Need to increase the amount of protein in your diet? Protein supplements can help provide you the extra grams of protein required to support your body and keep your diet in balance. CVS carries a huge selection of plant-based and whey protein products in a variety of forms and flavors to meet your needs. You can shop the entire selection to discover all of the options or browse by category to quickly find the type or form of protein supplement that you prefer.
Protein is a nutrient naturally found in foods like meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, nuts and whole grains. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When you consume foods that are rich in protein, your body breaks the nutrients down into their amino acids, which are then used for a variety of important tasks.
There are a number of reasons why you may choose to use protein supplements. Protein is required for muscle development and growth. As a result, individuals who are trying to build lean muscle mass through exercise may require more protein than other individuals. Protein supplements help make it simple for athletes, body builders and fitness enthusiasts to consume adequate amounts of protein. Individuals who are on high protein, low carbohydrate diets for weight loss or medical conditions may also choose to use protein supplements.
There are two main types of protein supplements: whey and plant-based. Whey protein comes from cow's milk. Compared to plant-based options, whey protein supplements are generally more economical. Most are also complete proteins, meaning that they supply all 20 of the amino acids required by the human body. Plant-based proteins are derived from non-dairy sources, such as brown rice, split peas or hemp. Individuals who are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy products typically need to choose plant-based options over whey. Vegans who avoid dairy products can also benefit from plant-based options. Keep in mind that not all plant proteins are complete protein supplements. You can read the product information to learn more about which amino acids are found in the available products.
Once you have focused on either whey or plant-based protein supplements, you can compare the forms and select the type that you prefer. Manufacturers offer protein bars, protein powders that you can prepare with milk or water and ready-made protein drinks in a variety of flavors.