High protein diets have been shown to improve body composition (percentages of bone, muscle, and fat) by promoting healthy weight loss in those who are overweight, helping athletes build muscle mass, and minimizing muscle and bone loss in the elderly. Protein also improves cholesterol levels and blood sugar regulation, and reduces risk factors for heart disease. Since the body has no way of storing protein, relatively large amounts of it are required in the diet daily.
Vegetarian diets have become more popular, as they are associated with many health benefits due to their low fat content and high content of fibre, vitamins, and phytonutrients. However, vegans and vegetarians must ensure their protein intake provides the complete spectrum of essential amino acids by combining plant proteins from legumes, grains, and seeds. This is especially important for pregnant women, infants, growing children, athletes, and the elderly.
Natural Factors Vegan Protein is a blend of 100% natural plant proteins derived from non-GMO yellow pea, organic-sprouted brown rice, and organic hemp and chia seeds. It contains all the essential amino acids, including high concentrations of the three important branched-chain amino acids L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine. Vegan Protein delivers 22 g of protein per serving, is naturally sweetened, and contains no additives or added gluten.
Main selling features
- Supplies 22 g of high quality plant protein per serving
- Provides a balanced amino acid profile
- Contains the muscle-enhancing branched-chain amino acids L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine
- Includes bromelain to support protein digestion
- Contains no additives, artificial sweeteners, soy, dairy, or added gluten
How it works
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are formed by joining amino acids into long chains. When we eat protein, the body breaks it down into amino acids, which it uses to build the proteins needed for bone, muscle, cartilage, blood, skin, hair, nails, enzymes, and hormones. No single plant source can provide all 20 amino acids the body needs. Vegans and vegetarians must combine complementary plant protein sources to acquire all the essential amino acids in a proportion similar to what the body requires.
For athletes, the elderly, or people dieting to lose weight, consuming sufficient quantities of the amino acid leucine is essential for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. Leucine also stabilizes blood sugar by modulating insulin signalling and glucose use by skeletal muscle.
High protein diets promote healthy weight loss by increasing satiety and decreasing hunger, thereby helping to reduce total caloric intake. Plus, the body requires more energy to digest protein, so it burns more calories digesting a high protein meal.
Natural Factors Vegan Protein supports a healthy vegetarian diet by combining proteins from legumes, grains, and seeds to provide leucine and all the other essential amino acids in a balanced profile.