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Whey Protein Hydrolysate

What is whey protein hydrolysate?

All whey protein is a by-product of cheese manufacturing.

There are three types of whey protein: whey protein concentrate (WPC), whey protein isolate (WPI) and whey protein hydrolysate (WPH).

If you're interested in learning more about how whey protein is produced, please refer to the FAQ.

Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH) is a specialised type of whey that has been exposed to an enzymatic process during manufacturing. Enzymes break down the protein's naturally occurring long chains of amino acids so that they're smaller and more readily available. This enzymatic process is called hydrolysation or pre-digestion and is meant to mimic part of the digestive breakdown that occurs naturally in the stomach and small intestine. It is these smaller, easier to digest fractions that provide WPH with its unique characteristics.

These fractions, known as whey peptides, enter the bloodstream at a rapid rate, faster than a concentrate or an isolate.

Scientific research published in 2012 & 2013 notes that when WPH is accompanied with a fast carbohydrate source it can significantly enhance muscle glycogen repletion. This rapid delivery system aids muscle recovery.

It's important to note that although WPH is more expensive than WPC and WPI, it is by no means any purer than a whey isolate. This is often a misconception that people new to supplementation make; it's reasonable to assume seeing the price differential between WPC > WPI and WPI > WPH. Both WPC and WPI can go through the process of hydrolysis. If you look at the nutritional data across products, you'll see in almost every instance an unflavoured WPI has a higher purity of protein than WPH products.

WPH remains controversial. The marketing purports that WPH is the premium protein and the optimum choice for post-workout recovery, and arguably intra-workout, because of its rapid uptake. What they don't say is that it is only fractionally faster (in terms of minutes) than an unflavoured WPI. The purported benefits that hydrolysed protein offers should be taken into account when you see carbohydrates and fats on nutritional profiles. Some carbs and all fats will slow down the rate of digestion.

Much of the independent research conducted on WPH shows it to be unremarkable – it's no better in how it's absorbed by the body except to say it is marginally faster in its natural state. The majority consensus reflected on the bodybuilding forums is that WPH represents an excuse to market a "superior" protein. That said there is a vocal and experienced margin of bodybuilders that defend the claims. While the majority of reviews on forums we've come across seem to disagree that WPH is worth the additional money, if you search through the posts some users report improved gains, strength and recovery.

Would a WPH supplement suit me?

Before committing to a WPH, we recommend you do your own research to first determine whether you think it's suitable for you. There are a number of reviews on supplement sites, forums and independent studies online to form an opinion. Based on the research we've read, users who are positive about WPH are typically experienced bodybuilders that follow strict diets and maintain a dedicated workout regime. The hydrolysation process makes the whey taste bitter, so while it's palatable it is an issue highlighted as to why some people avoid it.

The bottom line

If you're experienced and you feel as though you've hit a plateau, then it's something to consider. Obviously it comes with the higher price tag, but if you've gotten this far chances are you already know this!

Some links to look at...

http://www.builtlean.com/2012/12/03/hydrolyzed-protein
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=151742003&page=1
http://integratedsupplements.typepad.com/integrated_supplements_bl/2010/11/study-finds-both-intact-and-hydrolyzed-whey-protein-normalize-blood-pressure-in-young-men-and-women.html
http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/6/1/38

If you're still not sure, you can find a supplement that will suit your goals with our protein finder.

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Bodybuilding Warehouse - Pure Casein Hydrolysate (PeptoPro)

Pure Casein Hydrolysate (PeptoPro)

Bodybuilding Warehouse

0.71 lbs / 320 g Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Red Berry, Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.bodybuildingwarehouse.co.uk

    • Designed for intra and post-workout use
    • Advanced peptide formulation derived from dairy protein
    • Faster recovery between workouts
    • Promoted to enhance recovery times with reviews substantiating the claims
    • Improved strength, stamina & endurance
Bodybuilding Warehouse - Pure Casein Hydrolysate (PeptoPro)

Pure Casein Hydrolysate (PeptoPro)

