Protein is a natural substance that works in harmony with the human body. It can be easily consumed in a shake, sprinkled over snacks or eaten in protein bars for a quick and convenient boost. That’s why it’s the supplement of choice for many New Zealand gym enthusiasts who want to complement their workout regime and build a strong, lean physique in a healthy and natural way. Browse our range of protein supplements online today.
What is protein powder, and what are the benefits of taking it?
Protein is known as the “building block” of the human body thanks to its role in helping form skin, muscle and bone. Meat, fish, beans, eggs, nuts and cheese are examples of food that are rich in protein.
To increase your protein supply, you can eat more protein-rich foods or try protein supplements, available in several different varieties. These include whey and casein protein, which both come from milk. There are also non-dairy alternatives, such as soy, rice, hemp and pea protein. These types of dairy free protein powder are derived from plants, so they are great for anyone following a vegan diet or those with a dairy allergy that don't want to take whey protein.
To make protein supplements, protein is extracted from its source and treated to create protein powder, a versatile and easy way to increase your intake. Sprinkle it on cereal, add it to smoothies and shakes, or use it as an additional ingredient in cooking for that extra protein boost.
There are many benefits of taking protein powders. Let’s start with weight loss — consuming protein can make you feel fuller for longer, so it can be used to lose weight in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. When used in conjunction with regular exercise and healthy eating, it can give you that extra boost you need to lose your unwanted kilos.
Protein supplements are also popular with gym-goers and athletes, as they can help build muscle size and increase strength in combination with resistance training like weightlifting. Protein can also help repair muscles, helping decrease recovery time after vigorous exercise. Athletes and gym-goers typically take their protein supplements up to two hours after training to get the maximum out of their workout.
As well as being a weight loss aid and an extra tool to achieve fitness goals, some studies (1) on overweight people have also suggested that protein can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
Who should consider having protein powder?
Whether you’re looking to build muscles, lose weight or simply increase your daily intake of protein. Protein supplements are a great option.
People who are aiming to lose weight should also consider using a protein powder supplement. Because protein can make you feel fuller for longer, you will be less likely to snack in between meals. In combination with a low-fat diet and exercise, it’s a great way to boost weight loss.
Protein supplements can also be used by anyone who wants to regain strength, perhaps after an illness or surgery. In these cases, it’s important to consume high amounts of protein to promote cell repair and give you strength and energy.
What brands of protein powder does Sportsfuel stock?
Sportsfuel stocks a full range of New Zealand’s top protein powder brands, in both dairy-free and regular whey-based varieties. This means we have a protein supplement for everyone, whether you follow a plant-based diet, are lactose intolerant or are happy with regular protein supplements based on milk products.
Choose from leading NZ brands like Clean Nutrition, Nuzest and Muscle Nation, all renowned for the best quality at affordable prices — a principle that drives Sportsfuel and helps make us New Zealand’s first choice supplements store!
How do I choose the best protein powder for me?
The best protein powder for you will depend on your lifestyle and diet. Traditionally, protein supplements that are derived from milk, like whey protein powders, are a great source of muscle-building protein. However, they may not be suitable for everyone.
If you are lactose intolerant or follow a vegan lifestyle, you can find various alternative protein powders based on plants such as pea, hemp and soy. They’re a great choice to keep your diet dairy-free but still want to take advantage of protein’s many health benefits.
When I order protein powder online, when can I expect delivery?
When you shop for online protein supplements in NZ, one of your key considerations will most likely be our quick delivery service. After all, the sooner you receive your protein supplements at your NZ address, the sooner you can benefit from them!
Buy your online protein supplements in NZ from Sportsfuel for fast and free delivery in New Zealand. It’s yet another great reason to trust us for all your health supplement choices!
1. Pal S, Ellis V. ‘The chronic effects of whey proteins on blood pressure, vascular function, and inflammatory markers in overweight individuals,’ Obesity (Silver Spring), 2010 Jul;18(7):1354-9.
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