Sarcopenia is a syndrome characterised by progressive and generalised loss of skeletal muscle mass and function. Sarcopenia can affect individuals throughout their life and especially for elderly; it will have a significant impact on the quality of life, involving falls, hospitalisation, institutionalization, and death.
Based on the high nutritional quality of whey proteins, foods/nutritional products formulated with whey proteins can help improve the physical status of individuals suffering or in risk of suffering from sarcopenia.
- Whey protein is rich in essential amino acids and has a very high nutritional quality
- Whey protein is superior to other high quality protein sources for muscle synthesis in the elderly due to higher leucine content and a fast absorption rate.