I’ve often written about the importance of protein in our diet. Most of us have a diet quite high in carbohydrates and low in protein. Every cell in our body needs protein to maintain its life, with protein being essential for tissue repair and construction of new tissue. Using a protein powder is an easy way to ensure we consuming a sufficient amount of protein.
For many years, Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) was the form used in most protein formulas. These days many prefer plant based proteins, such as pea and brown rice protein powders. Plant based proteins are far more easily digested which allows our bodies to utilise more of the protein content as well as avoid the dreaded bloat sometimes caused by whey based protein.
Protein is essential for rebuilding muscle. When we are exercising we break down muscle, which is why it is important to eat sufficient protein after exercising.
Often exercising goes hand in hand with the desire to lose weight. A protein powder I particularly like, contains organic raw pea protein and organic sprouted fermented brown rice protein as well as other herbs and amino acids which may help with controlling appetite, fat metabolism and fat loss.
Some of the more significant ingredients in this formula are:
Matcha Green Tea – We know green tea is high in antioxidants, however it is also believed to increase thermogenesis which is the body’s rate of burning calories. Matcha Green Tea is a much stronger form of green tea and therefore more effective in burning fat and boosting the metabolism.
Green Coffee Bean – The active ingredient in Green Coffee Bean extract is chlorogenic acid. Our body needs energy every minute of every day and chlorogenic acid inhibits the conversion of sugar to energy. Instead the body obtains its energy from fat stores, converting fat into energy and encouraging weight loss. Hence the benefit of including Green Coffee Bean in this formula.
Garcinia Cambogia – The active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia is Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA). HCA may assist in suppressing the appetite plus assist in impeding storage of fat in the body. It is understood the HCA contained in Garcinia discourages the liver from producing new fat cells in the body. Instead carbohydrates are converted into usable energy which then allows the liver to convert stored fat into extra energy.
Carnitine – This amino acid which assists in metabolising fats and is often used in sports supplements as it may be helpful in improving endurance and building muscle. Its other function is to aid the conveyance and metabolism of long chain fatty acids into the muscle cells which is then burnt for energy production.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) – Medium Chain Fats can be digested more readily and transported straight to the liver, having a positive thermogenic benefit. They are not stored as fat, however and are burned by the body for fuel.
African Mango and Raspberry Ketones – may help to suppress appetite, assist with balancing blood sugar and increase metabolism.
Other ingredients included are Turmeric - a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory; Vegan Probiotic to maintain a healthy microbiome; Choline and Inositol - essential nutrients for physical and mental function; Bromelain and Papain - digestive enzymes; Forskolii Root - a herb associated with weight loss outcomes; Stevia - the natural, low-caloric sweetener.
The protein powder comes in 4 scrumptious flavours – Iced Mocha, Chai Latte, Super Berry and White Chocolate!!
For more information on weight loss or vegan proteins see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop in North St in Batemans Bay or phone on 0244729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev and Marianne on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.15pm on Go Get Healthy.