You put in the hard work, so you should expect your protein to do the same. That’s why we teamed with our Nutrition Advisory Committee of PhDs to create Ascent® Whey Protein, which efficiently delivers high levels of naturally occurring Essential Amino Acids & BCAAs - including 2.7g of naturally occurring leucine per serving
Keep reading to learn why that matters, and why Ascent is Food for Athletes.
ASCENT® WHEY PROTEIN
There are 3 keys to determining if a protein is high-quality when it comes to post-workout recovery.
1) How well does its Amino Acid Profile stack up?
2) How long does it take to digest?
3) How much of the protein does your body actually absorb?
High levels of Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) and Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) help identify high quality proteins. Leucine is the amino acid that triggers muscle protein synthesis (MPS) to begin the recovery process, but to trigger MPS, Leucine concentrations need to reach the “leucine threshold”, which varies based upon age and physical activity.
A tough workout or competition accelerates your body’s natural cycle of breaking down muscle tissue. Getting essential amino acids, like leucine, quickly absorbed into your bloodstream helps start the recovery process – and this is where whey protein has the advantage. Slower digesting proteins like egg or pea can take up to 6 hours to fully digest (2).
If your body can’t digest and absorb what you put into your system, then it can’t work for you. Since protein digestibility can vary dramatically by source the U.S. Food and Drug Administration adopted the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) to evaluate protein quality based upon amino acid profile absorption in the human body. Whey protein has the highest score possible: 1.00.
I have been using Ascent Proteins through the toughest weeks of a running and high repetition calisthenics phase. The recovery and general energy levels after workout have improved significantly. My performance on the runs and fitness tests were better than previous years and equal to my scores I did 20 years ago. At age 47, I feel the assistance Ascent Proteins are doing to my performance and lean muscle mass.
- Stew Smith CSCS, Former Navy SEAL, USNA Spec Ops Teach Coach, Published Fitness Author
(1) Devries, et al. “Supplemental Protein in Support of Muscle Heath: Advantage Whey”
(2) Triskelion B.V. “Digestibility and quality of several protein products studied in the dynamic in vitro model of the upper gastro-intestinal tract (tiny-TIM)”, 2016