Whey Protein vs Casein

 

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I get a lot of questions about whey protein versus Casein.  I also get questions about why I suggest getting off of diary, but then let my clients have whey protein powder.

Well, the short answer is this.  If any of my clients have diary intolerance or lactose intolerance or allergies,  they should not ingest whey protein.  In addition, many people feel bloated,  are overweight and consume too much diary.   But here’s the long answer.

Because whey protein contains only small amounts of lactose, it generally isn’t enough to trigger the side effects commonly associated with dairy intolerance.  Whey is a byproduct of the cheese making process; it’s the liquid portion that’s left behind when the solid curds are removed.  One of the two proteins found in whole milk, whey is frequently sold in powder form as a dietary supplement.  Because whey protein contains only about 5 to 6 percent lactose, it can be eaten by most people who have lactose intolerance simply because there isn’t enough lactose to trigger symptoms. However, if you are lactose intolerant, it can still cause problems. The Whey Protein Institute recommends that you use whey protein isolate products instead of concentrates. Whey isolate contains less than a tenth of a gram of lactose per tablespoon, whereas concentrate products can vary widely in the amount of lactose that they contain.

Eighteen percent of the protein found in milk comes from whey. Whey is extracted when milk is formed into cheese. Contrary to casein protein, whey digests extremely quickly, sometimes in as little as 40 minutes.  Approximately 82 percent of milk protein is casein, according to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Casein is a slow-digesting protein; it can take as long as seven full hours to fully digest.

So as you can see from the percentages, Whey is only 18% of the protein of Milk….. which is a very low.  Thus it does not have the impact on your hormones like other dairy products do, that are 100% diary.

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When you consume diary, you have more of a chance to develop allergies and intolerance.   Dairy intolerance and milk allergies are not the same thing. Milk allergies are an adverse reaction to milk and products made with milk.  Some symptoms or reactions may include an itchy throat, facial swelling, vomiting and diarrhea in adults. Infants may experience colic and immune system problems. If you have milk allergies you should not eat whey protein or any other milk-based products without consulting your doctor first.

The main reason why I do not recommend that you consume diary is due to the hormones that are injected into the animals that end up in the diary product you consume.  It not only raises havoc with your own estrogen levels, but it will also impact your ability to burn body fat due to all the synthetic hormones, preservatives and chemicals that are in these products.  If you must consume diary, at least purchase organic.  But, just to be clear, even if it’s organic, the diary itself will change a women’s hormone panel and most likely cause weight gain and symptoms due to multiple physiological factors.

Teri Dale

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My 5 Top Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

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Green tea is not only a tasty treat, but it is also very healthy for you.  I drink it all day long throughout the day for a natural energy burst as well as the following amazing benefits.

1.   Full of Antioxidants

When we eat, our bodies have to turn food into energy. As a result, this generates some byproducts within our bodies called free radicals. These chemicals are pretty awful, and can severely damage our bodies through a process called oxidation. Free radicals are also, theoretically, the main driver in aging.

But , we can combat the negative effect of free radicals by consuming antioxidants, and one great way to do this is by drinking green tea.

Green tea is packed with Polyphenols: Polyphenols, especially catechins and epicatechins, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. These little powerhouses protect your body from the bad things you consume. Over time, they may even help reduce the risks associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. If you drink too much caffeinated tea, you may get a little jittery, but overall it suits a healthy lifestyle.

In clinical trials published by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, scientists found that numerous studies suggested that the consumption of tea may bring positive health effects. The hypothesis behind these benefits stems from the high levels of flavonoids, antioxidants that scavenge free radicals.

Benefits of flavonoids include, but are not limited to:

  • Fighting Viruses
  • Helping Prevent Cancer
  • Preventing Inflammation
  • Helping with Allergies

Super food Moringa green powder (Moringaceae)

If you want to DOUBLE your antioxidant potential, then you might want to consider Matcha Green Tea (powder form).  Matcha is the high concentration of antioxidants. One study found that Matcha has 137 times the polyphenols (notably, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)) than regular green tea. (1) In fact, this type of green tea contains over 60x the antioxidants of spinach and 7x the antioxidants of high quality dark chocolate.  There is some evidence that these polyphenols may have a protective effect against some types of cancer.

2.  Cancer Fighter

  • Green tea has been shown to activate our internal detoxification enzymes which may hinder tumor growth. Many teas are packed with antioxidants, but the direct mechanism of cancer prevention hasn’t yet been fully established. The good news is there is a relationship between cancer prevention and tea consumption.
  • According to livescience.com, an ongoing study of women with breast cancer showed that polyphenols in green tea may slow down proteins that are part of tumor cell growth. The powerful antioxidants found in tea can actually protect your body from cancer.
  • Current research has shown that tea helps your body fight off certain cancers, including colon, breast, ovarian, prostate, and many others. Tea isn’t a cure for cancer, but it is a simple and effective superfood that can help lower your personal risk.

