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Sports protein nutrition: Access to powerful and clean plant proteins to develop and recover muscle mass, the easy way.

An increased level of protein intake is particularly needed for physically active people, who are recommended a daily intake increased to 1 gram per kilogram of body weight per day (compared to 0.83 g for sedentary people).
Endurance or strength athletes require much higher amounts: up to 2 grams per kilogram of body weight per day.

Successful protein synthesis depends on the quality of protein provided. Edible proteins are derived either from animal or from plant-based sources. Milk, eggs and meat are the popular animal-based sources that dominate protein choice worldwide; but the use of plant-based proteins, mainly from cereals, legumes or oil seeds, is delivering more and more relevant and innovative solutions.

NUTRALYS®, the pea protein by Roquette

The NUTRALYS® range of pea proteins provides people who practice sports with the perfect proteins to develop and recover muscle mass responsibly. In a nutshell: NUTRALYS® offers clinically-proven benefits on muscle mass, provides great nutrition, is a sustainable crop, is very safe and available in a wide range. We have developed different high-value protein specialties dedicated to specific sports nutrition products, such as powder mix drinks, protein bars, energy gels, etc.

High quality

As a protein, pea protein isolate can benefit from recently approved generic health claims, especially the contribution to growth in muscle mass and maintenance. NUTRALYS® pea protein also offers high digestibility and the richest of sources of arginine, at 8.7% per gram of protein. (Arginine is an interesting amino acid for athletes for three main reasons: exogenous arginine can promote growth hormone release; it is involved in creatine synthesis; and it is a precursor of nitric oxide synthesis).

NUTRALYS® pea protein is also a good source of branched chain amino acids and glutamine, both of which are of particular interest for sports performance

However, as a pulse, it is poor in sulphur-containing amino acids such as cysteine and methionine, but rich in lysine - unlike cereal-based proteins.  An adequate combination of pea and wheat or rice proteins creates a complete amino acid profile, reaching a 100% PDCAAS.

Safe and sustainable

Thanks to both a low initial level in the pea crop and a unique extraction process, NUTRALYS® pea protein benefits from a very low amount of the anti-nutritional factors responsible for digestive discomfort. The yellow pea is excluded from the EU allergen list, unlike soy, milk, eggs, etc. It is also a sustainable protein source. In fact, as a legume it is able to harvest its own atmospheric nitrogen, thus eliminating the need for nitrogen fertilizers. In addition, being a spring crop, the yellow pea also needs less water to grow.

Thanks to Roquette’s complete range of carbohydrates and proteins, customers can develop innovative, affordable and sustainable solutions which meet sports people requirements.

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