Why Supplement With Whey Protein?

Why Whey Protein Isolate?

Why should athletes use whey protein isolate? Compared to other forms of whey protein, whey protein isolate is a more pure, concentrated form of whey protein with higher protein content and less filler, i.e. carbs and fat per serving. It is an ideal post-workout recovery supplement for all athletes, as the US and Canadian Dietary Association recommends an increased intake of protein for strength and endurance athletes for muscle growth.(1) Unless you have a dietitian to plan your meals, meeting this requirement can be difficult. So, what can we do as athletes?

Enter whey protein supplementation. For years, athletes have used whey protein to meet the body’s increased protein demands and increase muscle mass adaptations to exercise. These results are backed by research which shows consuming protein immediately before or after exercise helps to increase muscle mass.(2,3)

Furthermore, new scientific evidence suggests using specific types of whey protein can be better for muscle hypertrophy than others. Several studies have demonstrated whey protein isolate to be superior in terms of potency to other forms of protein for increasing muscle protein synthesis, which ultimately leads to increased muscle mass.(4,5) Upper Echelon Nutrition's Whey Protein Isolate contains all the benefits of whey protein isolate using scientifically formulated and third-party tested ingredients to fuel athletes at all levels. The ingredients are all-natural - we only use cocoa powder, Himalayan rock salt, and Stevia for flavoring - resulting in a protein that quite simply tastes amazing. On top of that, each batch of our whey isolate undergoes a strict quality control process that includes independent third party testing to ensure that our protein is exactly what we say it is, free of any harmful substances or contaminants.


1. Phillips, S. M. & van Loon, L. J. C. Dietary protein for athletes: From requirements to optimum adaptation. J. Sports Sci. 29, (2011).
2. Wilborn, C. D. et al. The effects of pre- and post-exercise whey vs. Casein protein consumption on body composition and performance measures in collegiate female athletes. J. Sport. Sci. Med. 12, 74–79 (2013).
3. Schoenfeld, B. The Mechanisms of Muscle Hypertrophy and Their Application to Resistance Training. J. Strength Cond. Res. 24, 2857–2872 (2010).
4. Tang, J. E., Moore, D. R., Kujbida, G. W., Tarnopolsky, M. A. & Phillips, S. M. Ingestion of whey hydrolysate, casein, or soy protein isolate: Effects on mixed muscle protein synthesis at rest and following resistance exercise in young men. J. Appl. Physiol. 107, 987–992 (2009).
5. Burd, N. A. et al. Greater stimulation of myofibrillar protein synthesis with ingestion of whey protein isolate v. micellar casein at rest and after resistance exercise in elderly men. Br. J. Nutr. 108, 958–962 (2012).