Wondering how a vegan lifestyle can benefit you? Whether you already follow a vegan lifestyle, or maybe you're considering trying it, we are here to help break down common questions about plant-based diets.
Veganism can help nourish your mind, body and spirit to help you live a happier, healthy active lifestyle. At EHPLabs, we encourage adopting a wholesome diet that is aligned with your personal lifestyle, try new things and push the boundaries.
What is a vegan lifestyle?Veganism is more than just a diet - it is a lifestyle. In terms of diet, veganism involves only eating plant-based foods (no animal products or by-products). Some people choose to just eat a plant-based diet, however, many vegans also apply these philosophies to other aspects of their life.
A vegan lifestyle means abstaining from (as much as practically possible), anything that requires the exploitation of another living being. This may include certain makeup products, skin care and body care products, clothing and more, as many products include animal-derivatives or are tested on animals. Living a vegan lifestyle requires a conscious effort to live without the harm of other beings.
If you are interested in transitioning into veganism, it may be wise to start by making small changes, as opposed to changing your entire diet and lifestyle at once. Be patient with yourself, and focus on making positive changes that you feel comfortable with each day.
What is the most popular vegan product?Our most popular plant-based product is our famous Blessed Plant-Based Protein. Known for being the best plant-based protein on the market, Blessed is a pure all-natural protein powder designed to support the vegan lifestyle. Containing 23g of protein per serve, Blessed is made from sprouted golden pea protein isolate to promote lean muscle development and weight management.
Hitting your protein targets can be majorly challenging whilst on a vegan diet. This is because most plant-based foods do not contain as much protein per gram compared to animal based foods. Because of this, many vegans find it advantageous to consume a plant based protein powder to increase protein intake. Blessed Protein is an absolute essential for any one on a vegan diet!
Which products are vegan?Vegan products do not contain any animal products or by-products. The entire BLESSED range is plant-based, meaning it does not contain any animal products or by-products. Blessed plant- based protein is made from golden peas. The Blessed Booster range contains plant-based nutrient derivatives.
Many other EHPlabs supplements are also vegan-friendly. This includes OxyShred Thermogenic Fat Burner, OxyShred Non-Stim, Beyond BCAA-EAAs, OxyGreens, Creatine and Glutamine.
Which supplements should vegans take to build muscle?Plant based protein powder is absolutely essential for any vegans trying to build muscle. High intake of protein is needed to help build more muscle tissue. This is because amino acids from the protein are the building blocks of all cells in the body. We strongly recommend consuming Blessed protein daily to increase your plant-based protein intake.
We also recommend BEYOND BCAA-EAAs to help build muscle. BCAAs-EAAs are essential amino acids that help stimulate muscle [protein synthesis as well as helping ease muscle soreness so you can make the most of your workouts. We recommend taking BEYOND during your workout to help fuel your muscles while you exercise.
CREA-8 can also be a very beneficial supplement for muscle growth. CREA-8 is pure creatine monohydrate, which is a combination of amino acids that help to build strength and muscular power. Vegan diets are naturally devoid of creatine, which is why supplementing with creatine can really assist muscle-building. CREA-8 is known to boost your ability to lift heavy weights, which in turn will help increase muscle mass.
Can you build muscle with vegan protein?You sure can! Many people have successfully built muscle whilst on a vegan diet. No matter what diet you follow, to build muscle, you must be consuming enough protein, eating in a calorie surplus, and you must be lifting heavy weights. If you do all three of those things, you should be able to build muscle, even with a vegan protein!
Blessed plant-based protein is the perfect vegan-friendly protein to regularly consume for your muscle-building goals. One scoop of Blessed protein contains 23g of pure golden pea protein isolate. This is readily absorbed by the body and utilized to help fuel muscle growth, in conjunction with strength training. Blessed plant-based protein still contains a wide profile of amino acids to help support the growth of muscle mass.
Is being vegan good for your fitness?
