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Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)

Whey protein concentrate, commonly referred to as “WPC”, is a form of protein supplement popular with bodybuilders, athletes and everyday people world-wide. Designed to build, strengthen and repair muscles, Protein can be found naturally in meats such as chicken, beef and fish, as well as dairy products such as milk, cheese and eggs (particularly egg whites). However, anyone regularly participating in an exercise regime can benefit from supplementation. Whey protein concentrate is of a similar structure to whey protein isolate, except its purity and Biological Value (BV) are not as high. Whey protein isolate (along with hydrolysed whey protein) is the purest form of protein available, which makes it faster absorbing, however whey protein concentrates still work effectively as a muscle building supplement. Despite being less pure than whey protein isolate, there is actually not allot of scientific evidence available showing whey protein concentrate is dramatically less effective as a bodybuilding supplement. WPC does, however, contain higher levels of fat, lactose and carbohydrates as a result of its lower protein percentage. Whey protein concentrate typically contains between 60% and 80% Protein, whilst whey protein isolate contains generally 80% plus1.

The most notable benefit firstly of using whey protein concentrate over whey protein isolate is that is digests slower due to the additional fats, cholesterol & lactose. WPC there for can be beneficial as an all purpose and all day or night time protein, continually "drip-feeding" your muscles with vital nutrients & amino acids over a period of approximately four hours. Secondly its value for money is second to none as a bodybuilding protein. Essentially, you’re paying a much lower cost per gram or serve for a product that does in most cases a very very acceptable job. Put simply, WPC is regarded as one of the best protein type for bodybuilding whilst remaining at a lower price. Whey protein concentrate is a great supplement option for people on beginner or intermediate resistance training levels. It is also the prime ingredient in many women's toning and muscle strengthening protein products. Whey protein concentrate can be quite easily integrated into everyday diets, whether as a shake, mixed with juice or sprinkled on top of cereal. WPC is commonly taken as an all day, post-training or night time protein supplement.

Whey Concentrate are commonly presented & sold as Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods in Australia. Whey protein concentrate is not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise programme. Not suitable for children under 15 years or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Always read label prior to use.

1. Jay R. Hoffman and Michael J. Falvo (2004). "Protein - Which is best?". Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (3): 118–130.
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