Recently, we wrote about protein supplements. In particular, we promoted the whey variety. It’s just been brought to our attention that whey may not be the greatest alternative. Granted, many studies have proven its efficacy in providing people with absorbable protein in significant concentrations.
Recently, however, I read the following article at http://organicbodybuilding.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/protein-whey-vs-vegan/ which made a great point about whey protein. Kimberly noted that the stickiness of whey and water mixed is what goes into your system when taking whey products. That really is concerning. Her summary of other plant based alternatives was really helpful. We thought it would be useful to our readers to get a similar summary.
Although whey is convenient and does its job, is it really healthy? What does that sticky residue do to our insides? Are there natural alternatives? What should you be using for your protein supplement?
Plant based proteins
Hemp protein is completely natural. It contains the main amino acid profile required of good quality protein. It has been used for a long time by people wanting to get protein but who also suffer various allergies. It contains a high concentration of protein and is well absorbed by the body.
Pea protein is relatively new and all natural! It is well absorbed by the body. It’s amino profile is not all that complete. It can be used to make a jam type solution as well.
Spirulina and chlorella
Spirulina and chlorella are great for people in the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. They are natural whole food sources of protein that come from ocean based plants. In fact, they are considered an algae. Fortunately, they are very well absorbed by the body because they are essentially a proper food source. There are other benefits to taking these supplements other than for protein. They contain many other essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, NASA and the World Health Organisation have touted spirulina as being the most useful food for space missions and for ending world hunger.
Sprouted brown rice protein
This form of protein is derived from brown rice in the whole grain variety. It contains a full amino acid profile, which makes it a complete source of protein. It is well balanced against some other non essential aminos as well. Proteins in this group have been noted for their protein content. Whey protein contains a high percentage of protein. However, this form could be a good alternative given that it has around 85 percent protein. Also, given its a natural food it is kind to the liver and other aspects of digestion. Not all forms of rice protein are created equal though. Some are made using a chemical based process. The ones you should look for have been made using natural enzymes during production. When made this way it is considered properly natural.
At Pharmatia we just want you to be healthy. We hope you’re able to choose a protein product that you’ll best benefit from. The natural protein supplements we’ve described are great. The reason is that they’re all much more like natural whole foods. In fact, spirulina and chlorella are just that. Your body and your muscles will thank you for taking them. We promise.