By : Dr. Jockers – 6 April 2015
Soy protein is an anti-nutrient that should be avoided for several reasons. Soy contains phytic acids that bind and pull major minerals such as calcium, magnesium, & zinc from the body (4, 5, 6). High processed soy consumption is linked with deficiencies in these major minerals.
Soy also contains enzyme inhibitors that turn off natural enzyme’s needed to perform critical cell functions. Goitrogenic substances that block thyroid hormone are highly prevalent in soy foods as well.
Animal protein that comes from animals raised in conventional factory farms is extraordinarily toxic. These animals are pumped full of dangerous hormones and antibiotics while eating genetically modified, pesticide laden grains. This combination causes massive amounts of toxic bio-accumulation within the animal tissue and animal by-products.
The Best Vegetarian Proteins
The best vegetarian proteins are from brown rice, peas, & hemp. Pea protein is considered the most hypo-allergenic protein which is especially important for individuals with chronic food allergies and leaky gut syndrome. When mixed with a high quality pea or hemp protein they form a complete protein source with all essential and branched-chain amino acids.
Hemp protein is one of the very few plant based complete protein sources. Hemp is a great source of sulphur containing amino acids methionine and cysteine which are necessary for cellular detoxification and the production of vital enzymes. Additionally, it is rich in branched chain amino acids that are needed for muscle growth and repair.
Your protein powder should also contain medium chain triglycerides from sources such as coconut oil to improve bioavailability and aid in digestive comfort. This should never contain artificial flavourings and preservatives of any kind. This source should be sweetened with natural sources such as stevia and/or xylitol. Certain individuals may feel inflamed using a grass-fed, non-denatured whey protein. They should switch to a high quality vegan protein such as hemp, pea, or brown rice and monitor results.