by Adam Tolliday


The Body Complete Vegan protein provides a convenient, supplemental protein source which is free of animal products. Adequate protein intake for muscle gain and general health is something that plant based dieters can struggle with which has contributed to the rise in popularity of vegan protein powders.

Vegan protein is often compared to the more established and thoroughly studied whey protein. The rise in popularity of plant based diets over the past few years has led to a growing body of research on the efficacy of vegan protein powders.

The potential benefits and side effects of each source of vegan protein powder as well vegan protein sources as a whole have been listed below.

Pea protein can help with hunger cravings. A 2016 study that compared the digestion rate and satiety properties of pea, whey and casein protein found that pea protein was effective at triggering satiety signals  The results of this study are part of the reason why pea protein has been promoted as a useful supplement in the treatment of obesity, with its ability to suppress hunger and complete amino acid profile making it a viable option for a high protein diet which have been shown to be effective at combating obesity.

The suppression of hunger, more specifically the hormone ghrelin, has been shown to play a key role in the success of weight loss diets. This would suggest that pea protein is a viable option for those seeking general weight loss and not just obese populations.

Pea protein has been shown to reduce high blood pressure. Pea protein has high quantities of arginine which aids in keeping blood pressure low. The enzymes used in the purification of pea protein may be the main reason for its ability to reduce blood pressure as they are thought to release bioactive peptides which play a role in reducing blood pressure.

High blood pressure has strong links to a poor diet. The introduction of plant based foods and even a switch to a plant based diet has been shown to reduce the effects of high blood pressure

Rice protein powder has been shown to improve body composition and exercise performance just as well as whey protein powder. Whey protein has often been lauded as an essential supplement for those looking to improve body composition and overall fitness.

This was the first double-blind study ever done on plant proteins versus animal proteins and the results ran contrary to the findings of numerous previous studies that found animal based protein sources to be superior to plant based protein sources.

The findings of this study showed that rice protein can be just as effective at reducing fat mass and increasing hypertrophy, strength, power and lean body mass when administered post workout.

Rice protein powder can help combat atherosclerosis A 2010 study on mice showed that consumption of rice protein powder, in comparison to casein protein powder, led to reduced the atheroscleric lesions.

It is often said that one of the mechanisms behind rice protein, and other plant proteins, reducing the risk of heart related diseases is due to an inhibition of cholesterol absorption.

In this study they cholesterol levels of the rice fed group and the casein fed group were the same which may suggest that other mechanisms are responsible. Controlled human studies are still required to further confirm the efficacy of rice protein being able to combat atherosclerosis.

Rice protein can combat oxidative liver stress Oxidative liver stress can be a precursor to chronic liver disease and occurs when there is an imbalance between oxidant and antioxidant agents. The inclusion of rice protein in your diet can help combat these effects by regulating glutathione metabolism and oxidative damage to proteins.

Pea protein can promote muscle thickness gains when taken in conjunction with a resistance training program 

The study also showed that similar gains were made in terms of muscle thickness and strength in the whey group and the pea group. It was the general consensus for years that plant based proteins could not match up to animal based proteins when it came to performance enhancement. This study was one of the first to buck the trend and pave the way for new research into the performance enhancement benefits of plant based protein powder.

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By BCRX Staff & Health Trends