Q. Are all whey proteins more or less the same?
No. There may be a major difference in the quality of whey protein based upon the following factors: source of the milk -production method-individual manufacturer specifications-added ingredients- proprietary blends. Is the source of the milk from herds that are fed antibiotics, hormones, antibiotics, chemicals or genetically modified organisms and plants? Are they feed unnatural or man-made substances? Is there a history of bovine disease with the milk cows? Are the delicate milk peptides subject to high heat? Does the isolation method destroy the immune peptides? Is the blend rich in the immune peptides? What is the nature and quality of other ingredients added? Are there added synergistic nutrients, like soluble prebiotic fiber, reduced glutathione and organic selenium to increase the antioxidant, immune and detoxification functions of undenatured whey? Have they been fortified even further with the addition of colostrum?
Q. Can I get enough whey protein by drinking milk?
Milk only contains about 1% whey protein. In order to get all the benefits of whey protein, you need to take a concentrated whey protein powder blend.
Q. Can too much protein hurt my kidneys?
Bodybuilders frequently consume 300-500g of protein per day for months - even years, yet there is no scientific evidence that this high protein intake causes kidney problems. In other studies, animals with high protein intakes for more than half their lifetime showed no kidney damage. High protein intake may be hazardous only for individuals with abnormal kidney function or kidney disease. For the disease-free individual, the most serious concern with high protein intake is dehydration, because it takes a lot of water to metabolize protein. This is avoided by drinking 8 or more 8 oz. glasses of water a day. nanopro contains 12g of whey protein isolate per serving.
Q. Does harvesting the colostrum harm the newborn calves?
Absolutely not! If it did, we would not do it. There is plenty of colostrum left for the calf!
Q. Does whey protein contain gluten or wheat protein?
No, pure whey protein does not contain any gluten. nanopro is gluten and wheat free.
Q. How are essential and non-essential amino acids different?
The body is able to make non-essential amino acids from other amino acids in the body. However, the body is not able to make essential amino acids and the only way to get them is by eating high quality protein foods. Protein sources that contain all of the essential amino acids are called complete proteins. Whey protein is a naturally complete protein.
Q. How does nanopro compare to soy protein?
Unlike soy protein, nanopro is a nutritionally complete protein. It also contains bioactive ingredients, like immunoglobulins and lactoferrin, that help support the immune system. Athletes prefer whey protein to soy protein due to its rich abundance of branched chain amino acids and its quick absorption rate. These are important to help repair and rebuild muscles after a workout or competitive event. Whey protein has a fresh, neutral taste and will not change the taste of foods you add it to. Whey protein does not contain isoflavones, which has potential hormonal effects.
Q. How much protein does a person need each day?
Protein needs vary by person depending upon age, weight, sex, activity level and overall health. Athletes and individuals with special medical needs often need more protein than the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA. It is best to speak with your health professional.
There are, however, three formulas that are commonly used:
#1) The minimum is usually .9 gm for every kilogram of lean body mass (total weight minus fat). A kilogram is 2.2 pounds. A 200 pound man, 25 % fat, would have a lean body mass of 150 pounds. Divided by 2.2 lbs, his lean body weight in kilogram is 68.2 kg. When multiplied by .9 we arrive at a minimum protein requirement of 61 gm.
#2) To ensure that the body is in a positive muscle building state, in other words, that it is burning fat--not muscle, you should ingest at least .9 grams of protein per lean pound of body weigh (fat free body weight).
For example, a 200 lb. man with 12% body fat requires 158 grams of protein daily. 200 X .12 = 24 lbs > 200 - 24 = 176 lbs > 176 X .9 = 158 gm
#3) The latest study from the International Journal of Sports Nutrition says that people involved in strength training should get 1.6 - 1.7 grams protein per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of bodyweight per day. That is .7 grams per pound. Therefore, a 200 lb man (200 * .7) would need 140 grams of protein; slightly less than the first formula.
Q. If I'm lactose intolerant should I avoid nanopro?
nanopro has less than 1% lactose, and is safe for those intolerant to lactose.
Q. Is nanopro safe for cancer patients?
Bovine colostrum contains insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 levels are elevated in prostate, colorectal and lung cancer. Recent studies have found that IGF-1 levels correlate with risk of prostate cancer and colorectal cancer in men, pre-menopausal breast cancer in women and lung cancer in both men and women. It is unlikely that the amount of IGF-1 in bovine colostrum would be a problem, but consulting your health care professional is advised.
Q. Is nanopro safe for pregnant and lactating women?
Conception and pregnancy have significant effects on our immune systems. These are designed to protect the early embryo and fetus. Although there are no documented case of side effects, pregnant and lactating women should not take colostrum products without first speaking with their physician.
Q. Is nanopro a good choice for vegetarians?
Yes, for vegetarians who include dairy products in their diet, whey protein is an excellent source of complete protein.
Q. Is whey protein compatible with a low-carbohydrate diet?
nanopro is not only compatible with low-carbohydrate diets, it is an ideal choice! Be sure to select whey protein blends that provide high quality protein without added sugar or artificial sweeteners, but good tasting enough on their own so no extra carbs need to be added to enjoy. nanopro is the best choice for low carb diets!
