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Looking for a Great All Around Protein Source? We Have the Answer
Protein supplements are a great addition to any healthy diet and many people find they can easily add them to their morning smoothies. Protein powders give you branched chain and essential amino acids in a form that is easily absorbed by the body. If you have ever shopped for a protein powder, however, you know that there are many, many different types, made from different substances, and many different brands.
Although there are many choices, there aren’t really that many sources that come from a high quality source. Pea protein, pure pea protein, is one of the best all-around supplements that you can buy today.
Almost all commercial protein sources used today include wheat gluten, egg, whey, and soy. Consumers should be wary of these supplements as soy is generally from GMO sources, and all of these sources not only tend to promote inflammation in the body, but they commonly cause allergic reactions.
There are also animal protein supplements. Unfortunately, most animals in America are raised in corporate owned, factory farms that are unbelievably filthy and full of toxins. Animals are loaded up with antibiotics and growth hormones while being fed disgusting, GMO, pesticide filled grains and chicken litter. Since you are what you eat (and this applies to animals as well as humans) these items accumulate in the tissues and muscles of the animals you eat.
Now animal protein is a great source of protein if animals are raised in the right conditions. Animal protein from free range chickens and grass fed cows, along with free range eggs, have the best all-around ratios of amino acids. Read more about foods that are rich source of protein.
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However, if you are one of those persons who are sensitive to dairy products, including whey protein and eggs, you will not be able to consume these sources of protein. If you are vegan, then animal protein is also not for you.
This is where pea protein comes into play. This vegetable protein is perhaps the most hypoallergenic of all proteins and, as if that were not enough, it has a 98 percent absorption rate! Many people believe that brown rice is a good protein source and that would be true were it not for the fact that brown rice is now contaminated with dangerously high levels of a heavy metal called tungsten.
With high levels of important amino acids such as phenylalanine, lysine, and arginine, along with all the other essential amino acids, it has a well-balanced profile that meets the requirements that have been set for adult protein consumption by the World Health Organization.
Pea proteins contain branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s) that have been shown to keep the body in a constant state of muscle burning while increasing gains in strength. This helps the body burn more fat and builds more lean muscle tissue.
The most important BCAA’s would be isoleucine, valine, and leucine, which pea protein packs a lot of. If you leave off animal protein, pea protein is the best source of all these powerful BCAA’s, and with its high absorbency rate, it absolutely rivals whey protein for having positive effects on the body’s metabolism and building of lean body tissue.
If you are interested in the healthy circulation that improves cardiovascular health, sexual and athletic performance that L-arginine gives the body, then you will be interested to know that pea protein is the richest source of this vital amino acid.
Lysine is a precursor of carnitine, the amino acid which converts fatty acid into energy. It also builds collagen, which is vital for maintaining cartilage, skin, tendons, and bones. Pea protein is a great source of this essential amino acid as well.
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Each scoop of pea protein powder packs a big 5 grams of BCAA’s. This is almost the same as whey powder which has right around 6 grams per serving. So all you need is two scoops of pea protein powder every day and you will get all the important amino acids you need to lose fat, build lean muscle and keep your body healthy and fit.
Pea powder is easily digested as well. It isn’t going to make you feel bloated or give you gas. Your body easily absorbs this protein and makes it quickly available for your body to use. No one can say this about soy, which is difficult to digest and cannot be used by your body very easily.
Pea protein is also completely lactose free, so if you can’t stomach lactose, you won’t have any problems with this protein powder. Many people who are lactose intolerant find that they get terrible gas and bloating from the sugar found in many whey protein powders. Also, pea protein powder mixes easily with water, so you won’t have those lumpy, bumpy, nasty tasting smoothies that have lumps of dry powder in them because they are difficult to mix and dissolve.
If you are on a low carb diet, pea protein is also a good choice for you as well. With only 2 grams of carbs in each scoop, you won’t have to cut carbs in other parts of your diet when you add pea protein to your life.
If you are currently using another type of protein powder, pick up some pea protein powder next time around and see if you can’t feel the difference.
Diepvens K1, Häberer D, Westerterp-Plantenga M. Different proteins and biopeptides differently affect satiety and anorexigenic/orexigenic hormones in healthy humans. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Mar;32(3):510-8.