Pea Protein Promotes Muscle Thickness and Strength

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.

ProPeas

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]

https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-014-0064-5

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Sleep Well and Lose Weight with ProPeas!

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It’s been pretty well documented that a lack of sleep can make it harder for a person to lose weight.  Those who don’t acquire adequate shut-eye have a greater propensity to make poor eating decisions, like ravenously devouring dozens of frosted donuts.  Also, research shows that night owls are more likely to indulge in carb-centric midnight snacking.

Poor quality sleep can negatively affect the hormones that curb or increase hunger, too.  Ghrelin and cortisol productions rise, making sleepy people hungrier and more likely to store fat. Leptin–the hormone that curbs cravings–decreases, and overall, you’re left famished, sleepier and possibly heavier

Good news has arrived in the form of a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Purdue researchers decided to look at the effects of weight loss on sleep, and they found that overweight subjects on high-protein diets achieved better sleep after four weeks of weight loss.

From Science Daily:

“This research adds sleep quality to the growing list of positive outcomes of higher-protein intake while losing weight, and those other outcomes include promoting body fat loss, retention of lean body mass and improvements in blood pressure,” Campbell said. “Sleep is recognized as a very important modifier of a person’s health, and our research is the first to address the question of how a sustained dietary pattern influences sleep. We’ve showed an improvement in subjective sleep quality after higher dietary protein intake during weight loss, which is intriguing and also emphasizes the need for more research with objective measurements of sleep to confirm our results.”

If you’re looking to lose some weight or to attain better quality sleep or both, then look no further than AIM’s ProPeas.  ProPeas provides 12 grams of vegan protein per serving. ProPeas is a tasty, low-calorie pea-based protein with a sweet vanilla taste and only sixty calories in every serving.

 

 

Large Scale Study: “Protein Keeps You Full”

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Most of you have heard by now that protein increases feelings of fullness.  This is due to a number of small, insular studies. However, this premise had never been tested on a larger,  more diverse set of populations.  Researchers decided to combine all the information from the previous studies to try and conclusively prove this effect. Their positive results were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

After they compared all available data, the scientists were able to conclude that a high-protein diet improves feelings of satiety when compared to a low-protein diet. Furthermore, a modest uptick in protein uptake may allow folks to feel fuller between meals.  This, of course, can aid with weight loss.

From the Press Release

 “Though this study did not specifically evaluate dieters, feeling fuller could help to reduce food intake, an important factor when dieting,” concluded Dr. Mattes. “If these effects are sustained over the long-term – and our study only looked at short-term effects – increased protein intake may aid in the loss or maintenance of body weight.”

The AIM Companies is proud to offer protein in our world-famous ProPeas. With only 60 calories per serving, ProPeas is vegan, Non-GMO protein powder that can fit into any diet or workout program. It has a smooth vanilla taste and mixes well with our other AIM products. So stay fuller, longer with low-calorie ProPeas.

Diet High in Plant Protein Benefits Kidneys, Diabetics New Study Shows

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November is National Diabetes Month, but we’re going to start the ball rolling early with research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. In the past, there have been conflicting findings as to whether or not a high-protein diet was beneficial for diabetics. Researchers in Germany set about to make sense of these studies. They presented their results in September.

Less than forty people with diabetes around the age of sixty-five participated in the study. Scientists had one group of participants consume a high-protein diet—defined as 30% protein, 40% carbohydrates, 30% fat–with their protein coming from animal sources and a second group consume a similar portioned diet but with their protein coming from plant sources. Both groups maintained their eating regimens for six weeks.

The Findings:

  • Liver enzyme tests improved in both groups
  • Reduction in liver fat in both groups
  • Reduction in glycated haemoglobin (A1c) or HbA1c in both groups.
  • Insulin sensitivity improved in animal protein group
  • Significant reduction of plasma creatinine in plant protein group (better kidney functioning)
  • Improvement in general kidney functioning in plant protein group.
  • More research on a larger group of subjects needed

From Medical Xpress: 

The authors conclude: “In diabetic subjects, the 6-week high-protein diet leads to an improvement in glucose metabolism and decrease in liver fat independently from the protein source. The high-protein diet has no adverse effects on kidney parameters, moreover the kidney function actually improved in the plant protein group.”

