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Collagen or Whey for Body Composition

From eNewsletter 9/11/2019

DID YOU KNOW that in addition to the effectiveness of monolaurin for its antiviral properties, a new study in Nutrients found that monolaurin (glycerol monolaurate) has beneficial antimicrobial properties as well?


The study in this month's issue discovered beneficial properties in dosages of 400 mg., 800 mg., and 1600 mg. The researchers state that monolaurin induced the proliferation of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, which lowered levels of infectious bacteria.


COLLAGEN OR WHEY FOR BODY COMPOSITION

Steve and Bonnie: Some nutritional professionals are recommending collagen as a protein replacement powder. There is little evidence to back up its efficacy for this purpose. 


A double-blind, placebo-controlled study in last month's Clinical Nutrition compared the efficacy of collage protein powder versus whey protein powder for attenuating body composition in overweight women.


Body mass index rose slightly in those supplementing with collagen protein. There was no change for whey protein.


Adipose (fat) tissue was only reduced in women supplementing with whey protein powder.


Nesfatin-1, a protein in the hypothalamus that regulates hunger and fat storage, increased in the whey protein group (which is a good thing), but not in the collagen group. 


In conclusion, whey increased metabolic rate and had a beneficial effect on body composition, collagen did not. As we have mentioned several times, collagen protein powder should not be used for protein replacement. It should only be recommended for specific collagen deficiency-related issues.


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