Your morning protein shake with authentic Arabica coffee
Proteins are basic nutrients essential at all stages of life. Daily protein intake is required for the proper functioning of the body (1). There is a great deal of evidence about their importance for our locomotor apparatus, the maintenance of muscle mass, healthy ageing and even weight and appetite control (2) (3).
They are also important in sports practice, since proteins contribute to the growth of muscle mass. Requirements can then increase, and daily intake recommendations should be adapted to the type, duration and intensity of exercise, and protein quality and the optimal timing of protein intake should also be evaluated (4).
Protein quality for muscle mass growth
From a nutritional perspective, protein is a macronutrient present in certain foods of animal origin (egg, meat, milk etc.) and of vegetable origin (soya, nuts, leguminous vegetables etc.). The importance of an adequate dietary supply of proteins stems from their ability to provide amino acids (structural units that make up the different proteins) (5) that contribute to the maintenance and growth of muscle mass and the maintenance of normal bones (6). Protein quality is therefore primarily determined by the quantity and profile of its constituent amino acids and their digestibility. In other words, protein quality refers to the extent to which amino acids can be used for protein synthesis in the body (7).
In this sense, whey protein is considered to be of the highest quality, since it provides all the essential amino acids (those that the body is unable to manufacture), is rich in branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and has rapid digestibility (9). Thanks to this composition, studies have found that whey protein stimulates muscle protein synthesis to a greater degree than other proteins, such as casein or soy protein (10).
It is therefore not surprising that it is the most widely used sports supplement, where it has been shown to facilitate muscle recovery after training, improve sports performance, reduce fatigue and even help control body weight by helping to control appetite (11) (12) (13). This makes whey protein an attractive ergogenic aid in sports practice.
Caffeine, a natural aid to improve physical and intellectual performance
A good sports strategy could be to combine whey protein with a natural source of caffeine, as this is also considered a good ergogenic aid, with effects clearly demonstrated by scientific literature on reducing the perception of effort, helping to prolong exercise time and improving performance (14)(15).
More than a decade after the removal of caffeine from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of banned substances (16), studies now indicate that this natural stimulant of the central nervous system is capable of improving sports performance, suggesting that its mechanism of action is due to a decrease in perceived physical exertion induced by caffeine. This is what allows the subject to exercise at greater intensity and for longer (17)(18).
But the benefits associated with moderate consumption of natural caffeine in fact go beyond sport. Caffeine-rich beverages are widely used by the general public and promote cognitive benefits, helping to improve concentration and memory, especially in cases of sleep deprivation, as well as improving alertness and mood (19) (20) (21).
Shall we have a cup of coffee?
Many adults start their day each morning by enjoying a good cup of coffee. Coffee being the most widely consumed drink in Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean (22). Although studies on its health benefits have focused on caffeine intake (23), coffee lovers appreciate it more for its unmistakable taste than for its ergogenic effects.
Given the importance of taste when people select foods and dietary supplements, our Whey Protein Max Definition Coffee formula combines whey proteins with authentic Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica L.), one of the varieties most valued for its unmistakable aroma and flavour (24).
Starting the day with a dose of this product offers a delicious breakfast with a protein guarantee for achieving health objectives such as the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. Each dose provides 20g of the highest quality proteins from 80% whey protein concentrate. This is combined with the added value of caffeine from Arabica soluble coffee incorporated into the formula, to improve performance, and giving the product its final cappuccino flavour finish.
Finally Whey Protein Max Definition also contains a patented ingredient: Svetol®, dry extract of green coffee seeds standardised to contain 45% chlorogenic acids (25). This bioactive substance has reported benefits in the liberation of fats (26), the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism and its possible application for obesity, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action (27)(28).
In addition, the Max Definition coffee flavour shake is a source of fibre (29), since it incorporates fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a type of soluble fibre present in some vegetables that use the bacteria within the large intestine as an energy substrate. FOS are considered prebiotics, with positive effects on digestive and immune health, by modulating the composition of the microbiota (30) (31) (32).
To obtain these benefits, we recommend mixing a 30 g spoonful of Whey protein Max Definition each morning with 250 ml of liquid, ideally cold water (although it is compatible with other liquids such as cow’s milk or vegetable drinks) to enjoy its cappuccino flavour. A breakfast shake that improves your performance and muscle mass.
CAUTION: Because the product provides 57.2 mg of caffeine per dose, it is not recommended for use by children, adolescents, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or by people sensitive to caffeine. Consult your doctor beforehand if taking medication.
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