7 Whey Protein Benefits (No.3 is the Best)

 

Best Benefits of Whey Protien titleThere are so many whey protein benefits! Whether you are a competitive body builder or a mother of three, looking to get back in shape or just want to live a long healthy life, whey protein is what you need to support your body  in reaching it’s maximum potential.

And if you want to burn fat, build lean muscle, boost your immune system and prevent disease, then look no further.

Whey protein has been proven in medical studies to improve weight loss, increasing energy and even naturally boost your bodies most powerful anti-oxidant glutathione.

Whey provides a more absorbable source of protein than any other type of food or supplement and is easy to digest for most men, women and children. Which is why whey is the most popular protein supplement today, and for good reason.

According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, whey protein is an ideal supplement to build muscle and increase metabolism.

Whey Protein 101



Whey is one of two types of proteins found in milk: whey and casein proteins. Whey proteins are the globular proteins derived as a by-product of cheese production.

The term “whey” refers to a complex substance made up of a combination of protein, lactose, minerals, immunoglobulins, and trace amounts of fat.

 It is primarily the protein (and some of whey’s highly bioactive peptides such as lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase) that make it a superfood for fat loss.

This whey protein is dried and sold in powder form and is easily reconstituted by adding liquid. Whey is also found in common food products like milk, yogurt, cheese and meal replacements. There are three types of whey protein sold today:

Whey Protein Concentrate – This form of whey contains low levels of fat and cholesterol and higher levels of bioactive compounds in the form of lactose. This is the best and least processed form.

Whey Isolates – In isolates, the fat has been removed, and they are lower in bio-activated compounds with a mild to milky taste. But the proteins can often be denatured.

Whey Hydro-isolates – The cost is typically higher for this type of whey, and they are less allergenic than the other two forms. This is by far the most processed of the types, and the protein in it has been denatured. I do not recommend this form of whey.

7 Best Whey Protein Benefits

Whey Protein truly has many health benefits. Here are the 7 Best reasons to add whey protein to your diet or fitness regimen:

muscular man1. Increases Strength and Builds Muscle

A recent 10-week study showed that whey protein boosts both muscle mass and strength. The researchers split 19 men into two groups and gave whey protein, casein and amino acids, then gave the other group a placebo. The men who took the whey protein combination gained body mass, muscle mass and body strength. They also found that it increased protein synthesis and improved muscle performance!

Studies carried out by Laurentian University Ontario concluded that “protein supplementation during resistance training, independent of source, increased lean tissue mass and strength over placebo and resistance training”. Whey protein is the most efficient way to add protein to the diet without extra calories from carbohydrates or fat.

Whey protein typically contains 80-90% protein which is higher than compared to lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs or cheese. It provides the body with what it needs to build muscle, strength and to recover quickly after a workout.

2. Reduces CravingsWoman Craving Sweet Food

Ghrelin and Leptin are the two hormones that help to regulate appetite. Leptin primarily effects energy balance, while gherlin regulates hunger, but the two work together to tell your body when it needs to eat. Whey protein seems to affect these two hormones and causes them to balance out and decreases hunger cravings.

In double-blind study in Australia, it was discovered that the subjects had less gherlin in their system after taking whey protein than when drinking the glucose, fructose and combination drinks that were used. Also whey protein really works to diminish cravings without spiking blood sugar.

3. Burns Fat – Lose Weight!fitness and diet concept, weight loss woman

Whey protein burns fat! In a Paris study, French scientists studied animals that exercised for two hours daily for more than five weeks. One group of the animals exercised in the fasting state while the others had sugar, whole milk, or whey protein.

The group that fasted lost muscle during their workout. The group that consumed sugar burned sugar for their workouts but very little fat. The group that consumed whole milk did see improvements in muscle mass but also gained some body fat.

But the group that supplemented with whey protein saw both a decrease in body fat and an increase in muscle!

The researchers concluded that whey’s ability to rapidly deliver amino acids during exercise explain its superiority to other foods consumed post workout.

