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Ingredients Explained


A food can be no better than the sum of its ingredients. Protein Key™ is comprised of ingredients of the highest natural quality that are dense in a full spectrum of nutrients and nutraceuticals proven to benefit health, healing, and longevity. 

All Protein Key™ ingredients are chosen for their health benefits, not to create color, taste, solubility, sweetness ,odor, mouth feel, and the like. A brief explanation of each can be found below. For more detail, simply do an Internet search and a wealth of information will become available to demonstrate the enormous health benefits of each of the ingredients. 

Internet search like this: health benefits of ______________(insert any of the words found below). 

Antioxidants -- including vitamins C, E (mixed tocopherols), D, phytonutrients, and those inherent in the natural ingredients themselves. 

Aspergillus oryzae and niger – yeast culture sources of active food enzymes that are destroyed when foods are cooked. Enzymes assist in the digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and help relieve the stress on the pancreas and other enzyme-secreting tissues. 

Arginine -- an amino acid that is conditionally essential depending upon age, condition, and biochemical individuality. Arginine is a precursor for the synthesis of nitric oxide that relaxes smooth muscle and dilates blood vessels. It helps decrease blood pressure, aids congestive heart failure, increases exercise tolerance for angina sufferers, improves erectile dysfunction, infertility, migraines, dementia, bladder inflammation, and athletic performance. 

Branched Chain Amino Acids -- Including leucine, isoleucine, and valine known to be important in tissue repair and muscle growth. 

Calcium Caseinate -- a milk protein important in supplying a sustained source of amino acids through the day to encourage tissue repair and muscle growth. 

Chia -- an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, Chia has been consumed for thousands of years and has notoriety for the unusual energy and stamina it provides. 

Coconut -- the whole dried meat from organic coconuts. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) from coconut help to encourage the utilization of fat stores, so important in diabetes. Not only can unwanted fat be lost, but MCTs metabolize into ketones that produce energy and are particularly important in mental health. Additionally coconut has the prebiotic ability to improve and maintain a natural balance of probiotic microorganisms. 

Colostrum -– is the first milk of cows that is rich in immunoglobulin, immunostimulatory, and growth factor elements. Colostrum provides overall immune system support and anti-inflammatory properties. For athletes, it promotes leaner muscle mass, better athletic performance, and decreased recovery time. 

Egg Albumin -- a perfect protein containing the full spectrum of essential amino acids. 

Flax Seed – is high in essential omega-3 fatty acids (especially alpha-linolenic acid), and antioxidants. Flax fatty acids are capable of being transformed into a variety of more complex, unsaturated fatty acids known as eicosanoids which play extremely important and active roles in the moment-by-moment regulation of metabolic activities at the microcellular and tissue levels. (See Lipid Nutrition) 

Gelatin -- not "Jello," is a source of collagen, the most abundant protein in the body. It provides a rich source of the amino acids glycine and proline that help the strength and integrity of all connective, joint, vascular, and skeletal tissue. Gelatin collagen peptides also provide resistance of the stomach mucous tunic to food stress. 

Grape Seed Extract -- contains powerful antioxidants, including pycnogenol. 

Hemp Seeds -- the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, including omega-3 gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Hemp seed's amino acid profile ranks very high when compared to other high quality protein sources such as meat, milk, and eggs. 

Inulin -- a prebiotic derived from plants that includes fructans (FOS-fructooligosaccharides). Prebiotics encourage probiotic growth and discourage pathogens. 

L-Carnitine -- an amino acid that helps the body turn fat into energy. It also exerts a substantial antioxidant action. L-Carnitine can benefit a variety of health conditions, exercise performance, and weight loss, 

Lecithin -- a phospholipid that supports fat metabolism, liver function, fat emulsification, antioxidation, and resistance. Choline (derived from lecithin) must be consumed in the diet to support the synthesis of the phospholipids, acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), and sphingomyelin (critical as a structural component of cell membranes, and in particular those in the brain and neurons). 

Myconutrients -- derived from mushroom mycorrhyzae that benefit the immune system and probiotic effects. 

Octacosanol -- a nutraceutical that increases oxygen utilization and improves endurance. 

Pea Protein -- A rich source of plant derived essential amino acids including branched chain amino acids important for muscle strength and growth, and lysine, commonly deficient in modern carbohydrate-laden diets.

Flower Pollen -- one of the most nutritionally complete natural substances found on earth, containing an incredible array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, co-enzymes, and hormones. It is especially rich in B vitamins and antioxidants, including lycopene, selenium, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and several flavanoids. 

Probiotics -- friendly intestinal cultures that exert a number of health benefits. Including: Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactococcus lactis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus lactis. 

Pycnogenol -– nourishment to enhance antioxidant, immune, cardiovascular, skin, eye, joint, blood sugar, fertility, libido, oral, respiratory, and athletic function. 

Ribose -- an integral part of the genetic nucleic acids and of ATP, the primary energy source for every cell. It helps reduce muscle fatigue, pain, cramping and stiffness, and improves overall energy. It improves athletic performance and helps relieve some symptoms of coronary heart disease and fibromyalgia. 

Rice Bran -- rich in dietary fiber and essential fatty acids, as well as protein, vitamins, and minerals. Phytonutrients in rice bran also serve as antioxidants. Tocotrienols in the oil of rice bran have a host of therapeutic benefits and improve athletic performance. 

Saccharomyces Cerevisiae -- an active yeast probiotic that produces B vitamins, enzymes, organically bound minerals, amino acids, and cell wall mannanoligosaccharide prebiotics. 

Stevia -- leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant have a delicious and refreshing taste up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. The body does not metabolize the sweet glycosides from the stevia leaf, so there is no caloric intake. Stevia doesn't adversely affect blood glucose levels and may be used freely by diabetics and even bring them benefits. Stevia has a re-vitalizing effect on pancreatic β-cells to improve insulin sensitivity. 

Taurine -- a semi-essential, sulphur-containing amino acid derived from methionine and cysteine metabolism. Taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) has beneficial effects throughout the body. Heat and other food processing factors can diminish taurine. In the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of cats fed processed foods suffered and died from eye pathologies and dilated cardiomyopathy. This event dramatically reflects the importance of the nutrient in all mammals, including humans. 

Vanilla Powder -- in addition to its flavoring properties, vanilla is an antioxidant and has the ability to block quorum sensing in bacteria. 

Whey Protein Concentrate -- A portion of dairy milk that is especially concentrated in branched chain amino acids important in muscle repair and growth. 

Yeast Cell Wall Extract -- The mannan-oligosaccharides in yeast cell walls support immune system health and exert other beneficial effects. 

Yogurt -- An excellent protein source containing other important factors which serve to encourage probiotic growth. 

Vitamins and Minerals -- The following vitamins and minerals are in their most bioavailable forms. The minerals are in proteinated form (chelated) to enhance their absorption. Although all these micronutrients are in the ingredients themselves, and may be in some regular foods, processing and time diminish their levels and thus supplementation is wise. Additionally, by fortifying, higher levels can be achieved to exert health benefits and overcome the stresses of modern living, toxin exposure, and long-standing deficiencies.
  • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
  • Thiamine Mononitrate (B1)
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Niacin (B3)
  • Calcium Pantothenate (B5)
  • Pyridoxine  Hydrochloride (B6)
  • Folic Acid
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B12 Supplement
  • Vitamin A Acetate
  • Vitamin D3 Supplement
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K2
  • Zinc Proteinate
  • Iron Proteinate
  • Manganese Proteinate
  • Copper Proteinate
  • ... and over 650 other vitamin, mineral, conditionally essential, and accessory food elements
 

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