In 1995, Maximuscle emerged and became one of the UK’s earliest sport supplements to hit the shelves. Over 20 years later, we are welcoming it back to our shelves with a brand new range of products specifically aimed at bodybuilders.
When it comes to protein, it is important to realise that not all protein is produced equal. There are three main styles of proteins which can be used for bodybuilders, those being whey, soy and casein. Through scientificallybacked protein knowledge, different ‘types’ of protein have different effects and so give different results.
For bodybuilders and other sporting athletes, whey protein, like Maximuscle’s whey protein concentrate, is preferable. It is often used for post-workout shakes and nutrition and helps to improve protein synthesis. As a result, it helps muscle growth.
Muscle growth is aided by the whey which is used in the protein powder, as it offers a fast-acting form of protein. Whey is a by-product of cheese manufacture; usually the liquid that remains after milk has been curdled and strained. The use of whey in protein powder offers all nine of the essential amino acids in just one protein shake.
Similar towhey, casein is produced as a by-product of cheese manufacture. This nutrient is turned into supplements, such as Maximuscle’s micellar casein powder.However, unlike whey, casein is not fast-acting so it is best taken before sleep so that the protein is able to work when your body is at rest. This means your body has a protein surplus to continue aiding muscle growth.
To put this into perspective, it takes around 3-4 hours for your body to hit peak levels of amino acid and protein synthesis following the consumption of casein protein. However, this peak is lower than that offered by whey protein, so most people take casein protein in addition to their whey protein supplements.
Soy protein is a plant-based protein source which uses no by-product of the dairy industry. With that in mind, soy protein is the typical choice for vegans as it is the only vegetable protein that is known to contain all of the essential amino acids. To put that simply: soy protein is perfect for those who want to grow muscle without the aid of any meat product.
There is no specified time to take soy protein, unlike whey and casein. It is not as important to monitor the timings, so it can be taken anytime throughout the day.
Ultimately, the style of protein you choose will depend on your dietary choices. A bodybuilder aiming for maximum muscle growth will want to combine whey protein and casein to make the most of protein synthesis. Meanwhile, vegetarians and vegans will generally go for soy as it helps build muscle without meat produce.