4. Improves Blood Sugar & Improves EnergyOutdoor cross-country running

Whey stabilizes blood sugar when taken with a high glycemic index meal. It stimulates the production of insulin, and prevent dramatic spikes in blood sugar levels. Whey protein also increases glycogen which is the source of energy during exercising or heavy activity.

Plus whey protein enhances the effect of leptin, the hormone affecting energy balance). The protein of whey is easily digested and accessed by the body to convert into energy.

5. Boosts GlutathioneAntioxidants 3D Cube Word Cloud

Whey protein helps increase the production of glutathione which is the “master antioxidant.” It is a found in every cell in your body and helps eliminate free radicals, which are the reactive oxidants that cause cell damage.

These particles usually occur naturally during the metabolism of energy in the mitochondrial process. However, when the body is taxed from toxic exposure, heavy metals, or disease, then the level of free radicals increases.

Taking whey protein helps to fight free radicals and disease. Glutathione has been studied to prevent cancer and fight aging diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

6. Extends LifespanHappy elderly couple, senior citizens

Whey protein has been found to actually increase life span. In a recent study where they supplemented middle aged mice with whey protein it increased the average lifespan by 12%.

That is like adding 10 years to your life! Whey reduces muscle wasting (associated with aging), and increases nutrient absorption without increasing hunger. As we age we lose bones mass, cell function and our quality of digestion decreases.

Whey protein has been shown to reduce the loss in all of these areas, making it one powerful superfood!

7. Boosts ImmunityVirus Vs Immune System

Whey protein boosts your immune system! Glutathione also boosts the effectiveness of all the other antioxidants like Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, ALA and Vitamin E.

It helps heal the effect of environmental and dietary toxins. Due to the high levels of glutathione, whey protein is an ideal choice to fight illness and disease on a cellular level!

Whey Protein Side Effects

Despite all the whey protein benefits, there are those that may deal with a dairy allergy, that may prevent them from using this as a supplement.

But take heart, there are other good sources of protein available such as vegetable protein powders or sprouted brown rice protein. And of course, your best source is always consuming high protein foods.

Best Whey Protein Supplements 

Whey Protein supplements Whey protein has so many amazing qualities! It can build bones, muscle, balance blood sugar and extend your life! However, the type of whey protein you choose is critical to getting the benefits that I have discussed above.

As I mentioned earlier, certain isolates denature the proteins and make the supplement ineffective. The best source of whey is an organic whey concentrate that comes from grass-fed cows. This type of whey will give you the largest amounts of compounds like immunoglobulins and minerals that can support your body.

Also, I don’t recommend buying cheaper whey protein isolates with added artificial sweeteners because they are hard on the digestive system and can be neurotoxic.

I add 1-2 scoops or 20-35 grams of whey protein to my breakfast superfood shake and to my post workout shake or smoothie. High quality whey protein supplement is the absolute best bang for your buck out there and the best investment you can make in your health to support fat loss and muscle building efforts.

The protein powder I personally take can be found in Healing Whey Protein. And here are some of my workout whey protein smoothie recipes. Let me know which is your favorite!

4 Whey Protein Smoothie Recipes

Berry Protein Smoothie

Reese’s Protein Smoothie Recipe

Thin Mint Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Papaya Smoothie

Do you use protein powder? What’s you’re favorite protein shake recipe?

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  1. Carolyn says:

    Hi, can the whey from milk kefir do the same thing as the whey protein in your article?
    Regards,
    Carolyn

    • Whey is a type of protein found in milk so the whey protein in the article would be the same as the whey found in milk. It all depends on how it is processed and derived.

  2. Desiree says:

    We do use protein. We use Juice Plus Complete Protein. I love your articles Dr. Axe. Keep’em coming.

    • Rob says:

      Juice Plus complete doesn’t contain any whey protein!
      I too use Juice Plus specifically because there is no whey or dairy in it! All plant based.

