Action Whey® is Different, and Superior, for Many Reasons:
- Action Whey®, is made via a unique, proprietary low-heat drying and filtering process which is the result of years of work and research. This process, which is utilized exclusively in the manufacturing of Action Whey® products for Emerald Express™, delivers a true, full-range biologically-active whey protein concentrate that ensures optimal health benefits and peak performance.
- Action Whey®, also contains Immunoglobins and Lactoferrin, both of which have been shown in studies to improve gastrointestinal function and immune system strength. Most other whey proteins are high-heat processed which destroys their natural and essential biological activity.
- Unlike many proteins that use soy, Action Whey®, uses nature's richest source of biologically-active whey protein. While soy protein is low in the amino acid methionine, whey protein contains all the amino acids your body needs in the best balance yet found in any food. Action Whey®'s bioactive, full-range protein provides complete amino acid supplementation.
- The low-heat-processed whey protein in Action Whey®, is derived strictly from herds that graze year-round on pesticide-free, chemical-free natural grass pastures - not from factory farms that feed the cattle grain, which transforms healthy milk proteins into allergens and carcinogens, or modern feeding methods that substitute high-protein, soy-based feeds for fresh green grass.
- The milking cows are never subject to any chemicals, genetically-modified organisms, hyper-immunizations or injected pathogens; nor are they given bovine growth hormone or any other hormones.
- Just one Action Whey®, shake each day delivers 20% to 30% of the RDA (depending on your weight and exercise level) of supreme-quality bioactive protein, with a complete and perfectly-balanced amino acid profile plus powerful immune-enhancing compounds that will give your body the edge it needs to stay vitally healthy and in ideal physical wellness. All this, in one convenient, economical and delicious drink mix!
Taken before or between meals, Action Whey® can help you:
- Balance your blood sugar - ideal for managing hypoglycemia
- Support the health of your liver by aiding in detoxification
- Improve muscle endurance - great for weight training
- Obliterate free radicals with its potent antioxidant properties
- Support weight loss - take 20 minutes before meals to help manage appetite*
Additional Scientific and Technical Information
What is Lactoferrin?
Lactoferrin is an iron-binding and iron-modulating protein found in bovine milk and even more prevalent in our whey protein concentrate. Lactoferrin resides in the chemical family called cytokines. This family of chemicals coordinates the body's cellular immune defensive response that protects us from most infections, tumors and cancers. They also boost the activity of T-cells and stimulate production of immunoglobulins. Without these cytokines our immune system suffers and reacts to that by creating an over-active immune response. It is our body's first defense, protecting orifices such as the eyes, mouth and nose from bacterial infection.
Lactoferrin and Iron Modulation
Lactoferrin is a vital bioactive molecule which can provide iron to those cells in need, and limit it to those in excess, maintaining an iron homeostasis within the body. Iron deficiency is a fairly common disorder, affecting billions of people a year. The result of iron deficiency can lead to extreme anemia, characterized by fatigue, lethargy, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. The role of iron in a well-functioning body and immune system is well documented and pretty much agreed upon across the board. Common sufferers of iron deficiency include (but are not limited to) women, children, vegetarians, and many studies conclude, high endurance athletes. The body does not easily assimilate iron (or Lactoferrin) in a denatured state (highly processed) which is how it is presented in many bovine dietary supplements. With these supplements, high amounts are required for any benefit to arise. Action Whey® is a non-denatured whey protein supplement that is not a by-product of cheese manufacturing and therefore the bioavailability of the Lactoferrin is maintained.
On the flip side excess iron is a risk as well, although not as common. Some complications associated with this disorder are: bacterial infections, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders and even iron-toxicity. A lot of these complications arise from the body's ingestion of unbound iron.
Iron that is bound to Lactoferrin is much easier for the body to absorb and utilize, and is not lost through human excretions or through other organisms in the body. Iron not bound in the body is a catalyst for the production of free radicals, which have a negative effect on the body's biology. Lactoferrin is an important part of the body's natural defense. Studies show that it inhibits the binding of pathogens like H. pylori and E. coli to the intestinal wall. Many micro-organisms need iron for growth, by limiting the levels of free iron, Lactoferrin can inhibit bacterial growth and help to deprive them of iron. The pathogens cellular structure loses its integrity because of the iron deprivation and necrosis ensues.
The first major entrance of Lactoferrin on the health scene was prompted by a paper written by an AIDS researcher discussing the importance of Lactoferrin as a regulator of the immune response in people with AIDS. Recent studies have shown that Lactoferrin can also inhibit the growth of the HIV virus.
There have been many other studies proving Lactoferrin to be a very beneficial substance. The antibacterial properties have been documented very well. A study by the Institute of Public Health in Tokyo, Japan showed that E. coli 0157:H7 can falter under influence of the anti microbial effects of bovine Lactoferrin. Another well-documented study by the National Cancer Institute in Tokyo, Japan concluded that bovine Lactoferrin inhibits the Hepatitis C infection in human cells. This is of major importance for Hepatitis C has been found to be the main causative factor in chronic viral hepatitis. Lactoferrin seems to inhibit the absorption of the viral particle to the human cell by binding to the cell receptor site or to the virus.
