The best whey to supplement

The best whey to supplement
Catherine Clark, Founder and Owner of the Harvest Table

Why collagen and whey protein are your best bet when it comes to supplementation

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to reflect on our mortality, and as a result the drive to make better choices, take supplements and adopt healthier habits is higher than ever. For some, this is the first time in years that they have truly considered starting a health and wellness journey. For others, it may be the umpteenth time that they have tried but, like the former group, may not know where to start, especially when it comes to supplementation.

Catherine Clark, Founder and Owner of the Harvest Table says, “Making the decision to change what you’ve been doing for so many years is the first important (but sometimes daunting) step on your health journey, and it’s a big one. But it’s that much harder to do something if you are doing it in the dark.”

She advises that exercising, eating clean, increasing your fluid (water) intake and supplementing well is key to reaching your health goals. “Joining a gym or going to a dietician is often simple enough, but when it comes to supplementation, many newbies get stuck. With a myriad of supplements available off the shelf, it can be overwhelming to know which is best for you.”

Catherine explains, “It appears that Little Miss Muffet had it right all along – eating curds and whey is good for you. Two vital supplements that I highly recommend taking to power your health journey, are whey and collagen.”

No way? Yes whey, and Catherine explains why:

  • Gain muscle, lose fat: Whey is a great way of adding more protein to your diet, as it is absorbed and used efficiently by the body. This makes whey great for athletes, bodybuilders and those who want to gain muscle mass and strength while losing fat.
  • Reduce hunger and cravings: Whey improves satiety (the feeling of fullness) and aids weight loss by boosting your metabolism, cutting food cravings, reducing your appetite and building lean muscle, while dropping excess fat.
  • Recover faster: Whey protein also helps with exercise recovery, as muscle tissue is made up mostly of protein and it needs dietary protein (like whey which is rich in amino acids) to repair the damage caused during exercising.

In addition to the weight loss benefits, whey protein has been said to also help reduce depression, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar levels.

And what about collagen? Collagen, which is another type of protein, has gained serious popularity over the past two years and for good reason, Catherine explains why collagen is her top supplement choice. Collagen can:

  • Improve satiety and therefore helps with weight loss
  • Improve skin texture
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve overall gastrointestinal health
  • Improve muscle mass (which in turn helps boost metabolism)
  • Slow ageing by supporting posture, bone health, digestion, and even the central nervous system

There are many great collagen and whey supplements on the market, but Catherine warns that there are also ‘fake supplements’ out there and suggests that you do your research before you buy. “Fake supplements may appear to be just like their more expensive counterparts, but what you’ll get for the cheaper price tag is often not worth the risk. At best, you’ll buy a sub-standard product with less of the ingredients you’re seeking. At worst, you could end up taking a combination of unknown ingredients that may do more harm than good.” she says.

To offset the cost of buying whey and collagen supplements separately, Catherine says that The Harvest Table has launched an easy way to get your daily dose of whey and collagen together with the new Harvest Table Power Shakes. “It is our mission to provide quality, affordable, wholesome products packaged earth consciously that shifts the lives of our customers and we believe the Power Shakes do exactly that!”

“It’s never too late to take the first step to improving your health, and armed with the right supplements, the battle is half won,” she concludes.