If you can kill 2 birds with one stone and get a protein powder that has some good vitamins in it. You should be looking for vitamins that help with digestion, focus and nutrient absorption. The B vitamins are important because they do many things but cannot be stored in the body’s fat cells. They are water soluble and need to be replaced often. Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6 and biotin are all B vitamins responsible for digestion, turning food into energy and eliminating waste. Vitamin B-6 and B-9 are known for mood enhancing properties and may help you stay focused longer. Vitamin D is also known for mood enhancing in areas where sun exposure is limited especially during winter months. Vitamin D is also needed for proper absorption of calcium.
When choosing a protein powder you should first decide if you want a powder from animal products or a plant based protein. If you are not bothered by animal products then whey protein may be good for you. Whey is a dairy product derived from milk and cheese. It is a complete protein with fast absorption. It is the most popular protein powder and can be found almost anywhere. If you are not into animal products or if you have trouble with dairy, then you should consider a plant based protein like hemp seed protein or soy bean protein. These are the only two plant based protein powders that have all the essential amino acids the body needs, making them complete proteins.
Soy has an advantage over hemp because it has a slightly greater protein to calorie ratio which is great for people who are trying to lose weight but retain muscle mass. The downfall to soy is that it causes allergic reactions to many people. If you have had any experience with soy before and found that it gives you any type of allergic reaction, soy protein should be avoided. Hemp seed protein powder is a great alternative and the only real disadvantage is that some people fear that it will contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Although hemp protein is derived from the hemp plant which is not the same as its marijuana cousin, there is little research to determine the actual amount of trace THC, if any.
When choosing a protein powder try to get the most bang for your buck. Look for a powder that has many of the vitamins you need but also ‘agrees’ with you the most. Stay away from whey if you do not like animal products or dairy. Stay away from soy if you are allergic and try hemp seed protein as an alternative that still has all the amino acids.