What Does Hydrolyzed Mean?
The term ‘hydrolyzed’ might be out of this world to some and in order for you to understand how it works, let’s have a brief review first of what protein is and its functions. You might be wondering why start with protein, so please stay with us while we explain…
What is Protein?
Protein is needed by the body in large amounts to sustain life and essential to building muscle mass. It is one of the three macronutrients: protein, fats and carbohydrates and can be found commonly in animal or meat products and other sources like nuts and legumes. Small compounds called amino acids makes up a protein and there are hundreds of amino acids but only 22 are used up by the body. Only 9 essential amino acids are needed and must be consumed through food, the rest are produced by the body naturally.
How Does Protein Function in Our Body?
Protein builds and maintains tissue and stages of growth, stages such as infancy, childhood and pregnancy needs more protein for growth to take place. People with injuries, those who have undergone surgery and active persons need to increase protein in their diet to build muscle mass and hasten tissue repair.
What Does Hydrolyzed Mean?
The term hydrolyzed is often associated with protein, the two go hand in hand because of their impact on size and performance especially for bodybuilders or those who are physically active. Hydrolyzed protein became an instant hit in the early 2000’s although not too many people know about its effects to the body yet.
Hydrolyzed protein is protein that has been broken down into amino acid components. Hydrolyzation mimics the digestion process and can be achieved in two ways, one is through prolonged boiling in a strong acid (hydrochloric acid), the other is through neutralisation using a strong base (sodium hydroxide) or using an enzyme like protease to naturally stimulate the process of hydrolysis.
Hydrolyzed protein includes the following which can be found on food labels:
- Vegetable protein
- Wheat protein
- Whey protein
- Soy protein
- Collagen powder
Benefits of Hydrolyzed Protein
Hydrolyzed protein is absorbed faster by the body than free amino acids and whole (intact) proteins. Consuming hydrolyzed protein through supplementation can do amazing things to the body such as:
- Better performance in exercise and sports
- Improved recovery after training or exercise
- Promote skeletal muscle gains
- Improve muscle strength gains
- Stimulate muscle synthesis during exercise
- Beneficial for infants for normal weight gain (breast milk is still the best for babies, but if this is not an option,
- hydrolyzed protein formula is proven better for infants and less allergenic)
- Absorbed by the body within 45 minutes to an hour
Not only is hydrolyzed protein good for bodybuilders, anyone who wants to consume it can also benefit from it, here’s how it can help you:
- Retain more muscle
- Fewer allergen problems
- Aid in weight loss
- Less fat in the body
- Reduce cortisol production
- Boost immune system health
Note: Hydrolyzed protein is highly recommended over regular or isolate protein powders, however further research must be done to prove this claim.
Consult your doctor or health professional before consuming any new supplement.