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Cracking the Protein Code
- The Quest to Develop the World’s Healthiest Protein
By Jason Longman, Extraordinary Health Article


The consumption of protein has achieved legendary diet status. While it has long been known that protein intake is vitally important to life, it wasn’t until the high protein, low carbohydrate craze of the 1990s that protein truly became a shining star.

Long before diet fads, though, discerning individuals understood the importance of healthy sources of proteins in their diets. Responsible for building and repairing tissue, protein is the most plentiful substance found in the body—after water. Protein adds up to one-fifth of your body weight and is the major constituent of most living cells and body fluids.

Protein builds strong bodies, burns fat, repairs the daily wear of vital muscles, and replaces body chemicals—something that the body’s other macronutrients (fat and carbohydrates) are unable to do. It stands to reason that providing your body with a healthy source of protein is important. The key word here is healthy. In fact, entire cultures existed—and thrived—on diets comprised primarily of healthy sources of protein. So the question is: what defines a healthy source of protein?

The Concept of Complete Protein

The concept of the complete protein is fairly easy to understand. First of all, it’s generally regarded that eight amino acids are essential for healthy adults. They are essential because the body cannot manufacture them on its own, requiring that they come through diet. A complete protein source then, is one that contains all eight of those amino acids in the amounts your body requires.

While proteins are contained in most of the foods we eat, only animal sources of protein contain all eight essential amino acids in the amounts that our bodies require. So logically it follows that animal sources of protein are healthiest, correct? Well, yes and no.

For insight into this issue, consider Dr. Weston A. Price, a man who—in the 1930s—devoted his life to observing the health of remote cultures that were basically cut off from the outside world and lived on their indigenous or historical diets. He found that many of these cultures thrived on diets made up primarily of animal proteins, nuts, seeds and grains. In fact, many of them ate raw animal protein, be it raw fish or even meat. And there’s the rub. Not only were the animals caught in the wild—with none of the antibiotics or added hormones that have become mainstays in our food chain now—but they often ate them raw.

For even the most dedicated sushi lover, eating a diet composed almost solely of raw animal protein is a tough act to swallow. However, there was wisdom in the diets of these ancient cultures. Those raw sources of animal protein were loaded with enzymes, probiotics and fat-soluble vitamins. Cooking that animal protein would destroy many of those nutrients, alter some other ones, or at the very least reduce the amounts of the rest. Fundamentally speaking, eating animal protein raw was the best way to ensure that those cultures were getting the full complement of nutrients that protein-rich foods offered.

Of course, there are only a few among us who could stomach an entirely raw animal protein diet, which is why Jordan Rubin and his team at Garden of Life have created the groundbreaking formulations known as RAW Protein and RAW Meal.

Planting the Seeds of Innovation

Consider the definition of raw. RAW means unheated, untreated and unadulterated. It also means no binders, fillers, synthetic ingredients or isolates. RAW truly defines pure, even more so if the product is certified organic. It’s also easy to see why finding a quality, pure, raw and organic form of protein is so difficult.

There is, however, a solution for those seeking a quality source of raw protein to supplement their diets. Remember two things we learned earlier. One, that the body requires eight essential amino acids. Two, that there are other sources of complete proteins besides animal proteins.

Armed with those two facts, Garden of Life has created two raw protein supplement solutions that provide the power of complete raw nutrition. By combining many organic, raw sources of protein in exactly the right proportions, Jordan Rubin and his research and development team have been able to create a raw protein powder with all of the amino acids—in the proper amounts—that your body requires.

Both RAW Protein and RAW Meal contain over a dozen different sprouted, gluten-free grains and seeds. RAW Protein offers 18 grams of protein per serving, and RAW Meal offers a whopping 33 grams of protein per serving. That alone makes them both excellent sources of raw protein.

There is still one thing to consider when choosing a protein. You see, when you consume protein found in nature, you’re getting a lot more than just protein. It follows that a great protein supplement should allow you to do the same.

Beyond Protein

When you consume raw protein found in nature, be it plant or animal, you get a lot more than just protein. Raw protein foods contain enzymes and probiotics as well as beneficial fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. In fact, all of these components work together to make protein utilization effective.

We call this complete protein utilization system the “Protein Code” and it is found only in Garden of Life RAW Protein and Garden of Life RAW Meal. To emulate the constituents of a healthy protein food in nature, you need four components:

  • The protein comes from a RAW, un-denatured source.
  • The protein contains live enzymes, including proteases aiding in the digestion and utilization of protein.
  • The protein contains probiotics.
  • The protein contains RAW food-created, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Only RAW Protein and RAW Meal formulas are uncooked, untreated and unadulterated protein sources that contain all of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as its protein-digesting enzymes and immune- and digestive-supporting probiotics.

