. Additionally, athletic performance and the efficiency of each workout session will be even more successful.
We must not forget that each workout session produces an alteration of the homeostasis, and that although the organism has a number of resources that can be used to return to its basal state, intervene in this process, including the necessary nutrients, and thus, shortening the recovery periods. But what is even more important, we will be in a much better state when we have to face the following workout sessions.
One of the protein fractions that is most abundant in WPH is Glycomacropeptide, which has the ability to produce a higher degree of satiety. This is due to its effect on the regulation of ghrelin, a hormone involved in the physiological mechanisms of postpandrial satiety, among others.
How and when to use Hydrolyzed Proteins?
Hydrolyzed Proteins can help to meet the daily protein requirements, and given their particular properties, the most advisable times to consume them are:
On an empty stomach
How to combine Hydrolyzed Proteins?
In order to avoid the loss of the properties acquired by the hydrolysis process as much as possible, we can mix or combine WPH with, for example, a carbohydrate, in order to slow down the gastric emptying. The best choice for that would be to consume carbohydrates during the workout or physical activity and then finish with an intake of WPH, or even as a pre-workout.
On the other hand, we can also combine WPH with elements that do not delay its absorption, for instance:
The raw ingredient of Evohydro raw is Optipep 90® Carbery, which has the following characteristics:
Rapid digestion and absorption
Excellent for post-workout protein shakes
High availability of amino acids with which to optimise protein synthesis and muscle growth
Improves performance thanks to its energy loading ability
Reduction of DOMS and improvement in the recovery times
Evopept is also a Hydrolyzed Casein, also known as PeptoPro®. This type of WPH has a high degree of hydrolysis which makes it very useful during the pre or intra-workout. Given its composition and molecular structure, we recommend mixing it with cyclodextrins, as well as enhancing it with electrolytes. Thus we get:
Stimulation of protein synthesis
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