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Lean Plant-Based Pea Protein

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Lean™ is the next generation protein supplement to help you build lean muscle, recover faster, and break through to the next frontier in performance. Each serving of Lean™ contains 25 grams of pure pea protein isolate to meet the elevated requirements of individuals who want to build lean muscle, and athletes who are engaged in exacting workouts like weight training, resistance training, and high endurance activities.

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Why Lean™

 

Clean Plant-Based Vegan Protein!

Only peas, no whey! It’s also free of soy, eggs, gluten, dairy, cholesterol, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and is non-GMO and hypoallergenic. As we do not use synthetic emulsifiers, we recommend that you use a blender for better mixability! You can also use Lean™ in your baking dishes, or to make your smoothies protein rich!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Complete Protein For Recovery & Repair

Lean™ is a rich source of BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine) which are of particular interest to athletes. Each serving of Lean™ delivers 4200mg naturally occurring BCAAs - to ensure that your workouts are optimally energized, and that your body’s resources are effectively utilized towards the goal of building lean muscle mass & muscle thickness like whey protein.[9]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25g of Pea Protein Per Serving

The pea protein that we use is derived from high quality non-GMO yellow peas packed with all essential amino acids. It is rich in arginine, glutamine, leucine, and lysine, benefiting in tissue, bone, muscle, and antibody development. Pea protein has a high PDCASS score of 0.93, superior to that of common vegetables with 80% protein content in each serving

Lean™ has been formulated to be more than a protein supplement to build lean muscle – it is a scientific nutritional tool to complete your endurance training arsenal.

 

 

 

 

Easily Digested & Absorbed

As a completely plant-based supplement, Lean™ has an extremely high digestibility of 98%, making it a rich source of highly bio-available and easily accessible amino acids. Pea protein is also classified as an 'Intermediate-Fast' protein [6]. This means that once digested, pea protein is quickly assimilated by the body for protein synthesis, while ensuring that the muscles get a consistent and prolonged supply of amino acids. Lean™ eliminates the common digestive side-effects like bloating associated with other proteins, and is completely gentle on your stomach – with no side effects.

 

 

 

 

 

Lean™ vs Whey

What is Protein

 

Every physical action - from stretching our hands to smiling - involves complex and multiple movements of muscles. When it comes to training and sporting activities, our muscles bear incredible amounts of stress and impact every day to deliver high performance.

Anatomically speaking, our muscles are formed from an intricate matrix of protein fibers. Every flex, every bench press, and every movement of our muscles is the result of these protein fibers working in synchronicity. These muscles fibers are in a high state of dynamic motion in athletes and active individuals, as they are being constantly broken down and rebuilt during exercise. Athletes and active individuals have higher requirements of protein, as the body needs the building blocks to recover from this muscle damage and initiate the process of building new muscle.

The sports nutrition research in the area of muscle recovery and growth is unequivocally in favor of protein supplementation, especially for individuals who want to improve lean muscle, and for athletes who undergo rigorous exercise[1].

After intense workouts, the body is starved for protein, and in the absence of additional protein intake, the body may start to leach protein away from muscle. Supplementation with a suitable protein source helps prevent this breakdown of muscle protein, enabling individuals to retain and build lean muscle mass. Additional protein intake is also key to comprehensive muscle recovery after endurance activities - studies have shown that protein aids in the repair of muscle damage induced by high intensity exercise[1]. Supplementation with a complete protein source rich in amino acids also promotes adaptations in muscles in response to training, and facilitates the replenishment of energy stores and glycogen in muscle post-exercise. 

Benefits

Balanced and Complete Amino Acid Profile

Amino acids are the fundamental building blocks of protein in the body, making them of one of the cornerstones of sports nutrition research[2]. Assimilation of amino acids by the body is first step towards repairing muscle damage and building new muscle after high volumes of exercise. Post-workout, positive levels of certain amino acids in the body directly influence the rate of protein anabolism and new muscle growth.

