All Protein Is Not The Same

Protein supplies the amino acids necessary for healing and restoring the body

As more and more nutritional deficiencies are discovered, we need to take a closer look at our diets to see what might possibly be missing.Recently, through bloodwork, we have found many people have deficiencies in vitamin D, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, omega 3’s, and iodine. With the increase in toxicity we now think that the daily requirement for fiber should be closer to 35 grams a day. The requirement used to be 12 grams a day. With common deficiencies found in all major food groups due to both the quality and the quantity of what is grown we need to take a look at protein, one of the most underrated food groups. In general most people do not get enough protein from their diet on a continuing basis. Understanding the amount of protein a person requires is complicated. Common equations for calculating the amount of protein a person needs are based on body weight and the amount of lean muscle. Protein supplies the amino acids necessary for healing and restoring the body. Muscle is built and maintained through ingestion of protein so to have a complete balance of nutritionals we need to balance protein with the correct amount of complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.

The amount of protein a person requires should be consumed in divided quantities at each meal

A simple formula for calculating the amount of protein a person requires is to take your ideal body weight and multiplying by .75. This will give you the average person’s daily requirement for protein in grams. Using this formula, a 150 pound person would require 112 grams of protein a day. This should be consumed in divided quantities at each meal. Considering that one six ounce chicken breast supplies about 25grams of protein a day and three ounces of fish supplies 21grams, it is easy to understand why supplementing protein is gaining in importance.

Protein supplements

I use a protein powder every day to supplement the amount of protein I get from food and I also use it to help recovery after exercise. There are many kinds of protein powders available and how to buy one is often a source of confusion. The choices are many and include egg, hemp, rice, pea and whey proteins. These all vary in density and have different properties. Rice proteins are less dense, easy to digest and great for detoxification. My particular favorite as a daily supplement is whey protein. It is of the correct density to provide support for human muscles and provides a broad array of amino acids for the body to use in healing itself. There are many sources of whey available. They include the whey concentrate, whey protein and whey protein isolate. The isolate is the purest, the most expensive and the best absorbed. My favorite whey is extracted from the milk of grass fed cows that are raised organically. The whey is processed using a cold process which maintains the natural immune factors that are in the raw unpasteurized milk itself but lacking the lactose and many other components of the milk that we probably should not be consuming. The immune factors include many immunoglobulins to boost the immune system as well as lactoferrin and insulin growth factor. These help maintain and build up the immune system as well as help with muscle recovery and absorption of iron into the blood. The lactoferrin is being studied for anti-cancer properties as well. Good quality whey is a great addition to a healthy diet.

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  • I use protein powder everyday but I think it's hard to find good natural protein powder.

  • Tom Christmann

    i like jay robb unflavored whey protein in my morning smoothie.

  • I do not currently take protein powder. Can you make some suggestions for what are the best available on the market ?
    Many thanks in advance.
    Elaine

  • yes it is hard to find a good whey protein from grass fed cows
    commercially available in stores. That is why I put together my REVIVE
    kit together with whey from grass fed cows plus an organic green and
    berry mix http://www.elevenelevenwellness.com/products/re
    The only one I know of is Jay Robbs

  • The only one I have seen in stores that is a whey protein from grass
    fed cows is Jay Robbs It is hard to find a good whey protein from
    grass fed cows. This is one of the main reasons why I put together my
    REVIVE kit with whey from grass fed cows and mixed it together with an
    organic green and berry mix
    http://www.elevenelevenwellness.com/products/re
    If you tolerate whey protein (a few people get gas and bloating from
    it), it is a great way to start the day especially when you add in all
    the phytonutrients from the greens and berries.

  • cbh

    “If you tolerate whey protein (a few people get gas and bloating from
    it), ” I am one of those people that do get bloated/gas from whey…do you make a protein powder for people like me? I am not looking for a SOY based product.

  • then try a pea protein or rice protein

  • Zoe

    I'm looking for a good organic whey protein powder. Although what's offered on the Eleven Eleven website looks great, I can't exactly afford it. Can you recommend a more affordable one please? Thanks.

  • Johanna

    I just found one from a company called Evolution Essentials. They say it is from raw milk from grass-fed cows and is processed at low temp, as recommended in the article above.

  • JST Books

    magnesium supplement is the best energy booster protein supplement.

  • Both Dr. Joseph Mercola and Ori Hofmekler say that Whey Isolates are to be avoided.  Instead go for low temp processsed Concentrates.  Mercola uses Hofmekler’s base in his formulas, see the Defense Nutrition website, Warrior Whey.  I’m using it, excellent quality.

  • JK

    Isagenix is an excellent form of Whey Protein, made from grass fed cows from New Zealand-the highest quality whey on the market :) Organic whey at it’s best. http://joel.loves.isagenix.com/ca/en/isaleanshake_new.dhtml

  • JohnnyWhite

    All “grass-fed” sources of whey I have searched produce whey concentrate, NOT isolate. The author says he prefers isolate. Please show me isolate from grass-fed animals–I’ll buy it now.

  • JohnnyWhite

    It should be mentioned Consumer Research did a thoro test of rice products and found all rice products, including rice protein, and including organic-sourced, to contain levels of arsenic well over FDA “guidelines” (for water, because there are none for food).

  • Edith Mora Rodriguez

    ISAGENIX :)