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The right use of protein powder

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If you have attended a gym you must have heard talk about various types of protein powders. Consuming protein powders, whether as a shake or in some other form, is becoming more and more popular as a nutritional supplement. The truth is that protein powders are helpful in very specific circumstances but excess use may be harmful to the body.

WHAT ARE PROTEIN POWDERS?

There are various forms of protein powders, the three most common types being whey, soy and casein protein. Because whey is water soluble protein, it is the most popular of the three. Moreover, it is a complete protein, consisting of the nine essential amino acids; hence, it is also the most advantageous.

WHEN ARE THEY USEFUL?

Protein powders can be useful in very specific circumstances:

  • When growing teenagers work out, as their bodies need more protein to fuel exercise and rapid growth
  • When starting a new exercise program or trying to build muscle, because the body requires more protein than usual
  • When the duration of workouts is increased, because the body will need more fuel
  • Athletes who are recovering from sports injuries
  • When pursuing a vegan or vegetarian diet, as numerous protein rich sources are often eliminated from the diet

HOW TO USE PROTEIN POWDERS?

The majority of the Americans are already consuming about 15% of their total caloric intake in the form of protein. The body requires only about 10-14 g of additional protein to build a pound of muscle. Many protein powders may have 80 g of protein in each serving. This much protein can be harmful to the liver and kidneys.

The right method of protein powder consumption is to calculate your total need of protein and the total protein you are getting from food. The difference is what you require and that can be substituted with protein powders.

Don’t go by conventional wisdom that says that a protein shake is required immediately after a workout. What’s required is a recovery drink that contains carbohydrates and proteins in the ratio of 5:1.

SPIRU-TEIN PureTrition: The first certified organic, soy-free protein shake

Unencumbered by the engineered yeast that is the foundation of other organic shakes, SPIRU-TEIN PureTrition is the first certified organic, soy-free protein shake to deliver the astoundingly delicious flavors consistent with real organic whole foods. Gluten-free SPIRU-TEIN PureTrition fuses multi-source vegan protein with a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals for boundless energy and overall well-being. SPIRU-TEIN PureTrition’s organic whole food blend supplies the natural antioxidant benefits of organic, phytonutrient-rich foods from across the color spectrum, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, algae and mushrooms.

The qualities of SPIRU-TEIN Pure Trition protein shake are as follows:

  • 19g Complete Protein from Organic Rice, Quinoa, Spirulina and Flax Seed
  • Certified organic ingredients
  • Free from all FALCPA†-recognized allergens
  • Vegan
  • Suitable for low-glycemic diets
  • Probiotic Blend for healthy intestinal environment
  • Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Engineered Yeast-Free
  • 12,500 Total ORAC Value

By Dr. Ritu Goel

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