Whey Protein Supplementation & Pressure Ulcers

Whey Protein Supplementation & Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, a common and debilitating condition, have long posed challenges in terms of effective treatment and management. Recent research published in the Journal of Wound Care (by Gutman & Kongshavn, Vol 28 (7) 2019 S16-23) highlights the remarkable benefits of whey protein supplementation in the treatment of pressure ulcers.

The Study:

The study focused on ten patients, each with pressure ulcers categorised as II, III, or IV. These ulcers had shown no signs of improvement over a span of at least two months, and the patients typically had additional complications such as COPD, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. The average age of the participants was 77 years.

The patients were administered orally 20g of whey protein isolate – a rich source of cysteine and cystine – twice daily. The treatment periods varied from 16 to 120 days, reflecting the diverse nature of the cases.



A total of 23 pressure ulcers were treated during the study period. The findings were encouraging, with 44% of the ulcers demonstrating complete resolution, while 83% exhibited a significant improvement of over 75% during the observation period.



The study emphasises the role of whey protein in promoting the healing of pressure ulcers. Whey protein is abundant in cysteine and cystine, and serves as a valuable source of amino acids necessary for tissue rebuilding. Furthermore, the bioactive cysteine (cystine) plays a crucial role in promoting the synthesis of intracellular glutathione, contributing to a positive nitrogen balance.

This research opens up exciting possibilities for the treatment of pressure ulcers, particularly in cases where conventional approaches have proven ineffective. The use of whey protein supplementation presents a safe and potentially transformative intervention for individuals struggling with persistent pressure ulcers, especially in the presence of complicating factors like COPD, diabetes, or cardiovascular diseases.

In conclusion, the findings from this study offer hope for patients grappling with the challenge of pressure ulcers. The potential benefits of whey protein supplementation in facilitating tissue repair and promoting a positive nitrogen balance could pave the way for innovative and effective approaches to pressure ulcer management in the future.


Why McLeod Nutrition's Whey Protein Concentrate?

High-Quality Ingredients:

McLeod Nutrition's Whey Protein Concentrate uses high-quality ingredients to ensure optimal effectiveness.

Rich Source of Cysteine and Cystine:

Our whey protein concentrate has a high content of cysteine and cystine (2.3%), addressing the unique needs of pressure ulcer recovery as highlighted in the study.

Proven Results:

The compelling results of the Journal of Wound Care study indicates that whey protein has the ability to drive substantial improvements in pressure ulcer healing.

Comprehensive Support:

McLeod Nutrition's Whey Protein Concentrate doesn't just provide simple amino acids; it contains proteins: alpha lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, serum albumin and immunoglobulins.  It also contains glycomacropeptide. This complex blend assists the synthesis of intracellular glutathione and contributes to a positive nitrogen balance for enhanced recovery.

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