Whey – the potion full of health
Today almost forgotten and unknown to many people, whey is one of the healthiest potions. Whey is obtained during the production of cheese, it is the liquid that remains after squeezing cheese – from 10 liters of milk yields 1 kilogram of cheese and 9 liters of whey. In the past, whey was tossed, although it was known as a natural medicine. Today, it is known for its good properties and it is used in the prevention of various diseases. Even Hippocrates recommended whey as a medicine.
During the process of cheese production, milk curdles and the milk protein and most dairy fat are being isolated, the whey gets most of the valuable nutrients, but it also impoverishes calories. The whey consists mainly of water (94%), and the residue of the dry substance consisting of lactose (75%), protein (14%), fats and minerals (11%). Whey gets from milk all carbohydrates (lactose, glucose, galactose, oligosaccharides, amino sugars), the soluble salts and trace elements. Whey contains vitamin B, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, and the most valuable element are proteins. They contain all the essential amino acids and branched chain amino acids, and because of it, they have a higher biological value than the milk proteins. Total whey protein contains 16 proteins, 8 minerals, 7 vitamins, 23 amino acids and 11 enzymes. Whey is rich in cysteine, which is needed for the body’s production of glutathione, an antioxidant that protects the body from infections and toxins.
The healing properties of whey are numerous. Whey stimulates the release of serotonin (hormone of happiness) and reduces stress, strengthens teeth, regulates blood pressure, provides children with proteins necessary for proper growth and development, because of the low fat content reduces obesity, reduces appetite, helps to increase muscle mass and tissue repair, and it is used by many athletes, regulates the acid in the stomach, reduces blood sugar, regulates digestion, stimulates and regenerates the liver, stimulates the kidneys and bile, consequently encouraging the removal of toxins from the body, strengthens the immune system and prevents osteoporosis.
Everyone can consume whey, even persons with lactose intolerance can consume one cup of whey a day. It is recommended to start with lower doses, because in some people it can cause a laxative effect. It is recommended to consume up to half a liter a day.
Interesting is the story of Thomas Parr (1483-1635), the English farmer who died at age of 152 years. As one of the main reasons for his longevity is considered the whey that he consumed every day. In addition to whey, Thomas every day consumed green cheese, onion and apple juice. The last 20 years of his life he was blind and died in London where he was taken to meet King Charles I, where he changed his diet and started consuming alcohol, which is considered the cause of the rapid weakening and death. According to the King’s order, he was buried in Westminster Abbey.