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Whey Protein Hydrolysate!

The number one supplement to have in your arsenal is high quality whey protein. You may be saying, “wow tell me something I don’t know”, however, you would not believe the number of bodybuilding newbies who would rather buy some new and expensive “miracle formula,” when whey protein has been proven time and time again as a no-fail anabolic support agent. The importance of high quality protein in bodybuilding cannot be overstated.

As we know, whey protein is available in a number of different forms (e.g., whey concentrate, isolate, hydrolysate, etc.). There’s no sense going into each of these because my main focus is the extremely anabolic benefits of Whey Protein hydrolysate (WPH). Whey protein hydrolysate is commonly processed from another very potent protein, whey protein isolate (WPI), whereby enzymatic degradation (hydrolysis) of the WPI is carried out to “pre-digest” the protein so that it contains peptide fractions (short chains of amino acids). The result is a product that contains a large number of low molecular weight (MW) peptide fractions. High-quality products have been well hydrolyzed and have an average MW of around 500 Daltons. It should be noted that these di- and tri-peptides make for very rapid absorption and have scientifically proven to shunt more water into muscle cells (cell volumizing effect), speed recovery, support anabolism, and support immune function. Users of high quality hydrolyzed whey protein report almost immediate muscle hardness, a result of the powerful cell volumizing effect that is unique to this form of protein.

The di- and tri-peptides in WPH makes it more readily absorbed than free-form amino acids and non-hydrolyzed proteins. Whey is an ideal starter protein for hydrolysis because it is a concentrated source of essential amino acids. This results in a superior profile of di- and tri-peptides, producing the greatest hyperaminoacidaemia, which means a rapid increase in branched-chain amino acids into the blood, scientifically proven to augment protein synthesis and recovery. The remarkably greater rate of absorption of di- and tri-peptides compared to amino acid cocktails is a unique result of the body being a better transporter of small peptides than an amino acid carrier system, thus minimizing competition between substrates. It is well established that the ingestion of hydrolyzed whey protein immediately after exercise results in the highest levels of blood amino acids, which are associated with augmented nitrogen utilization and elevated anabolic state.

Additionally, when whey protein hydrolysate is ingested along with high-glycemic (i.e., fast) carbohydrates, the result is a synergistic increase in the rate of insulin release, again augmenting the anabolic cascade. A recent study investigated whether the hormonal response to feeding with protein solutions is influenced by the nature and degree of protein fractionation, and examined insulin and glucagon responses after intake of protein solutions containing the same amount of nitrogen in human subjects. They observed that peptide hydrolysates elicited a peak insulin response that was two and four times greater than that evoked by milk protein and glucose solutions respectively. Furthermore, the insulin response correlated to how fast the amino acids entered the blood, especially leucine, isoleucine, valine, phenylalanine and arginine. Thus, whey protein hydrolysate-based supplements with high amounts of these amino acids are superior anabolic activators.

It should be stressed that timing is key when using WPH supplements. Being the fastest absorbed protein product available, whey protein hydrolysate ingestion results in the most abundant increase in circulating amino acids over a two-hour window compared to “intact proteins”. Thus, drink 25-30 grams of high-quality WPH as soon as you finish your workout, this will enable you to immediately take advantage of the post-exercise anabolic environment and truly maximize muscle growth.

Whey Protein Hydrolysate Conclusion

A special selection of whey proteins enzymatically hydrolyzed to produce a mixture of peptides and free amino acids for enhanced nutritional and functional benefits. Easy digestibility, superior protein quality, improvements in food bar systems, and general palatability make these whey protein hydrolysates suitable for the most demanding applications, including infant formula, medical diets and products for strength and endurance athletes.


  • Pure Whey Protein Hydrolysate delivers superior nutrition with minimal off-flavors and bitterness.
  • Whey protein hydrolysate is typically higher in branched chain amino acids than most whey protein isolate.
  • Pure Whey Protein Hydrolysate is produced using a proprietary, multiple reaction, sequential, enzymatic hydrolysate process.
  • Whey protein hydrolysate is the best form of whey protein for building lean muscle tissue.
  • Whey protein hydrolysate is whey protein isolate broken down one step further into smaller peptides for easier digestion.

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