Protein Following Exercise Boosts Muscle

January 27, 2011 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Send to a friend

* Required fields

  or  Cancel

 Protein Following Exercise Boosts Muscle
The loss of ability to synthesize muscle protein is a key marker of accelerated aging. This new study shows that 20 grams of protein1 following exercise, in both young and elderly men, boosted the rate of protein synthesis.

This means that using your muscles turns on gene signals that are more able to respond to protein intake. It also means that if you like a protein drink for breakfast, do a few minutes of exercise before consuming it (such as some push ups) and it will have increased benefit to your overall ability to make muscle proteins in general.

Protein is the key raw material for your muscles. Branch chain amino acids are especially important – as found in whey protein. Having a protein drink following any heavy workout is likely to be of benefit.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Exercising Before Protein Intake  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  Bart Pennings, René Koopman, Milou Beelen, Joan MG Senden, Wim HM Saris, and Luc JC van Loon.

Search thousands of health news articles!