The importance of consuming live probiotics and enzymes with your protein is critical. In order for your body to get the most out of it, you must first break down and then absorb the protein. Certain enzymes, known as proteases, help digest protein so that your body can properly use it. While your body can produce protein digesting enzymes, raw foods provide both the protein and the enzymes for utilization together as they should be.

Probiotics, on the other hand, are needed after the enzymes go to work. Probiotics aid digestion by making it easier for the nutrients from our diets to be absorbed—and later used—by the body. Again, raw foods contain probiotics that aid this process. So should your raw protein supplement.

When it comes to fat-soluble vitamins, nature once again shows its perfection. A look at the most powerful food sources of vitamins A, D, E and K—foods like fish oil, liver, dairy and eggs—are also a list of some of the best sources of protein for your body. It’s no accident that high protein foods are some of the richest sources of fat-soluble vitamins. Unfortunately, virtually all available protein powders contain little or none of these powerful nutrients.

That’s why Garden of Life is proud to introduce two incredible RAW protein formulas that combine all the essential elements of the best raw, whole food protein sources. Garden of Life RAW Protein and RAW Meal are RAW, vegan and certified organic, and both come complete with essential amino acids, probiotics, enzymes and fat soluble vitamins. They contain no fillers or synthetic ingredients and are always uncooked, untreated and unadulterated. They are dairy- and gluten-free with no soy allergens.

In short, they go beyond protein. That means you can finally get the RAW plant-based protein you want with the essential amino acids you need and without any of the undesirable ingredients contained in most protein and meal replacement powders.

Why Sprouting?

Both RAW Protein and RAW Meal from Garden of Life provide their protein in the form of sprouted seeds and grains. Sprouting is the process whereby seeds and grains are germinated and, in essence, brought back to life.

The late enzyme expert Dr. Edward Howell noted that sprouted foods increased enzyme and nutrient activity. These enzymes acted upon the seeds and grains to make them more digestible. In essence, the enzymes activated in the sprouting process work to pre-digest the food, making it more body friendly.

Sprouting also deactivates a compound known as phytic acid, which is found in the coats of many seeds. Phytic acid can bind with minerals that are important to the body and block their absorption into the bloodstream.

Sprouting is a process that has been used for centuries to make seeds and grains easier to digest—and to increase the bioavailability of their nutrients. Toward that end, every plant, seed or grain contained in RAW Protein and RAW Meal undergoes a sprouting process. This makes Garden of Life RAW Protein or Garden of Life RAW Meal the obvious choice for those looking for highly nutritious, nutrient-dense, easily digestible and high quality protein.

Both Raw Protein and Raw Meal are:

  • Raw, Vegan and Organic
  • Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Contain no Soy Allergens
  • Lactose Free
  • No Fillers or Isolates
  • No Synthetic Nutrients
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Preservatives

Raw Protein – Beyond Organic Protein Formula

Now you can unlock the nutritive power of living seeds and grains with RAW Protein from Garden of Life—a certified organic, raw, vegan protein powder. Featuring 14 raw and organic sprouts, RAW Protein is an excellent source of complete protein, providing 18 grams, or 35% of the Daily Value, plus all essential amino acids. RAW Protein contains Vitamin Code fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and supports digestive health and function with live protein-digesting enzymes and powerful probiotics.

RAW Protein is suitable for almost anyone, including those on a vegetarian or vegan diet, those on low carbohydrate diets, or those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, wheat, soy or other protein sources. If you’re looking to supplement your diet with an outstanding source of plant-based protein, look no further than Garden of Life RAW Protein.

Raw Meal – Beyond Organic Meal Replacement Formula

Garden of Life RAW Meal was formulated to be a meal replacement that satisfies hunger, is naturally filling and provides energy, all while providing the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that you would find in a healthy meal of raw foods. RAW Meal provides the nutrition of a well-balanced, healthy raw meal in one delicious serving.

RAW Meal goes beyond organic by providing live probiotics, enzymes, and 20 Vitamin Code RAW food-created vitamins and minerals, which are individually created through multi-probiotic cultivation, allowing for the natural creation of known and yet-to-be-discovered Code Factors™ such as beta-glucans, SOD, glutathione and CoQ10.

RAW Meal is great for those looking to manage their diet and especially for anyone looking for a convenient alternative to the pre-packaged or fast-food meals that dominate our on-the-go lifestyles.



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Note: The content provided in this article is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. You are encouraged to consult with your medical health care provider regarding any health concern or health-related condition you may have.

The statements contained in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information contained here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Suggestions and ideas presented in this document are for information only and should not be interpreted as medical advice, meant for diagnosing illness, or for prescriptive purposes. Readers are encouraged to consult their health care provider before beginning any cleanse, diet, detoxification program, or any supplement regimen. The information in this document is not to be used to replace the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.

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