Plant protein is a great option not only for those who choose a vegan or plant-based lifestyle, but also for those who may have trouble with digesting dairy. Can plant protein powder be as effective as a whey protein powder? Yes, if you have the right formula.
Whey proteins naturally contain branched chain amino acids and are often paired with some form of egg protein to create a complete protein chain, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids.
Plant proteins rely on the right combination of plants with naturally-occurring branched chain amino acids to create a similar, yet still complete protein chain. The benefit of a plant protein combination is that there are MANY other positive “side-effects” from using a plant protein source like naturally-occurring antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals.
Supplement Rx uses five different vegetable sources in the Rx Plant Protein blend. While each source could stand on its own as a valid protein, combining them creates a unique richness and balance to the blend. In addition, this blend provides a full amino acid spectrum for optimal muscle and nutrition support, plus a wide range of natural and micro nutrients.
Let’s examine the benefits of each protein source.
Organic Rice Protein includes unique peptides that reduce weight gain. Rice protein shows a faster absorption rate for leucine, an amino acid that slows the degradation of muscle tissue and may also decrease food intake and body weight. Plus, studies have shown rice protein can reduce the glycemic response of the body.(1) Plus, one study shows that brown rice protein is just as effective as whey protein in supplementing body composition and exercise performance!(2)
Organic Pea Protein can help you feel fuller longer because of its ability to lower the levels of ghrelin, which is the hormone that tells you your hungry. Plus pea proteins can help lower blood pressure and may aid in the fight against kidney disease.(3)
Organic Quinoa features all nine of the essential amino acids, making it a “complete” protein. Quinoa is high in insoluble fiber which can increase the feeling of fulness after a meal and may also play a role in hormones that effect appetite.(4)
Organic Amaranth inhibits inflammation and may reduce pain.(5) Plus, amaranth is high in lysine which converts fatty acids into energy and may help lower cholesterol. Lysine can increase energy and muscle growth.
Organic Hemp Protein is made from the seeds of the hemp plant and contains more than 20 amino acids as well as essential fatty acids like Omegas 3 and 6. Plus, it may help increase bone density because of it’s naturally-occurring high levels of Gamma Linolenc Acid (GLA).(6)
Rx Plant Protein comes in Chocolate and Vanilla and each is naturally sweetened with stevia to not only provide a clean label, but less grams of sugar in every scoop! Here’s to your health!
1. Ishikawa, Hira, Inoue, Harada, et al. “Rice protein hydrolysates stimulate GLP-1 secretion, reduce GLP-1 degradation, and lower the glycemic response in rats.” US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Medline Index. PubMed.gov PMID:26107658 DOI:10.1039/c4fo01054j
2. Joy, Jordan M., Lowery, Ryan P., Wilson, Jacob M., et al. “The effects of 8 weeks of whey or rice protein supplementation on body composition and exercise performance.” US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. BioMed Central, Nutrition Journal. Published online 2013 Jun 20. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-12-86. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3698202/
3. Paddock, Catharine, PhD. “Pea Protein Fights Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease.” Medical News Today. 23 March 2009. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/143262.php
4. Berti C, Riso P, Brusamolino A, Porrini M. “Effect on appetite control of minor cereal and pseudocereal products.” 2005 Nov;94(6):850-8 US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Medline Index. PubMed.gov PMID:16277791
5. Montoya-Rodriguez A, de Mejia EG, Dia VP, Reyes-Moreno C, Milan-Carrillo J. “Extrusion improved the anti-inflammatory effect of amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) hydrolysates in LPS-induced human THP-1 macrophage-like and mouse RAW 264.7 macrophages by preventing activation of NF-κB signaling.” 2014 May;58(5):1028-41. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201300764. Epub 2014 Jan 15. US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Medline Index. PubMed.gov PMID: 24431078 DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.201300764
6. Gamma-linolenic acid. University of Maryland Medical Center. Complemantary and Alternative Medicine guide. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/gammalinolenic-acid