      • Kedzi Morgan says:

        I use Lean Protien by Gia Wellness. No Whey, I’m sensitive to Dairy…can’t digest it. GiaTrim Lean has Yellow Pea/Brown Rice protein and lots of fiber!
        Kedzi Morgan

  3. Kerry says:

    Loved this article! I had a “light bulb” moment as I read it, and it has convicted me to make whey protein a priority in my diet again. I stopped making smoothies as a result of feeling rushed in the mornings with my new job, yet I was feeling somewhat crummy & couldn’t put my finger on it. I appreciate your willingness to constantly educate your readers, provide the name of your favorite whey protein powder and provide recipes. Well done, and thank you!

  4. cathy says:

    Thank you so much for all of your information, i have been taking a whey protein but an isolate, now having read your article and the information on the side of this container i will def find a new one without artificial sweeteners etc…. I look forward to reading your information everyday, thank you again Dr. Axe!!

  5. Joanna Dobson says:

    Have you heard abt the 310 shakes that are all the rave with the Bravo housewifes, they claim u can lose 30lbs in 5 weeks?

  6. Diane says:

    what are your thoughts about New Whey liquid protein?

  7. Connie says:

    Is it best to drink it before or after a workout?

  8. Terri says:

    I used to love using protein powder but now that I’m gluten free, my husband is allergic to soy and had problems with dairy I don’t know what to buy. I have tried several of the rice protein powders sms pea protein but they all taste terrible. Any suggestions?

  9. Mary June Kuster says:

    Is whey protein really gluten free?

  10. Rodolfocautin says:

    I exercise twice a week at home…I’m 45 years old, I use the whey protein powder from GNC…is this within your recommendation ?

  11. Katrina says:

    I have to say I love this article!!!! Have you heard of Dr. Michael Colgan? He’s helped produce an undenatured whey protein sourced from grass fed cows that are also free from antibiotics.

    • I haven’t heard of him

    • caroline says:

      Hi Katrina,
      Dr. Michael Colgan didn’t help produce the protein you are talking about but he is definitely an advocate and highly reccommends it as “The Best” . He’s trained thousands of high performance athletes including professionals and Olympians for over 50 years. He’s a well known and highly respected research scientist in sports nutrition. (Director of the Colgan Institute of Nutrition Science in San Diego)

  12. Ann says:

    I have been using Isagenix, Undenatured whey from grass fed cows with no artificial ingredients. It’s been a lifesaver for me. I’m down a total of 102# and feel great. It’s good to see you agree with such a quality ingredient.

  13. Kim says:

    Thank you for that article! I have been using undenatured whey protein through Isagenix for the past 16 weeks and have had phenomenal results with weight loss, build in my lean muscle, and more energy! I would love any feedback you have about the product I am using.

  14. Nina says:

    I have been using ISAGENIX whey for 3 months. I am 64 years old and I lost 20 lbs.and I feel great. I do excercize at least 3 times a week and play golf and it amazing how I feel great, energetic and feel good with my 135 lbs. I know has many whey there, but it trust ISAGENIX for quality of the product I put in my body.

  15. Priyam says:

    Do you ship to India? Or is your whey protein available in India? Thank you!

  16. Lisa says:

    If there are better products out there than isagenix, which you recommend? I definately like a protein shake, but have had many opinions! Which is your favorite, or can you give us some referrals?

    • I think Tera’s Whey, Sun Warrior and Axe Naturals are better brand options.

      • caroline says:

        Hi Dr. Axe,
        Tera’s Whey was pulled from the shelves after rat droppings were found in their protein. And Sun Warrior is too low in caloriies and grms of protein per serving. 80/15 I would have to double this and I’m not a large person. 5’2″, 125lbs. Do either of these carry live, degestive enzymes? Nevermind about Tera’s Whey. Where can I find the ingredient label info for Axe Naturals protein. If there is something as good or better than what I take, I certainly want to know about it. My health is my wealth. Thanks in advance.

      • Hi Caroline, here is the ingredients list from Axe Naturals protein powder:
        http://store.draxe.com/products/healing-protein-vanilla
        It contains grass-fed goat milk protein powder (low-temp un-denatured)
        Stevia
        Vanilla

        Also, one blogger made a statement about Tera’s that as of today no one has proven and that company does testing on their protein so I would say that statement is un-credible.

