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Beginner's Guide to Protein Powders

Protein powders, usually made of whey, soy or casein powder, are a supplement used by body builders or anyone interested in improving their physique. Ordinary athletes normally use protein powers, and they are normally used when you're about to start a new training programme, when you're amping workouts, when you're recovering from an injury or if you're thinking of turning vegan and need additional protein.

Health Benefits

Protein powders continue concentrated forms of protein and carbs for your body to use as fuel before, during and after a workout. They're essential to health build body mass and, for athletes, strengthen the muscles and allow them to push their bodies further during their session.

The human body needs protein to repair their muscles after tears, which occur during a workout and the repaired muscle becomes bigger; by adding protein powders to your diet, either by sprinkling on cereal or drinking before a workout out, you'll reduce the chances of strain or injury and health you body build mass.

Protein powders have also been recommended as a way of boosting the immune system, with some powders available with additional nutrients.

Where to Buy

Protein powders are widely available through online retailers, such as Amazon, and available at most health and food stores. In particular, specialist shops such as Holland and Barrett will be able to advise you on the best brand.

There are a lot of brands and types of protein powders currently on the market, and this can be a bit daunting for new body builders or someone who doesn't know much about protein powders. The best way to find out which is right for you is to read online reviews from a few products, ask shop assistants in health stores, your gym or even look through online body building forums for recommendations on the best value for money protein powder for beginners.

How much protein do I need?

When using protein powders for your workout or training regime, the general rule of thumb from medical professional is the following quantities:

  • 0.5 - 0.75 grams pound of body weight for recreational athletes;
  • 0.6 - 0.9 for competitive athletes;
  • 0.8 - 0.9 for teenage athletes;
  • 0.7 - 0.9 for athletes looking to build body and muscle mass.

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