Tuesday, January 19, 2010
BCAA's- Do You Need Them & How You Can Get Some!
So, I was reading through my latest Oxygen magazine and came across an article about BCAA's (Branched-Chain Amino Acids). Before I became 100% Raw/ Vegan I actually took BCAA's in pill form to help aid in muscle building. I wasn't sure how well I would build muscle when I became Raw because I was used to eating a substantial amount of animal protein to sustain my muscle mass. Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself, here is what BCAA's are for:
1. Improve Muscle Gains
2. Boost Endurance
3. Improve Your Strength
4. Protect Against Muscle Breakdown
5. Burn More Fat
6. Reduce Cravings
All good things, right? Right! Here are the 8 Essential Amino Acids. Essential, as in you NEED them!:
I'm guessing your wondering what I'm getting at. Well, Hemp Protein Powder has all 8 essential amino acids!!! Cool isn't it? Now you can have your cake and eat it too. Okay, you can have your hemp protein powder and eat it too : ) Oh, you saw right, it's green! Don't be afraid of the green, it's only trying to help you. If you have an aversion to the green color try adding the Raw hempseeds into your diet. Did you see my Raw Tabouleh post, uh yum!?! Yep, there's hempseeds in there! I also use it to make hemp milk in place of cow's milk or other non-dairy milk. I just put 1 cup of hempseeds in a blender with 4 cups of water and blend it until it's smooth. I think it tastes better if you strain it. I use a nut milk bag but you could use cheesecloth and a strainer.
Just so you know, I have no issues with anyone eating animal protein I just can't. I swear the stuff takes ten years to digest, ugh! I am so glad that I found a wonderful substitute to animal protein. I actually feel just as strong if not stronger using hemp protein and plant based foods as my only source of muscle building nutrition rather than meat or dairy. For those of you that rely primarily on animal protein for your BCAA's, why don't you try out some hemp in your green smoothie, or smoothie of choice and let me know if you can tell a difference and if it's a good one! So many ways to use hemp and so little time.
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Have any of you ever tried hemp protein powder? What are your thoughts? Do you think you'll give it a try?