Vegan Balance Protein Blend, KAREN RADEN’s proprietary blend of highly digestible pea protein concentrate, pea protein isolate, glycine, taurine, rice protein concentrate, and L-glutamine, is the cornerstone of Vegan Balance Protein Blend. Aminogen is added to enhance protein digestion and absorption. The combination of pea protein and rice protein achieves an amino acid score of 100% and supports protein metabolism and healthy body composition.
Protein is required for cell and tissue repair, hormone and enzyme synthesis, and a variety of metabolic functions. It is especially important for maintaining lean body mass during increased physical activity. Protein supplementation has been found to be a determining factor in increasing fat-free mass and exercise-stimulated fat oxidation. Subjects who consumed a signi cantly higher protein intake (~80 g/d versus ~59 g/d) experienced a signi cant increase in fat oxidation and fat-free mass with a signi cant decrease in fat mass and body fat percentage. Studies have indicated that increased protein intake enhances satiety[2,4-6] and supports diminished food intake during subsequent meals. One randomized crossover study suggested that pea protein was superior to milk protein with respect to satiety and intermeal interval. Research has also demonstrated that pea protein stimulates release of cholecystokinin and glucagon-like peptide 1, gastrointestinal hormones that modulate appetite sensations.*
While pea-based protein provides a satisfying and versatile source of protein, it also supports cardiovascular health. Animal studies have suggested that it positively affects lipid homeostasis by modulating gene expression; that is, upregulating genes that affect hepatic cholesterol uptake and downregulating genes that affect fatty acid synthesis.
Artinia® Chitin-Glucan is incorporated into Vegan Balance Protein Blend to support antioxidant activity and cardiovascular health. Artinia is a purified, insoluble, gluten-free ber ingredient composed of chitin (N-acetyl-D-glucosamine) and beta(1,3)-glucan chains. Artinia has been researched for its effects on maintaining oxidative balance and artery health, key components of cardiovascular health. A 12-week animal study indicated that chitin-glucan supports cardiovascular health by maintaining healthy arteries, reducing cardiac superoxide anion and liver malondialdehyde (markers of oxidation), and enhancing superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activity.
Human trials have revealed signi cantly positive results as well. A six-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (n = 130) of Artinia revealed that 1.5 g/d signi cantly supported subjects’ LDL cholesterol at levels already within normal range, and 4.5 g/d signi cantly supported subjects’ natural antioxidant systems and oxidative balance of LDL cholesterol.[14,15] A 28-day pilot study found Artinia to be safe and well-tolerated at a dose of 4.5 g/d. Vegan Balance Protein Blend provides 2.25 g of Artinia per serving. Artinia is a healthy alternative to phytosterol supplementation and has not been observed to interfere with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins or antioxidants.
Micronutrient Support Vegan Balance Protein Blend delivers a balanced pro le of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, nutrients vital to supporting the vast array of metabolic processes in the body. B vitamins are present in their bioactive forms, including ribo avin 5’-phosphate, pyridoxal 5’-phosphate, methylcobalamin, and 5-methyltetrahydrofolate as Quatrefolic®.
Fructose-Free Vegan Balance Protein Blend contains dried cane syrup and stevia in place of fructose. Animal and human research suggests that super uous consumption of fructose increases visceral adiposity, disrupts lipid regulation, and elevates cardiometabolic risk.
Glutamine The conditionally essential amino acid glutamine is important for replenishing amino acid stores, especially after exercise or stress. Glutamine also supports intestinal cell proliferation and thereby preserves gut barrier function and intestinal health.
Inulin This soluble ber is fermented by colonic bacteria into short-chain fatty acids that exert a positive effect on lipid metabolism and support healthy colon transit time.
Directions: Mix two scoops (40 g) in 6-8 oz cold water and consume. Adjust amount of water according to thickness desired. May be used as a snack or meal supplement, or taken as directed by your healthcare practitioner.*
Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Individuals taking medication should discuss potential interactions with their healthcare practitioner. Do not use if tamper seal is damaged.
Does Not Contain: Wheat, gluten, yeast, soy protein, animal or dairy products, sh, shell sh, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, arti cial colors, arti cial sweeteners, or arti cial preservatives.