Protein is a part of every cell in your body. It is used to build hormones, enzymes, blood and antibodies, as well as skin, bones and muscles. As you age, protein becomes even more important. Adults can lose up to 33%3,4 muscle mass from age 40 to 70 years old and beyond. It can decrease their strength and mobility while increasing their chances of illness and falling.9
"As adults get older, their bodies begin to slow down their ability to break down foods and absorb nutrients," says Jacqueline Boff, Ph.D., M.B.A., research scientist at Abbott. " That's why making sure adults are eating regular meals with 25-30 grams of protein and that are well-balanced can make a big impact on living a healthier, more active life."
The rate at which proteins breakdown and release amino acids into the blood stream will determine the ability of the body to stimulate muscle protein synthesis (the process by which muscles are rebuilt daily). The triple protein blend in ENSURE® GOLD provides better amino acid availability than whey alone. To understand why, let’s compare the speed at which Amino Acids are released from Whey, Soy and Casein, the triple protein blend in ENSURE® GOLD.
Casein, the dominant protein in milk, is a slow release protein with a lower peak but a more gradual and prolonged amino acid release pattern.
Whey Protein is a fast release protein, being digested rapidly and leading to a fast increase in amino acids into the blood.
Soy Protein is termed an 'intermediate release protein' releasing amino acids into the blood a little slower than whey but higher as compared to casein.