Whey protein is a dietary supplement which is used for improving athletic performance, as a food supplement and also as an alternative to milk for people with lactose intolerance. It is also used for protein allergy, asthma, obesity, weight loss, colon cancer and preventing allergies.


Whey protein is really effective for:


1. Research shows that infants who consume whey protein during the first 3-12 months of life have a lower risk of developing skin related problems like itchy and red skin and are less prone to allergic reactions.


2. Some researchers have found that consuming whey protein can help decrease weight loss in people with HIV.


3. Consuming a specific whey protein supplement (ImuPower) daily for 6 weeks can improve shortness of breath.


4. Whey protein contains nine essential amino acids and it helps in reducing hunger and keeps you full for a longer period of time. Before heading for a party where you think there are chances of munching on unhealthy foodstuff, the best way is to drink a glass of this protein shake beforehand which is going to hell you consume lesser calories.


5. It helps in increasing size and strength in men. People who consumed the whey had greater increases in fat-free mass and muscle strength.


6. Whey protein also helps to improve immune system. Researchers have found that individuals involved in strenuous workouts and aerobic activity suffered from reduced glutathione levels. To get rid researchers have suggested supplements like whey protein in the diet which help to boost immune system.


Some side effects to know:


1. Whey protein is safe for most children and adults when consumed by mouth appropriately. However, high doses can cause some side effects such as increased bowel movements, thirst, cramps, reduced appetite, nausea, bloating, tiredness (fatigue), and headache.


2. It is better to avoid use of whey protein if you are pregnant or are a breast feeding mother.


3. If allergic to cow milk then whey protein should not be consumed.


As we know that protein is such an essential requirement of body. It helps in building muscles, repairing tissues, provides energy and helps produce enzymes and hormones required by the body. Whey concentrate has low levels of fat and carbohydrates (lactose) depending on the concentration amount. Lower end concentrates tend to have 30% protein; higher concentrations can be up to 90% protein.