Introducing A New Kind of Vegan Protein Shake
An easily digestible and complete protein source
Proteins – large molecules found in every cell in the body – are the building blocks for your cells, tissues, and organs. Proteins also regulate many body processes (hormones, antibodies, enzymes), and they determine the specific function of different tissues.
Twenty different amino acids attach to one another in myriad ways to make different proteins. Of these 20 amino acids, 11 are made in your body while the other nine – deemed “essential” amino acids – must be acquired in your diet or by supplementation.
A complete protein source contains all nine essential amino acids. Although plant-based proteins usually contain several essential amino acids, most do not contain all nine. An innovative protein source, in which pea and rice proteins are fermented on the mycelia of shiitake mushrooms, results in a complete vegan protein with improved digestibility, taste, and texture. Read more about protein digestibility.
Likening a mushroom to a flowering plant, the mycelia are the roots and the mushroom is the flower. Fermentation using the mycelia begins the work of breaking down proteins, which makes it easier for your digestive system to process and absorb them.
This also decreases plant sugars (like raffinose, stachyose, and verbascose) and anti-nutrients (like phytic acid and lectins) by up to 50 percent. Plant sugars are the common culprits in causing the gas and bloating that often accompanies plant consumption, while anti-nutrients decrease absorption of vitamins and minerals, which can be particularly problematic for someone following a plant-based diet.
Thorne’s VeganPro Complex® contains mycelia-fermented pea and rice proteins, as well as micro-milled chia seeds for additional nutrients. Micro-milling creates a non-gritty, easily digestible protein source, plus the added benefits of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, both naturally occurring in chia seeds.
Each serving of VeganPro Complex provides 20 grams of complete protein – all nine essential and 11 non-essential amino acids are included – making it comparable to animal-based proteins like whey and egg.
Can you get DHA and vitamin D3 when you’re vegan?
Although your body makes DHA, it doesn’t make it very efficiently, so it’s generally recommended to eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. DHA is important for developing healthy brain and eye tissue, and it supports a healthy cardiovascular system.* While most people think of fish oil as a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, did you know that fish are high in omega-3s because they eat algae? The DHA in VeganPro Complex comes straight from the source – algae.
Vitamin D3, also called cholecalciferol, is the form of vitamin D naturally produced in the body when exposed to sunlight. However, many individuals of all ages don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight and diet. In addition, supplemental vitamin D3 is often derived from non-vegan sources like oily fish or cholesterol from sheep lanolin.
And worse, many vitamin D supplements are diluted with lactose, an undesirable milk sugar for individuals on a plant-based diet or with dairy sensitivities. VeganPro Complex bridges that gap by providing a truly vegan source of vitamin D3 from algae, a plant-based sustainable source.
Unique mushroom complex
Three well-researched mushrooms – reishi, maitake, and shiitake – have a combined synergistic effect, supporting immune health at a lower amount than can be achieved with them individually.* Full-spectrum extracts contain the complete range of typical nutritional and medicinal compounds that can only be found in whole mushrooms.
The full-spectrum extract from whole mushrooms in VeganPro Complex is rich in beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber that supports immune health and is high in antioxidants.*
Prebiotic fiber blend
Protein powders by their very nature are typically low in fiber – although a vegan source such as chia powder does increase the fiber content. Adding prebiotic, soluble fiber – such as guar gum – can increase the fiber content even more. VeganPro Complex contains twice the amount of fiber of many other protein powders.
The prebiotic, soluble-fiber blend contains partially hydrolyzed (predigested) guar gum (PHGG), pectin, and arabinogalactans that are easy on the digestive tract and less likely to cause gas and bloating than many other fiber types.
All in one place?
Hopefully you’re now getting the picture – this new product has many really innovative ingredients. Rounding out the all-in-one formula is Thorne’s multi-vitamin/mineral complex with active forms of B vitamins, including methylated B12 and folate, and amino-acid chelated minerals for optimal absorption.
VeganPro Complex is a daily source of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber for anyone seeking optimal nutritional support, including athletes, the elderly, children, or someone following a plant-based diet.
Sustainably sourced ingredients
From plant-based proteins to algae-derived DHA and vitamin D3, VeganPro Complex is filled with sustainably sourced ingredients from responsible manufacturing practices that reduce water, energy, and CO2 production.