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Whey protein speeds recovery in athletes

During high-intensity exercise, the brain competes with the body for oxygen, reducing performance. 

In this study, 15 Division I collegiate basketball players with an average weight of 173 pounds consumed whey protein as 36 percent of total calories or 12 percent of total calories, in a carbohydrate-based drink right after a one-hour intense cycling challenge. The high-protein drink contained about 44g of protein. The low protein-drink contained about 15g of protein. 

After resting for two hours, they repeated the exercise at a slightly higher intensity until exhausted. Those in the high-protein group had better brain oxygenation and less demand for blood to the brain and cycled 16 percent longer than those in the low-protein group.

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