This isn’t the first study to link plant-based protein to a moderate reduction in diabetes. A much larger study found that diets that supplemented plant-based protein in place of meat sources reduced the likelihood of diabetes.

From Harvard: 

…a 20-year study that looked at the relationship between low-carbohydrate diets and type 2 diabetes in women. Low-carbohydrate diets that were high in vegetable sources of fat and protein modestly reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes. But low-carbohydrate diets that were high in animal sources of protein or fat did not show this benefit.

and (from the same source)

Substituting one serving of nuts, low-fat dairy products, or whole grains for a serving of red meat each day lowered the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by an estimated 16 to 35 percent.

If you’re looking to add some plant-based protein to your diet, AIM offers ProPeas. It’s a clean, vegan protein that tastes great in water or almond milk and has only sixty calories per serving.

Nutrition for Lifelong Skeletal Health

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Osteoporosis International recently published an article that examined the nutritional needs of the skeleton during its bony lifetime.  Using the results of over 130 studies, the researchers set out to outline ideal nutritional goals to aid the bones during their journey from the cradle to the Craftmatic adjustable chair.

Here are some highlights:

During Pregnancy: 

  • An overall healthy diet was linked time and time again with the skeletal health of the child
  • The most important element, however, was vitamin D intake
  • In England and the US, a third of mothers tested weren’t getting adequate amounts of vitamin D
  • Low levels of maternal vitamin D were linked to an increase in childhood fractures in a Danish study
  • Vitamin D supplementation has been assessed as safe and effective for all expectant women in a US study
  • Increase in protein, fiber and potassium recommended
  • Significant increase in calcium and vitamin D recommended

During Childhood

Specifically, calcium, vitamin D and protein are the most important nutrients for bone health during the first two decades.

  • Inadequate calcium is a worldwide problem affecting both children, adolescents and expectant mothers
  • The same groups also tend to not get enough vitamin D
  • Protein provides amino acids that help to build the bone matrix and provides materials for bone formation
  • A high-dairy diet was linked to greater bone density and greater bone mineral content
  • It is theorized that some mild distal forearm fractures (the most common in children) may be preventable through lifestyle intervention

During Adulthood (Aged 20-60)

During this 30–40-year period, bone mass remains comparatively high in both sexes until the onset of menopause in women and the beginning of the eighth decade in men. As for younger individuals, a well-balanced diet rich in calcium, vitamin D and protein, with adequate amounts of certain other micronutrients, will fulfill the nutritional requirements of the adult skeleton.

  • Inadequate dietary calcium intake has been reported worldwide
  • Vitamin D deficiency is widespread
  • High-risk groups for vitamin D deficiency include the obese, the dark-skinned, people who live at high latitudes, people with intestinal disorders and others who can’t get enough sun for whatever reason
  • Vitamin D helps with calcium uptake
  • Protein has been linked to a small improvement in bone mass density and bone mineral content
  • Vitamin K has been linked to lower risk of hip fractures
  • Vitamins B12, B6 and folate may help keep hyperhomocysteinemia (a fracture risk) in check
  • Magnesium plays a role in producing bone-repairing osteoclasts
  • Zinc helps renew and mineralize bone tissue
  • An acidic diet can lead to the destruction of osteoclasts
  • Usually associated with being bad to the bone, smoking and drinking are actually bad for the bones

As a Senior

  • Low levels of vitamin D and calcium reported
  • Malnutrition is common in seniors
  • Seniors tend to need significantly more protein, especially if they suffer from acute or chronic diseases with some exceptions
  • Many chronic illnesses disrupt the ability to get optimum nutrition
  • Exercise is important

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As a vegetable source of protein, AIM ProPeas® provides 12 grams of protein per serving in a low-sugar, low-carb, low-fat concentrate. Protein is a key component to weight management, helping with satiety, metabolic rate, and lean muscle mass. In addition, the vegetable pea protein in ProPeas offers a safe, allergen-free alternative to common whey and soy protein options. Sweetened naturally with stevia, ProPeas tastes great mixed into a smoothie or combined with chilled rice milk.