The Herbs of Smoothie Essentials: Whey Protein


Add a Boost with Whey Protein Blend, featuring Whey Protein

Whey is left over when milk coagulates and contains everything that is soluble from milk. It is a 5% solution of lactose in water, with some minerals and lactalbumin.[1] It is removed after cheese is processed. The fat is removed and then is processed for human foods.[

The use of whey protein as a source of amino acids and its effect on reducing the risks of diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes is the focus of ongoing research.[2] Whey is an abundant source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs),[3] which are used to fuel working muscles and stimulate protein synthesis.[4] In particular, leucine plays a key role in initiating the transcription of protein synthesis.[5]

[1] “Whey.” The Encyclopædia Britannica. 15th ed. 1994

[2] Xiao R, Carter JA, Linz AL, Ferguson M, Badger TM, Simmen FA (September 2006). “Dietary whey protein lowers serum C-peptide concentration and duodenal SREBP-1c mRNA abundance, and reduces occurrence of duodenal tumors and colon aberrant crypt foci in azoxymethane-treated male rats”. J. Nutr. Biochem. 17 (9): 626–34. doi:10.1016/j.jnutbio.2005.11.008. PMID 16504496.

[3] Rieu I, Balage M, Sornet C, et al. (April 2007). “Increased availability of leucine with leucine-rich whey proteins improves postprandial muscle protein synthesis in aging rats”. Nutrition 23 (4): 323–31. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2006.12.013. PMID 1736799

[4] Kimball Scott; Jefferson, LS (2006). “Signaling Pathways and Molecular Mechanisms through which Branched-Chain Amino Acids Mediate Translational Control of Protein Synthesis”. Journal of Nutrition 136 (1): 227S–31S. PMID 16365087

[5] Fujita, Dreyer, Drummon, Glynn, cadenas, Et Al. (2007). “Nutrient signalling in the regulation of human muscle protein synthesis”. The Journal of physiology 582 (Pt 2): 813–23. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2007.134593. PMC 2075348. PMID 17478528

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing

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