Protein powdered shake mixes are found in every super market, health food store, and chain-store in America. The benefits of protein are well documented, and protein shakes offer an easy, quick, and often economical method of getting your daily requirements.
WomenVitamins: P3 Protein Shakes for Women
WomenVitamins offers an excellent whey protein shake for women that has been specially formulated with flax-seed for Omega 3 Oils, vitamins and minerals, and digestive enzymes for the most efficient use of the product. Whey protein was specifically chosen, over other forms of protein, for its many health benefits.
- promotes g healthy insulin secretion
- helps your pancreas-produced insulin work effectively
- supports balanced blood sugar levels
- provides an excellent source of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals
- supports the immune system (contains immuno-globulins)
- preserves lean body tissue (especially during and after exercise)
- provides bio-available amino acids and cysteine
- maintains/preserves normal blood pressure levels
However, with all that said, please note that ALL whey protein powders are NOT the same!
The July 2010 issue of Consumer Report
has an article focused on whey protein supplements. CR
purchased 15 whey protein powders, ran tests on them, and came up with some pretty unexpected results…. Several of the leading brands were found to contain heavy metal
contamination (arsenic, cadmium. mercury, and lead) Of the 15 tested, the 3 most contaminated were Muscle Milk’s Chocolate and Vanilla Creme
and EAS’s Original Rich Dark Chocolate.
If you consumed the recommend 3 servings/day of Muscle Milk’s Chocolate, you would ingest:
- 5.6 micrograms of cadmium
- 13.5 micrograms of lead
- 12.2 micrograms of arsenic
- 0.7 micrograms of mercury
EAS’s Chocolate contained:
- 16.9 micrograms of arsenic
- 5.1 micrograms of cadmium
(The United States Pharmaceutical/ USP limit for arsenic is 15 micrograms/day and 5 micrograms/day for cadmium.)
Low level exposure to arsenic can cause nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels, and a”pins and needles” sensation in hands and feet.
Long-term exposure to arsenic may cause cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver and prostate.
Cadmium is also a known human carcinogen that damages DNA and disrupts the DNA repair
system which helps prevent cancer. It accumulates in the body, damages kidneys,and can take up to 20 years for your body to eliminate cadmium on its own.
Unfortunately, heavy metals like cadmium, are entering our systems from common foods (leafy greens, rice, potatoes), as agricultural fertilizers can contain these heavy metals.
As I have offered before: develop your own organic food sources…plant some of your own foods and find local, organic farmers’ markets.
Be healthy, stay safe, take your WomenVitamins
, and be blessed, Kersten
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