Many people, maybe you included, are content with using whey protein powders, like whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate, but every once in a while you should try to incorporate hydrolyzed whey protein powders into your post-workout recovery shakes. I believe that hydrolyzed protein powders are truly “supplements”, unlike whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrates which are really just forms of food. In order to convince you to try these, “hardcore” protein powders I have located some research about them.
I was stuck in my house today, January 3rd 2018 because of a blizzard we are having in NJ. It gave me the opportunity to find some research on hydrolyzed whey protein powders. This research was conducted in Denmark using some of the most elite athletes that this country has. The protein used was NOT a protein powder that you could buy on the retail shelf. High quality hydrolyzed protein powders are rarely found on the retail shelf. As a matter of fact, they are NEVER found on the retail shelf from what I can see. Most of the time, if you do find a hydrolyzed protein powder at a retail store or online store, it will be a low quality one or falsely names a hydrolyzed whey protein powder, when it is really just a normal whey protein isolate or concentrate. The research I found did not use a normal whey protein powder, they used a hydrolyzed whey protein from a manufacturer in Denmark. This hydrolyzed whey protein is one of the highest quality on the planet. It has a maximum degree of hydrolysis of 28% and an average molecular weight of fewer than 700 daltons. The use of this hydrolyzed whey protein by these elite athletes resulting in better muscle recovery.
Additionally, I found a great video by one of the researchers talking about hydrolyzed whey protein powder. I suggest you watch this because this is real research in sports nutrition, unlike most of the B.S. marketing that supplement companies and bloggers try to sell you.
If you want to use hydrolyzed whey protein powder you have to be careful because of the taste and mixability. Hydrolyzed whey protein powders are not meant to taste like a milkshake. You have to find ways to drink them. They best way is to mix them with vegetables and fruit and drink it post workout.
Here is a good recipe that I use often:
a handful of spinach
a handful of kale
a few carrots
little ginger root
a handful of blackberries
1/3 cup of Hydrolyzed whey protein 520
Creapure, 1 tsp. very good to add to this because the Hydrolyzed 520 is insulinotropic, which help improve the effectiveness of creatine.