 

3.Regulates Blood Sugar

  • People with Type 2 diabetes benefit from regular tea consumption. The compounds in green tea help the metabolic system process sugars more efficiently. In a surprising finding, studies showed that people who drank at least six cups of green tea per week were less likely to develop diabetes at all.
  1. Fat Burner

Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se”. That’s what Dr. Abdul G. Dulloo, author of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said to WebMD.

While caffeine has been shown to help burn fat and increase metabolism, it’s good to know the effect of green tea on metabolism is much more than that, because simply ramping up caffeine intake will definitely give you the jitters.

Another piece in the Journal of Advances in Nutrition mentioned that a number of studies have witnessed how green tea can improve fat burning.

While overall research is still limited, given the health benefits of green tea, if it is a fat burner to boot, why not?  It is a healthier and safer “fat burner”, than many other products that make false claims.

We already know that green tea is full of antioxidants, is good for both the heart and brain, and can help fight cancer, so why shouldn’t we drink it?

  1. Anti Aging

As I have been mentioning throughout this article, green tea is packed with antioxidants, and one major cause of aging is oxidation by free radicals. According to the San Francisco Gate, a study from the University of Campbell found that Japanese practitioners of a green tea ceremony showed longer life spans.

Not only this, but the anti-inflammatory and fat burning aspects mentioned above, and resultant better health, would likely improve life span as well.

Free radicals also affect our skin, and the antioxidants in green tea may help inhibit free radicals from breaking down collagen, the protein in our skin that keeps us looking young.

Additional Benefits of drinking Green Tea are:

  • High in Antioxidants. …
  • Loaded with Catechin, EGCg. …
  • Enhances Calm. …
  • Boosts Memory and Concentration. …
  • Increases Energy Levels and Endurance. …
  • Burns Calories. …
  • Detoxifies the Body. …
  • Fortifies the Immune System.

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Medicinal Mushrooms

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DID YOU KNOW?  Medicinal Mushrooms have been scientifically proved to having anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which assist the body in fending off diseases. They also heal past damage, boost immune response, are chemotherapeutic agents in themselves, block bad cell replication, increases respiratory power, helps protect body from infection, protects the liver and so much more.

Since we are talking about mushrooms, I must tell you that I love to use them to stimulate the immune system. Here are some of my favorites:

Agaricus Mushroom

Agaricus mushroom is a Brazilian rainforest herb that is among the premier immune system tonics of all known natural substances. It is the richest source in the world of a type of polysaccharide known as beta-glucans (see section on this), which has been solidly established to be among nature’s most potent immune potentiating substances. Agaricus has double-direction activity on the immune system. In other words, it may be used to bolster a deficient immune system, as occurs in cases involving infections, or Agaricus may be used to moderate an excessive system, as occurs in cases of autoimmune disease and allergies. This means it is an “immune modulator”. In cancer patients, it helps suppress a hyper-active Th2 system and increase a Th1 response! Agaricus may therefore be used by anyone. In Japan, Agaricus is considered a “cure-all” herb.   

Cordyceps Mushroom

Cordyceps is one of the ‘major players’ of the Chinese tonic herbal system and is a ‘hit’ in dealing with cancer. It is an extremely effective and powerful life-enhancing agent, boosting energy and vitality. Because it is rare, potent and highly treasured, like Deer Antler, ‘good cordyceps’ can be expensive. It is a mushroom that consumes the body of a particular type of caterpillar in mountainous regions of China, Mongolia, and Tibet. It has enormous renown as a ‘supertonic’ in Chinese herbal circles, and is said to build sexual and physical power, mental energy, the immune system and is universally believed in the Orient to prolong life.

Cordyceps is used to strengthen and stabilize the body and mind at a fundamental level. It is said to be able to increase the “primary motive force for life activities” which can be lost following a grim diagnosis. Some people walk into my office with a complete loss of hope; cordyceps is one tool that can give people a renewed desire to live.  Because it contains both Yin and Yang (Chinese medicine for a balance in force) it can be used by anyone safely and over a long period of time. It replenishes the deep energy expended as a result of excessive exertion, adapting to extreme stress (the real killer in cancer patients) or from aging.

Cordyceps is also used for the purposes of strengthening the Kidney functions and kidney detoxification, which also includes sexual function, brain power (decreasing Th17 activity that causes inflammation in the brain), structural integrity and healing ability. Consistent use of Cordyceps helps to strengthen the skeletal structure, and specifically benefits the lower back region, the knees and ankles. It can be great for patients with metastatic disease to the bones.  

