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Collagen without Fats or Hormones from Vegan Protein

Collagen without Fats or Hormones from Vegan Protein

Recent studies have shown that high-protein diets are effective for losing weight, increasing muscle-to-fat ratio and providing general immune and anti-cancer support. Getting the bulk of one’s daily calories from protein, however, can be impractical, expensive, and confusing. “Am I just supposed to eat steak and salad at every meal from now on?” one may ask.

Proteins are the molecules responsible for the structure and function of every tissue in the body from organs, muscles, and hair to collagen, bone and cartilage.

Proteins themselves are comprised of amino acids. Of the twenty-two standard amino acids required for the body to function, nine can be found only in nature and thus must be ingested. These essential amino acids are vital precursors to various coenzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters, as well as the body’s immune response cells.

When a protein consists of all nine essential amino acids (e.g. beef, chicken, pork), it is said to be complete. Plant proteins, like those found in grains, nuts, or vegetables, do not carry all nine essential amino acids and are labeled “incomplete.” But one should not view the term, “incomplete,” in a negative context. If one ingests a broad array of plant proteins, the body can combine these incomplete proteins’ amino acids with those from other sources to form all the essential ones.

Beyond allowing for cellular growth and structure, proteins are also a source of energy. One gram of protein equals four calories. The USDA recommends an allowance of 53 grams of protein per day for women and 63 grams for men. Many in the nutritional science community, however, believe these numbers too low, especially for middle aged and older men and women needing to maintain healthy amounts of muscle mass. According to a paper in the June 2001 Journal of Gerontology, “The [Recommended Daily Allowance] for protein may not be adequate to completely meet the metabolic and physiological needs of virtually all older people.”

The body’s progressive loss of muscle mass, or, sarcopenia, is believed to be caused by “age-associated alterations in the muscle anabolic response to nutritional stimuli and a decline in protein intake.” A study in the August 2003 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed it is possible to increase muscle protein synthesis in aging adults by administering nutritional supplements containing a balanced mix of essential and non-essential amino acids. June 2008, American Journal of Cardiology, also found that amino acid-rich, high protein supplements can improve lean muscle-to-fat ratios in the elderly, decreasing incidence of heart disease, physical ailments and other age and weight-related risk factors.

Collagen without Fats or Hormones

Collagen without Fats or Hormones

Animal Versus Plant Protein

While animal proteins are energy dense and complete, they carry several potential drawbacks when compared to plant sources.

Some of animal protein’s biggest drawbacks include:

Allergies. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food allergies affect up to 2% of adults, and 8% of children, with four of the eight leading food allergens being milk, eggs, fish and shellfish.

Bad fats and hormones. Beef and pork proteins may be energy-rich and complete, but they are high in the saturated fats linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. Plant-based proteins, however, have been shown to actually lower blood-pressure.

Chicken and fish are leaner proteins and healthier than red meats, but they, too, have drawbacks. Factory farm chickens, which are the most common types to be found in the supermarket poultry section, are stuffed with antibiotics and other toxic loads that can undo much of the good to be gained from their lean fat and high protein counts.

As for fish, there can be very real dangers from mercury and other toxic heavy metals, owing to environmental pollution of oceans and waterways.

Inflammation. All meat proteins also contain arachidonic acid, an inflammatory, omega-6 essential fatty acid that plays a critical role in stimulating growth and metabolism. While such properties are quite beneficial for repairing and building muscles, when ingested in unbalanced amounts, omega-6s can be in “diametric opposition” to the anti-inflammatory benefits of the other “good fat,” omega-3.

Indeed, the typical, animal protein-heavy American diet contains anywhere from 14 to 25 times more omega-6s than omega-3s, and is believed to be a cause of the country’s heart disease epidemic. By eating a diet rich in plant proteins, one can achieve a far better balance of omega- 3s and 6s, and with it, reduce the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and other illnesses related to inflammation.

Why Raw

Raw protein's most obvious advantage is in its preparation. Keeping foods raw (i.e., foods are never heated above 118°F) increases the bioavailability of nutrients. Cooking foods, the theory goes, destroys vitamins and enzymes essential to digestion, denatures proteins, caramelizes sugar, and breaks apart natural fibers. When you consume raw foods, however, you receive all of the sugars, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, phytonutrients, and most importantly in this case—proteins—that nature intended you to eat.

Gluten-free, organic, all-vegan raw protein adds flexibility to high protein diets. If you’re looking to lose weight, increase your muscle-to-fat ratio or support your immune system, heart and more with a high-protein diet, make organic, gluten-free raw protein a key part of your wellness plan. With raw plant-based protein in your kitchen, you can reap all nutritional rewards of protein without any of the potential negative health effects or frustrating dietary restrictions common to animal-derived, high-protein diets.

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