Protein

 Vege Protein

Vegetarian Protein

To be vegetarian (or vegan) means one, who out of choice, due to morals, lifestyle or religious beliefs does not eat meat, fish or animal products, or if not, any.

If living a vegetarian lifestyle it is very important you are consuming adequate protein from other sources to maintain general health and wellbeing. 

Vegetarian

Why We Need Protein 

Protein are known as the building blocks of life. Protein is an essential nutrient required for rebuilding cells, and is required to be taken daily as the body cannot produce the amino acids itself. Extra protein should be taken both pre- and post-workout for maximum muscle gain, as not taking sufficient protein can severely reduce your ability to gain muscle mass and repair muscle damage from exercise.

Animal Vs. Plant

There are two categories of protein, plant based or animal based protein. 

Animal

Animal sources are derived from milk like whey and casein, beef and egg white protein.

Plant

Plant sources include soy, rice, pea, hemp or sprouted grain proteins.

A plant based protein we currently stock is...

Pro Zero HPN

If leading a vegetarian lifestyle, the options for getting in higher amounts of protein are slightly limited, so including a plant based protein shake into your diet is a great option to fulfill your daily protein goal. It is also a very versatile supplement and can many added into many food dishes. 

Which is Better?

Majority of people will choose animal over plant based protein unless they are leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or suffering intolerances i.e. lactose. Both are high in protein and come in a variety of flavours. 

However, for taste and nutritional value, animal proteins are far more superior.

Glutamine

For those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle it can be hard to get enough protein intake. So it it highly recommend that using glutamine would be beneficial for you. It will help in preventing muscle break down and support your immunity.

We stock several brands of glutamine. All are effective supplements to help you get better results in your training and diet program.

The glutamine particles are incredibly fine in this supplement which means they absorb and digest easily.

Most glutamine is unflavoured so can be easily mixed with other supplements to add flavour. However, we do stock APTech Glutamine which does contain flavour.

 

Glutamine  APtech Glutamine GLUTAMINE   BSN Glutamie

Food sources

Obviously, because vegetarians do not eat meat or may exclude dairy and eggs also, they need to seek protein from other food sources. There are plenty of plant based food sources where you can still acquire adequate protein from. Some examples of plant based proteins are...

G O J I B E R R I E S

Goji Berries

C H I A S E E D S

Chia Seeds

P U M P K I N S E E D S

Pumpkin Seeds

L E N T I L S

Lentils

 

Overall...

Just keep in mind, if are choosing to live by a vegetarian lifestyle, please ensure you are consuming adequate macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat and protein) to ensure you are getting a balanced diet and providing enough nutrients for overall general health and wellbeing.

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