We all need protein.  Especially when you work out or are trying to build more muscle, your need for protein may be greater. Maybe you are considering protein supplements to meet that need. With so many options, how can you know which are best for your individual needs? Here’s the skinny on soy and whey protein to help you decide.

Soy Protein supplements

Soy protein offers health benefits such as the reduction of bad cholesterol. It also provides all the essential amino acids and has been shown to reduce the risk of some types of cancer and heart disease. This plant based source of protein is ideal for vegetarians and can improve your lipid profile. Most are supplemented with vitamins and minerals and may boost kidney as well as immune function. Soy protein supplements are easily digestible for just about everyone. If you have any trouble with your thyroid, it is a good idea to talk with your doctor before using a soy protein supplement.

Whey Protein supplements

This dairy derived supplement has been popular among the body building set. Lately, others have reached for whey protein for a post workout boost to muscle growth and repair. Whey protein is easily digestible and may improve immune function. Like soy, whey may also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease. The anti-oxidants in whey protein can reduce the damage of free radicals. Exercise can ramp up free radicals, so taking in whey protein immediately after exercise is not only good for your muscles it can also mitigate some of the damaging effects of free radicals, such as chronic illness. If you are lactose intolerant, talk with your doctor before using whey protein as gastrointestinal distress can occur.

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As protein supplements have gained in popularity, many more marketers (some unscrupulous) have gotten in the game. That means you may not always be getting what you paid for. Buy from vendors you trust and read the label of any supplements carefully. Products should contain at least 50% protein. Avoid concoctions laden with sugar. Read reviews from others and keep an eye out for any health advisories or recalls.