Immunocal and Your Muscular System
The whey protein isolate in Immunocal will help you build muscular strength when combined with resistance exercise. The writers of a May 2015 paper in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging documented this effect in 99 older adults.
In the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging study, neither treatment affected body composition. Yet whey protein isolate can have muscle-building or anabolic effects.
The authors of an August 2016 article in Physiological Reports explored these effects in younger men. The men got the equivalent of either two or four servings of Immunocal during a single bout of resistance exercise. Both treatments dramatically increased muscle protein synthesis with the larger dose having a bigger effect. The subjects' initial body composition didn't affect these results, so it seems that everyone can benefit from ingesting whey protein isolate.
Immunocal and Your Cardiovascular System
Immunocal can affect much more than your muscular system. It can, for example, have a positive effect on your cardiovascular system. The authors of a December 2012 report in the journal Appetite documented these effects in 30 younger men.
The glutathione increases in the Appetite study might have clinical benefits. People with psoriasis have increased oxidative stress and decreased glutathione, according to an October 2013 article in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. These researchers tested seven psoriasis patients and found that two daily servings of Immunocal for three months improved the skin condition.
The writers of a study in the August 2016 Journal of Neurological Sciences hoped to get a similar result in 32 people with Parkinson's disease. While some biochemical markers improved, the patients didn't show any behavioral improvements.
While these research papers indicate many health benefits of Immunocal and whey protein isolate, larger studies are needed to confirm the benefits before claims can be made.
Immunocal and Side Effects
Many people interested in Immunocal and other whey supplements do resistance exercises. These workouts trigger protein turnover, and failing to get enough protein while training will have negative consequences. Yet whey protein can also cause side effects.
The writers of a January 2014 review in the Austin Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences listed some of these side effects. They include decreased appetite, headache, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, thirst and cramps. The prenatal and neonatal effects of whey remain unknown, so breastfeeding and pregnant women should avoid excessive whey.
According to Kids With Food Allergies, children should avoid all forms of milk including whey if they are allergic. Milk allergy affects 1 to 2 percent of children and some adults. This allergic reaction can have a fast onset and severe consequences.
If you experience the less severe side effects of whey, you may have lactose intolerance. Taking a lactase supplement might help you avoid these digestive symptoms. Yet you should speak with a health care expert before taking any supplement including Immunocal.
- Immunotec: "Immunocal"
- Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging: "Effect of Cysteine-Rich Whey Protein (Immunocal®) Supplementation in Combination With Resistance Training on Muscle Strength and Lean Body Mass in Non-Frail Elderly Subjects"
- Physiological Reports: "Response of Muscle Protein Synthesis Following Whole‐Body Resistance Exercise Is Greater Following 40 g Than 20 g of Ingested Whey Protein"
- Appetite: "Changes in Antioxidant Status and Cardiovascular Risk Factors of Overweight Young Men After Six Weeks Supplementation of Whey Protein Isolate and Resistance Training"
- Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology: "Psoriasis Improvement in Patients Using Glutathione-Enhancing, Nondenatured Whey Protein Isolate"
- Journal of the Neurological Sciences: "Biochemical and Clinical Effects of Whey Protein Supplementation in Parkinson's Disease"
- Austin Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences: "Peptides and Proteins in Whey and Their Benefits for Human Health"
- Kids With Food Allergies: "Milk Allergy"