For many women, the goal of health and fitness is not to bulk up, but to create a sculptured, lean muscle structure. It stands to reason, then, that protein supplements for women differ to those created for men. Why? Simply because protein houses the amino acids that are the building blocks for muscles, so taking a supplement that is tailored to female needs can lead to the results you’re after. Protein contains amino acids, the building blocks that are essential for the creation of muscle tissue. Because each workout tears down muscle tissue in order to build it back up again, protein is essential for a faster recovery and healthier muscle tissue. It’s not just good for muscles - our body also uses protein for the creation of hair, nails, skin and other tissue. Because men and women have very different needs physically, it’s important that women consider protein supplements specifically designed for them if they choose to add supplementation to their daily routine. Firstly, this is because women’s protein powders contain less protein per serving than supplements for men. Further to this, ladies protein supplements also and have the important benefit of tailoring Vitamin and mineral levels to the needs of women1, often including vital Vitamins for women’s health, such as B6, folic acid and iron.
There are many protein supplements available, so knowing which one to choose can sometimes be confusing. The key is to find one that suits your training or dieting goals. Therefore be sure to review not only the product information but also the "Nutritional Facts" which provides a quick reference allowing you to understand the ingredient profile including the total & percentage of carbohydrates, proteins, fats etc. In the nutritional facts you can check for example how many grams of protein per serve the powder has. Weigh this figure up against the size of the serve. If your supplement is a 50g serve but only has 7g of protein, it’s not going to be as effective as a 30g serve with 16g of protein. Protein supplements come in a wide variety of choices, from protein bars to powders. Protein bars are great if you’re busy and want to avoid snacking on the wrong foods. Protein powders are recommended for more regular intake of the supplement, and are best taken first thing in the morning, after a resistance or aerobic workout or last thing at night. This increases protein in the system at crucial junctures when it is most needed by the body. Ladies protein supplements can easily be paired with fat loss thermogenics for those looking at weight and fat loss or with fish oil supplements for improved overall health.
Ladies Protein Supplements are commonly presented & sold as Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods in Australia. Ladies protein powders are 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. Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing. ‘Healthy Eating – Vitamins & Minerals’. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/healthyactive/publishing.nsf/Content/vitamins-minerals. Last Accessed 25th September 2012