The world of supplements and protein powders has no shortage of ingredients, information and considerations that may seem daunting if you are just starting out or just starting to consider its potential. Today we are here to break it down for you.
Choosing the protein powder for you
Protein powders come in a variety of types, sources, price tags and uses. While we may be talking about powders, each has different functions and benefits on our bodies which is why it is important to define your goal. Want to get leaner? Thinking about aging? Want to stay healthy? Regardless of your goal, there is a supplement out there for you. To make the process simpler, we are going to focus on 3 main types so you can start off your journey.
Chances are, you’ve heard of whey protein. Derived from milk, whey is a popular protein to take to complement your fitness goals. With a complete amino acid profile and a rapid absorption, it is used both before and after workouts in order to build muscle, encourage muscle repair and aid the recovery process needed to get toned. Whey also contains BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids), that are key for muscle synthesis.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is derived from bovine hide (like our Gelatin Capsules) and contains the amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. To put it in basic terms: collagen is the vital component in skin, bones and connective tissues like tendons and ligaments. Although it is naturally present in our bodies, as we age, we tend to produce less collagen, which makes for wrinkled skin, bone and joint injuries and weaker nails and hair. For these reasons, collagen is an essential ingredient of any supplement intake, specially when thinking about aging and overall health.
Since both whey and collagen are derived from animal products, we thought it was important to include a plant-based protein within our list. For vegetarians, vegans and those who avoid or are allergic to animal products, plant-based proteins are a major source of this important nutrient. Vegan protein powders may be made from soy, hemp, rice, pea, and peanut, among others. However, we are including soy because much like whey, soy is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all essential amino acids. While there some concerns associated with soy protein and hormonal levels, it is also considered a source of health benefits specially when used as a supplement for special diet and health concerns. Since those who pursue a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle eliminate common protein sources like chicken, meat, fish and dairy; plant-based protein sources become an important dietary supplement to maintain overall health and achieve fitness goals.
How to take your proteins
Before, after, during, shakes, water, in your meals. Oh my! Much like the variety of options available in protein powders, you may get overwhelmed with how and when to take them. This is why here at Capsuline we favor the convenience of capsules. Not only are they easy to transport (both for everyday dragging around and travel), they are also a way to avoid bad tastes and assure proper intake dosage and concentration for your health goals.
Furthermore, making your own supplements is the best way to design a supplement plan that suits your dietary concerns, health needs and body considerations.
While this article is a starter kit, it by no means covers all proteins and ingredients available out there. Whether you have special concerns like allergies or conditions like diabetes, you aim to lose weight or build muscle, or if taking certain ingredients affects your digestive system, you should find the right protein powder for you. Just like each of us is unique, so are our needs and expectations, make your own and cater to yourself with Capsuline!
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