If you are an adult who wants to maintain healthy muscle mass throughout the aging process or an athlete or bodybuilder, especially someone just beginning, a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (January 2015) recommends pea protein.
The research took a long hard look at whether pea protein would be just as effective for increasing muscle thickness and strength as whey protein, using a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
A total of 161 physically active males from the age of 18 to 35 participated in a 12-week program of resistance training. Three groups were created based on the supplement taken by each participant:
◊ Placebo (54)
◊ Whey protein (54)
◊ Pea protein (53)
All participants followed the same training routine, three times a week with a rest day between each session. The focus on upper limb muscles allowed researchers to document increases in bicep size by taking measurements at the inclusion visit, a 6-week follow-up and a final 12-week visit.
Biceps are the most common muscles that guys flex to impress people, and it was impressive how the participants supplementing with pea protein had a lot to flex about. A sensitivity study performed on 68 participants with the lowest muscle force revealed that the most significant increases in muscle thickness were seen in the participants taking the pea protein. Muscle strength also increased. So pea protein is especially beneficial for beginners or those who are getting back into weight training.
The study concluded that this statistical superiority makes pea protein a valid alternative to whey protein for athletes from different levels and sports and should also be of value for less athletic individuals, including seniors who want to slow the aging process and maintain muscle mass.
Studies such as this one confirm what AIM has been saying ever since introducing ProPeas back in 2009. As a healthy alternative to meat protein as well as whey and soy protein supplements, AIM’s pea protein can help maintain strong, healthy muscle mass for people of all ages and at all levels of physical activity.
Reference: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition [Published 21 January 2015]
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