The Whey to Go for Athletes: Info from Dr. Silverman of New York ChiroCare, in White Plains
Athletes looking for a natural way to maintain lean muscle have a great ally in whey protein, says Dr. Robert Silverman, DC, a chiropractor and sports injury consultant who is also a certified nutrition specialist and clinic nutritionist.
“The amino acid profile of whey protein is almost identical to that of skeletal muscle,” Silverman says. “Its high concentration of branched-chain amino acids—or BCAAs—helps maintain and repair lean muscle tissue following exercise and prevent muscle breakdown. These BCAAs help prevent fatigue during intense, longer-duration sporting events.” Whey protein also contains an abundance of leucine, an amino acid that works to enhance muscle repair and recovery, he says.
Whey protein also is a natural weight-management tool, Silverman says. It can stimulate the feeling of satiety (fullness), reducing the urge to overeat, he says, and because it is a rich source of BCAAs, it helps increase fat loss and promote lean tissue as part of a diet and exercise program.