Pea protein powder is a vegetable protein isolated from peas. As a natural plant-based protein it is a perfect protein for vegetarians and vegans who can’t get their protein from animal products, as well as people with lactose or gluten intolerance. In addition, pea protein is highly digestible.
Pea protein supplements are commonly used in nutritional food and beverage products that support muscle growth or weight loss, but pea protein can also be used as dietary supplement for people following a vegan or vegetarian diet, who would like to add extra protein to their diet. However, the use of pea protein applications is slowly expanding into other applications, such as pastas, breading and batters, as well.
Yellow peas supply a good variety of amino acids. Pea protein has a high lysine and arginine content which is especially beneficial for active lifestyles. Lysine cannot be made in the body, therefore it must be consumed through your diet. Since protein is an essential macro-nutrient often lacking in vegetarians, protein powders can help fill the nutritional gap.
Lysine is the precursor of carnitine, which is the molecule that is responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol. It also appears to help absorb calcium and plays an important part in the formation of collagen – the building blocks of connective tissue such as bones, skins, tendons, and cartilage.
The high lysine content in pea protein also supports the normal growth and development in children and benefits the maintenance of a healthy immune system. Insufficient lysine can lead to fatigue, nausea, dizziness, agitation, loss of appetite, bloodshot eyes, slow growth, anemia, and reproductive disorders.