  17. LaPaula Williams says:

    What is the best name brand of organic grass fed whey protein supplement that you have found?

  18. norma toombs says:

    Dr. Ask, I have the reverse problem of most in that Lost 10 pounds nearly 4 years ago and have not been able to regain the weight back. I am 76 and for most of my life was around 5 ft. And weighed 103 in the summer and 106 in the winter. I am of course loosing muscle mass and and all the other things you mentioned. When I first became a vegetarian at age 38 and felt really well until 69. I gave up whey powder because of the weren’t problem. Any thing you would recommend would be truly appreciated Norma .

  19. CAroline says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,
    I love, love, love Isagenix whey protein. I’m over 50 and this whey protein has helped me to get and stay lean, lose the middle-age, mid-section fluff and to build lean muscle. This is difficult to do after a certain age. I’m more fit and have more energy than most people who are decades younger than I. I totally rock my workouts, too.

  20. Janine says:

    Dr. Axe- I have been reading with interest the thread on the protein powders- I am lactose intolerant and was hoping your brand would be saving grace for me– I love the flavor, however I am still experiencing discomfort with it even though it is less- I use SunWarrior Brown rice protein powder with almond miik , your Green Superfood blend and fresh berries for my breakfast drink since I cannot eat eggs or gluten either (sigh!) – how can I get the benefits of the burning fat component that other people experience with whey– do I still get the benefit if I drink the brown rice or pea protein blends? any suggestions would be appreciated-
    I have spent the good part of the past year cleaning up the “leaky gut,” , food intolerances and adrenal fatigue ( and feel great) and do not want to mess things up at this point -FYI– I think your recipes on the site are excellent and use them often!- thanks–

    • I think the biggest thing for you would be to listen to your body as it sounds like you have been doing. If you don’t digest whey well than even though it can have amazing health benefits, it is not right for your body. You could also try doing coconut kefir which would be another source of good fats and probiotics. I would also add collagen hydrosylate (found here: http://amzn.to/1un6dXW) into your smoothie. This will be a great source of protein that should be very healing to your gut.

  21. Mimi says:

    Hi-dr.axe, I’ve been following/reading your stuff for a long time-love all your knowledge! I’ve been gluten free and dairy free for a couple years…I’ve added garden of life protein (raw dairy free) to my shakes forever…I’m changing my workouts-much more lifting, less long distance running…wanting to build lean muscle mass…anyway I just ordered and received your whey protein & used it….do you think this whey can cause stomach discomfort bc of my body not being used to lactose? I really like the benefits of whey and am looking to up my protein and use less grains/plant base protein. I also started taking your probiotics. I’ve had some mild stomach discomfort…but it could be from them. In your opinion, do the benefits of your whey out weigh being 100% dairy free? That is the only dairy aspect I have added in my diet…,sorry for the long comment. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    • I would give your body a little time to get used to it or you can also take digestive enzymes with it. Typically this is not an issue with our whey because of how it is sourced and processed.

  22. rhoda says:

    Dr Axe
    I make my own yogurt from grass fed milk and strain it afterwards. Is the liquid that you get from that what is called whey? does drinking it replace taking the powder supplements?

  23. William Kent says:

    I have been using jarrow formulas whey from Costco. I am 90 years old, fairly healthy.
    Which of your three brands might you recommend for me?
    Also is whey effective to use with hot cocoa, or hot oatmeal?

    • I’m not a huge fan. Fructose is the second ingredient listed in that product which is sugar. I think there are other better options. I recommend finding a whey concentrate like Tera’s Whey or Axe Naturals. You can definitely use whey in your oatmeal or cocoa! Those are great ideas.

  24. Catherine says:

    Remember that when consuming dairy it is important to use grass-fed and, if possible, raw dairy. I use Raw Organic Whey which is super creamy and delicious. From the label:
    -Only 1 Ingredient: 100% Pure organic whey protein from the milk of grass-fed cows
    -No added sweeteners, preservatives or fillers & No soy lecithin
    -Sourced 100% from US Sustainable Small Farms
    -rBGH/rBST hormone free
    -Processed at low temperatures WITHOUT acid treatment

    There is only one ingredient listed on the label: organic whey protein concentrate
    It does not come in flavors, just plain, I use fresh or frozen organic fruit.

