I am an active 72-year-old and I’ve started noticing I am losing muscle density in my arms and shoulders.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am an active 72-year-old and I’ve started noticing I am losing muscle density in my arms and shoulders. Any ideas would be appreciated as I have just started to notice this in the last month. Thank you.” — William S., Orlando, FL
A. Dear William, Protein is necessary for the proper functioning of our body. Our diet provides much of the protein that we need, but during times of stress, overexertion, or trauma, we need to intake even more of this crucial ingredient. Protein is incredibly important for the development and maintenance of our musculature. As we age, muscle mass can start to decrease, but I think one of the best ways to start rebuilding muscle and improve overall health is with the addition of whey protein.
High-quality whey protein provides all of the essential amino acids, including the branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), which are essential for building muscle. The whey protein I prefer includes a combination of whey protein concentrate which metabolizes more slowly, and whey protein isolates which digest quicker. By combining these two types of whey protein, you are able to obtain maximum benefits.
I prefer a whey protein powder that you can mix in a beverage. This type of whey is easy to absorb and can help you on your road to recovery.
Because of your active lifestyle, I would also consider the addition of DLPA, curcumin, boswellia, and ginger to your whey protein regimen. These ingredients can help decrease pain and inflammation that may be caused from physical activity.
I would supplement your diet with a whey protein powder at least once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally