If you’ve been paying attention to our blog for more than a year, you may wonder why we’d be writing about the benefits of protein.
Especially as Dr. Wiggy has written about the dangers of protein before, and told people they need to be careful with protein intake.
And while it’s true Dr. Wiggy has focused on the benefits of a ketogenic diet, and in so doing, told people they need to tone down their protein intake…
That doesn’t mean we should fear protein.
The reason why is protein is biologically essential, and you can’t live a long and healthy life without it.
Yes, too much protein may cause some issues, and there is strong evidence that higher than average protein intake could lead to cancer,
However, protein consumption, especially supplemental protein for those who consume lower than the RDA, or, who want to maintain a ketogenic diet, can actually be healthy.
Below we’re going to list out 4 reasons to take supplemental protein.
7 Reasons to Supplement With Protein
Protein is important for health because our bodies use the amino acids that make protein to help form ALL of our tissues as well as helping to construct neurotransmitters, hormones, and more.
For that reason there is no way to maintain peak health and avoid protein intake.
Here are 7 solid scientific reasons to take protein supplements that go beyond normal body function.
1 – Promotes Lean Muscle Mass:
While plenty of women think that using protein to build muscle will turn them into “unsightly beasts” (a quote from social media), it’s simply not true.
Yes, protein can be used to build muscle.
But it takes a lot of protein and a ton of exercise to build the kind of mass that would land you on the cover of a magazine.
On the other hand, protein helping to build lean muscle mass could cause you to tone up, shed weight, and feel better.
For many people, switching out carb intake for protein supplements will help them maintain a better weight profile and promote great health.
2 – Helps to Control Appetite:
One of the pitfalls of eating higher amounts of carbohydrates are that carbs spike insulin levels and cause you to want to eat perpetually.
Protein consumption, especially in a dedicated form like a shake, does the opposite.
Protein’s nutritional density makes your body work quite hard to break it down.
Because it’s so dense, your body can’t burn through it quickly and the process of digestion and insulin release is extended which helps to provide a sense of fullness that doesn’t compel you to eat more.
It is not just about your body needing energy or nutrients but your brain needing a reward (18).
Studies show that people who want to lose weight can benefit from protein consumption.
A study with overweight men as subjects showed that by increasing protein intake so that it comprised 25% of their total caloric load helped them reduce future cravings by 60%.
It also helped to quell the desire to snack late at night.
A similar study with overweight adolescent girls (whose appetites can be voracious) discovered high-protein breakfast helped to reduce future cravings and put a damper on late-night snacking activity.
That means if you eat more protein it can help to prevent you from overeating throughout the day.
3 – Helps to Rev Up Metabolism:
Part of the process of breaking down protein that helps to reduce cravings also creates a speeding up of your metabolic rate.
The fact of the matter is digestion is “work” and your body has to work harder to digest protein.
To complete that work it increases the metabolic rate so you can create energy enough to break down food.
This is called the “thermic effect of food” (TEF).
There are a number of studies to support eating protein to enhance your metabolic rate. Increasing your protein intake could make your body burn 80–100 more calories over the course of one day. (4, 5, 6,)
4 – May Help to Protect Your Heart:
The most deadly disease in the U.S. is heart disease.
And the #1 factor contributing to heart disease is diet.
There are numerous studies that show if you want to protect the health of your heart one of the best things you can do is eat more protein.
That’s because protein intake has the known ability to influence blood pressure.
How effective is it at controlling blood pressure you might ask?
According to a study published by the journal PLoS One, “In a review of 40 controlled trials, increased protein lowered systolic blood pressure (the top number of a reading) by 1.76 mm Hg on average and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of a reading) by 1.15 mm Hg.”.
Our Top-Selling Protein Shake
Not all protein shakes are created equal.
Many protein shakes are made from dairy, and there’s more than enough evidence to support avoiding dairy if you want to maintain peak health.
This is a high-density supplement made with non-allergenic ingredients that taste great.
And so you know, most protein supplements taste gross.
And no, it’s not just for women. But Dr. Wiggy’s wife Emily designed it for moms on-the-go who wanted to take control of their health and supplement with a food that wouldn’t sabotage their health goals.