High-protein meal replacement powders are inundating the natural health marketplace. Some promise muscle, others weight loss. What are they? How much protein do you need? Which types are best?
Protein is a basic food type along with carbohydrates (starches) and fats. Protein is known to children mostly as meat, and that is its primary source. But it is also found in eggs, some plants, nuts and seeds.
This category of nutrient serves as a vital resource to help fuel the body as it provides muscles with amino acids—building blocks needed for important muscle growth and repair.
THE PROS OF PROTEIN:
- Helps build muscle mass, which leads to a faster metabolism—the rate at which your body burns fuel for energy
- Controls muscle movement, from slow breathing to intense physical activity
- Aids in cellular communication
- Is a key component of essential substances like antibodies, digestive enzymes, hormones, blood (hemoglobin), fingernails and hair
FEEL FULL LONGER…EAT LESS
Not only is protein important for muscle rebuilding and repair, it helps you feel full! In fact, getting adequate protein can help you feel full for up to four hours! That’s why it’s important for everyone who is watching their weight to get plenty of protein in their diet throughout the day. Most of us don’t necessarily want to eat meat at every meal, so meal replacement protein shakes really help to mix it up. You can add fruits, veggies and other nutritious foods and supplements to a meal replacement powder to customize it and maintain variety.
And anyone who’s part of a weight management program should increase his/her protein intake! This helps to boost metabolism, enhancing your fitness achievements and leading you toward your health and weight goals.
Strive to get at least 46 grams of protein (for women) or 56 grams (for men) per day.* Remember, pure protein each day nourishes and repairs your body and helps quell hunger pangs. Get 15–25 grams in just one serving of a tasty Nature’s Sunshine meal replacement shake.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
Nature’s Sunshine meal replacement powders feature four different types of protein to accommodate individual tastes for satisfying meal replacement!
- Pea protein from split yellow peas is becoming very popular in the natural health marketplace. It digests more slowly and may help you feel full longer than whey powder. A 2011 study in Nutrition Journal revealed that pea protein drinkers ate significantly fewer calories at a meal than people who drank whey protein before eating. Other studies show that pea protein supports the urinary system and is effective in helping to maintain blood pressure levels that are already in the normal range. Suitable for vegans. (Love and Peas, Nature’s Harvest)
- Whey is a complete protein that breaks down quickly and speeds amino acids to the muscles, aiding faster recovery after exercise or stretching. Whey also contains higher amounts of the amino acid leucine, which helps stimulate protein synthesis. (Nutri-Burn®)
- Soy protein from soybeans is considered a medium-release protein. It takes a little bit longer to break down soy into its building blocks. Soy may offer benefits for heart health, cholesterol and women’s health issues too. (SmartMeal®)
- Casein, a dairy protein, is a more complex molecule. It is digested more slowly and provides a slower but steady supply of amino acids to the body via the bloodstream. Since it stays in the digestive system the longest, casein adds to a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. (Nutri-Burn)
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