WHAT’S SO SMART ABOUT FUTURELIFE®’S SMARTPROTEIN3D™ FORMULATION?
Author: Sonal Rotan RD (SA)
It is a new year and you’ve decided that nutrition is a priority for you to reach your 2021 fitness goals. You are determined to find the best product on the market and head to your nearest Dischem store. When you arrive, you are pleased to see the shelves packed with options. But, as you start comparing products you begin to feel overwhelmed and confused about the best option for you. On the one hand there are products with minimal information leaving you searching for answers. On the other, there are products packed with information including ingredients you have never heard of. To help you decide when it comes to the FUTURELIFE® range, here is more information on SmartProtein3D™.
SmartProtein3D™ is exactly what is sounds like, a scientific blend of 3 protein sources: Whey, Casein and Soy. These are complete proteins meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids (building blocks of protein) necessary in our diet. Besides being complete proteins, let us take a closer look at what else makes this blend of proteins so smart.
Whey protein is a high-quality protein made from milk (±20% of the protein) and has a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids, particularly leucine. It is well-known for its quick absorption rate and adding lean body mass. It is often recommended immediately after exercise as part of a post-workout regimen and is commonly used in many protein supplements.
Casein is a protein source that is derived from dairy (±80% of the protein). It is known as a slower-digesting protein, which is why it is usually suggested before bed. It plays a major role during growth and development and is high in the amino acid glutamine.
SUPRO® is the name of the soy protein isolate used in various FUTURELIFE® products. Sourced from soybeans, the protein is ‘isolated’ from the rest of the soybean components, making it 90% protein. Contrary to popular belief, it is equal in quality to animal protein, contains no cholesterol, and is almost fat free. Soy is also high in the amino acids glutamine and arginine, offers antioxidant activity and has an intermediate digestion rate.
Blending these proteins together can help maintain a positive protein balance over a course of time. Studies have shown that it extends the process in which protein is produced to repair muscle damage caused by intense exercise (muscle protein synthesis) longer compared to having the proteins in isolation due to:
- Different digestion rates
- Prolonged delivery of amino acids
- Repairs muscle consistently over a longer period
- Balanced amino acid profile: arginine (soy) glutamine (casein and soy) and branched-chain amino acids(whey)
- Ideal protein combination for muscle protein synthesis and recovery
You can think of SmartProtein3D™ as your first aid kit. It is ideal post exercise as your muscles have been damaged to a certain extent and need to be repaired. For example, whey is fast digesting so it would be the piece of cotton wool you use to quickly wipe away any ‘blood’. Casein would be the antiseptic as it is slow digesting and would help the wound to eventually heal properly. Soy being intermediate digesting, would be the plaster that you put over the wound to make sure it doesn’t continue to ‘bleed’.
SmartProtein3D™ is beneficially added to FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™, HIGH PROTEIN Bar, HIGH PROTEIN LITE Bar and HIGH PROTEIN Shake. All products are available in single portion sizes for on-the-go convenience.
So, if you’re looking for all-in-one recovery options, look no further. Make the smart choice of FUTURELIFE®’s affordable range of products with SmartProtein3D™.