There’s so many protein products on the market. How do I know which is best?
Altea Health Sciences Timed-release Protein provides research-proven benefits for sports and fitness, weight management and metabolic health.
Why Supplement Protein?
All protein, whether plant, animal, fish or fowl, is broken down by the digestive system into building blocks called amino acids. Amino acids are required for all repair functions, as well as growth, and can even be used as an energy source.
Supplemental protein can be important for people who want to build muscle.
Protein also helps to balance blood sugar and is the major influence on hunger satisfaction or satiety. Thus, supplemental protein can also be important for:
* People wanting to lose weight
* Those using intermittent fasting to improve metabolic health.
Since digestive efficiency varies from person to person and declines with advancing age, supplemental protein can also be important for:
* Men and women over 50
* People with digestive disorders
* People preparing for and recovering from surgery
Why Timed Release?
In terms of digestive efficiency, there are advantages to delivering protein gradually compared to a large amount all at once. Timed release is also better for body builders and athletes who need amino acids over a 3 to 5 hour period for full recovery.
How Timed Release?
Altea Health Sciences Timed Release Protein consists of four phases:
Phase one: Whey Protein Isolate (WPI).
WPI is the most efficiently digested protein, making amino acids available quickly.[1,2] Each serving of Timed Release Protein provides 21 gm of whey protein isolate.
Phase two: Soy Protein isolate (SPI)
SPI is the highest quality protein derived from soybeans, and has been shown to support muscle gains after exercise equal to animal protein. It is a slower digesting protein, making it ideal for a timed release strategy, and most important, acts in synergy with WPI.
SYNERGY Explained: There are 22 amino acids used by the human body. Nine of these cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from dietary sources. Both soy and whey protein are “complete” proteins, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids. However, they differ in their relative concentrations of the essential amino acids. Whey isolate is higher in leucine, isoleucine, methionine, and lysine, while soy protein is higher in arginine, phenylalanine and tryptophan. Each serving of Timed Release Protein provides 5gm of soy protein isolate.
Phase Three: Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) Seed Protein
Sachi Inchi, also known as Inca Nut, is native to the Amazon tropical rainforest. The defatted, dried and ground seed is about 60% protein, and most important, about 64% of that is L-Leucine, the amino acid with the greatest muscle synthesis activity. Including Sacha Inchi provides three important advantages:
- Slower digestion compared to WPI and SPI provides amino acids hours after ingestion.
- Boosts the BCAA level to 6.7 gm per serving
- Adds a nut-like flavor
Each serving of Timed Release Protein provides 3 gm Sacha Inchi protein
Phase Four: Fibersol® Soluble dietary fiber
Soluble fiber contributes to satiety or hunger satisfaction, and extends the timed-release feature of this product. Unlike dietary starch, this patented soluble fiber has a beneficial effect on balancing blood sugar, and is classified as “resistant starch.” As such, it does not contribute to calories or carbohydrate, making Timed-Release Protein zero net carbs. Each serving of Timed Release Protein provides 2gm soluble dietary fiber.
To review, there are 5 strong reasons to use Timed Release Protein.
- Four Phase delivery. This is an advantage for athletes and body builders because it provides better repair and recover benefits compared to whey isolate alone. It’s also a huge advantage for intermittent fasters and people wanting to lose weight because of the 5 hour satiety. Someone using just whey in these programs would have to use twice as much product to achieve the same steady blood sugar and energy level.
- Premium quality. The protein market was rocked in 2016 when it was discovered that most of the dairy protein from China and much of the ingredient from India was adulterated with a chemical called melamine. The problem persisted until just last year and this material is still in supply chains around the world. Altea Health Sciences uses only premium quality WPI from grass-fed US suppliers, and only non-GMO soy protein isolate from US suppliers. The Sacha Inchi protein from Peru is ICS-certified organic.
- The cleanest protein available today. Look at the label of most protein powders and you’ll find:
- A variety of gums, including xanthan gum, guar gum, carrageenan, and gellan gum, which act as thickeners, stabilizers and emulsifiers. These can lead to gastrointestinal (GI) side effects such as gas and bloating. Carageenan has been shown to be a GI irritant, and may cause inflammation in the small intestine and colon.
- Artificial sweeteners and flavors
- Silicon dioxide, a flow agent with zero nutritional value.
Timed Release Protein has no gums, thickeners, sweeteners, flavors or silicon dioxide.
- Small Batch manufacturing with honest expiration dates. Protein degrades over time, and there are no regulations regarding “use before” dating. Altea Health Sciences does not warehouse Timed Release Protein, but produces small batches that are immediately sent to customers with guaranteed purity and potency 6 months beyond the expiration date.
- Value: If you were to purchase each of the four ingredients in Timed Release Protein at the levels provided, you would pay over $3.00 per serving. Timed Release Protein is only $2.20 per serving.
Use Timed Release Protein in
- Your coffee
- Baked goods
- Pancakes and waffles
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No Difference Between the Effects of Supplementing With Soy Protein Versus Animal Protein on Gains in Muscle Mass and Strength in Response to Resistance Exercise. Mark Messina, Heidi Lynch, Jared M Dickinson, Katharine E Reed Nutrients. 2019 Nov 1;11(11):2613. doi: 10.3390/nu11112613.
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