With all of the protein powders available today, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. There’s so much to consider! Do you have a sensitive digestive tract? Do many foods disagree with you? Do you follow a vegan diet and you want to make sure your body receives all the amino acids that it needs to thrive?
Body Ecology’s Super Spirulina Plus
is a superfood made from all-organic and all-fermented ingredients. Spirulina, quinoa, millet, brown rice, chickpeas, and seeds have been fermented with live naturally occurring beneficial microflora. All of the nutrients in this amazing food are predigested and are easily utilized by the body. Use Super Spirulina Plus daily to help naturally detoxify your body, maintain a healthy weight, and boost your energy.
Maybe you simply don’t have time to prepare and eat balanced Body Ecology meals throughout the day, and need a protein powder supplement that will carry you through your cardio class and keep your neurotransmitters balanced.
Whatever the reason, we’ve put together some guidelines to help you choose the best protein powder supplement for your needs. With so many products on the market, finding an amino acid-rich superfood or protein powder to supplement your diet means reading a lot of labels and deciding what works best for you.
How to choose your protein powder supplements:
- Read the label closely and understand the percentage of protein in relation to the grams of protein offered per serving. Many vegan protein powders tout a large percentage of digestible protein. However, if you do the math, sometimes it just doesn't add up.
- The health food industry is still an industry. Sometimes even though a product looks good and promises to make you feel great, corners may be cut or a less-than-superior resource is used in production. For example, if you buy a whey protein supplement, make sure that the cows are grass-fed and that the proteins have not been denatured during processing. A denatured protein means that the structure of the protein has been changed and makes less sense to your digestive tract. Grass-fed animals, rather than those fed with corn or soy, offer a greater percentage of healthy fatty acids.
- What are they hiding? Protein powders often include many unhealthy fillers, which are sometimes hidden under the label of "natural flavors", such as MSG.
- When purchasing a vegan protein supplement, make sure that the most valuable sources of protein make up a high percentage of the product's formula. For example, both chlorella and Spirulina are dense nutrient powerhouses. If these are present in the protein supplement, read the labels; sometimes they are used minimally in the product. A good vegan protein supplement will use substantial quantities of superfoods because they offer the greatest spectrum of health benefits.
What is Spirulina?
Without question, Spirulina is certainly a superfood. It contains 18 amino acids — eight of which are essential — and five times more protein than other protein sources. 1 Actually, Spirulina is 67.1% protein.
- Whey Powder: 12.2% protein
- Oats: 10.7% protein
- Wheat Bran: 12.7% protein
- Soy Lecithin: 6.00% protein
In addition, Spirulina is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, minerals, and trace minerals, making it truly a complete food. Unfortunately, Spirulina is difficult to digest. If your gastrointestinal tract is at all compromised, it can be impossible to digest. If you are consuming Spirulina, it is likely that you are receiving little nutritional value from it because in its raw state, these valuable macronutrients and phytonutrients are simply not available.
Fermentation: Keys to Unlocking the Nutrients in Your Food
Modern science has found that traditionally fermented foods such as kefir, natto, and kimchi all have significant health-promoting properties that would not be present if the food were not fermented. Fermentation converts sugars into lactic acid, which controls pathogenic bacteria, while delivering friendly microflora to the gut. Fermentation also begins the digestion process by breaking down the sometimes toxic and indigestible parts of food while also generating its own health-promoting vitamins and enzymes.
Standard food production over-processes and devitalizes food in order to preserve it, thereby killing valuable enzymes and beneficial microbes. The result of food processing is evident in the kind of diseases that dominate industrialized countries: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, and allergic response.
As more people develop conditions that are inflammatory and linked to immune and endocrine disease, doctors are increasingly looking at the gut. The gastrointestinal system, the bacteria it harbors, its mucosal layer, and the lymphoid tissue beneath it play a significant role in the health of the entire body.
Body Ecology offers a fermented protein supplement that works with the delicate nature of your gut, making hard-to-digest nutrients readily available.
Body Ecology Super Spirulina Plus is completely fermented. This means is it fully available to your body for immediate use. This also means that the fermentation process has made a superfood like Spirulina even more super!
- 50% of Super Spirulina Plus is fully fermented Spirulina, making Spirulina the most abundant ingredient in the Super Spirulina Plus formula.
- Remember, Spirulina is 67.1% protein, and in its raw state, we absorb very little.
- Super Spirulina Plus is 38.4 % fermented Spirulina protein. In its fermented state, we digest 70%-80% of Spirulina.
What To Remember Most About This Article:
- Read labels! While labels and percentages may require you to pull out your calculator, doing so will help ensure that you get the most nutrients that you can out of a food product.
- Make sure that you understand the processing a product has gone through. If you have any questions regarding the source or production of a product, get clarity by calling the company and asking questions.
- Fermentation means that the bio-availability of nutrients in a food is sometimes greatly increased. Spirulina is a perfect example of this. In its raw state, it is indigestible. However, after fermentation, the body can digest 70%-80% of Spirulina.
- Australian Foods Standards Nutritional Calculator Information
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