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Protein Consumption for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Nicole Cutler L.Ac. November 11, 2015

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Learn how pea protein can help to support liver cell regeneration over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pea Protein

Vegetarians do not eat fish, meat or poultry. Although there are several vegetarian sources of protein, pea protein stands out for liver health because it is fat-free, cholesterol-free, vegan, is not genetically modified, and has a low risk of allergy.

Derived from yellow split peas, pea protein is available in a powder (usually in protein drinks like Natural Wellness’ UltraNourish) and has many benefits to those with Hepatitis C. Pea protein helps slow the production of ghrelin in the stomach, which promotes weight loss. In addition, research has shown that pea protein helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. If you are vegetarian or vegan and other plant-based sources of protein are not part of your Thanksgiving meal, there are two important reasons to begin your feast with an UltraNourish protein shake:

  1. It provides you with plenty of protein to help with liver cell regeneration.
  2. Because of pea protein’s slowing of ghrelin, your desire to overeat will be reduced.

The Thanksgiving meal is a time when many people veer off a nutritious path in favor of the many carbohydrate-rich, sugary treats on the holiday table. Besides choosing foods that reduce the likelihood of inflammation in the liver, those with Hepatitis C can help support their liver’s health by making sure they favor protein. Turkey breast is an ideal source of lean animal protein, making Thanksgiving an easy holiday to support liver cell reparation. However, even those who don’t eat turkey can get the same liver cell boost by including pea protein into their Thanksgiving Day plans.

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