Why Pea Protein?
Author: Cliff Harvey
It’s important to get enough protein in your diet to support a range of health outcomes, including support of muscle tissue,1 reduced soreness after training, 2 reduced muscle loss,3-5 reduced blood pressure (and other cardiac risk factors),6, 7 and improved overall health, especially as we age.8 Protein supplements can help to provide additional protein to support your health and it’s important to find the right protein supplement for you.
Pea protein isolate is free from common allergens like dairy, soy, egg, wheat, and nuts, and is is less likely to irritate your gut (as phytic acid, saponins, and lectins may). So, pea protein is a protein option that can be used by almost anyone, including those following a plant-based lifestyle or those who have sensitivities to dairy or gluten. It’s also highly digestible, with digestion and absorption rates over 89%.9, 10 When compared to whey protein, pea protein resulted in nearly identical increases in muscle thickness when compared with a placebo.11 In other words, it is easily tolerated and it gets the job done.
Why Nuzest Protein?
Clean Lean Protein is made from peas grown under the strictest of conditions by a 6th generation family-owned company in France and processed using superior, patented technology in Belgium. It is practically free-from common allergens, lectins, phytic acid, trypsin inhibitors and other “anti-nutrients” that can be present in plant-based proteins and which can irritate the gut, impede the absorption of minerals, or reduce the digestion of the protein itself.
The purity of Clean Lean Protein also means that it has high digestion and absorption rates without the need for added digestive enhancers. Clean Lean Protein is naturally rich in muscle supporting branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), glutamine, and is naturally complete, containing all nine essential amino acids.
Which Nuzest Protein is Best for Me?
Clean Lean Protein
For those wanting an ultra-high protein that is free from common allergens and contains only premium-grade European pea protein isolate, natural flavor, and natural sweetener (thaumatin), Clean Lean Protein is a great option.
Best for: General use, athletes, and everyday nutritional support
Digestive Support Protein
Digestive Support Protein contains premium-grade European pea protein isolate, organic coconut sugar as the sweetener (with 3g of total carbohydrate per serving), either organic cocoa or vanilla bean, along with the amino acid glutamine and probiotic (Bacillus coagulans) to support gut health.
Best for: People who struggle with digestive issues or other gut conditions, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), irritable bowel disease (IBD), or athletes seeking an extra edge for recovery and reductions in muscle soreness.
- Glutamine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body. It is the preferred fuel of the absorptive cells of the gut, and so, can support the gut and aid its repair. High-dose glutamine supplementation has been shown to reduce leaky gut, inflammation, and endotoxins,12, 13 reduce symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases,14 and improve the balance of bacteria in the gut.15 Glutamine could also help to improve immunity and reduce overtraining in athletes.16-21
- Bacillus coagulans is a beneficial, spore-forming probiotic that can better withstand heat and food processing than many other common probiotics and is viable in food and beverage powders.22-24 It has been demonstrated to aid digestion of both carbohydrate and protein, inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria, and provide immune benefits.25, 26 Randomized controlled trials have demonstrated that B. coagulans supplementation can help to reduce pain and bloating in people with IBS.27, 28 In athletes, this probiotic could even help to improve recovery and decrease post-workout muscle soreness.29
Clean Lean Protein and Digestive Support Protein are both great options for people looking for a plant-based protein. The choice is up to you which one you choose, depending on your digestive health and if you suffer from a digestive condition.
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