The health benefits of plant protein

According to the evaluation criteria of high-quality protein, plant-based protein is better than animal-based protein. Therefore, even if you are not a vegetarian, you should understand the benefits of plant protein to human health, reasonably adjust your diet, consume more high-quality plant protein, reduce the burden on your body, and make your body healthier.

Advantages of plant protein

Plant-based proteins are significantly better than animal-based proteins because of the following characteristics:

  • Cholesterol-free;
  • Contains virtually no saturated fat.

Plant protein can effectively reduce the risk of chronic diseases while obtaining high-quality protein, which is of great significance to human health. Let’s take soy protein as an example to see how plant protein benefits human health.

The benefits of plant protein for middle-aged and elderly people

Scientific research shows that protein has the following benefits for middle-aged and elderly people:

(1) Effectively prevent chronic diseases

  • Prevent cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases:

From 1995 to 2011, many foreign scientists conducted research on the ability of soy protein isolate to reduce blood lipids (cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides) and increase high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Research results show that consuming soy protein isolate has a significant blood-lipid-lowering effect.

  • Control blood sugar:

Studies have shown that consuming soy protein isolate with meals can significantly slow down the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals, and is helpful in controlling blood sugar.

 

(2) Prevent senile muscular dystrophy

As we age, the body’s fat content becomes higher and its protein content becomes lower. The decrease in protein is mainly due to muscle atrophy.

Muscle atrophy in the elderly can lead to many problems, such as falls, fractures, decreased strength, and inability to take care of themselves. Sarcopenia has become a public health problem for the elderly. Protein supplementation and resistance training can effectively slow down muscle atrophy and improve the quality of life of the elderly.

Benefits of plant protein for young people

(1) Build muscle tissue

Experiments have shown that soy protein isolate is as effective as whey protein in building muscle and does not contain cholesterol.

(2) Helps control weight

Studies have proven that soy protein can increase satiety, limit calorie intake, thereby reducing abdominal fat and controlling weight.

(3) Relieve physical fatigue

In terms of relieving fatigue, soy protein has 40% more glutamine and 300% more arginine than whey protein. Although these two amino acids are not essential amino acids, they can increase the supply of amino acids in muscles, relieve fatigue, and promote muscle growth.

Other benefits of plant protein

The plant protein in soy protein has some other benefits for the human body, including:

  • Contributes to bone health;
  • Can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women;
  • A diet containing soy protein can provide adequate nutrition for patients with chronic kidney disease and slow down the disease process;
  • Emerging research shows that soy protein can reduce the incidence of fatty liver disease.