× neulife-app-icon
Open the Neulife App for a faster experience

Are Your Proteins Hydrolyzed Enough?

Imagine this. Covered in sweat, getting your pump on, you’ve probably just finished an intense session and are feeling great!

You reach for a protein shake especially ‘’whey Hydrolyzed’’ to repair damaged muscle tissue and make quality gains. Why hydrolyzed? Because the faster you absorb post-workout protein, the better results you get.

Whey protein hydrolysate is also referred to as Hydrolyzed, and is one of the latest advancements in the protein supplement industry. It first hit the shelf in the early 2000s and then we won’t stop using it as pre, intra and post workout supplement for incredible benefits.

So, what is Whey Hydrolyzed?

Whey Protein comes in three main forms: Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC), Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) and Whey Protein Hydrolyzed (WPH).

  • Whey concentrate is the least processed, still containing some fat, lactose, minerals and can range from 32% to 80% protein by weight.
  • Whey isolate is the more refined one, containing 90% whey protein, also lactose, carbs and fat free.
  • Whey hydrolyzed on the other hand is the most premium in terms of composition and absorption rates among these. It is basically WPC or WPI that has been further processed for maximum absorption via a process called hydrolysis where it is broken down (hydrolyzed) to yield smaller ‘’predigested’’ protein fractions.

Protein hydrolysis typically occurs in the GI tract (stomach) after protein consumption using acid and enzymes, but it can also be done in the lab with the help of food-grade proteolytic enzymes. As a result, breaks down protein into smaller parts making it easier to digest and absorb in the body.

Why I need Whey Hydrolyzed?

  • Efficient Absorption - Whey hydrolyzed gets absorbed at a much faster rate into the intestine, than intact proteins like whey concentrate or isolate and thus speeds up nutrient delivery to muscle tissues since they are already broken down or in pre-digested form.
  • Faster Recovery - Whey hydrolyzed protein is the best for post workout recovery because it gets digested and absorbed very quickly, making amino acids available for damaged muscle tissue repair.
    A research published in the Journal of Science in Medicine and Sports, Jan 2010, found that participants who consumed whey hydrolysate post-workout, had better recovery and performance shortly after a muscle-damaging exercise session as compared to those consumed whey isolate.
  • Improved Intra-Workout Performance - Hydrolyzed whey protein is the most rapid absorbable protein among all. It has a rich amino acid profile, especially BCAA and is ideal to be used during workout as it delivers these amino acids and protein to the muscles faster than any other form of protein for fulling.
  • Muscle Protein Synthesis - Research has shown that the body absorbs protein in short peptide chains much more efficiently as compared to larger peptide chains present in intact proteins. Hydrolyzed protein has short peptide chains which provides the body with a rich ‘amino pool’ that can be instantly utilized and trigger to the muscle’s protein synthesis.
  • Speed up Glycogen Replenishment by enhancing Insulin Response or sensitivity - Whey protein stimulates the non-glucose dependent insulin response which is extremely important for the anabolic and anti-catabolic benefits of insulin, but without glucose intake. Whey hydrolyzed protein has been shown to significantly stimulate the insulin release.
❝ Insulin is a major contributor to muscle anabolism and considering whey hydrolysate is the quickest and most efficiently absorbed protein, it stimulates insulin release to a greater degree as compared with WPC or WPI. Insulin allows nutrients like amino acids and glucose in the bloodstream to enter into the muscle cell. It also stimulates muscle protein synthesis. ❞

How do you pick the right one?

The key way to determine the quality of a whey hydrolyzed protein is Degree of Hydrolysis (DH).

Degree of hydrolysis - is referred as the % amount of broken peptide bonds in hydrolyzed protein. In other words, the % amount of the total available peptide bonds that can be broken versus the % amount of peptide bonds that are actually broken down or cleaved. And this can range from No hydrolysis (DH-0%) to complete hydrolysis (DH -100%).

A whey supplement which has a degree of hydrolysis of 5% (DH-5%), means only 5% of the whey protein has been hydrolyzed (i.e. peptide chain broken) and remaining 95% of the whey protein are still in larger protein chains.

The higher the Degree of hydrolysis (DH) of a hydrolyzed protein, the faster the whey protein will be absorbed by our body.

❝ A typical 100% whey hydrolysate has a DH value ranging from 1-5%. A DH-10% or greater is considered a high DH value, and the best protein hydrolysate supplements DH is up to 15%. ❞

Also, as the DH increases, it gives you a more and more bitter taste, to the final protein and the broken protein molecules will be reduced in molecular weight. That’s why, a whey hydrolyzed protein supplement with a Degree of Hydrolysis 100% is nearly impossible to manufacture.

Typically, in Industry, 100% whey hydrolysate has a DH value ranging from 1-5%. A DH-10% or greater is considered a high DH value, and the best protein hydrolysate supplements DH is up to 15%.

Is DH-1-5% enough to get benefits?

The specification in the supplement industry state is that the whey protein concentrates must be 80% protein and whey protein isolates must be 90% protein. But there is presently No such specification for whey hydrolyzed protein to earn the title of ‘’Whey Protein Hydrolyzed’’.

Therefore, Any % of hydrolysis of protein can claim there product as “whey protein hydrolyzed,” even if the DH is <1%. Scary isn’t it?

Most of the sneaky companies are taking the advantage of this. As a result, ‘’whey hydrolyzed proteins’’ supplement mostly available in the market are actually NOT hydrolyzed or are only 3-5% hydrolyzed for the name sake. And since companies do not want to showcase their product inferiority they don’t reveal or mentioned DH on their label.

But, unfortunately, all the research studies that show the benefits of Whey protein hydrolyzed over other proteins typically uses the whey proteins that are at least 10% hydrolyzed (DH- 10%). Whereas, in many studies where, 3-5% hydrolyzed proteins (even do not mentioned the DH) are used, no difference was found…BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME THING!


Today, there are many studies available concluding that whey protein hydrolysates are superior to any whey concentrate and Isolate only if the degree of hydrolysis is at least >10%.

You should definitely give Whey Hydrolyzed protein a try, It’s more than worth it. Just keep an eye on “degree of hydrolysis.” If the product is not giving you such information, it is probably only 3-5% hydrolyzed, which is WORTHLESS. Don’t be fooled with such gimmicks! Be smart about your purchases.

Having an edge over competitor, PROCEL has come up a full-disclosure protein labelling that tells you everything you need to know, and more.

PROCEL PRO-HYDRO is the industry’s first ever most functional protein created by using only 100% hydrolyzed coming from two native sources namely Whey Hydrolyzed and casein Hydrolyzed. This is modeled on the native protein structure of mother’s milk which is 80:20 ratio of hydrolyzed whey: hydrolyzed casein Also, while most hydrolyzed proteins have a DH < 5%, PROCEL PRO-HYDRO has extensively high degree of Hydrolysis (DH) in the industry i.e >15% which is clearly listed.

Also, PROCEL PRO-HYDRO is Another industry first with is the inclusion of Casein Phosphopeptides, a mineral binding hydrolyzed native micellar casein, which is shown in studies to enhance mineral absorption as well as have anti-inflammatory effects. After all, we believe in only the best.

Leave your comment