It’s a key question for athletes and in recent years, it’s also being asked by regular people: How much protein should people ideally consume?
There is no single answer. Current science does tell us, however, that optimal protein consumption patterns are likely to depend on a number of factors, with the key ones identified thus far being age, physical activity, protein sources and meal amount. In any case, the condition of skeletal muscle is a vital issue for people at all stages and from all walks of life.
Let’s examine the likely protein needs of each life stage – based on research findings over the past few decades. And while we’re doing that, let’s also take a critical look at current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) used in the US and many other countries, and how well these reflect or do not reflect such findings.
How Much? What Type? And When?
The Science Behind Success in the Octagon, Ring or on the Mat.
Training for most Martial Arts athletes is physically and metabolically demanding, often involving multiple sessions per day dedicated to mastering numerous disciplines, strength & power training, and cardiovascular endurance. The overall high frequency of fighting-specific and strength/power training highlights the importance of quick recovery for the athlete. This is where supplements can help, and at the top of the list should be a well formulated protein formula. Here's a synopsis of the latest research to get the most out of your protein supplement.
The first one-year longitudinal study in resistance-trained males helps to fill the evidence gap for high-protein consumption, demonstrating no harmful effects to key health markers.
AWARD-WINNING STUDY DETERMINED IF THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF WHEY PROTEIN ARE BECAUSE OF ITS PARTS OR FORMThe ﬁrst study to compare the effects of different whey protein forms together with chronic resistance exercise strengthens our knowledge of hydrolyzed whey protein versus intact whey and the predominant whey fraction, lactoferrin.