The Dangers of Whey protein, and Some Great Alternatives!

Ever use protein supplements made with whey?  Look out!  According to Dr. Mercola’s research below.  Here are more reasons to enjoy NuPlus before & after workouts, the highest quality of concentrated whole-food protein, easily digested & absorbed, well-balanced with plentiful complementary & alkalyzing enzymes, minerals, vitamins and the phytonutrients that help protein assimilate effectively.

From Dr. Mercola:  There’s no shortage of whey products on the market, but unfortunately…  Most whey proteins are processed from ultra-pasteurized milk and many are exposed to acid processing. Heat and acid damages the protein and makes it insoluble in water. This is one of the key ways to differentiate high quality whey protein from inferior ones.

But the whey manufacturers know this, and know that insoluble powders are not appealing for a variety of reasons, so they add chemical flavors and detergents to restore flavor and solubility. They put in genetically modified soy lecithin, and also dump chemical surfactants, which are used in soap, like polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, and ethoxylated mono-diglycerides along with maltodextrin, caseinates, and hydrolyzed proteins, which are  really disguised MSG. They also use artificial sweeteners, like aspartame and sucralose.

The overheated whey protein is a clearly inferior… because it contains putrid proteins, which are actually more damaging to your health than rancid fats. They also change their molecular shape to the wrong form. If you have taken biochemistry you will be familiar with optical isomers. Proteins in foods and in your body are in the L form, but processing used to produce whey isolates produces damaging D optical isomers, which are not designed to be in your body. Depositing these D proteins in your bone, brain and muscle is associated with accelerated aging. Accumulation of D proteins in the brain has been linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson.

All whey protein isolates are devoid of nutritional co-factors including alkalizing minerals, naturally occurring vitamins, and lipids, which are lost in the processing… This renders them deficient and overly acidifying. Unlike whole protein food concentrates which do not acidify your body due to alkalinizing minerals, whey protein isolate are over acidifying.
Whey isolate can be a serious liability.  If chronically consumed in large amounts (such as with bodybuilders or athletes) without alkalizing foods, it can acidify your body and over time may lead to metabolic acidosis with consequences that include waste of muscle and bone tissues, total metabolic shut down, and increased vulnerability to degenerative disease.

Many cheap whey protein isolates are produced from acid cheese; they’re byproducts of acid processing, which is a cheap way to separate whey from the curd. Most of these whey products are rated below pet foods because of the inferior quality of the protein, which is actually more of a nitrogen waste product than one that will produce health benefits…

Additionally once the fat has been removed from whey protein isolate, you lose some of the most important components of its immunological properties, such as phospholipids, phosphatidylserine and CLA. All of the IgG immunoglobulins, which are an excellent source of glutamine and glutamylcysteine, are also bound to the fat globule, and therefore lost in the processing of whey isolates.

So the bottom line is that if you want to use whey protein, PLEASE do not use an inferior whey isolate as there is no doubt in my mind it will cause more damage to you than benefit.
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As demonstrated by a baby growing faster than any other time in life on mother’s milk–only 4-5% protein–when it comes to body building, it is NOT THE AMOUNT of protein as much as it is the QUALITY of the protein and the balance of nutrients accompanying it.  Unlike commercial isolates, the body knows best how to work with the live whole food carefully kept nutritionally intact in NuPlus!

Here is some info on the benefits of NuPlus and VitaShake

Vitashake & NuPlus – What’s so good about that?

Some benefits are:

    1.    Feeds every cell in your body
    2.    Helps balance blood sugar
    3.    Provides nutrients for calm peaceful energy
    4.    Diminishes cravings for foods which cause energy loss and mood swing
    5.    Nourishes joints and muscles  
    6.    Nourishes defense system
    7.    Gives energy to brain (promoting mental and emotional stability)
    8.    Relaxes for better sleep
    9.    Helps improve muscle tone
    10.    Promotes healthy cholesterol levels and helps burn fat
    11.    Helps the body regulate metabolism
    12.    Contains all 5 flavors and 5 colors of food (balance)

NUPLUS recipe is over 3,000 years old. It was originally called “Angels Porridge.” It was known to be a potent body tonic for strength, longevity, and beauty. This porridge was revered by the Emperors of China for its potent strengthening and adapting properties. Nuplus comes in 5 flavors:  Simply Herbs, Naturally Plain, Pina Banana, Mixed Berry, Apple-Cinnamon and “Regular” (Regular contains no beans and is used for babies under 3 months and people with extremely weak digestion)

VITASHAKE is an Americanized version of Nuplus. Dr. Chen uses Nuplus and then  chelates vitamins and minerals to the original formula. It also has FOS which assists the body in growing healthy probiotics (good bacteria) in the intestines. He also added more protein rich whole food and fiber to this formula. It is a bit more filling then Nuplus and stays with you longer.  It comes in 2 flavors: Strawberry and Cocoa.

