Peas have been around a long time, we’re talking about their first cultivation going back 10,000 years ago in the Middle East. Peas are very durable and can survive in freezing temperatures.Even if the main shoot dies off in the frost, new shoots will begin to grow by way of nodes that are beneath the soil. Peas are quite resilient.

Peas are related to legumes. But when referring to a pea protein powder supplement, generally green or yellow peas are used.

Protein powder such as pea protein is a great solution, especially when providing fuel to muscles for training. Pea protein is derived from split peas and is lactose, allergen, gluten and flatulence free.  This protein is easily digestible. People seem to have the least allergic reactions to this type of protein supplement, as compared to soy, whey, egg or other animal based powders. This protein is a great alternative for vegans besides Rice Protein Powder, Hemp Protein Powder or Soy Protein Powder, which, also, have the complaint of sometimes being gritty in texture.

Some of the best features of this protein is in its makeup: lysine works to maintain the nitrogen levels within the muscle tissues. Arginine improves the metabolic rate of muscles and promotes heart health. Glutamine recovers the nitrogen equilibrium upon completing a strenuous training session. Leucine, isoleucine and valine, (BCAAs or branched chain amino acids) that help prevent muscle burnout while training.

Additional benefits include being low in fat, high amounts of vitamins, minerals and potassium. They have a higher level of protein as compared to eating peas due to the way the powder is processed.

Pea protein powder can be mixed into a smoothie or added to oatmeal and baking mixes.  Also, you can try adding it to soups, stew and pasta meals. It has more of a neutral taste and mixes very easily. A supplemental protein shake can be consumed with a meal to complete it.  A shake can be taken before training to boost muscle function, or taken afterwards to speed up muscle repair and growth.  Pea protein raises the production of nitric oxide and can assist in lowering both blood pressure and triglyceride levels.

Overall, pea protein powder has many benefits, just stay clear of over doing it. Too much of anything, especially protein can cause a heightened amount of uric acid, which can lead to adverse side effects of the joints and calcium removal from bones. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions, consult a fitness trainer, or contact your doctor if you are unsure on how to use it.

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