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Healthy swaps to make with supplements

The Truth About Supplements

We've all experienced major changes in how we've been consuming nutrition and supplements since the pandemic. Whether it’s multi vitamins to boost your immunity or tablets, pills, herbs and botanicals, energy bars and drinks. Have you ever wondered how well they work or if they’re 100% safe? Ever wondered if you need them in the first place, and if you do, are you consuming the right ones?

But in a world where supplements are easily available in various ways, how well do we know of these and what it's doing to our bodies?

Do supplements make that much of a difference?

Supplements do prevent diseases by increasing deficient nutrients in your body, which you might not be getting enough of in your daily foods. These nutrients are perfectly available in your diet as well, if you’ve been following a healthy and balanced one. The hustle and bustle of today's world leaves most people without enough nutrition to meet their daily needs.

 

Evidence does suggest that some supplements can enhance health in different ways. Some of the popular nutrient supplements are multivitamins,protein, omegas etc. The most common go-to factors are for 

  • Exercisers who need more protein to build and repair muscles
  • Health issues related to women
  • Those with low energy and immunity
  • Individuals with dietary restrictions

 

But it is important to keep in mind that excess does not necessarily mean good. But how can more of goodness be bad?


While we’re surrounded by lots of marketing and publicity about potential benefits of adding supplements in your diet, there is startlingly less awareness of their possible harmful effects. New supplements are rarely tested for safety before going on the market, which is questionable.

 

These supplements can be beneficial because they contain active ingredients. However, because they contain active ingredients, they can also cause unwanted effects, such as elevated blood pressure, racing or irregular heartbeat, headache, dizziness, or digestive symptoms.


So, the question arises - should you bother with supplements at all?

Yes of course! There are numerous options available for protein and nutrients derived from plants which do not possess the same threats as pharmaceutical dietary supplements. In fact, these fixes generally offer high-quality protein along with great source of iron, which helps in muscle growth, weight loss, heart health, etc.

Lets have a look at what popular protein supplements have to offer: 



Lactose

Flavor

Gluten

Texture

Fiber per serving

Unsaturated Fat per serving

Protein per serving

Pea Protein

Lactose-free

Raw and Earthy

Gluten-free

Similar to flour

1g

1.5g

15g

Whey Protein

Contains lactose

Milky

May have added gluten

Thin and milk like

0.4g

1.8g

15g

Hemp Seed Protein

Lactose-free

Nutty and Earthy

Gluten-free

Fine and powder like

8g

3g

15g


(Note - 1 serving = 30g in the table)

 

 

Hemp Protein Powder: The best plant-based protein?

Pressed hemp seeds are ground into fine powder to produce hemp protein powder - which has an earthy, nutty taste. Here's why hemp protein is better than all of the above:

1) Decreases risk of heart disease

Including Hemp protein powder that is rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber in your diet lowers risk on your heart. Hemp seeds contain high amounts of arginine - an amino acid that produces nitric oxide. This relaxes the arteries to promote normal blood pressure and reduces your risk of heart disease.

 

2) An all-rounder protein 

Protein powder made from hemp contains all 20 amino acids, making it a complete protein. Hemp protein is easy to digest, making it easy for our body to utilize almost all amino acids in hemp protein powder for vital daily functions.

 

3) Rich source of fiber

Most hemp protein powders contain 7–8 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup. To offer a comparison, other plant-based protein powders such as soy, pea and rice are highly refined and contain very little fiber.


Hemp protein powder is a great way to add both protein and fiber to your diet, which may keep you feeling fuller, longer. 


Research shows that 91–98% of the protein in ground hemp seed is digestible, which is way more compared to other plant based proteins. It includes edestin and albumin, which your body can break down easily and quickly. 

 

 

Plant-based supplements come with a lot of information, and not all of them are completely accurate. As a conscious consumer, you should stay away from fad trends and we insist you research in depth on a product that you choose. Take the time to read labels and find out where your products come from.


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