    My favorite recipe:
    6 oz almond milk (or 8 oz if you like your shake not so thick)
    3 oz of frozen organic cherries
    1 Tbsp pistachio butter
    1 Tbsp Barlean’s Key Lime Flax Seed Oil
    1 scoop Raw Organic Whey
    1 scoop of Garden of Life Raw Fiber

    The cherry, lime and pistachio taste delicious together!

  25. Esther says:

    Thanks for the information. I make my own yoghurt from goats milk and then sometimes make quark with it (really yum). I then use the whey in drinks but also in pancakes. My question is, does cooking with it affect the protein and it’s benefits?

  26. ashley says:

    what are the best kind of whey’s to use. I drink goats milk everyday is whey protein in that?

  27. Vikki says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,

    I have been following you and your burst fit program 6 days a week for a year now. I have lost over 40 pds. I am 49 years old and love the results!!! I believe I am allergic to dairy as it bloats me. I started using coconut milk and Garden of Life RAW PROTEIN Sprouted Brown Rice…I am noticing a lot of GAS and not sure what is causing it…My shakes consist of coconuit milk, Raw Protein, blueberries, chia seeds, green super foods, and Kale and Fiber product by Garden of Life…Are any of these the cause of my Gas? I recently started drinking Maca Powder and Gluthamine separate from my protein shake…I want to know if I am still getting all the benefits you described above even though I can’t use dairy…I am so jealous as I want to try YOUR WHEY product…What are your thoughts on your WHEY product for me or my GAS issues…

    • I’ve had many people do well on the whey even though they have had issues with others. You may try taking a lactase enzyme with a small amount of whey and see how your body does with it. IT’s hard to know exactly what is causing your symptoms. You may try eliminating one ingredient at a time and seeing if/when the symptoms go away to figure out which ingredient your body is sensitivity to.

  28. Audrey says:

    Dr. Axe, what’s your opinion on using Garden of Life’s Raw Protein verses the Whey protein you suggest? Thank you!

  29. Terah says:

    Hello, I’m always on the lookout for a protein powder that is clean and doesn’t make me feel ill. Many of the powders that I have tried make me feel yucky, so I am interested to try yours. But, I do wonder if it is okay to give my children protein powder? They are 7, 5 and 3. If I make a smoothie in the morning I don’t have time to make one for me and one for them, can I add protein powder to the smoothie they will be drinking too?

  30. Olga says:

    Is it ok to miix your green super foods powder and whey protein together ( after workout 4 breakfast) to safe time?

  31. Mirela says:

    Hi Dr. Axe
    First I would like to thank you for the amazing job you do. All the great information you share helped me to understand which changes I need to do in my diet and lifestyle to improve my health.
    I have one question.
    I found goat milk whey on a local farmer market. I wonder how much whey should I drink instead of using whey protein powder in your recipes. For example, how much whey instead for 1 scoop of powder? Can you please help me with this.

  32. Alan says:

    I’ve always heard that Isolate is the best Whey protein, and the most bio-available. This is the first time I’ve heard that Concentrate is the best. Could you explain a little more about why this is? If so, I’m happy because concentrate is much less expensive than the others. I’m also diabetic. Would you recommend Whey protein to help blood sugar spikes?

  33. sherry Bateman says:

    Is Whey Protein good for a diabetic? If so how much should you use daily/ What kind should a diabetic use?

  34. sherry Bateman says:

    Is Goat milk good for a Diabetic?

  1. Carolyn says:

    Hi, can the whey from milk kefir do the same thing as the whey protein in your article?
    Regards,
    Carolyn

    • Whey is a type of protein found in milk so the whey protein in the article would be the same as the whey found in milk. It all depends on how it is processed and derived.

  2. Desiree says:

    We do use protein. We use Juice Plus Complete Protein. I love your articles Dr. Axe. Keep’em coming.

