Brown rice protein is a vegan alternative to protein powders such as whey, egg, and soy protein powders. Protein powders are a convenient way to get the amino acids (protein building blocks) our bodies need to make healthy tissue. Brown rice protein contains a similar amino acid profile to protein powders from animal sources. Organic brown rice protein also contains 5 grams of fiber, probiotics and is sweetened with stevia.
Benefits of Brown Rice Protein
1. Increases Weight Loss
Protein supplements, in general, support weight loss by speeding metabolism and decreasing food intake. But even more importantly, recent research suggests that brown rice protein in particular includes unique peptides that reduce weight gain more than those in white rice protein or soy protein. (2)
Most people trying to lose weight fast fail to do so because of a lack of protein. Don’t forget, the protein in brown rice protein powder should supplement a diet already high in protein. However, because of its unique properties, brown rice protein may do double duty in helping you reach your weight loss goals!
2. Reduces Glycemic Response
Every time you consume any type of nutrient, whether high or low on the glycemic index, your body elicits a glycemic response. Simply stated, nutrition affects your blood sugar levels, meaning your blood glucose and insulin levels rise after eating and then return to “fasting” levels after a couple of hours.
It’s important to maintain a healthy A1C blood glucose level (average blood glucose over a period of two or three months), especially for individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions, and women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. That’s why you want to be aware of blood sugar spikes, which can cause you to feel fatigued after eating, blur your vision and give you a general ill feeling all over. Long term, these spikes can lead to an elevated A1C level, which can contribute to heart disease, as well as other serious health complications.
Sprouted grains, and brown rice protein in particular, have been shown in multiple studies to reduce glycemic response across the board. (3a)(3b) That means this supplement may significantly impact the severity of blood sugar spikes and help you regulate glucose levels.
3. Improves Liver Function
Brown rice protein is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help prevent specific types of cell damage, especially damage caused by oxidation (free radical formation caused by oxygen molecules traveling freely in the body), which can cause liver disease.
One 2015 study found brown rice to prevent some oxidative stress on the liver and protect against injury from further oxidation. (4) Another study tested rice protein in particular and found the same antioxidant qualities in the protein as it exhibited “hepatoprotective” effects — put simply, that it protects your liver against oxidative damage. (5)