Lactoferrin has a broad range of benefits, with new discoveries being made daily. It enhances and modulates immune-function overall, plus has many iron-enhancing and modulating benefits. It has also been said to act as an immuno-stimulating factor in the digestive system, as well as an inhibitor of the growth of many unhealthy micro-organisms in the digestive tract. Lactoferrin regulates the immune response of the body in many differing ways. It inhibits many viruses from thriving in the body and it is a very important component in immune-therapy. Vital Whey® provides an excellent source of non-denatured Lactoferrin in its most biologically-available state.
Immunoglobulins (IgG) are proteins that are present in bovine whey protein. One of their functions is as a transporter of antibodies against harmful microorganisms like viruses, bacteria's and other foreign invaders. IgG has been used to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis A, anemia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and chickenpox, among others. IgG are essential elements to maintain a humans immunity from detrimental microorganisms and toxins. This substance is transferred from mother to child inside of the womb via the mother's blood to protect him/her from the introduction of pathogens in the outside world. This way the child is born with a passive immunity. IgG work together and separately to battle antigens. They circulate in the blood and lymphatic systems or they reside in the mucous membranes to act as a barrier against invaders.
These immunoglobulins are of a critical importance because many bacteria become more resistant to antibiotics every day. These bacteria infect our food supply and there are more virulent strains of bacteria created at a faster rate than the vaccines used to battle them. Consequently, science must continually play catch up. More and more diseases are being linked to bacterial infection, including peptic ulcers and heart disease. The claim of a link between bacterial infection and heart disorders has very strong evidence to support it (1). Vital Whey�, with its high amounts of IgG, plays a major role as a supplier of these key protein fractions.
How The Body Utilizes IgG
Our body's first line of immune defense against unhealthy organisms is the intestinal tract (2). The IgG has been found to resist break down by the digestive enzymes within the digestive tract (due to the glyco-proteins and trypsin inhibitors), therefore the IgG enters the intestinal wall fully intact where they defend the lining against invading organisms, and prevent the absorption of foreign proteins. The IgG is a factor in increasing the immune system activity level. This substance is important in stabilizing and restoring a damaged intestinal tract so it can function once again at its optimum capacity for nutrient absorption and utilization.
The antibodies derived from bovine milk have many of the mothers milk IgG characteristics and may be active against the same diseases in humans. Immunoglobulins consist of four polypeptide chains with two of the same heavy chains linked by covalent and non-covalent bridges. The light and heavy chains both have areas with constant amino acids and with a variable region. This variable region is where the antibody meets the antigen (foreign molecule). The bovine milk antigens are resistant to the peptic digestion process, which is good for those of us using a non-denatured whey protein abundant in IgG proteins (3).
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- Guyton AC. Protein Metabolism. In: Textbook of Medical Physiology 8th edition. Philadelphia (PA): WB Saunders; 1991.
- Watson DL. Immunologic functions of the mammary gland and its secretion - Comparative review. Aust J Biol Sci 1980; 33:402-422
Bovine Serum Albumin, alpha-Lactalbumin and beta-Lactoglobulin
Bovine serum albumin enhances pregastric lipases, promoting more efficient newborn digestion, plus binds fatty acids in the body. More importantly, it also contains an appreciable amount of Cysteine, which is the molecular precursor to Glutathione. Cysteine is the form naturally found in fresh, raw whole milk. This is one of the many reasons why Vital Whey® is so effective.
Alpha-lactalbumin is the subunit of lactose synthesis the enzyme which catalyzes the addition of galactose to glucose to create lactose*. It is possible this may aid in infant digestion of milk. It also contains Cysteine, though not in as great a ratio as bovine serum albumin.
Beta-lactoglobulin is involved with the transfer of passive immunity and the binding of retinol and fatty acids. This binding allows for the efficient uptake of fats by the cells.
The presence of beta-lactoglobulin and alpha-lactalbumin protein in milk is a major cause for allergic reaction in humans. Subsequently, those with true milk allergies to milk protein should not ingest these milk proteins and should caution their use in any form. Lactose intolerance is not a factor in this allergic response. Typically lactose intolerance presents itself as diarrhea from the excess consumption of lactose (this can vary from individual to individual). Action Whey® contains low levels (0.6g per 10g serving) of lactose and this is well below the tolerance level for most people.
Action Whey® contains the highest levels of naturally-occurring Covalent Bonded Cysteine. This is the critical precursor (required nutrient) for intracellular production of Glutathione.
Glutathione (GSH) is known as the "Master" antioxidant, detoxificant and anti-aging factor. It is a tripeptide that is synthesized in all tissues from Cysteine, Glutamic acid and Glycine.
Glutathione may be effective in preventing accelerated aging. It also promotes liver detoxification, helps remove heavy metals, and is a powerful intracellular antioxidant that protects DNA, mitochondria and cell membranes. The optimal way to maintain healthy Glutathione levels is by taking Action Whey® primary protein supplementation.
Regarding Whey Protein Concentrate: The Journal of Immunology reports: The bioactivity occurs through the ability of the protein concentrate to help replenish Glutathione levels via continuous dietary provision of Glutathione precursors, especially Cysteine, during lymphocyte proliferation, thus supporting an optimal immune response. This process seems to not only increase intercellular levels of Glutathione and precursors at the time of ingestion, but also builds up stores of these substances within the cells which lasts for a substantial post-ingestion time interval." Fidelus RK, Tsan MF. GSH and lymphocyte activation: a function of aging and autoimmune disease. Immunology 61: 503-508, 1987