Protein is the major component of muscle and as people age, their ability to develop and maintain muscle declines (where muscle loss is accelerated is known as Sarcopenia). The most effective method of upholding lean muscle throughout life is to combine moderate exercise with the regular consumption of protein.
Good sources of protein include meat, fish, eggs, pulses, nuts and dairy products. Early seniors may find their protein requirement matched by their current diet, although this can become more challenging as we age. To be effective nutrients need to be made accessible, both in terms of their convenience and palatability and also in terms of the ability of the body to absorb them – their bioavailability and nutritional integrity.
The Volactive range of whey protein concentrates and isolates are an excellent source of protein for seniors, being low in fat, cholesterol and lactose and easily digestible. They are particularly rich in leucine, an essential amino acid which stimulates protein synthesis and promotes muscle retention whilst promoting fat loss.
Whey protein contains various bioactive components that positively affect cardiovascular health and the body’s immune system. The sulphur-containing amino acid cysteine promotes the synthesis of glutathione, the body’s own antioxidant compound.
Volactive whey protein can be easily incorporated into a wide range of applications for the senior nutrition market, due to their excellent digestibility, solubility, stability, smooth mouth feel and clean flavour.a