Protein source: Grass-fed whey protein concentrate
Protein payoff: 30 g per serving
If you want a “fast acting” best protein powder that will stimulate protein synthesis after a workout, go with whey. While a whey protein concentrate has a lower percentage of protein than whey isolate, it contains more bioactive compounds found in the milk fat that positively influences metabolism and immunity—just make sure it’s low-temperature-processed (raw or cold-processed). This method allows the mix to retain many of its fragile immune factors and nutrients leaving it loaded with the ideal blend of easily-absorbed amino acids, anti-inflammatory compounds, essential fats, energy-replenishing carbs, metabolism-boosting peptides, potent antioxidants, and alkaline minerals.
You’ll get even more of these nutrients when your powder is made from pasture-fed cows, which have a higher concentration of inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids and two to five times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than their corn and grain fed counterparts. CLA provides a variety of health benefits like burning fat and maintaining lean body mass. Besides toning your body, these two sources of dietary fat will also improve the absorption of key vitamins and carotenoids. Not to mention, grass-fed cows are less likely to be treated with antibiotics than grain fed cows, meaning you’ll have a lower risk of building up antibiotic resistance or gaining unnecessary weight.