Whey helps women gain muscle

The body loses muscle mass with age. Preserving muscle in women— who naturally have less muscle mass than men—is particularly important.

Whey protein has about four times more protein than the same amount of low-fat milk or a cooked egg, making it an ideal supplement for building muscle. But doctors hoped to answer the question, when is the best time to take whey protein, before or after exercise? In this study, 70 women, aged at least 60, alternated taking a placebo and 35 grams of whey protein, before or after training. A third group got a placebo both times.

“It didn’t seem to matter when women took whey protein,” doctors said, continuing, “Skeletal muscle mass, muscle strength, and functional capacity all increased regardless of timing.” Also, signs of oxidative stress decreased after taking whey any time. 

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