What is protein?
Protein is one of the building blocks of life! It’s one of the three macronutrients that your body requires. (The other two are fat and carbs.) Protein is made up of chains of linked amino acids, which the body breaks down to be absorbed.
What exactly does protein do for your body?
Your cells use protein as fuel, and as building blocks for structure and tissue. That means your muscles, blood, bones, skin, and hair all use protein.
Why take plant protein?
Variety is key. Health experts recommend varying your protein choices, and having vegetarian options often. Many people also want plant foods cultivated with Non-GMO and organic techniques, because they’re better for the planet. A high-quality vegan protein supplement, like our Original Plant Protein+
, makes it easy to get plant protein.
Do I need a protein supplement?
For adults, the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) for daily protein is 0.8 grams for every kilogram of body weight (or 0.36 grams per pound). For example, a 130-pound woman (59 kg) should aim to get 47 grams of protein per day. Our Plant Protein+ supplement provides 20 g of vegan complete protein per serving.
Even better, a dietary supplement goes beyond just filling nutritional needs: it’s also targeted to provide health benefits. Our protein powder promotes muscle repair and recovery, and adds herbal benefits from superfoods like organic Turmeric.*
What are vegan amino acids?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein—so any protein, vegan or not, is from amino acids. Plant Protein+ builds complete protein with the right profile of amino acids from multiple protein-rich vegan sources. It has Mung Bean and Brown Rice (this combo is a gentle, soothing food in the Ayurvedic tradition), and whole-food seeds like Flax, Chia, Pumpkin, and Sunflower. So our protein supplements are a great choice whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or even mainly carnivorous.
Is whey vegan?
Nope—whey protein is a dairy byproduct. If you’re looking for a complete protein source that doesn’t come from animals, you’ll want a precise combination of some of the best vegan protein sources, like grains and legumes. That’s what we use here at New Chapter! Check protein supplement labels for “complete” and “vegan” to be sure you’re meeting your needs.
Why would I reconsider taking a pea, soy or whey protein isolate?
They can be tough to digest. Research shows that isolates, like in whey, pea, or soy protein powders, can give you that overfull, gassy feeling—bloated and uncomfortable. (No coincidence that milk & soy are also common allergens.) Good news, though! Research also shows that combining a high-quality plant protein with a digestive enzyme boosts rapid, effective absorption of amino acids. The enzymes work to rapidly break down the protein, reducing gas and bloating. So our Plant Protein+ is formulated with clinically studied digestive enzymes. And that means better absorption and easier digestion—preventing bloating.*
What is the “fill line” on my protein powder label?
Our protein blend of powdered foods and enzymes tends to be fluffier and more aerated when the canister is first filled. During transport and normal shelf-life, the blend settles and becomes more compressed. So even if it looks like your canister isn’t completely full when you first open it, please don’t worry! Each flavor and formula is measured and filled by weight, not volume—so you’re getting exactly the weight that’s labeled. We simply added the “fill line” on the label to help you gauge possible settling.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a structural protein made up of amino acids. It’s the major building block of skin, bone, and connective tissues.
Do I need a collagen supplement?
Your body naturally produces collagen, but production slows down starting around age 25. This is when your skin and joints start to lose elasticity. Adding a collagen supplement to your daily regimen helps restore your collagen levels. That replenishes your building blocks for strong and healthy skin, nail, hair, and joint tissue.
Why take multi-sourced collagen?
Different types of collagen support the body in different ways, and they come from different sources. We recommend supplementing with Types I, II & III collagen from hormone-free and humanely raised beef & chicken sources.
Type I collagen is the main component in bone mass. It supports connective tissues like skin, hair, nails, and joints. Type I improves skin elasticity and hydration, and helps minimize fine lines & wrinkles. New Chapter’s Type I collagen is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised beef.
Type II collagen is the main component of cartilage; it makes up 65% of cartilage’s dry weight. Type II is fibrous and supports the strength and elasticity of cartilage and soft tissue within joints. We source our Type II collagen from cage-free chicken.
Type III collagen is abundant in the intestines, muscles, and blood vessels. Type III collagen is great combined with Type I for gut health and skin benefits like plumping, hydration, and elasticity. New Chapter’s Type III collagen is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised beef.