Bodybuilding Warehouse

1.41 lbs / 640 g Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Red Berry, Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.bodybuildingwarehouse.co.uk

    • Designed for intra and post-workout use
    • Advanced peptide formulation derived from dairy protein
    • Faster recovery between workouts
    • Promoted to enhance recovery times with reviews substantiating the claims
    • Improved strength, stamina & endurance
Bodybuilding Warehouse - Pure Hydrolysed Whey

Pure Hydrolysed Whey

Bodybuilding Warehouse

1.1 lbs / 500 g Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.bodybuildingwarehouse.co.uk

    • Ultra fast digesting hydrolysed whey
    • Perfect post-workout protein to kick start your recovery
    • Can also be used during workouts too
Gen-ProBox - Pure Lean Whey Protein Hydrolysate

Pure Lean Whey Protein Hydrolysate

Gen-ProBox

22.05 lbs / 10 kg Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.genprobox.co.uk

    • 100% pure whey protein hydrolysate
    • Perfect post-workout to assist rapid glycogen synthesis
    • Great amino acid profile
    • Pre-digested protein peptides to aid rapid digestibility and bio-availability
    • Increase the rate of muscle refuelling post exercise
GoNutrition - PeptoPro

PeptoPro

GoNutrition

0.55 lbs / 250 g Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Cherry Burst, Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.gonutrition.com

    • Advanced hydrolysed (pre-digested) casein protein
    • Use pre, during and after excercise
    • PeptoPro® is a unique 80% protein derived from casein milk protein
    • No carbs or fats
    • Designed to enhance physical performance, endurance and stamina
    • Reportedly quicker absorbed than WPC and WPI
    • Contains all 20 of the amino acids needed for muscle growth, repair and recovery
GoNutrition - PeptoPro

PeptoPro

GoNutrition

1.1 lbs / 500 g Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Cherry Burst, Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.gonutrition.com

    • Advanced hydrolysed (pre-digested) casein protein
    • Use pre, during and after excercise
    • PeptoPro® is a unique 80% protein derived from casein milk protein
    • No carbs or fats
    • Designed to enhance physical performance, endurance and stamina
    • Reportedly quicker absorbed than WPC and WPI
    • Contains all 20 of the amino acids needed for muscle growth, repair and recovery
GoNutrition - PeptoPro

PeptoPro

GoNutrition

2.2 lbs / 1 kg Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Cherry Burst, Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.gonutrition.com

    • Advanced hydrolysed (pre-digested) casein protein
    • Use pre, during and after excercise
    • PeptoPro® is a unique 80% protein derived from casein milk protein
    • No carbs or fats
    • Designed to enhance physical performance, endurance and stamina
    • Reportedly quicker absorbed than WPC and WPI
    • Contains all 20 of the amino acids needed for muscle growth, repair and recovery
Myprotein - Hydrolysed Whey Protein

Hydrolysed Whey Protein

Myprotein

2.2 lbs / 1 kg Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.myprotein.com

    • Rapidly digested and absorbed
    • Suited to the serious trainer / athlete
    • 100% natural - no artificial sweeteners
    • Advanced whey protein
    • Partially pre-digested for better absorption
Myprotein - Hydrolysed Whey Protein

Hydrolysed Whey Protein

Myprotein

5.51 lbs / 2.5 kg Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.myprotein.com

    • Rapidly digested and absorbed
    • Suited to the serious trainer / athlete
    • 100% natural - no artificial sweeteners
    • Advanced whey protein
    • Partially pre-digested for better absorption
Myprotein - PeptoPro

PeptoPro

Myprotein

1.1 lbs / 500 g Bag

Product Type:Powder

Available Flavours:Berry Blast, Unflavoured

Brand's Website:www.myprotein.com

    • Pre-digested protein that is water soluble
    • Absorbed much faster than any in-tact protein or even single amino acids
    • Zero carbs and virtually no fats
    • More than 60% unique hypo-allergenic di and tri peptides
    • Derived from casein and has a degree of hydrolysation of 28%
    • Ideal pre and post-workout choice
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