Which Protein Supplement Should I Use?

It’s not how much Protein you put in your body that counts, it’s how much of that protein gets assimilated. Furthermore, what type of protein you are feeding your body can also have major drawbacks and risks.



Micellar casein is one of the new popular protein supplements but despite all the hype it too seems to have its dangers. In his book The China Study (2005), T. Colin Campbell describes a direct correlation between casein administered to rats and the promotion of cancer cell growth when exposed to carcinogens.

Aflatoxin (a potent carcinogen) was administered to these rats over a 2 week dosing period. The rats were given a 1 week post-dosing period before beginning the test (promotion period).

During the promotion period, one group of rats was put on a 5% casein protein diet and another group on a 20% casein protein diet. None of the rats on 5% casein protein developed foci, precursors to cancerous cell growth, and every rat on 20% casein protein developed the pre-cancer foci.

It should be noted that all test groups were fed a 20% casein diet for a total of 5 weeks (2-wk acclimation, 2-wk dosing, 1-wk post-dosing) prior to the 12 week promotion period in order to survive the initial aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) dosing, regardless of whether they were in the 5% or 20% test groups.

Campbell has performed additional studies using a range of different carcinogens and other experimental animals, and claims to have found a consistent correlation between cancer growth and the amount of casein protein in diet  -Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casein


Casein is the main protein in raw milk.

It is typically extracted via acid heat processing and used as a common ingredient in protein products (powders, bars and drinks). You may have been told that casein supplementation is highly beneficial for your muscle and body, but I’m here to prove to you that nothing is further from the truth.

It’s an inferior protein, often drenched with toxic residues. In fact, it’s one of the worst proteins for your muscle.

This report reveals some of the dirtiest secrets behind casein manufacturing.

Micellar casein is processed similar to milk protein concentrate, but in this case the casein micells are separated from the whey via microfiltration. The main problem with micellar casein is in its functional properties.

All caseinates are ultra-thermalized and thus present a serious health risk. Consumption of thermalized casein has been linked to increased incidence of colonic tumours and cancer.

It has been argued that casein from A1 milk presents a health risk, apparently due to yielding a metabolic by-product (opioid peptide) called beta casomorphine, which has been linked to brain disorders and disease particularly among babies and infants.

If you’re serious with your diet and training regimen, you owe it to yourself to know these facts before purchasing another casein-containing protein. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/10/do-you-secretly-suspect-that-something-is-wrong-with-your-protein-supplement.aspx


Whey protein is another popular protein supplement. “Most whey proteins are processed from ultra-pasteurized milk and many are exposed to acid processing. Heat and acid damages the protein and makes it insoluble in water. This is one of the key ways to differentiate high quality whey protein from inferior ones.

But the whey manufacturers know this, and know that insoluble powders are not appealing for a variety of reasons, so they add chemical flavours and detergents to restore flavour and solubility. They put in genetically modified soy lecithin, and also dump chemical surfactants, which are used in soap, like polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, and ethoxylated mono-diglycerides along with maltodextrin, caseinates, and hydrolysed proteins, which are  really disguised MSG. They also use artificial sweeteners, like aspartame and sucralose, which are hazardous to optimal health.

I’m a huge believer of natural (organic whenever possible) whole foods that are exposed to as little processing as possible.  As discussed above, all whey protein isolates are highly processed and devoid of nutritional co-factors including alkalizing minerals, naturally occurring vitamins, and lipids, which are lost in the processing.  This renders them deficient and overly acidifying, hence my increased internal acidity to a dangerous level.

Unlike wholefood protein concentrates which does not acidify your body due to its alkalizing minerals, whey protein isolates are over acidifying, thereby making them a liability to your health.

If chronically consumed (such as with bodybuilders, athletes like myself, or the average person wanting to maintain muscle mass), it can acidify your body and over time lead to metabolic acidosis with consequences that include wasting of muscle and bone tissues, total metabolic shut down, and increased vulnerability to degenerative disease.” -Source: http://www.nofinishlineblog.com/2011/05/is-your-protein-powder-bad-for-your-health.html

Consuming too much protein, no matter what form, can worsen—or even cause—kidney or liver problems, advice the experts at the Mayo Clinic. This occurs because your body may have problems eliminating all of the waste products that come from protein metabolism. If you are consuming a high level of protein, you need to monitor your health and check in with a physician.

Many athletes prefer whey protein because its amino acids enter the bloodstream faster than those in other supplemental forms, notes Marie Dunford in the American Dietetic Association book “Sports Nutrition.” However, if your protein intake is too high you risk dehydration, especially as an athlete. You should not exceed a daily protein intake of 2.5 grams per kilogram of body weight, Dunford says. That’s 0.088 oz. per 2.2 pounds body weight. This level of protein intake also puts you at risk for excreting too much calcium

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/188059-what-are-the-dangers-of-whey-protein-isolate/#ixzz2Xp1ZEbK4

Nearly all sports protein shakes that can be found these days are acidity forming, which isn’t beneficial to your body’s pH levels. Numerous complications can arise as a result of an over-acidic body chemistry which includes chronic stress and fatigue, premature aging and the majority of degenerative diseases.


So What Protein is best for Building and Maintaining Muscle Mass?

Fortunately there are wholefood protein supplements on the market that contain alkaline protein that when digested will not create acidity the way in which ordinary protein will.

A couple of these are bio-fermented brown rice and PEA protein, totally vegan protein powder,  which enables over 90% assimilation.

Pea Protein has the greatest absorption rate out of all the proteins, and the Thrive Lifestyle Shake Mix is a protein blend but predominantly Pea Protein. It is one of the only mixes in the marketplace to also contain probiotics, enzymes, and antioxidants.

Many people are only trained to ONLY look at the protein amount on the labels but more protein doesn’t mean anything if your body cannot absorb it.

The Ultra Micronized Process in the Thrive Lifestyle Mix is easy to mix and easy to digest. Le-vel, the makers of the Thrive line of nutritional supplements, only use the highest grade of nutraceutical raws in each product. Absorption-rate is a huge priority and the reason why people are raving about the products.

If you are sick and tired of being a walking experiment with every company claiming they have the “science”, getting you to ingest all sorts of synthetic isolated chemicals, fractionated foods, artificial flavours and sweeteners, then your time has come.

When working out it is also beneficial to take a Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium Bicarbonate minerals supplement to help alkalise the body and buffer lactic acid.   It’s also imperative to be continually hydrating the body with pure filtered, ionised and alkalised drinking water, which assists to you keep energised and defend against premature exhaustion during professional sports and heavy workout programs.

We recommend you carry a portable water filter bottle with you wherever you go (especially when travelling) so you will always have access to clean purified drinking water.