WHAT IS A VEGAN PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT?

11 November 2020

Time 4 Vegan Protein

What is a Vegan Protein Supplement?

Consuming the right type and amount of protein is not only essential for creating and maintaining a lean, muscular physique, but also for good health and life itself. All cells and tissues contain protein and it provides approximately 10 to 15% of our dietary energy. The protein we consume is broken down into amino acids. These are the ‘building blocks’ which combine to form the wide variety of proteins needed by the body for many important functions, ranging from tissue growth and repair and energy production to the regulation of immune function and the production of neurotransmitters, which help to regulate our mood.

There are approximately 20 amino acids that make up the estimated 2 million different types of proteins. Of these 20, 9 are generally considered to be ‘essential’ because they cannot be produced by the body and so must be obtained from our diet.  Sources of protein which contain adequate amounts of all of the essential amino acids are known as ‘complete’ proteins.

When we think of sources of dietary protein there is a tendency to focus on animal products such as meat, fish, eggs and milk, which are complete proteins. However, a plant-based diet can provide us with all of the amino acids we require for health and performance and can also offer environmental and additional health benefits.

While some plant proteins such as soy and quinoa may be considered to be complete proteins, most are not. Nevertheless, by combining proteins from different plant sources, we can create a complete protein. For example, rice is low in the amino acid lysine but contains high levels of methionine. Beans, in contrast, contain high levels of lysine but are low in methionine. Therefore, combining rice and beans provides a complete protein. Similarly, pea protein contains all of the essential amino acids but is relatively low in methionine. Again, we can compensate for this by adding rice protein.

A vegan protein supplement is a blend of plant-derived proteins which provide a complete source of protein in a convenient and easy to consume format.  They are not only suitable for athletes consuming a plant-based diet but also those with other dietary restrictions, such as lactose intolerance which prevents the consumption of many milk-based products. For these individuals, a vegan protein supplement provides comparable substitute for whey.

What are the benefits of a vegan protein supplement?

The key ingredients of Time 4’s Vegan Protein have been shown scientifically to provide a number of potential benefits for health and performance. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing muscle mass (1,2,10,13)
  • Increasing strength (1,2,10)
  • Increasing muscular power (10)
  • Reducing body fat (10,11)
  • Enhancing post-exercise recovery (3)
  • Improving Glycaemic Control (4)
  • Enhancing weight loss by increasing Satiety (5,6,9)
  • Improving cardiovascular health (7,8,11,12)

Why Time 4 Vegan protein

Here at Time 4 Nutrition we understand that consuming a plant-based diet can provide a range of benefits, and we also understand that it can present a number of challenges. This is why we have developed Time 4 Vegan Protein. This unique combination of carefully selected ingredients not only provides you with a purely plant-based complete protein, but also a variety of other benefits.

Plant-based proteins are considered to have less of an Anabolic effect than animal proteins due to their lower digestibility. To address this, we have included protease, an enzyme which breaks protein down into amino acids, and AstraGin, a 100% natural plant -based compound that increases absorption of many vital nutrients including amino acids to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from the product. We have also included vitamin B12 and vitamin D3, as these can be difficult to obtain from a plant-based diet.

Criticisms often made of vegan protein supplements are that they have a less pleasant taste than their dairy counterparts and are difficult to mix. We are proud of the great taste of our range of products and Time 4 Vegan Protein is no exception. Our team of experts have worked tirelessly to develop a combination of ingredients which not only taste great, but also mix well, making it difficult to differentiate between the vegan protein and our whey products.

Time 4 Vegan protein is extremely low in carbohydrate and fat and is gluten and GMO free. It is registered with the Vegan Society so you can be sure that it is purely plant-based product, but you don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy its benefits.