Whey protein is what is left after cheese is made from the casein in milk. It is comprised of four major protein fractions as well as some minor fractions.
The major protein fractions are beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, bovine serum albumin, and immunoglobulins. Each of these components have important disease-fighting effects.
Whey Protein Must Be Un-denatured
Research scientists tell us that only un-denatured whey protein has disease-fighting benefits!
It is extremely important that you buy a product that has been un-denatured and that has been put through the proper processing in order to benefit from its ability to fight disease.
In order for your body to derive benefit from the whey protein's ability to increase glutathione levels, and thus boost your immune system, it must be un-denatured.
Processing with high heat, such as when being pasteurized or during various other methods used in processing, will denature the product. Even the type of packaging is very important.
You can check out for yourself what happens to an egg when it is denatured by cooking. The white part of the egg becomes hard and insoluble whereas before cooking you will find that it can be dissolved in water.
Health Benefits Of Un-denatured Whey Protein
Whey Protein Research In Canada
The special capacity of whey protein to boost both glutathione levels and immune function was discovered by Dr. Gustavo Bounous and associates at The Montreal General Research Institute and McGill University in Canada.
In the 1980s, the Canadian scientists conducted a series of experiments to evaluate how changes in the amino acid profile of the diet can influence the immune response independently of any systemic effect on the nutritional status of the host. For example, how a specific protein type could possibly enhance the humoral immune response beyond that which has traditionally been considered normal...
The team of Canadian scientists, headed up by Dr. Bounous, has shown through their research that un-denatured whey protein has exciting promise for prevention and treatment of a wide variety of health conditions. This is how they describe it:
"This discovery could provide a method for efficiently increasing cellular glutathione levels for any purposes for which elevated glutathione levels are desired. Such as for drug detoxification, Arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson's disease; cellular protection against oxygen and its metabolites such as peroxides, free radicals or foreign compounds, carcinogens, irradiation, and immunodeficiency states."
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