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We get a lot of questions about the uses of whey protein. As a result, we did some nitty-gritty research on how this protein can potentially impact levels of the 30 blood biomarkers that InsideTracker monitors. In this first blog post of a three-part series, we will explain research examining how the consumption of whey protein may be a valuable intervention in reducing chronic stress by regulating levels of cortisol and serotonin.
But before we do that, we will define what chronic stress actually is and then look at the chemical structures and physiological functions of whey protein, cortisol, and serotonin. Continue below to read the research and learn how InsideTracker can both monitor your biomarkers and provide you with well-researched interventions to get them to optimal levels.
In today’s competitive and demanding society, it seems that everyone is always “stressed out,” and for good reason: The economy still isn’t great; the kids need to be picked up from their twice-rescheduled sports practices; your in-laws are coming to visit; and Miley Cyrus won’t stop sticking out her tongue.
But what does this seemingly ubiquitous term mean in the context of our health? Stress is often regarded by researchers as a vague and highly subjective experience for individuals. But, it is most commonly defined as “the brain’s response to any new demand (NIMH).”
This “demand” may be triggered by a variety of changes that can be short-term or long-term, positive or negative, real or perceived. For example, a vacation to Cancun for the first time fits under the broad umbrella of “stress.” Stress is a natural response to a new demand — and one with biological significance. It keeps one motivated, alert, and ready to cope with the challenges of a work deadline, a new responsibility, or prepared for a variety of high-stakes situation such as a musical performance, athletic competition, or a very promising first date with that cute person from Starbucks.
However, prolonged, sustained stress- referred to as “chronic stress”- is known to have serious, detrimental effects on the long-term mental and physical health of individuals. Harmful forms of stress can include traumatic stress, such as a near-death experience, routine stress such as a lengthy, daily commute to work, or emotional stress such as the loss of a loved one (NIMH). Over time, continued strain on one’s body from routine or traumatic stress can result in a variety of health concerns including impaired brain cognition, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, high levels of glucose, heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression. And above all else chronic stress can make us less happy.
Only within the past 20 years have researchers begun to investigate some of the potential methods of treating stress and its symptoms. In this article we explore in depth how bovine whey protein can help treat symptoms associated with stress by regulating levels of two biomarkers monitored by InsideTracker, the hormone cortisol and the neurotransmitter serotonin, through its main bioactive protein component Alpha-lactalbumin.
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