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Whey Protein Role In Aging

“Developing further from its traditional role as an excellent source of protein for muscle building and recovery for elite athletes, the muscle-related benefits of whey protein are now being transferred to the healthy-aging market,” says Noel Corcoran, sales and marketing director for whey Carbery. “Whey protein ingestion is an effective nutritional strategy to combat the age-related loss of muscle mass, strength, and function known as Sarcopenia .” – See more at: Nutritionaloutlook.com

Is Whey the latest ingredient to expand into the healthy-aging market?

Iofbonehealth.org describes Sarcopenia as a disease associated with the aging process. Loss of muscle mass and strength, which in turn affects balance, gait and overall ability to perform tasks of daily living, are hallmark signs of this disease.

Scientists have long believed muscle loss and others signs associated with aging are an inevitable process. Researchers are looking for ways in which we can slow the aging process, specifically in relation to loss of muscle mass and strength. Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass, strength, and function related to aging.

The association between general protein intake and Sarcopenia has been well-researched. Research into a link between Sarcopenia and whey protein is still in the early stages. Two studies published in 2015 have explored the relationship between a diet high in whey protein and Sarcopenia in older adults. Researchers concluded that “a high whey protein-, leucine-, and vitamin D–enriched supplement, compared with isocaloric control, preserves appendicular muscle mass in obese older adults during a hypocaloric diet and resistance-exercise program, and might therefore reduce the risk of sarcopenia.”
Read a more detailed report on this topic written by Michael Crane here.

 

References

  1. Burton et al., “Optimal management of sarcopenia.” Clinical Interventions in Aging, vol. 5 (2010): 217-228

2.     Wall BT et al., “Dietary protein consideration to support active aging.” Sports Medicine, vol. 44, suppl. 2 (November 2014): S185-194

3.     Sahni S et al., “Higher protein intake is associated with higher lean mass and quadriceps muscle strength in adult men and women.” Journal of Nutrition, vol. 145, no. 7 (July 2015): 1569-1575

4.     Verreijen AM et al., “A high whey protein-, leucine-, and vitamin D-enriched supplement preserves muscle mass during intentional weight loss in obese older adults: a double-blind randomized controlled trial.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 101, no. 3 (February 2015): 279-286

5.     Devries MC et al., “Supplemental protein in support of muscle mass and health: advantage whey.” Journal of Food Science, vol. 80, suppl. 1 (March 2015): A8-A15

6.     Hansen M et al., “Effect of whey protein hydrolysate on performance and recovery of top-class orienteering runners.” International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, vol. 25, no. 2 (April 2015): 97-109

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