Are your Proteins hydrolyzed enough?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Covered in sweat, full pumped up, you must have just finished your workout and feeling great! You must reach for a hydrolyzed protein shake to repair the damaged muscle tissue and make muscle gains. The faster you absorb post-workout protein, the better the results.

Whey Protein Hydrolysate also referred as Hydrolyzed is one of the latest advancements in the protein supplement industry. It first hit the shelf in the early 2000s to be used as pre, intra and post workout supplement with incredible benefits.

So, what is Whey Hydrolyzed?

Whey Protein comes in three main forms: Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC), Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) and Whey Protein Hydrolyzed (WPH).

  • Whey concentrate is the least processed, it contains some fat, lactose, minerals and can contain a proteins in the range of 32% to 80% by weight.
  • Whey isolate is more refined, containing 90% whey protein. It is lactose, carbs and fat free.
  • Whey hydrolyzed on the other hand is the superior form of all the three. It is basically WPC or WPI that has been further processed for maximum absorption via a process called hydrolysis where it is broken down (hydrolyzed) to yield smaller ‘’predigested’’ protein fractions.

Protein hydrolysis typically occurs in the GI tract (stomach) after protein consumption with stomach acids and enzymes, but it can also be replicated in a lab with the help of food-grade proteolytic enzymes. It breaks down protein into smaller parts making it easier to digest and be absorbed by the body.

Why I need Whey Hydrolyzed?

  • More Efficient Absorption - Whey hydrolyzed is absorbed very rapidly into the intestine in comparison to intact proteins like whey concentrate or isolate. Thus, it speeds up nutrient delivery to muscle tissues since they are already broken down or in pre-digested form and hence can pass through the intestinal wall quickly.
  • Faster Recovery - Whey hydrolyzed proteins are best for post workout recovery as it gets digested and absorbed very rapidly which creates amino acids for damaged muscle tissue repair. A research published in the Journal of Science in Medicine and Sports, Jan 2010, found that participants who consumed whey hydrolysate post-workout had better recovery and performance shortly after a muscle-damaging exercise session as compared to those who consumed whey isolate.
  • Improved Intra-Workout Performance - Since Hydrolyzed Whey protein has the best absorption ability among all. Its rich amino acid profile, especially BCAA is ideal to be used during workout as it delivers these amino acids and proteins to the muscles faster than any other form of protein.
  • Muscle Protein Synthesis - Research has shown that the body absorbs protein in short peptide chains more efficiently rather than larger peptide chains present in intact proteins. Hydrolyzed protein has short peptide chains which provides the body with a rich ‘amino pool’ that can be instantly utilized and trigger the muscle’s protein synthesis.
Insulin is a major contributor to muscle anabolism and considering whey hydrolysate is the quickest and most efficiently absorbed protein, it stimulates insulin release to a greater degree as compared with WPC or WPI. Insulin allows nutrients like amino acids and glucose in the bloodstream to enter into the muscle cell. It also stimulates muscle protein synthesis.
  • Speed up Glycogen Replenishment by enhancing Insulin Response or sensitivity - Whey protein stimulates non-glucose dependent insulin response which is extremely important for the anabolic and anti-catabolic benefits of insulin but without glucose intake. Whey hydrolyzed protein has been known for significantly stimulating insulin release.
    Whey hydrolyzed also increases skeletal muscle glycogen levels to a greater degree over a similar period of time. Higher muscle glycogen stores and fast protein absorption makes it a great product to use as intra-workout drink.

Whey hydrolyzed is Awesome! … But How to Choose the Right One?

The key way to determine the quality of a whey hydrolyzed protein and is Degree of Hydrolysis (DH).

Degree of hydrolysis is referred as the percentage (%) amount of broken peptide bonds in hydrolyzed protein. In other words, the % amount of the total available peptide bonds that are able to be broken versus the % amount of peptide bonds that are actually broken down or cleaved. And this can range from No hydrolysis (DH-0%) to complete hydrolysis (DH -100%).

A whey supplement which has a degree of hydrolysis of 5% (DH-5%), means that only 5% of the whey protein has been hydrolyzed (i.e. peptide chain broken) and remaining 95% of the whey protein are still in larger protein chains. The higher the Degree of hydrolysis (DH) of a hydrolyzed protein, the faster the whey protein will be absorbed by our body.

A typical 100% whey hydrolysate has a DH value ranging from 1-5%. A DH-10% or greater is considered a high DH value, and the best protein hydrolysate supplements DH is up to 15%.

Also, as the DH increases it gives a bitter taste to the final protein and the broken protein molecules will be reduced in molecular weight. That’s why, a whey hydrolyzed protein supplement with a 100% degree of hydrolysis is nearly impossible to manufacture.

Typically, 100% whey hydrolysate has a DH value ranging from 1-5%. A DH-10% or greater is considered a high DH value, and the best protein hydrolysate supplements DH is up to 15%.

Is DH-1-5% enough to get benefits?

The specifications in supplement industry states that whey protein concentrates must be 80% protein and whey protein isolates must be 90% protein. But there is presently no specification that minimum how much of a whey protein must be hydrolyzed to earn the title of ‘’Whey Protein Hydrolyzed’’. Therefore, a protein product with any % of hydrolysis can be termed as “whey protein hydrolyzed,” even if the DH is <1%.

Most of the sneaky companies have taken the advantage of this. As a result, most of the ‘whey hydrolyzed proteins’ supplements available in the market are actually NOT hydrolyzed or are only 3-5% hydrolyzed which is only for name sake. That is why this information is usually not revealed or mentioned.

All the research studies which portray the benefits of whey protein hydrolyzed over other proteins typically talk about the whey proteins that are at least 10% hydrolyzed (DH- 10%). Whereas, in many studies where, 3-5% hydrolyzed proteins (even not mentioned the DH) are used, found no difference than other proteins.…BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME THING.

We Say

Today, there are many studies available concluding that whey protein hydrolysates are superior than whey concentrate and Isolate only if the degree of hydrolysis is at least > 10%. So definitely give Whey Hydrolyzed protein a try, because it’s worth it. Just keep an eye on ‘degree of hydrolysis’. If the product label is not giving you such information, it is probably only 3-5% hydrolyzed, which is WORTHLESS. Don’t get fooled due to such gimmicks.

Having an edge over competitor, PROCEL has come up with full-disclosure protein labelling. Procel PRO-HYDRO is industry’s first ever most functional protein created by using only 100% hydrolyzed coming from two native sources namely Whey Hydrolyzed and casein Hydrolyzed. This is modeled on the native protein structure of mother’s milk which is 80:20 ratio of hydrolyzed whey: hydrolyzed casein. Also, while most hydrolyzed proteins have a DH < 5%, PROCEL PRO-HYDRO has extensively high degree of Hydrolysis (DH) in the industry i.e>15% which is clearly listed.

PROCEL PRO-HYDRO is another industry first with is the inclusion of Casein Phosphopeptides, a mineral binding hydrolyzed native micellar casein, which studies have shown to enhance mineral absorption as well as have anti-inflammatory effects. Well, that is our commitment to you. Only the best.