Protein plays a vital role in the production of the body’s cells. It repairs, builds and fuels.
And, you don’t have to be an elite athlete or bodybuilder to benefit from additional protein in your diet (if you are an athlete or bodybuilder, a protein powder should be a non-negotiable part of your diet).
But, as you’re probably aware, the majority of protein powders available on the market are derived from whey - a dairy product.
How can you add protein to your diet if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant?
Easy. You buy Supplement Needs’ Vegan ISO+ vegan protein powder.
Unlike many vegan protein powders you’ll find on the market, Supplement Needs Vegan ISO+ is nutritionally complete. Containing each of the nine essential amino acids that the body requires, Supplement Needs' Vegan ISO+ includes Threonine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Histidine, Lysine, Valine, IsoLeucine, Leucine, and Tryptophan.
Of these essential amino acids, three are branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) - Leucine, IsoLeucine, and Valine. These are the amino acids that provide the ‘muscle-building’ element of protein powders.
Let’s cut to the point - Supplement Needs’ Vegan ISO+ vegan protein powder is a ‘complete protein powder’ - matching the essential amino acid profile of whey protein - meaning it’s ideal for lactose intolerant or vegan bodybuilders who want to make genuine gains.
What’s more, our product formulator Dr. Dean St Mart PhD has developed Vegan ISO+ to have a taste profile quite unlike any other vegan protein powder on the market.
Whereas other plant protein powders are typified by a chalky, soil-like taste, or leave an unpleasant aftertaste on the palette. Vegan ISO+ is different.
Formulated to include 60% organic pumpkin protein, Vegan ISO+ has a taste and mouthfeel that’s regarded as being far more enjoyable than other plant protein powders.
What is vegan protein powder?
For many bodybuilders, weekend warriors, and other fitness fanatics, it’s a challenge to get enough protein into their bodies - especially when they’re smashing their daily workouts and exercise regimes.
The answer is to add a protein powder to their diet - better enabling their body to recover, repair and grow.
However, whey protein (which is the most popular type of protein powder on the market) is derived from milk - meaning it’s unsuitable for vegans, and can cause bloating and extreme discomfort to individuals who are lactose intolerant.
The alternative is plant protein powders (or vegan protein powders as they are also known). As their name suggests, these are protein powders that derive their protein from plant-based sources such as pea protein isolate and pumpkin protein.
It’s important to note, however, that many vegan protein powders are not nutritionally complete - meaning they do not match the amino-acid profile of complete proteins such as whey.
So, if you want to buy a truly efficacious vegan protein powder, make sure it’s nutritionally complete and has the same amino acid profile as whey protein!
What to look for in a vegan protein powder
As you’ve hopefully gathered by now, not all vegan protein powders are the same! If you want to ensure you buy the very best, most efficacious vegan protein powder, then look for the following characteristics:
- Features the same amino-acid profile as whey protein powder, including branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs).
- Is easily digestible with no bloating - the alpha-galactosidase digestive enzyme can help achieve this - look for it in the vegan protein powder’s ingredients list.
- Designed and manufactured as per the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards. This will ensure you’re buying a safe and effective product.
- Developed by experts - ensure you only buy vegan protein powders that have been developed by suitably credentialed experts.