Q. Is nanopro safe for infants and children?
Maternal breast milk is the best nutrition for young infants. Still, whey protein is a complete high quality protein and is an acceptable protein source for children, provided they are not allergic to dairy proteins, have advanced kidney disease, or the very rare PKU disorder. Indeed, infant formulas often contain whey protein, including special formulas for premature infants. Prior to taking whey protein and/ or colostrum, pregnant women should consult their health professional to be sure whey protein and colostrum are right for them.
Q. Is nanopro safe for pregnant and lactating women?
nanopro is a high quality, complete protein. The second most abundant component in whey protein is alpha-lactalbumin, which is one of the main whey proteins in human breast. Whey protein is safe for use by pregnant women provided they are not allergic to dairy proteins or have advanced kidney disease. Prior to taking whey protein, pregnant women should consult their health professional to be sure whey protein is right for them.
Q. What are Immune Globulins?
Immune Globulins (Ig) are any of a large variety of proteins normally present in the body or produced in response to an antigen which it neutralizes, thus producing an immune response. Ingesting undenatured whey and colostrum confers this immunity to us passively. They include IgG1, IgG2, IgA, IgM, IgD, IgE, secretory IgA and IgA specific helper.
Q. What are peptides?
Peptides (from the Greek word "digestible") are simple chains of a few amino acids. Polypeptides are somewhat longer chains of amino acids, up to a few dozen amino acids in length. As these become longer and fold upon themselves, they become proteins. Peptides often function as cell signaling messengers to initiate immune responses and cell growth, repair and regeneration, and when associated with sulfur function as detoxifiers and antioxidants.
Q. What are Proline Rich Polypeptides (PRPs)?
PRPs actively regulate the thymus gland, the bodies central command for the immune system. They can stimulate an under active immune system, as seen in microbial infections, and/ or they can calm down an overactive immune system as seen in allergies, chemical sensitivities and autoimmune disease. The concentration of PRPs in whole colostrum powder is between 1-3% of the total powder weight. Most manufacturers of colostrum powders remove the PRP fraction, lactose, minerals and water, using ultra-filtration technology, to elevate the protein content of the powder. This then reduced the immune balancing effectiveness of the colostrum powder. nanopro colostrum is fortified to typically provide 6.1% PRP!
Q. What are the reasons I should supplement with whey and colostral proteins?
Whey and colostral proteins may assist you in building muscle and bone mass; speeding recovery time from exercise, injury, illness, or surgery; reducing injuries related to working out; maintaining a trim, fat burning lean body mass; enhancing immune functions; stabilizing blood sugar and blood lipids and perhaps even extending life expectancy.
Q. What are the sub-fractions of whey and colostral proteins?
Whey protein includes the following building blocks: Beta Lactoglobulin is an excellent source of branched chain amino acids that help maintain muscle strength and spare glycogen during exercise. Beta lactoglobulin is often the most abundant component of whey protein, making up 50-55% of composition.
Alpha lactalbumin is the second most abundant whey protein component, making up approximately 20-25% of the whey protein. It is a rich source of essential amino acids and is capable of binding with calcium. High in tryptophan, alpha lactalbumin also assists in sleep regulation and mood improvement.
Immunoglobulins, the predominant component of colostrums, make up approximately 10-15% of the whey protein. Immunoglobulins provide immunity enhancing benefits.
Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) is a large sized protein with fat binding properties and a good essential amino acid profile that makes up approximately 5-10% of the whey protein.
Glycomacropeptide (GMP) helps control and inhibit the formation of dental plaque and dental cavities.
Lactoferrin makes up approximately 1-2%, and primarily helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi due to its ability to bind iron. Lactoferrin also promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Additionally, it is a natural anti-oxidant found in many body secretions such as tears, blood, breast milk, saliva and mucus.
Lactoperoxidase & Lysozyme make up approximately 0.6% of whey, and help inhibit the growth of iron dependent bacteria while supporting immune activity.
Q. What does "bioactive" mean as applied to nanopro?
Bioactivity [bahy-oh-ak-tiv-i-tee] refers to any nutrient that has an effect on, or creates a response from, living tissue. Such a nutrient is called bio-active. Undenatured whey and colostrum have many bioactive peptides and proteins. Some, like immune globulins, confer passive immunity. Others, like PRPs, actively modulate (balance) immune function.
Q. What does "un denatured" mean?
To denature something is to deprive it of its natural character, properties, etc. In biochemistry it means to treat (a protein or the like) by chemical or physical means so as to alter its original state. In the case of whey, in the processing and purification and pasteurization, too much heat for too much time "cooks" some the bioactive peptides so as to deactivate them. When this happens much of the antioxidant, detoxification and immune support undenatured whey supplies is lost.
Q. What is BioChill*?
BioChill* is a term used for the low temperature processing used in to preserve the bioactivity of the peptides in nanopro.
