Albumin is a protein that makes up our blood, it is “intrinsic”, that is, a type of it is produced by the body itself, in the liver, which is called serum albumin. It has the function of loading hormones and nutrients into the blood plasma , and is among the main “solid” elements of the blood. Protein is also present in other animals and foods. The main one that we consume and contains albumin is the chicken egg.
What Food to Find
When eating foods like eggs, albumin is better used in the body, in metabolic terms. It is easy to digest, and it also contributes to its biological value. Although albumin is found abundantly throughout the egg, the albumin supplement consists only of dehydrated egg white , in powder form. This is because it is the most durable and easy to consume part that does not need to be cooked.
The albumin supplement is made from this essential egg protein and is widely found in bodybuilding supplement stores. But not only those who work out can consume powdered albumin , it is also prescribed for those who need protein compensation and are unable to obtain it through food, and healthy people can also enjoy its benefits.
Benefits of Albumin
Albumin, which is easy and inexpensive to obtain as a supplement, has the advantage of being able to supply other more expensive proteins, such as casein. This is explained by the fact that albumin has a high biological value, that is, a high capacity for use in the body . Its digestion is slow and, therefore, it has the advantage of being able to be consumed at any time of the day.
Protein is rich in amino acids, and what stands out most is glutamic acid, responsible for the synthesis of L-Glutamine. Also present are aspartic acid and L-Leucine, important for protein synthesis. In addition, albumin is still rich in B vitamins , and in the minerals potassium, phosphorus and iron .
Its main function is to act in the transport of substances in the blood, carrying molecules into and out of the body’s tissues, and allowing the water balance between the tissues and the blood . Its deficiency causes the water circulating in the body to overflow from the vessels and create edema, a “swelling” that is very common in chronic diseases.
Absence of Albumin
As albumin is essential for blood clotting , when it is lacking, the person is at greater risk of bleeding, has difficulty in healing the wounds and there may even be an increase in the volume of menstruation in women.
See in practice what are the benefits of consuming albumin:
- Repair, muscle strength and protein replacement, especially at older ages
- Decreased post-workout symptoms for those who “get heavy” in weight training
- Increased satiety due to slow digestion
- Improved coagulation and healing
- Aid in the cure of chronic diseases, mainly in the liver, such as cirrhosis
How to Take Albumin Powder?
The supplement is in the form of powdered albumin, which must be mixed with some liquid , such as water, milk, yogurt, etc. As its taste is not very pleasant, it can be used alternatively mixed in sweet or savory dishes. Initially, it is recommended to consume the supplement every 3 hours, but the moment when it is most used is before bedtime, to be digested during the period that we are without food.
For those who work out or do strenuous exercises, its consumption is not recommended just before training. As for the quantity, it is good to consult a professional, as this is calculated from the weight of each person . The recommendation is usually from 1.5g to 3g / kg per day, adding the albumin of the foods and supplements ingested.
The protein concentration in each product varies according to the brand, but generally between 30 and 40g of the albumin powder, there is at least 25g of protein. That is why it is important to consult a nutritionist.
In Brazil, albumin is usually found in pure form, with a concentration of 80%. However, in recent years, some brands have been trying to insert flavors into the powder, without sugar. But there is still mistrust on the part of some experts in these flavored products, as they may contain high values of carbohydrates such as maltodextrin, dextrose, fructose.
The most reliable are foreigners, who do not outweigh the cost benefit. For now, the best options are to add flavor to albumin on your own , with cocoa, sweetener, cinnamon, juices: whatever creativity allows.
Side Effects of Albumin
If taken without criteria, albumin can have mild to more serious side effects . Among the mildest, is the accumulation of gas and diarrhea, in the most sensitive people. These symptoms can be prevented with the use of other medications, by medical advice.
Among the most serious symptoms, which occur more rarely, are allergies and kidney disorders , as the kidney can become overloaded by the high concentration of protein, followed by sodium, in the blood. Studies are also underway that correlate excess albumin with biotin deficiency in the body.
Albumin is not caloric and low in fat , so it is not considered dangerous for those on a weight loss diet. But, as with any other food, excessive consumption without exercise accumulates in the body through fat, which in this case would be lean mass.
A final warning concerns the consumption of albumin straight from the egg: it must always be cooked to prevent the egg white contaminated with salmonella from infecting the consumer.
Albumin: Who is it recommended for?
In order to increase muscle strength and recovery after physical exercise, anyone can start supplementing with albumin, which is a natural product, as long as it is accompanied by a health professional .
It can also be prescribed by naturist doctors in specific cases of chronic patients, especially when there has been loss of liver function (in the liver), which may be followed by deficiency of this protein, or in those who have coagulation problems.
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