When you hear people talking about protein they’re usually referring to whey. Not surprising, whey protein is the ultimate protein source. Higher BV than all others, the fastest digesting, prefect amino acid profile. But what about casein protein?
I see casein protein playing a major role in building muscle. Whey protein is quick digesting, but that can also be its downfall. There are 2 times of the day where I would definitely choose casein over whey. They are:
- Before bed
- During the day (not after a workout)
These 2 times when casein rules. Why? Because of casein’s slower release into the body. Casein takes up to 7 hours to be fully absorbed by the body, that’s 7 hours of vital protein being delivered to muscles that are repairing after intense training sessions (yeah, you’re training intense right?!).
Casein is often referred to as night time protein, and it is. I have personally experienced more muscle and weight gains just by switching to casein at night times. Now, I would never take whey before bed.
The other time of the day I like to take casein is about 2 hours before my workout. For exactly the same reasons, I want that protein to be made available to my muscles during my workout. If I wanted to do this with whey, I’d have to take it right before I trained which would leave me feeling bloated.
So don’t write casein off, it has its place, and you can build more muscle taking it!