With the launch of USANA Whey Protein Booster in New Zealand, we thought we’d give you the down low on protein. Protein is a powerful nutrient made up of 20 amino acids that are components of every cell in your body. Protein is used to build and repair tissues and make enzymes and hormones, blood cells and many other substances essential to life. It is also an important building block for muscles, bones, cartilage and skin. Even your hair and nails are mostly made up of protein. Just like fat and carbohydrates, protein is a macronutrient (meaning that your body needs relatively large amounts). But unlike with fat and carbs, your body doesn’t store usable protein. Your amino acids stores are constantly used and must be replenished. If dietary sources don’t provide enough, your body will start to take it from your muscle mass. An adequate dietary protein intake is important across the life cycle, especially as we age. Protein deficiency can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness and hair loss and can contribute to a variety of other conditions.
Protein has long been used by body builders to help build muscle, but it is also an excellent part of a low-carb diet or weight-management program. Slow-release proteins such as casein from dairy can help stabilise blood sugar — this also helps you feel more satisfied so you are less likely to go back for seconds (or thirds), meaning you consume less calories. During exercise, your body requires a higher intake of good-quality protein to build and maintain muscle (lean mass) and promote recovery. Adjust your protein intake accordingly by consuming more if you are highly active or want to gain lean muscle.
19-70 year olds: 64g per day
Under 70 year olds: 81g per day
19-70 year olds: 46g per day
Under 70 year olds: 57g per day
After the age of 35, a healthy person loses muscle mass at a rate of 1–2%. While losing lean body mass an average adult can expect to gain approximately 0.5 kg of fat mass per year between the ages of 30 and 60. These changes can be masked by unchanging body weight.
USANA Whey Protein Booster provides you with pure whey protein to boost your daily protein intake, helping to fuel your active lifestyle. Whey protein is easily digestible and contains essential amino acids helping to support muscle repair and increase lean muscle mass. Protein helps with satiation or a feeling of fullness, supporting your weight management goals.
The source of whey protein in USANA® Foods is from cows that have not been treated with synthetic hormones (no added rbST or BGH). In addition, the whey protein has been processed using low temperature pasteurisation to minimise denaturing of the protein.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Whey Protein Booster with your USANA shake for an additional 10 grams of high-quality, complete whey protein. Alternatively, add to your favourite food or beverage such as water, almond milk, juice or soup.
“I really love the new product. I add it into all my post run smoothies and it helps a lot with my recovery. I have my next big race coming up in 2.5 weeks, a 60 km Ultra run (Kepler Challenge), so I need every help I can get for my recovery!”, Britta Martin, New Zealand based Professional Triathlete
“I love adding the new USANA Whey Protein to my Nutrimeal shakes. It makes for a great recovery meal after a really hard training session. It’s been working really well lately, especially because I am loading pretty heavy at the moment”, David Bishop, New Zealand Gymnast
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“USANA Whey Protein Booster helps personal trainers, like myself, or elite athletes with the recovery process and nutrition, whilst our body is under intense pressure in order to achieve desired results”, Matt Yee, Personal Trainer
“Proteins contain amino acids which I refer to as the building blocks of our bodies. As a paediatrician and a mother of three, I am constantly challenged with how children are meant to get enough nutrients to help build their growing bodies in this day and age of poorly nutritious food options. Whey protein contains an incredible range of essential amino acids, which are absorbed quickly hence the reason why I now make sure my son takes his Nutrimeal shake to help him with his sports training and his fast growing needs”, Dr. Dawn Ngatokorua, Paediatrician
Pour ice and water into a blender. Add USANA Nutrimeal, Whey Protein Booster and banana. Blend until mixed into a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
It is suggested that you take these products to your physician and secure their advice if you intend to change your diet, begin an exercise program, are pregnant or lactating, have allergies, are taking medications, or are under the care of a physician.