    • Rob says:

      Juice Plus complete doesn’t contain any whey protein!
      I too use Juice Plus specifically because there is no whey or dairy in it! All plant based.

      • Kedzi Morgan says:

        I use Lean Protien by Gia Wellness. No Whey, I’m sensitive to Dairy…can’t digest it. GiaTrim Lean has Yellow Pea/Brown Rice protein and lots of fiber!
        Kedzi Morgan

  3. Kerry says:

    Loved this article! I had a “light bulb” moment as I read it, and it has convicted me to make whey protein a priority in my diet again. I stopped making smoothies as a result of feeling rushed in the mornings with my new job, yet I was feeling somewhat crummy & couldn’t put my finger on it. I appreciate your willingness to constantly educate your readers, provide the name of your favorite whey protein powder and provide recipes. Well done, and thank you!

  4. cathy says:

    Thank you so much for all of your information, i have been taking a whey protein but an isolate, now having read your article and the information on the side of this container i will def find a new one without artificial sweeteners etc…. I look forward to reading your information everyday, thank you again Dr. Axe!!

  5. Joanna Dobson says:

    Have you heard abt the 310 shakes that are all the rave with the Bravo housewifes, they claim u can lose 30lbs in 5 weeks?

  6. Diane says:

    what are your thoughts about New Whey liquid protein?

  7. Connie says:

    Is it best to drink it before or after a workout?

  8. Terri says:

    I used to love using protein powder but now that I’m gluten free, my husband is allergic to soy and had problems with dairy I don’t know what to buy. I have tried several of the rice protein powders sms pea protein but they all taste terrible. Any suggestions?

  9. Mary June Kuster says:

    Is whey protein really gluten free?

  10. Rodolfocautin says:

    I exercise twice a week at home…I’m 45 years old, I use the whey protein powder from GNC…is this within your recommendation ?

  11. Katrina says:

    I have to say I love this article!!!! Have you heard of Dr. Michael Colgan? He’s helped produce an undenatured whey protein sourced from grass fed cows that are also free from antibiotics.

    • I haven’t heard of him

    • caroline says:

      Hi Katrina,
      Dr. Michael Colgan didn’t help produce the protein you are talking about but he is definitely an advocate and highly reccommends it as “The Best” . He’s trained thousands of high performance athletes including professionals and Olympians for over 50 years. He’s a well known and highly respected research scientist in sports nutrition. (Director of the Colgan Institute of Nutrition Science in San Diego)

  12. Ann says:

    I have been using Isagenix, Undenatured whey from grass fed cows with no artificial ingredients. It’s been a lifesaver for me. I’m down a total of 102# and feel great. It’s good to see you agree with such a quality ingredient.

  13. Kim says:

    Thank you for that article! I have been using undenatured whey protein through Isagenix for the past 16 weeks and have had phenomenal results with weight loss, build in my lean muscle, and more energy! I would love any feedback you have about the product I am using.

  14. Nina says:

    I have been using ISAGENIX whey for 3 months. I am 64 years old and I lost 20 lbs.and I feel great. I do excercize at least 3 times a week and play golf and it amazing how I feel great, energetic and feel good with my 135 lbs. I know has many whey there, but it trust ISAGENIX for quality of the product I put in my body.

  15. Priyam says:

    Do you ship to India? Or is your whey protein available in India? Thank you!

  16. Lisa says:

    If there are better products out there than isagenix, which you recommend? I definately like a protein shake, but have had many opinions! Which is your favorite, or can you give us some referrals?

    • I think Tera’s Whey, Sun Warrior and Axe Naturals are better brand options.

      • caroline says:

        Hi Dr. Axe,
        Tera’s Whey was pulled from the shelves after rat droppings were found in their protein. And Sun Warrior is too low in caloriies and grms of protein per serving. 80/15 I would have to double this and I’m not a large person. 5’2″, 125lbs. Do either of these carry live, degestive enzymes? Nevermind about Tera’s Whey. Where can I find the ingredient label info for Axe Naturals protein. If there is something as good or better than what I take, I certainly want to know about it. My health is my wealth. Thanks in advance.

