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What is CASEIN Protein?

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Nowadays there is a large variety of protein supplements to choose from. The two most popular types are whey and casein protein. At the end of the day your goal should be to reach the proper amount of macronutrients (protein, fats, and carbs) along with meeting your caloric goal for the day.

To take it one step further once you have that down is to possibly utilize a variety of proteins. They actually make blends along with varying qualities of whey protein (concentrate, isolate, hydrolyzed, etc). I’ll talk more about whey in future posts but now I’d like to talk about casein.

Casein is a slow digesting protein which makes it a great supplement to utilize before bed. Whey is very quickly absorbed and is most often the choice for post-workout shakes.

Casein has the ability to provide your bloodstream with a slow and steady flow of amino acids that could last for hours. Muscles may not be built overnight, but drinking a glass of casein-rich milk is the ideal protein to consume right before bed, as it’ll be more helpful throughout the night than any other protein option.” (according to Muscle & Fitness magazine)

“Because whey and casein have different but complementary effects, many people keep both types on hand and use them differently throughout the day—whey in the morning and after workouts and casein before bed” (Nutrition Express).

Casein, I wouldn’t consider a vital must have supplement such as a daily multivitamin but it is a quality highly recommended supplement. Casein is typically more expensive in comparison to whey however most people would not consume casein checks as often as Whey so the price could offset if you look at it that way.

Look for my posts on whey coming soon.

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Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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