Boomer Nutrition Protein supplements were created to help you preserve lean muscle as you age and new research out of McMaster University in Hamilton, ON found a multi-ingredient whey protein based supplement, (when it’s combined with exercise, and even when it is not) that is building muscle and slowing age related muscle loss in older adults.

The new study shows that a whey protein supplement combined with creatine, Vitamin D, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids can improve both muscle strength and lean muscle mass in their 70 year old participants.

The study, published in PLOS ONE, found that 12 weeks of twice daily consumption of this multi ingredient whey protein supplement resulted in “significant gains in muscle strength and lean mass,” according to Kristen Bell, lead author of the study.

Muscle loss, known as Sarcopenia, is a normal part of aging and begins slowly in our 40s. As we age, we lose muscle at a faster rate and if ignored, can result in frailty, mobility issues and metabolic disorders in our early 60s and 70s.

“Older people who do little to prevent the progression of sarcopenia drift toward a state where they find activities of daily living, like rising from a chair or ascending stairs very difficult or maybe impossible,” says lead scientist Stuart Phillips, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and member of McMasters institute for Research on Aging.

The study followed two groups of men in their 70s, one group took  protein based nutritional supplements for six weeks while the other took a placebo.  The following six weeks a progressive exercise program was added while still continuing to take the protein supplements (& placebo).

The most notable finding showed improvements in deteriorating muscle health and overall strength both before and after the exercise program was added.

Exercise is an important part of slowing age related muscle loss and overall health, but this new study showed impressive results of preserving muscle mass even for those who go through times of being unable to exercise due to illness or injury. Using protein supplements such a whey protein powder in a daily morning smoothie is a healthy way to increase protein intake and reap the benefits of maintaining muscle mass.

“The current results demonstrate that this multi-ingredient supplement may be beneficial in patients for whom structured exercise is not possible or who are undergoing periods of muscle disuse,” the researchers explained.

“Clearly, exercise is a key part of the greatly improved health profile of our subjects, says Bell, “but we are very excited by the enhancements the supplement alone and in combination with exercise was able to give our participants.”

For more information, read the full study in the PLOS One Journal – PLOS ONE Journal, July 17, 2017

See the Global TV coverage of the research here. 

Other Sources Sources

McMaster University News, July 18, 2017 

NutraIngredients. com July 21, 2017