An adequate diet filled with nutritious foods can help improve fitness in conjunction with a good training routine. There is some research that supports veganism in relation to improved fitness outcomes, but ultimately, this is due to the nutrients found largely in plant-based foods. Vegan diets typically include an abundance of fruits and vegetables, which contain nutrients such as dietary nitrates, magnesium, potassium, and B vitamins which all work via various mechanisms to support physical exertion from exercise. Vegan diets also are typically rich in whole-grains, which are a great source of complex carbohydrates which can help restore muscle glycogen levels to provide adequate energy for exercise sessions. Ultimately, a well-balanced vegan diet can help support your fitness.
Are vegan protein powders good for you?Absolutely! Vegan protein powders are some of the most natural protein powders on the market. Blessed plant-based protein is an unparalleled formulation of the finest 100% sustainable raw ingredients to bless your body with wholesome ingredients. Blessed protein is made from golden peas, and is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, free from artificial sweeteners and GMP certified. Sounds good to us!
Vegan protein powders aren’t just good for you - they are good for the environment too! Vegan proteins are considered more environmentally sustainable. Plant-based protein powders have considerably less of an environmental impact compared to other types of protein powders. Due to this reduced environmental impact, plant-based proteins are more likely to be sustainable in the long-term. In fact, pea protein produces 4-7 times less greenhouse gasses compared to dairy based protein powders (3). Blessed Protein is made from the finest 100% sustainable raw ingredients, and the tub is made using recycled materials, making it the perfect choice for those who are environmentally conscious.
Are vegan protein powders healthier than whey?Vegan proteins are generally more environmentally friendly, with fewer ingredients than some whey proteins. However, both plant-based proteins and whey are healthy - it is all dependent on your dietary requirements, environmental concerns and personal philosophies. Blessed plant-based protein is a wholesome natural protein made from golden peas, with no artificial sweeteners. OxyWhey is our premium-quality, non-GMO whey protein powder that is suitable for those with no dietary restrictions.
Is a vegan diet associated with any nutrient deficiencies?
Following a strict vegan diet can make it difficult to obtain adequate amounts of certain micronutrients. Research shows deficiencies in iron and calcium are particularly prevalent amongst individuals following those diets. Consuming enough micronutrients is essential for optimal health as they play a role in energy metabolism, bone mineralisation, cells signaling, neurotransmitter production and much more. Micronutrients can even help assist fat loss and muscle recovery.
Plant-based protein powder has an excellent micronutrient profile. The specific micronutrients in the formula depends on the source of protein as some powders can be sourced from pea, brown rice, hemp seeds, and more. Blessed Protein is made from Golden Pea Protein Isolate, giving it an exceptional micronutrient content.
Depending on the flavor, Blessed Protein contains anywhere between 30 - 76% of the daily values (%DV) of iron. This is substantial, as iron is essential for oxygen transport and the formation of red blood cells. Consuming enough iron is vital for increased energy, immunity, DNA synthesis and so much more. Regular exercise can also decrease your natural iron stores, therefore, increasing iron intake through plant-based protein powder can be a particularly useful strategy.
Blessed Protein also contains 30-40mg of calcium per serve, depending on the flavor. Hitting the daily recommended calcium target is exceptionally difficult due to generally low-moderate consumption of dairy amongst the population. Calcium is vital for bone mineralisation, cellular signaling, muscular contractions and nerve function. Therefore, the boost of calcium provided by plant-based protein is highly beneficial.
Which vegan protein is best?We’re glad you asked! Blessed plant-based protein has a reputation for being the best plant-based protein powder on the market. Typically, plant-based proteins can have a gritty texture and unpleasant taste. Unlike others on the market, Blessed protein actually tastes delicious. Blessed has a smooth, creamy texture with so many delicious flavors to choose from. Beyond the flavor, Blessed is made with golden pea protein isolate which is highly bioavailable and is unlikely to cause bloating that can commonly be associated with other protein powders. Blessed really is superior!
A vegan lifestyle can be adequately supported with the right array of vegan lifestyle products. Blessed protein has been established as a leading plant-based protein powder to help support your vegan diet and lifestyle. So, what are you waiting for? Try Blessed and experience the benefits for yourself!