Eat them every day and experience these positive changes in your body!!
These simple to used foods can be mixed in water or made into a decadent shake. See attached recipes.

Tip of the week:  Don’t forget to “chew” your Shake. Digestion begins in the mouth. If you do not “chew” your shake you could experience bloating as this whole food needs the alkaline saliva in your mouth to be fully digested and metabolized. Also never eat anything in a rush or under stress. Take 5-10 deep breaths before eating. You will experience better energy, digestion and metabolism of ALL of your food. This is key to fat loss!!

The name means nutrition plus.  It is not an isolated protein powder.  To the contrary, it is a very concentrated blend of Coix Lachryma-jobi, Soybean Seed, Chinese Yam, Fox Nut, Lotus Seed, Lotus Root, Waterlily Bulb, Green Bean, Red Bean, Black Bean, White Bean and Imperate Root. This is a balanced blend of complex carbohydrates that combine concentrated herbs with soybeans, other legumes, and natural freeze dried fruit.  The ancient Chinese developed this as a very unique combination to feed all the body systems and keep the body healthy. It contains naturally occurring bioflavonoids, antioxidants, amino acids, and other beneficial phytochemicals. Below is some information from pharmacological research on various ingredients.

Coix Lachryma-jobi
Pharmacological research shows that Coix Fruit, reduces spasms, inhibits tumors, lowers blood sugar, stimulates general immunity, reduces inflammation, reduce muscle tension and lowers cholesterol.  The components of Coix Fruit includes glycerides of palmitic acid, myriatic acid, 8-octadecenoid acid, coixenolide, and phytin, help maintain a healthy immune system, nervous system, and normal cholesterol levels. In Japan, Coix Fruit is known as a natural treatment for arthritis and joint disease.

Soybean Seed
Pharmacological research shows that Soybean decreases hot flashes during menopause, inhibits the growth of some tumors, reduces harmful cholesterols without effecting beneficial cholesterols, lowers blood pressure, and reduces fatigue, obesity, and hypoglycemia.

Chinese Yam
Pharmacological research shows that Chinese Yam exerts a general nutritive effect.  The constituents of Chinese Yam – starches, proteins, choline, mucine, and allantoin, sugars such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose, as well as amino acids such as phenylalanine-help regulate metabolism and digestion.

Lotus Seed/Root
Pharmacological research shows that Lotus Root inhibits bleeding.  It also shows that Lotus Seed relaxes smooth muscles, neutralizes toxicity and inhibits infection.  The seeds contain asparagin, fats, proteins and some starches, and trace elements of calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron.  They are taken to tonify the spleen, reinforce the kidneys and nourish the blood.  Other conditions treated with Lotus Seeds include palpitations, insomnia and irritability.

Possible benefits of eating NuPlus
Easily digestible, improved fat metabolism, help build lean muscle tissue, increase stamina and energy, promotes general feeling of well-being, reduced cravings for unwholesome food, enhanced concentration, better sleep, and many other good results!

I personally love to start my day with NuPlus or Vitashake  (a super NuPlus with added vitamins and minerals bonded to the food and FOS that feeds the friendly bacteria in your intestines.  I use it as a meal replacement or convenience food when I am working.  I bring a shaker bottle with liquid such as ½ almond milk and ½ water and add my Vitashake and that’s how simple it is.  I have been eating it since 1992 and enjoy 1 to 3 servings a day.  I really notice a difference when I don’t eat it.  Remember this is designed to keep the body from malfunctioning.  You can use a blender with fruits, flax seeds, etc. to give it even more calories and be a heartier, healthier drink.  I also add NuPlus to food – sprinkle on salad, mix in oatmeal/cereal, stir in yogurt or applesauce, on nut butter sandwiches.  You get the idea.  It’s great for babies, children, elderly, pregnant women – it’s safe for everyone including pets.

Nutty Nuplus Balls 
1 tbl. Almond butter
2 tbl cashew butter
1 tbl coconut butter
1 tbl Sesame Tahini
2 squirts of sunny dew
1 pkg (3 tbl) NuPlus Plain
1 pkg Vitadophilus (friendly bacteria by Sunrider – apple flavor- delicious)
2 tbl coconut flour, or as needed to make texture not sticky.  Roll in unsweetened coconut, oat bran or sweet rice flour.  Refrigerate for 15 – 20 minutes, store in refrigerator.  Makes 15 balls.  You many replace any nut butter above, using 4-5 tbls. total, butter of your choice.

NuPlus flavors are Naturally Plain (apple), Pina-Banana, Apple Cinnamon, Mixed Berry, Simply Herbs (no fruit added).
Available in 10 packs, bulk canister (630 grams) and 60 packs.

Vitashake flavors are Cocoa and Strawberry.
Available in 40 pack.

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