According to the NHS, older adults would benefit from more protein in their diets to help keep their muscles strong and healthy. Yet sadly, one-third of adults aren't eating an adequate amount and therefore, are putting their health at risk.
"GPs should prescribe protein powders and weight lifting to pensioners to help reverse frailty."
Sadly, once adults start to experience symptoms of 'frailty', it starts to become an everyday health problem. Not only can it affect the quality of everyday life, but it can also increase the risk of other health problems.
A study published in 2018, suggested that older adults who consume more protein are less likely to lose their ability to function such as dress themselves, get out of bed, walk up a flight of stairs and more. The study itself followed more than 2,900 seniors over 23 years and found that those who ate the most protein were 30 per cent less likely to become functionally impaired than those who ate the least amount.
In another study, which was published in 2017 and followed nearly 2,000 older adults over six years, people who consumed the least amount of protein were almost twice as likely to have difficulty walking or climbing steps as those who ate the most, after adjusting for health behaviours, chronic conditions and other factors.
How much protein shoulder older adults have?
The current recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram (g/kg) of body weight a day for adults over 18 or about 2.3 ounces for a 180-pound adult.
The RDA is the amount of a nutrient you need to meet your basic nutritional requirements. This basically means that it’s the minimum amount you need to prevent illness — not the specific amount you are supposed to eat every day. However, research has shown that higher levels may be needed for adults age 65-plus.
We understand, however, that the modern-day diet may not allow everybody to consume enough protein daily. And while we try to encourage everybody to eat plenty of protein from natural food sources, we're aware that not everybody will be able to. Which is where our Natural Whey Protein Powder comes in handy.
Whey protein powder
First of all, what is whey? Whey is a by-product in cheese making, it begins in liquid form, going through various processes, before reaching its powder form. Then delicious flavours are added to make it more appealing as a protein drink.
Natural protein powder
It's all well and dandy looking for protein powders online but unfortunately, most of them are packed with ingredients that are far from healthy. And remember, just because it's labelled 'protein', it doesn't necessarily mean that it's healthy. In fact, most cheap protein powders out there contain refined sugar and artificial flavourings.
When it comes to our whey protein powder however, it's 100% natural and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavourings, or sugars. Although our protein comes in two flavours - vanilla and chocolate - it's still 100% natural. How? We use purified extracts from the leaves of the stevia plant which contains 0 calories and is much healthier for you than refined sugar.
When should older adults consume protein?
When and how you consume protein is entirely up to you. Although, we recommend those who are building muscle or gaining strength to replenish their bodies with a decent amount of protein up to 1 hour after a workout to restore energy levels. If you're refuelling with our Natural Whey Protein Powder, then one single scoop will provide you with 22g of protein - the recommended amount.
For more information and health benefits about our Natural Whey Protein Powder, click here.