Now more than ever we should be thinking about improving our immune system. If you get sick often, the source of the problem could be an inadequate diet. Research suggests that consuming protein, whey protein in particular, can help strengthen the immune system and fend off illnesses.
Protein’s main function is to build and repair, as well as sustain muscle. Research shows that a deficiency in protein can significantly impair immune function and increase our susceptibility to infectious disease.
There is no magic ingredient which will fend off the flu, but certain nutrients take the lead in helping protect your body from millions of bacteria, viruses and other germs – and protein is one of them. One of the reasons is that the antibodies that help fight disease are actually made of protein.
Protein is an important resource for enhancing immunity because it helps form the cells that operate the immune system.
The amino acids that are found in protein form the building blocks of all the body’s cells – including the cells that power your immune system. If you don’t consume enough protein, you’ll manufacture fewer white blood cells to combat antigens.
But, there’s something extra that sets whey apart from other proteins when it comes to immunity: whey protein appears to boost glutathione production in some tissues. Research suggests that claims that glutathione is at the centre of the antioxidant defence system in the body that dictates immune function.
If you're pressed for time or in the office, the Doc's favourite proteins is simply a serve of The Doc's approved Chocolate Whey Protein Isolate mixed with coconut water or filtered water and only about 100 cal per serve. This combination provides instant hydration and a quick supply of protein and essential amino acids that absorbs quickly into the body.
Whey or Pea Protein?
Choosing the right proteins is especially important for vegans and vegetarians. The Doc’s approved plant based Pea Protein which is available is chocolate and vanilla is a premium vegan/vegetarian quality protein powder. It’s highly digestible (98%) and bio-available substitute for protein rich foods including meat, fish, chicken and eggs. It’s also highly alkaline (ph 7.5) and contains a balanced and complete amino acid profile.
The Doctor's approved range of protein powders are designed for sensitive digestive systems and are the perfect addition to your healthy diet. Apart from supporting your immunity, they assist in weight management, sports performance + recovery, and provide vital nutrients at any stage of your life.