Whey is an incredible protein. It 1) increases glutathione, the body's
master detoxifier and antioxidant, 2) boosts immunity and 3) is the gold
standard for muscle building and strength.
Or does it? As it turns out, even something lauded by the health and
bodybuilding communities can be corrupted by food processing and that is exactly
what happened to whey. As I warn in my link on Whey and Excitotoxins,
supplement and food manufactureres, in an effort to pasteurize and purify whey,
heat it to very high temperatures. These hydrolyzed isolates and
concentrates that account for the lion's share of they whey out there are full
of excitotoxins. Just as nasty, all the glutathione-boosting properties of
the whey are destroyed as well.
So what is the answer? It turns out that there are a few manufacturers that have
developed a process to leave whey "undenatured". Yes, that's
a double negative, but you get the idea: the processors leave the whey in
its natural state and that means not only do you avoid most of the excitotoxins,
but you should get a nice glutathione increase as well. (See my link
on How to Increase Glutathione for more
One concern that you may have about having undenatured or "raw" whey is bacteria.
Pasteurization and heating, after all, is what protects us from illness.
There is another more expensive methodology that can be employed:
microfiltering to literally screen or sift out all the bacteria. This is
the method used, sometimes called a "cold press", for undenatured or
biologically active wheys. Every manufacturer has their own twist on how
to do it. As far as I know, these processes do not free up any additional
glutamine, which should leave the whey in its natural state with low levels of
Where can you get the stuff and how much does it cost? It used to be very
expensive, because, frankly, the suppliers could get away with it. Now,
though, a number of inexpensive, high quality products have hit the market
place, even on discounters like Amazon.
There is a popular brand available in stores such as Vitamin Shoppe, called
Biochem. For more information, see my links on Biochem Undenatured Whey.
Here are a couple of other examples
that I have not used: ImmunPlex Undenatured Whey Protein
Amazon also sells ImmunoPro, but this is over three times the price.
CAUTIONS: Start out slowly with undenatured whey. The boost in
glutathione will actually begin to detox your tissues and move mercury around
where it can be removed. This is a good thing as long as you do not move
too much too quickly. Individuals who have had substantial mercury
poisoning should speak to a doctor first.
So I started by saying, "No whey!" Now I say, "Yes, whey!" Well, as
long as it is undenatured...