Q. What is colostrum?
Colostrum is a form of milk produced by mammals in late pregnancy and the few days after giving birth. It has very high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, protein, fats, immune and growth factors, gram for gram much higher then whey. It has a mild laxative effect. Ingesting colostrum establishes beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Bovine colostrum (from cows) is used by humans as a dietary supplement. It has been attributed with curative powers and used as an ingredient for the ill or invalid. Purified bovine colostrum extract is also used in protein supplements used by athletes and bodybuilders.
Q. What is hydrolyzed whey protein?
When whey protein is hydrolyzed the protein chains are broken down into smaller segments called "peptides" for even more rapid absorption. Hydrolyzed whey protein is higher in beta lactoglobulin, which is high in branched chain amino acids, BCAAs, for quick energy.
Q. What is protein?
Protein is the basic building block of the body. More specifically, protein is made up of building blocks called amino acids. The only thing our body has more of than protein is water. If you deprive yourself of protein, your body will consume some of your lean body mass (muscle, bone, and organs) for the protein it requires.
Q. What is the BV rating I see associated with protein?
The better a protein is absorbed by the body the higher the Biological Value (BV) the protein is said to have. The BV measures the amount of nitrogen retained in the human body per gram of protein absorbed. Currently 159 is the highest possible BV. Here is the BV of some common foods: Protein BV: Whey Protein Blends 104-159 Whole egg 100 Cow's milk 91 Egg white 88 Fish 83 Beef 80 Chicken 79 Casein 77 Soy 74 Rice 59 Wheat 54 Beans 49
Q. What is the difference between Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) and Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)?
The isolate form of whey protein is the most refined and pure form of whey protein, and contains between 90 to 95% protein, with little if any fat or lactose. A concentrate is typically at 80% protein content and can contain more lactose, fat and minerals and is less bioavailable.
Q. What is whey protein?
Whole milk is only 6.25% protein. The two proteins that make up milk are casein (approximately 80%) and whey protein (approximately 20%). Whey is a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential and non-essential amino acids vital to your metabolism and good health. It is often referred to as the "Gold Standard" of protein as it is the most nutritious protein available. Studies have shown that undenatured whey protein can increase our blood levels of glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant which is essential to a healthy immune system. As we get older glutathione levels decrease and our immune system weakens. At the University of Nebraska Medical Center scientists were able to extend the life span of hamsters by 60% by supplementing their diet with whey protein. So, whey protein is not only good for building and repairing muscles, it just may also extend your life!
Q. When is the best time to take a protein supplement?
This depends on your diet and when you are eating foods rich in protein. Here are a few points when it is best to take a protein supplement: Right before a workout when your body needs protein for recovery and growth. Having the amino acids in your blood stream is key at this point. First thing in the morning as your body has just gone though 8 hours or so of not having food. Between meals when you need a quick pick up without the let down of sugar or caffeine. 30 minutes before meals to lower appetite. Before you go to sleep to prevent the protein breakdown that naturally occurs when we sleep, especially if you are trying to build muscle mass.
Q. Why do I need protein?
The word protein comes from the Greek word "proteios" meaning of prime or of first importance. Protein amino acids are the basic building blocks of life. Protein, and only protein, provides your body with these amino acids it needs to build, repair, and rebuild muscles, keep your immune system healthy, make hormones, enzymes, skin, hair, nails, organs and even blood.
Q. Why is nanopro better than any other whey based superfood powder?
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Q. Why is nanopro good for athletes and people who exercise?
Whey protein is a high quality, complete protein, with all the essential amino acids. Whey protein is also the richest known source of naturally occurring branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine). The body requires higher amounts of branched chain amino acids during and following exercise as they are taken up directly by the skeletal muscles unlike other amino acids which are first metabolized by the liver. Low BCAA levels contribute to fatigue. They are best replaced in one-hour or less following exercise or participation in a competitive event. Many athletes consume nanopro both before and immediately after exercise or an event to help repair and rebuild lean muscle tissue.
Q. Will a nanopro give me big muscles?
In order to achieve muscle growth while using protein powders, you must "weight train" on a regular basis. A recommended workout for obtaining greater muscle definition is to weight lift vigorously 3-4 days a week, sleep and rest prudently, avoid overtraining and eat right. If you stick to this program, you may see results in as short a period of time as six weeks. Continuing for 48 weeks a year, for several years, will provide you the opportunity to attain or improved muscular definition.
Q. Will nanopro help me lose weight?
The whey protein in nanopro is a key factor in weight loss. Studies have found that individuals who combine diets with BCAA rich protein foods like whey protein with exercise have more lean muscle tissue and lose more body fat. As they gain muscle mass their metabolic rate increases and they naturally burn more calories each day! Another way that nanopro helps manage weight is by promoting satiety, or a feeling of fullness. One recent study showed that whey protein was superior to casein, the other protein in cow's milk, in promoting satiety. The amino acids in nanopro may also help keep your blood sugar levels stabile. This is important because it keeps you feeling good all day and stops your craving for food that occurs when your blood sugar level drops. If your diet is too high in carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels go through peaks and valleys. You go from a burst of energy and feeling full to a lull and being hungry. In addition, if you are dieting, getting 20g of protein from a protein shake that has less than 200 calories is better than getting your protein from a big meal which may have hundreds of calories.