A Plethora of Protein Powders
Most people think of protein powder supplements simply as muscle-builders or possibly diet aids. The truth is that protein is involved in many biological systems and processes. Along with energy production, protein makes up and maintains all connective tissues (hair, skin and nails, tendons, ligaments, cartilage etc., along with collagen and keratin to support these tissues), bones, muscles and organs. Protein is a constituent of enzymes and hormones, and is vital for blood composition, making up hemoglobin and albumin which transport oxygen, hormones and fatty acids. Clearly, protein is not important just for the gym-rat anymore! Certain people may be at risk for deficiencies, including the elderly and the very young, athletes, pregnant women and dieters. Some vegan diets as well, if not consciously thought out, may lack enough protein to meet daily needs.
A wide variety of options exists nowadays for consumers wishing to supplement with protein powders. Sources of protein which are not common allergens are coming to the forefront. Soy is not terribly desirable for amultitude of reasons including indigestibility and anti-nutrients as well as its phytoestrogenic properties which men in particular may want to avoid. Whey protein, despite its high bioavailability, will not appeal to vegans and those with dairy sensitivities. Brown rice protein, a longtime stalwart of the industry, is declining in popularity with the increased interest in avoiding grains. Some plant-based proteins, despite not being common allergens, are not ideal sources as they are not complete proteins. This means they are lacking one or more of the nine essential amino acids which the body cannot manufacture and thus must be supplied by diet. Remember the old "rice and beans combining" adage? Francis Moore Lappe, who popularized this belief long ago, has recently retracted this idea, saying that the body will not immediately suffer if one meal is lacking a complete protein as long as it receives the missing amino acids in a subsequent meal, for instance, since the liver stores various essential amino acids. Even with this validation, a protein which is complete is certainly desirable for the body and the consumer.
Enter the new superstar of protein powders: pea protein. This humble legume is a powerhouse of protein, not only containing all nine essential amino acids, but boasting one of the highest non-animal sources of the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) which prevent muscle breakdown and aid muscle recovery. Pea protein is hypoallergenic, alkaline-forming, non-GMO, gluten- and cholesterol-free, and has an extremely high absorbency rate, meaning it is quickly and easily assimilated and can be put to immediate use in muscles and the body. Most pea protein is in an isolate form as well, making it a concentrated protein containing around 25 grams per serving. Compared to whey protein at about 23 grams and brown rice protein at 12-14 grams per serving, pea protein is a lot of protein bang for your buck. Evergreen has several options for pea protein, appearing in blends with other plant proteins such as brown rice, or as a stand-alone protein, such as Nuzest's Clean Lean Protein, which is from non-GMO Golden Peas specially grown in France under conditions protecting them from environmental toxins.
Another exciting new protein source is medicinal mushrooms, which along with protein content will impart a host of additional benefits. Evergreen is pleased to have as one of our house label products a blend of plant-based proteins including brown rice and chia proteins with a blend of mushrooms including Reishi, Turkey Tail and Lion's Mane. Nerve, brain, heart and immune support are wonderful bonuses here thanks to these mushrooms. This product also contains digestive enzymes and probiotics making it a truly multi-tasking protein product.
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