Protein Powders are one of the most widely used supplements of all that are available on the market today. They are utilised for a variety of reasons including as diet aids, training recovery aids and as a means to help improve body composition. Whey, Casein, Milk, Egg and Soy protein powders are most commonly available today and the benefits of adding these to any diet are widely understood. Brown Rice Protein is an alternative to these more common types of protein. Brown Rice Protein is clearly valuable as a tool to supplement the diets of vegans, vegetarians and those following a gluten or lactose-free diet, however, this article explores why Brown Rice Protein may also be valuable to those of the meat eating persuasion too.
Protein is an essential component of any diet. The bodies demand for protein increases significantly when engaged with sporting or training regimens. Protein is composed of amino acids which perform various functions in the body such as building and maintaining muscle, supporting the production of red blood cells, maintaining hair, fingernail and skin and supporting the immune system. The bodies need for protein is dependent on a variety of factors, including training levels, body composition goals and post-exercise recovery demands. However, it is often impractical, undesirable or difficult to meet these demands through food alone – hence the requirement for protein supplementation. Protein supplementation aids training and nutrition programmes and can increase their productivity and results greatly.
Aside from being a convenient and easily consumable source of protein, Brown Rice Protein has a number of health related benefits to the consumer. Brown Rice Protein contains favourable levels of some B vitamins and fiber when compared to other proteins. Brown Rice Protein is also a good source of the branch chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine, which are crucial for muscle building and exercise recovery. Brown Rice Protein is easily digested and is an excellent choice for anyone that has sensitive stomach or allergies to soy or dairy.
The concerns regarding the use of Brown Rice as a source to base a protein powder upon are easily understandable. Brown Rice has a protein content of approximately 8 grams per 100 grams of rice, when added to the fact that the amino acid profile of Brown Rice ensures it cannot make a ‘complete protein chain’ – this ensures unfavourable comparisons and scepticism. However, Brown Rice is not Brown Rice Protein and the process that is undertaken to convert the Rice into Protein Powder ensures that these concerns are allayed and the outcome is a complete protein source.