      • Hi Caroline, here is the ingredients list from Axe Naturals protein powder:
        http://store.draxe.com/products/healing-protein-vanilla
        It contains grass-fed goat milk protein powder (low-temp un-denatured)
        Stevia
        Vanilla

        Also, one blogger made a statement about Tera’s that as of today no one has proven and that company does testing on their protein so I would say that statement is un-credible.

  17. LaPaula Williams says:

    What is the best name brand of organic grass fed whey protein supplement that you have found?

  18. norma toombs says:

    Dr. Ask, I have the reverse problem of most in that Lost 10 pounds nearly 4 years ago and have not been able to regain the weight back. I am 76 and for most of my life was around 5 ft. And weighed 103 in the summer and 106 in the winter. I am of course loosing muscle mass and and all the other things you mentioned. When I first became a vegetarian at age 38 and felt really well until 69. I gave up whey powder because of the weren’t problem. Any thing you would recommend would be truly appreciated Norma .

  19. CAroline says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,
    I love, love, love Isagenix whey protein. I’m over 50 and this whey protein has helped me to get and stay lean, lose the middle-age, mid-section fluff and to build lean muscle. This is difficult to do after a certain age. I’m more fit and have more energy than most people who are decades younger than I. I totally rock my workouts, too.

  20. Janine says:

    Dr. Axe- I have been reading with interest the thread on the protein powders- I am lactose intolerant and was hoping your brand would be saving grace for me– I love the flavor, however I am still experiencing discomfort with it even though it is less- I use SunWarrior Brown rice protein powder with almond miik , your Green Superfood blend and fresh berries for my breakfast drink since I cannot eat eggs or gluten either (sigh!) – how can I get the benefits of the burning fat component that other people experience with whey– do I still get the benefit if I drink the brown rice or pea protein blends? any suggestions would be appreciated-
    I have spent the good part of the past year cleaning up the “leaky gut,” , food intolerances and adrenal fatigue ( and feel great) and do not want to mess things up at this point -FYI– I think your recipes on the site are excellent and use them often!- thanks–

    • I think the biggest thing for you would be to listen to your body as it sounds like you have been doing. If you don’t digest whey well than even though it can have amazing health benefits, it is not right for your body. You could also try doing coconut kefir which would be another source of good fats and probiotics. I would also add collagen hydrosylate (found here: http://amzn.to/1un6dXW) into your smoothie. This will be a great source of protein that should be very healing to your gut.

  21. Mimi says:

    Hi-dr.axe, I’ve been following/reading your stuff for a long time-love all your knowledge! I’ve been gluten free and dairy free for a couple years…I’ve added garden of life protein (raw dairy free) to my shakes forever…I’m changing my workouts-much more lifting, less long distance running…wanting to build lean muscle mass…anyway I just ordered and received your whey protein & used it….do you think this whey can cause stomach discomfort bc of my body not being used to lactose? I really like the benefits of whey and am looking to up my protein and use less grains/plant base protein. I also started taking your probiotics. I’ve had some mild stomach discomfort…but it could be from them. In your opinion, do the benefits of your whey out weigh being 100% dairy free? That is the only dairy aspect I have added in my diet…,sorry for the long comment. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    • I would give your body a little time to get used to it or you can also take digestive enzymes with it. Typically this is not an issue with our whey because of how it is sourced and processed.

  22. rhoda says:

    Dr Axe
    I make my own yogurt from grass fed milk and strain it afterwards. Is the liquid that you get from that what is called whey? does drinking it replace taking the powder supplements?

  23. William Kent says:

    I have been using jarrow formulas whey from Costco. I am 90 years old, fairly healthy.
    Which of your three brands might you recommend for me?
    Also is whey effective to use with hot cocoa, or hot oatmeal?

    • I’m not a huge fan. Fructose is the second ingredient listed in that product which is sugar. I think there are other better options. I recommend finding a whey concentrate like Tera’s Whey or Axe Naturals. You can definitely use whey in your oatmeal or cocoa! Those are great ideas.

