|Raw Whey Protein Powder- The Ultimate Grass Fed Whey
Raw Whey Protein Powder is a unique supplement derived
from grass fed cow's milk. The casein, which is a milk protein
commonly associated with allergies, is removed when
producing whey protein. Raw Whey Protein powder contains
an excellent spectrum of amino acids which are the building
blocks of protein and are also the precursors of hormones
and neurotransmitters such as thyroid hormone, serotonin,
melatonin, dopamine, adrenaline, etc. Raw whey protein
contains a large amount of beneficial proteins called
immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and serum bovine albumin which
help the body heal and develop proper immunity.
Egg white was long considered the gold standard for protein quality and was assigned a biological
availability value of 100%. Every other protein source such as beef or fish was
measured as a percent of the quality of egg white. But when the biological availability of raw whey protein
was discovered to be much greater than that of egg whites, the percents
were changed to whole numbers. Egg whites were assigned a value of 100 and raw whey protein powder
measures well above 100, depending on the production methods.
Are all Whey Proteins the Same?
NO! Just as there are many different types of cheese, there are also many different methods of extracting
whey protein from whole milk and each process has an effect on the quality of the whey produced. There is
micro-filtration, ultra-filtration, cross-filtration, and ionization to name a few. But the most important aspect of
whey processing is heat, or more specifically, lack of heat.
Raw milk has never been through the heating process of pasteurization which denatures the health
promoting proteins and destroys the beneficial enzymes found in the raw milk. Typical high-heat
pasteurization denatures the protein which means the beneficial enzymes, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin,
serum bovine albumin, growth factors and active peptides are denatured or broken down into the individual
amino acids. This destroys the beneficial healing effects of the original proteins.
How much Heat is too much Heat?
There are two factors of heat that may have an affect on whey protein: 1) the amount of heat (temperature)
and 2) the duration of the heat (time).
In order for powdered whey protein to be legally sold in th United States, it must be pasteurized. The FDA
has recognized four possible ways to safely do so:
The milk used in Dr. Webster's Complete Raw Whey Protein is subjected to the minimum amount of heat
allowed by law. This low temperature process kills bacteria that might be in the milk but does NOT denature
the healthy proteins or enzymes found in the fresh raw milk.
The graph below shows the intact protein content obtained when testing our final product versus a typical
pasteurized whey powder.
So is this product still Raw?
I get this question a lot. The answer depends on which of the three definitions of "raw" you use.
Definition #1- Raw: No heat has been added
Everything in the known universe has heat. Even things that are very cold have some amount of heat. To
have "no heat" means that the object is at absolute zero which is -273.15 degrees Celsius. And that
temperature has only recently been achieved in a very exotic lab experiment.
This definition makes no real sense as it applies to food.
Definition #2- Raw: The product has not been heated beyond its environmental temperature
If a cow is milked in the winter, the environment might be very cold compared to the temperature in your
house. If a bucket of fresh milk is taken straight from a cow on a cold, 35 degree day and into a warm house
where the temperature is 72 degrees, would you say that milk is no longer raw just because the milk has
been heated from 35 degrees to 72 degrees? Would the milk be less healthy at room temperature? Isn't the
room temperature milk just as "raw" as milk that is produced in the summertime when the outside
temperature is above 72 degrees?
Obviously, this definition is of no real use as it applies to food either.
Definition #3- (from Webster's dictionary) Raw: Unchanged or Unaltered from its natural form
This is the proper definition to use when health is concerned and it is the definition that we use when we
claim that our product is "raw." We test our milk before and after and have determined that all of the health
promoting proteins, amino acids and components in the fresh raw milk are completely unchanged and
unaltered by our proprietary gentle processing technique. So yes, we feel that our product does qualify as
a truly raw product by the only definition of the word that makes any logical sense.
Cysteine and Raw Whey Protein? How does this help our
Cysteine is one of the 20 or so amino acids that combine to make up all of the different proteins that make
up life. Different combinations of the 20 amino acids make the diversity we see in the proteins that make up
enzymes, bones, muscles, nerves, hormones, etc. When we do not have enough of one of the amino acids,
our ability to make the proper proteins that our bodies need is severely diminished.
Although every amino acid is important, the amino acid cysteine should hold special importance to those
trying to detoxify their bodies. Cysteine contains sulphur which means that cysteine can bind to toxins
and ship them to the liver where the liver can further detoxify and eliminate those toxins. Without high
sulphur containing amino acids such as cysteine, the body can not effectively detoxify.
Cysteine is also a precursor to the most important anti-oxidant in the body- glutathione. Glutathione is
the most abundant anti-oxidant in the body that protects us from damage due to toxins and free radicals.
Glutathione is found in the highest concentration in the brain and the liver. No wonder low glutathione levels
are closely linked to neurologic disorders such as parkinsons and alzheimers as well as cirrhosis of the
liver. Glutathione is also in charge of pushing toxic metals, such as mercury, out of brain cells so that the
other detox pathways can eliminate the toxic metals from the body. Without cysteine, there would be no
glutathione to help your body eliminate toxic metals or to protect your precious brain or liver.
Heat and Cysteine
Excessive heat from pasteurization causes the amino acid cystine to be broken down into two molecules of
the amino acid called cysteine. When ingested, cysteine does not make it through the digestive process
intact. This may be the most important aspect of raw whey protein versus pasteurized whey. Raw whey
protein is full of cystine whereas pasteurized whey contains very little. That cystine will make it through the
digestive process and once absorbed it will be broken down into the all important amino acid called cysteine.
Clearly, our bodies require large amounts of cysteine (from digested cystine) which is most available in Raw
Can I get Cysteine/Cystine from other protein sources?
In short, not enough. We've already established why high-heat pasteurized milk and pasteurized whey
protein are poor sources for cysteine/cystine. But let's look at other common protein sources.
Goat's milk- As a whole food, goats milk is preferable over cows milk because it contains very few allergens
and is much easier to digest than cows milk. But when you compare the protein content in goats milk to that
of the low allergen raw whey protein, there is no comparison in the bio-availability and cysteine/cystine
content. Raw whey is much higher in both and raw whey is equally as easy to digest as goats milk. Further,
raw goats milk is very difficult to obtain unless you own a goat. Yet, raw whey protein is available right here.
Soy- If you want to detoxify, this is definitely NOT the protein source for you. For one thing there is virtually
zero cysteine in soy protein and second, soy contains high amounts of phyto-estrogens which will bog down
your detoxification pathways and increase cancer risk. In fact, one serving of soy based infant formula
contains the same amount of estrogen as five birth control pills!!! Stay away from soy protein.
Where can I get Raw Whey Protein?
Unfortunately, most health food stores and nutrient shops
do not understand the benefits of raw whey protein
versus pasteurized whey. I carry a professional grade raw
whey protein that was extracted from natural organic milk.
The Guernsey A2 cows are fed a year-round diet of
natural green grass- no pesticides or herbicides. Grass
fed cows are healthier than typical cows. This results in
healthier milk that is high in omega-3's and a nutrient called
CLA which aids in fat burning. The whey is extracted from
the fresh milk using a proprietary low heat filtration system
that does not denature the protein and completely leaves
the cystine intact (unlike cross-flow filtration, micro-filtration,
ultra-filtration, hydrolyzation, ion exchange or other filtration
processes). It is by far the finest source of whey protein I have found.
For more information on this product and other great health products such as our Complete
Organic Greens Powder, click the image to the right or contact Dr. Webster.
Complete Health and Weight Loss
5000 Legacy Dr. #240
Plano, TX 75024