Cordyceps is also a major Lung tonic. It can be used to strengthen respiratory power in those who require extra energy in order to perform physical work (e.g. labor, sports or exercise) or it can be used by those who suffer from deficiency of Lung strength due to cancer, asthma, Mesothelioma, etc. It is especially beneficial to those who suffer chronic Lung weakness with cough, wheezing or shortness of breath. It is highly regarded in China as a tonic for those who are recovering from an illness or an operation, or after giving birth.  In these cases, the Cordyceps helps the patient more quickly recover their physical power, to improve their appetite, and to protect the body from infection.

Maitake Mushroom

Maitake mushroom has gained a place in tonic herbalism due to its broad spectrum tonic benefits similar to Agaricus and Reishi. Like Agaricus, it is primarily beneficial to the immune system, having double-direction activity on the entire immune system. It is often called the “king of mushrooms” and though only a legend, it has been said that Japanese monkeys who commonly consume large quantities of Maitake have no know cancer and other diseases.

Clinically, Maitake has proven itself to be an effective tool for cancer patients. In laboratory tests, powdered Maitake increased the activity of three types of Th1 immune cells -macrophages, natural killer (NKC) cells, and T cells by 140, 186, and 160 percent, respectively. A Chinese clinical study established that Maitake treatment reduces the recurrence of bladder surgery from 65 to 33 percent. Researchers have found that Maitake, when combined with the standard chemotherapy drug mitomycin (Mutamycin), inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells, even after metastasis. (Note: most studies on alternate products like this MUST be done “in conjunction with standard pharmaceutical drugs” to get funding!)

Maitake also protects the liver. Chinese doctors conducted a controlled trial with thirty-two patients who had chronic hepatitis B. The recovery rate was 72 percent in the Maitake treatment group, compared with 57 percent in the control group. Hepatitis antigens disappeared in more than 40 percent of the Maitake patients, indicating the virus had been purged from the liver. Laboratory studies also show that Maitake protects liver tissue from hepatitis caused by environmental toxins such as carbon tetrachloride and paracematol. These compounds go through a two-step process in the liver in which they are first activated into toxic forms and then deactivated into harmless forms. Since Maitake helps the liver handle chemical poisons in both steps, it protects this organ against a broad range of potential toxins. Finally, Maitake provides nutritional support by enhancing the colon’s ability to absorb micronutrients, especially copper and zinc.

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is the most revered herbal substance in Asia, ranking as the elite substance for the attainment of radiant health, longevity and spiritual attainment. It ranks in Asia with Ginseng, Deer Antler, Rhodiola, and Cordyceps as a pre-eminent tool in the attainment of radiant health.  It has maintained that position for at least 3000 years, and its reputation and value are only increasing.  Numerous legends provide a rich and extensive record of Reishi in Asian society.

Reishi has traditionally been used as (and recent studies confirm the benefits) an anti-aging herb, and has been used for many diseases and disorders as well. It has long been a favorite tonic by the Chinese Royal family and virtually anyone who could obtain it. Reishi was particularly revered by the followers of the Taoist tradition as the “Elixir of Immortality”. Taoists have continuously claimed that Reishi promotes calmness, centeredness, balance, inner awareness and inner strength. They have used it to improve meditative practices and to protect the body, mind and spirit so that the adept could attain both a long and healthy life and “spiritual immortality” (enlightenment). Due to its rarity in the past, the common people could rarely obtain a Reishi mushroom, and it was popularly revered as a greater treasure than any jewel.

 

 

Reishi is said to be capable of building body resistance, and to be powerfully detoxifying to the cells and tissues. Reishi is slightly sedative on an immediate basis but builds energy over time; it is universally believed in Asia to prolong life and enhance intelligence and wisdom. Since Reishi has been known to have many functions, it has been the subject of a great deal of research in recent years. It is absolutely safe for everyone and is completely non-toxic.

Use in cancer patients centers around Reishi as a profound immune modulator. It has been found to significantly improve the balance of the immune system whether the immune system is deficient or excessive. Many chemical constituents play a role in Reishi’s immune modulating capacity.  The polysaccharide components in particular seem to play an important role in attacking cancerous cells, while simultaneously strengthening the body’s overall immune functions. The polysaccharides appear to help the body attack microbial invaders such as viruses, bacteria and yeast.

Another group of chemicals found in Reishi known as the ganoderic acids help fight auto-immune diseases by inhibiting histamine release, improving oxygen utilization and improving liver functions. Ganoderic acids are also potent antioxidant free-radical scavengers.