Good pro­tein source for stronger, health­ier bones

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - World Diabetes Day -

PRO­TEIN is built from blocks called amino acids. Qual­ity pro­tein con­tains all 20 types of amino acid, in­clud­ing the nine es­sen­tial amino acids that our bod­ies can­not pro­duce and must ob­tain from di­etary sources.

Long-term high con­sump­tion of an­i­mal pro­tein (meat) can have detri­men­tal ef­fects on one’s bone health and in­creases the risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes. An­i­mal pro­tein is laden with sat­u­rated fats and choles­terol, which may lead to obe­sity.

Find­ings from a 2000 study ti­tled Over­weight, obe­sity, and health risk pub­lished in Ar­chives of In­ter­nal Medicine show that high in­take of an­i­mal pro­tein is as­so­ci­ated with in­sulin re­sis­tance, thus in­creas­ing the risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes.

On the other hand, plant pro­tein can pro­vide es­sen­tial amino acids along with plenty of fi­bre when con­sumed in the right com­bi­na­tions. Some ex­am­ples of such plant pro­tein are non-ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied soy and pea.

Sev­eral stud­ies such as a 2017 one ti­tled A plant-based diet for the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of type 2 di­a­betes pub­lished in Jour­nal of Geri­atric Car­di­ol­ogy show that the con­sump­tion of plant pro­tein is as­so­ci­ated with lower blood glu­cose lev­els and a re­duced risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes as plant pro­tein can im­prove in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity and glu­cose me­tab­o­lism.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a 2006 study ti­tled The un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated role of mus­cle in health and dis­ease pub­lished in The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion found that peo­ple who met their daily pro­tein re­quire­ments main­tained bone health bet­ter than those eat­ing less than the rec­om­mended lev­els.

Cal­cium is a key nu­tri­ent for bone tis­sue as it con­sti­tutes a large part of them. How­ever, sup­ple­men­ta­tion with cal­cium alone is not enough to main­tain op­ti­mal bone den­sity.

Sev­eral stud­ies have shown that a com­bi­na­tion of cal­cium with other nu­tri­ents such as mag­ne­sium, vi­ta­min D3 and vi­ta­min K2 sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved bone health.

This is be­cause mag­ne­sium and vi­ta­min D3 fa­cil­i­tate the ab­sorp­tion and util­i­sa­tion of cal­cium while vi­ta­min K2 helps im­prove bone den­sity by ef­fec­tively de­posit­ing cal­cium to bones and teeth for proper stor­age, ac­cord­ing to a 2017 study ti­tled The Syn­er­gis­tic In­ter­play be­tween Vi­ta­mins D and K for Bone and Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Health: A Nar­ra­tive Re­view pub­lished in In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of En­docrinol­ogy.

Hence, mag­ne­sium, vi­ta­min D3 and vi­ta­min K2 work syn­er­gis­ti­cally for ef­fec­tive cal­cium util­i­sa­tion and me­tab­o­lism.

Ac­cord­ing to the Eu­ro­pean Food Safety Au­thor­ity, vi­ta­min K2 (also known as menaquinone and MK-7) is a highly bioavail­able form of vi­ta­min K that helps main­tain healthy bones.

Biogrow HPF-5 PLUS is a new-andim­proved for­mula with a blend of plant pro­tein and di­ges­tive fi­bre. It is en­hanced with nu­tri­ents for bone health such as cal­cium, mag­ne­sium, vi­ta­min D3 and vi­ta­min K2.

One scoop (≈16g) of Biogrow HPF-5 PLUS daily:

Pro­vides more than 61% plant pro­tein (non-ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied soy and pea pro­teins) com­plete with all nine es­sen­tial amino acids for pro­tein syn­the­sis Pro­vides syn­er­gis­tic ef­fect be­tween mag­ne­sium, vi­ta­min D3 and vi­ta­min K2 for bet­ter ab­sorp­tion, re­ten­tion, util­i­sa­tion and de­po­si­tion of cal­cium

Pro­vides more than 18% di­ges­tive fi­bre to reg­u­late bowel move­ment

Con­tains no added sugar or choles­terol and is lac­tose free Suit­able for all ages, in­clud­ing peo­ple with di­a­betes and lac­tose in­tol­er­ance

This ar­ti­cle is pro­vided by Legosan (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-7956 2220 or e-mail

Con­tain­ing many es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents, Biogrow HPF-5 PLUS is a good pro­tein source to main­tain bone health.

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