Pea Protein

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Pea protein is extracted from green and yellow peas (Pisum sativum, best known as split peas) and is used in some protein supplements and protein-enriched foods. Vegetarians and vegans may prefer supplements with pea protein to supplements with protein derived from dairy (such as casein and whey proteins), eggs, or meat. Pea protein is lactose-free and is safe for people with allergies or sensitivities to dairy and eggs. Peas are in the legume family, and people with allergies to other legumes like peanuts and soybeans should be cautious when introducing pea protein into their diet because of the possibility of a pea allergy.1 Peas are an important protein source for people in parts of Asia; however, like all legumes, peas are low in the essential amino acid, methionine.2, 3 Rice, another staple of Asian diets, is high in methionine, and rice protein is sometimes added to pea protein supplements to complete the amino acid profile.4, 5
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Hypertension
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Pea protein may help reduce blood pressure.
Athletic Performance
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Pea protein may help build muscle and help athletes recover after exercise.
Cardiovascular Disease
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Pea protein might help prevent cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Obesity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Pea protein can be part of a high-protein diet. High-protein diets have been shown to help prevent and treat obesity.6, 7

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