Plant proteins primed for sports nutrition growth30 July 2012
Belgian natural ingredients firm Cosucra has identified sports nutrition as a key growth opportunity for its plant-based proteins.
Cosucra, which manufactures pea protein isolate Pisane, said that plant products have suffered in the sports nutrition category because of their perceived inferior nutritional content to animal proteins.
However, according to Cosucra, a new breed of proteins such as Pisane offer highly competitive nutritional value for sports nutrition products. Pisane is rich in branched-chain amino acids, particularly leucine and arginine, which are said to be particularly beneficial for athletes.
Leucine plays an important role in the production of muscle protein, particularly post-workout during the recovery and muscle‐building phase. Arginine enables the endogenous synthesis of nitric oxide, a powerful vasodilator.
Combined with other proteins, Cosucra added that Pisane can help stagger the speed at which other proteins are digested and ensure a beneficial amino acid profile.
The product may also be used as an iron-rich, highly digestible sole source of protein in nutritional products for edurance athletes and, when combined with vitamin C, can be used to prevent against deficiencies such as anaemia.
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