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Brendan Brazier Advise | Considerations When Selecting Protein Sources

Posted By Brendan Brazier On May 15, 2006 @ 8:25 pm In Fitness/Diet | 9 Comments

This weekend I’ve been attending the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) Expo West in Vancouver. It’s the largest health food trade show in Western Canada. I’ve been at the Vega booth, talking with Canadian health food store owners and visiting with friends.

As promised, here are some factors I take into account when selection protein sources. I used these principals when formulation Vega, but off course anyone can apply them.
By synergistically combining protein sources, I found that my ability to recover dramatically improved. Improved recovery is of course an indication that stress has been relived from the body. Amino acid levels vary in all protein sources. By synergistically selecting complementary sources and amounts, we can achieve what is referred to as a “flat line profile”. An indicator that all amino acids are being met in substantial quantities, the “flat line profile” of properly combined amino acids is indicative of a broad-spectrum source of protein.

Found predominantly in hemp, Edestin is an easily digestible form of protein. Beneficial for the structural integrity of our cell’s DNA, Edestin more closely resembles human protein than any other in the plant kingdom.

The branch chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine are prevalent in hemp protein. Essential for the repair and building of lean muscle tissue these, branch chain amino acids are also an integral part of maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.

Hemp protein by itself is complete, but there is still room for improvement. Relatively low in the essential amino acid tryptophan, hemp protein is nicely complemented by the addition of rice protein. Naturally prominent in rice protein, tryptophan helps the body fabricate serotonin. With more readily available serotonin in the system, mood will be elevated, resulting in fewer sugar and starch cravings.

Relatively hard to find in the plant kingdom, the amino acid lysine is exceptionally high in yellow pea protein. An essential amino acid, lysine is a critical factor in the production of enzymes, antibodies and hormones. The body’s ability to maintain correct nitrogen balance and absorb calcium is also reliant on the presence of lysine in the diet. During times of augmented stress, the maintenance of lean muscle tissue is assisted by the consumption of lysine rich foods.

Not only complete, this combination is complementary and synergistic, it’s structured better than any single protein source can ever be. As a direct result from the “flat line” amino acid profile, I noticed immediate gains in strength and lean muscle retention, even during times of elevated stress. The desire to consume more food dissipated as well, leaving me leaner.

After exercise my first priority is to get well hydrated. Once that’s done, I’ll eat easily digestible fruit (banana, mango, papaya, dates). Then, about 45min later I’ll make sure I get some high quality protein to help repair the muscle tissue damaged by exercise.

On Wednesday I’ll be off to Washington DC.I’ve been asked to speak at a congressional briefing on Capital Hill. I’ll present to members of congress and their key staffers in an effort to have healthier food (vegan) options readily available to the general public, including schools and hospitals. I’ll speak of the direct link that exists between health and diet as well as touch on the economic benefits that can be achieved by reducing dependants on our over-stretched healthcare system. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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