Marc S. Schneider, M.D.
Women have specific health and metabolic needs, and their bodies respond differently to exercise and nutritional intake than do men. As such, female nutrition requirements are different than men. Women naturally have a higher body fat composition than men, and they burn more carbohydrates and less fat at rest. The fat that females store around their hips and thighs has a high concentration of Omega-3 DHA that is used for the production of breast milk.
American diets are unfortunately low in Omega-3 though. As such, American women’s fat stores are low in DHA, and this may lead to overeating as the brain tries to maximize DHA levels. DIOXYME Omega-3 can supplement DHA intake because it contains an extra strength formulation that is high in both EPA and DHA. Moreover, DIOXYME New Zealand Whey Protein also serves as an excellent supplement for women because it is derived from a 100% grass fed protein source. Grass fed cow’s milk has been shown to have significantly higher Omega-3, beta-carotene, CLA, and vitamin-E levels than traditional grain fed cow’s milk.
Overall, Omega-3 fatty acids can improve protein metabolism, enhance lean muscle mass, and decrease inflammation associated with high-intensity exercise. For these reasons, Omega-3 fatty acids should be included in any female nutrition regimen.
Believe it or not, young men and women have the same muscle protein synthesis response to resistance exercise. However, women are smaller to start with, so their percentage gains seem smaller. In addition, women do not usually maximize their protein intake as men tend to, thus resulting in lesser gains. Women looking to gain lean muscle should consume 1.4 – 2 grams of protein per kilogram body weight. Studies show that women who combine resistance exercise with protein supplementation have a greater response in muscle protein synthesis than men.
In addition to increased muscle protein synthesis, New Zealand Whey Protein can also benefit women by providing a good source of lactoferrin that supports iron metabolism. Moreover, whey helps to naturally decrease body fat stores and improve immune function and is an excellent adjuvant for helping reduce blood sugar levels without increasing insulin secretion. For these reasons, whey protein should be a part of female nutrition.
As women age, there is a tendency for muscle loss. This is slightly less than what is seen in males, but it is still prevalent. Maintenance of muscle mass directly correlates with longevity, and skeletal muscle mass in women is related to estrone, estradiol, and Vitamin-D levels.
Higher circulating blood levels of amino acids correlates with muscle protein synthesis. The consumption of whey protein and branch chain amino acid supplements provides significantly higher amino acid levels that support muscle metabolism. The minimum recommended high-quality protein intake for a non-exercising 135 pound women is about 50 grams per day. This is the equivalent of eating 9-10 ounces of chicken breasts per day.
MPO contains 5 non-hormonal, natural, anabolic stimulating ingredients that can increase muscle synthesis when combined with resistance exercise. In addition, it can decrease protein catabolism in long aerobic activities. MPO is dose dependent and for a 80-100kg man, a standard dose is used. Smaller women benefit from dosages reduced based on their lean body mass.