  24. Catherine says:

    Remember that when consuming dairy it is important to use grass-fed and, if possible, raw dairy. I use Raw Organic Whey which is super creamy and delicious. From the label:
    -Only 1 Ingredient: 100% Pure organic whey protein from the milk of grass-fed cows
    -No added sweeteners, preservatives or fillers & No soy lecithin
    -Sourced 100% from US Sustainable Small Farms
    -rBGH/rBST hormone free
    -Processed at low temperatures WITHOUT acid treatment

    There is only one ingredient listed on the label: organic whey protein concentrate
    It does not come in flavors, just plain, I use fresh or frozen organic fruit.

    My favorite recipe:
    6 oz almond milk (or 8 oz if you like your shake not so thick)
    3 oz of frozen organic cherries
    1 Tbsp pistachio butter
    1 Tbsp Barlean’s Key Lime Flax Seed Oil
    1 scoop Raw Organic Whey
    1 scoop of Garden of Life Raw Fiber

    The cherry, lime and pistachio taste delicious together!

  25. Esther says:

    Thanks for the information. I make my own yoghurt from goats milk and then sometimes make quark with it (really yum). I then use the whey in drinks but also in pancakes. My question is, does cooking with it affect the protein and it’s benefits?

  26. ashley says:

    what are the best kind of whey’s to use. I drink goats milk everyday is whey protein in that?

  27. Vikki says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,

    I have been following you and your burst fit program 6 days a week for a year now. I have lost over 40 pds. I am 49 years old and love the results!!! I believe I am allergic to dairy as it bloats me. I started using coconut milk and Garden of Life RAW PROTEIN Sprouted Brown Rice…I am noticing a lot of GAS and not sure what is causing it…My shakes consist of coconuit milk, Raw Protein, blueberries, chia seeds, green super foods, and Kale and Fiber product by Garden of Life…Are any of these the cause of my Gas? I recently started drinking Maca Powder and Gluthamine separate from my protein shake…I want to know if I am still getting all the benefits you described above even though I can’t use dairy…I am so jealous as I want to try YOUR WHEY product…What are your thoughts on your WHEY product for me or my GAS issues…

    • I’ve had many people do well on the whey even though they have had issues with others. You may try taking a lactase enzyme with a small amount of whey and see how your body does with it. IT’s hard to know exactly what is causing your symptoms. You may try eliminating one ingredient at a time and seeing if/when the symptoms go away to figure out which ingredient your body is sensitivity to.

  28. Audrey says:

    Dr. Axe, what’s your opinion on using Garden of Life’s Raw Protein verses the Whey protein you suggest? Thank you!

  29. Terah says:

    Hello, I’m always on the lookout for a protein powder that is clean and doesn’t make me feel ill. Many of the powders that I have tried make me feel yucky, so I am interested to try yours. But, I do wonder if it is okay to give my children protein powder? They are 7, 5 and 3. If I make a smoothie in the morning I don’t have time to make one for me and one for them, can I add protein powder to the smoothie they will be drinking too?

  30. Olga says:

    Is it ok to miix your green super foods powder and whey protein together ( after workout 4 breakfast) to safe time?

  31. Mirela says:

    Hi Dr. Axe
    First I would like to thank you for the amazing job you do. All the great information you share helped me to understand which changes I need to do in my diet and lifestyle to improve my health.
    I have one question.
    I found goat milk whey on a local farmer market. I wonder how much whey should I drink instead of using whey protein powder in your recipes. For example, how much whey instead for 1 scoop of powder? Can you please help me with this.

  32. Alan says:

    I’ve always heard that Isolate is the best Whey protein, and the most bio-available. This is the first time I’ve heard that Concentrate is the best. Could you explain a little more about why this is? If so, I’m happy because concentrate is much less expensive than the others. I’m also diabetic. Would you recommend Whey protein to help blood sugar spikes?

  33. sherry Bateman says:

    Is Whey Protein good for a diabetic? If so how much should you use daily/ What kind should a diabetic use?

  34. sherry Bateman says:

    Is Goat milk good for a Diabetic?