How Does Slow Release Protein Work? #QoW

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How Does Slow Release Protein Work?

Also known as Casein, Slow Release protein sort of does exactly what it’s name suggests. It releases slowly to feed your muscles over time, which is why it’s perfect for before bed to help your muscles recover while you’re sleeping. It’s also good if you know you’re going to have a long break between meals and want something to keep you feeling full for an extended time.

Casein is the solid protein in milk (milk is 80% casein and 20% whey). It has a unique structure, which gives it a reputation as a binding agent. In the case of your body’s reaction to it, when casein reacts with your stomach acid, it forms a gel. This substance takes longer to break down, meaning a more efficient release of those all-important amino acids.