What Is Native Whey Protein?
Native whey protein is a newer, less processed form of protein that can optimize protein synthesis and muscle function compared to other protein sources. In this post, we break down NWP and its nutritional benefits.
What Is Native Whey Protein?
Native whey protein (NWP) is a pure, sustainable, minimally-processed protein that offers a neutral taste and more nutritional value compared to traditional whey and alternative protein products.
NWP is found naturally in fresh milk and isn’t a byproduct of the production of other products. And it’s made exclusively using physical manufacturing processes. No chemical processing or added ingredients are used.
How Does Native Whey Compare to Other Protein Forms?
Compared to traditional whey or even plant-based whey protein, NWP offers a number of powerful benefits around recovery, amino acid production, protein availability and protein efficiency. This makes it ideal for fitness enthusiasts and people who consume protein powders and supplements regularly.
Proper intake of protein is essential for any health regimen, particularly after a workout. Native way absorbs faster than other protein sources, allowing consumers to recover faster.
For example, a study of Pronativ NWP found that it promoted Better Muscle Training and Recovery Adaptations Than Standard Whey Protein
Other studies have also shown Pronativ NWP can promote faster neuromuscular adaptations after training than standard whey proteins.
Stronger Amino Acid Production
NWP is a complete protein – owing to its cold-filtration process – and is naturally rich in essential amino acids that the body cannot synthesize. This includes Leucine, which is vital in muscle synthesis and up to 17% higher in NWP versus a traditional whey protein. NWP is also far more efficient for muscle cells than amino acids added directly to a traditional whey protein.
Providing high-quality protein with the right ratio of essential amino acids is key. However, these nutrients need to be digested to be available and effective for your muscle cells. This is also known as protein availability.
Protein availability is measured by three values:
- Chemical Index: Protein capacity to provide to the body all the amino acids in the right proportions to support good body functions.
- Digestibility: Proportion of protein available for the body after digestion; it takes into consideration what is rejected (waste – protein not being used by the body).
- PDCAAS: Indicator of the available ideal amino acid profile that can be used by the body. Calculated by multiplying the Chemical Index by Digestibility.
In a study of these indexes, NWP exceeded traditional whey protein isolate in every category. Because of this, NWP has more of what your body uses and less of what it can’t process.
While plant based protein was not a part of the study, research indicates that Pea protein has a PDCAAS of 90 and rice protein has a PDCAAS of 41.
Less Protein for the Same Results
Protein intake has been shown to facilitate weight loss. But a common consumer concern is that the added calories in protein supplements increase their overall caloric intake.
Native whey has a higher purity level of 95% on a dry basis and superior bioavailability, allowing the body to more effectively utilize it. This means that you can eat less protein and achieve the same results compared to traditional whey products.
Studies have shown that 15g of NWP activates the same level of muscle protein synthesis as 30g of other proteins. Because of this, the calories in a serving of NWP is only 65 calories, significantly lower than the 210 calories found in most servings of traditional whey protein. This enables weight-conscious consumers to get the benefits of activating muscle protein synthesis with up to 69% fewer calories.
Native whey represents a fundamental shift in the way customers think about consuming protein. While traditional protein sources rely on quantity and price, NWP represents a shift towards quality and effectiveness. At its core, it’s a simpler, healthier protein that offers a range of benefits for a wide swathe of needs. No other source of protein offers the same combination of nutrition, science, sustainability, efficacy and naturality.