So, just when you think youíve picked the perfect protein, you find that it comes with casein or without, setting you back to square one. What is casein, why is it added to some and not others? Do I need it? When do I take it?
The processing of protein supplementation has gotten so very complex as a result of improvements in research allowing developers to tailor their formulas to maximize their productís potential. In the case of casein, this was added to offset protein breakdown in the muscles that occur when you donít have enough fuel to burn for the energy you need, or at extended periods without food where your body will feed on your muscles cells for fuel.
The other forms of protein are excellent as supplements, however, they provide a rapid uptake and dismissal of proteins over a very short period of time, leaving your muscle tissue a potential victim of catabolism, or breakdown by your body for energy to burn. Casein, a mild derived protein, reacts with the stomach acid and creates a jelly like ball in the stomach. This ball contains all of the protein components and delivers them as soon as the body is ready to take them up. This process can last up to 6 or 7 hours and therefore serves as a little protein reserve that consistently feeds your muscles even when you are sleeping. This anti-catabolic effect is especially important in those people who are nutritionally deprived or restricted by allowing them a time released protein source from which they can draw on to prevent muscle tissue breakdown. In fact, casein is an invaluable component in the bariatric line of Physical Sciences protein. This is also a vital practice to which bodybuilders adhere to defend against muscle loss at night when it is impossible to provide protein.