In human nutrition, amino acids are categorized as ‘Essential’ and ‘Non-essential’. Essential amino acids are hence named because they are not synthesized by the human body, and have to be ingested through food sources. Non-essential amino acids are synthesized by the body - however, physically active individuals need supplementation of non-essential amino acids because of their higher requirements. Additionally, 8 of the 11 non-essential amino acids - including Arginine and Glutamine which are key to sports nutrition - are referred to as ‘conditionally essential amino acids’. The synthesis of conditionally essential amino acids in the body is limited, especially after bouts of high exercise – making it imperative that a well-rounded sports nutrition regimen should include a source of non-essential amino acids[2].

As it is sourced from pea protein, Lean™ is a complete source of all essential and non-essential amino acids. With each serving, Lean™ offers a perfectly balanced amino acid profile consisting of Aspartic acid, Glutamic acid, Alanine, Arginine, Cystine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Thereonine, Tyrosine, Valine and Tryptophan.

4200 mgs of Natural Occuring BCAAs per serving

Lean™ is a rich source of BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine) which are of particular interest to athletes. Scientific evidence has shown that BCAAs promote muscle growth and repair after strenuous activities like resistance training. BCAAs also promote the energy metabolism as they are the only amino acids that are oxidized for energy during exercise - which means that the body does not have to sacrifice muscle mass for generating energy during exercise[3]. Further, studies have demonstrated that post-workout supplementation with BCAAs increases the release of human growth hormone (HGH) - creating a favorable environment in the muscles for protein anabolism and muscle growth[3]. Each serving of Lean™ delivers 4200 milligrams of BCAAs - to ensure that your workouts are optimally energized, and that your body’s resources are effectively utilized towards the goal of building lean muscle mass.

Arginine

Lean™ offers protein supplies 8.7% of arginine per serving - the highest among all protein sources, including whey protein.

 Arginine content: a comparison between various protein sources

Arginine has received much focus in sports nutrition research because of its extensive role in muscle recovery and muscle performance. Studies have shown arginine to initiate protein synthesis and muscle growth after high-impact exercise[4]. Arginine is also a promoter of nitric oxide in the human body. Nitric oxide greatly increases blood flow and delivery of amino acids to muscles, which results in better muscle pumps and superior performance during high endurance training. This amino acid also reinforces the body’s immune system- which means better recovery after exercise, and protection against oxidative stress and inflammation resulting from aerobic exercise[4].

On the performance front, arginine has been shown to improve bench press performance and anaerobic capacity during high intensity training. With every serving of Lean™, your body benefits from the best possible arginine supplementation. Lean™ equips your body to shield itself from the stress of high-impact exercise, and helps it achieve progressively better performances from workouts.  

Glutamine

Glutamine is another amino acid that has a significant impact on muscle growth. Positive glutamine levels replenish the nitrogen balance in the body. In turn, a positive nitrogen balance helps maintain an anabolic state in the body leading to the growth of new muscle - rather than the burning of muscle tissue[5]. Intake of Lean™ ensures that glutamine and nitrogen levels in the body remain conducive to the growth of new protein and lean muscle mass[5].

Additionally, Lean™ is also a good source of the amino acid Lysine, which increases the absorption of calcium by muscles, and aids in muscle recovery.

High Digestibility

Lean™ out-flexes whey-based supplements with its superior digestibility, and by eliminating common problems associated with the ingestion of animal-based proteins.

Digestibility is one of the most important benchmarks for determining the efficiency of a protein supplement. Animal protein is built differently, and in order for the human body to utilize the amino acids in animal protein, the body has to expend more energy into digesting it and breaking it down into amino acids[6]. As a completely plant-based supplement, Lean™ has an extremely high digestibility of 98%, making it a rich source of highly bio-available and easily accessible amino acids.

Pea protein is also classified as an 'Intermediate-Fast' protein[6]. This means that once digested, pea protein is quickly assimilated by the body for protein synthesis, while ensuring that the muscles get a consistent and prolonged supply of amino acids. The intermediate-fast absorption rate combined with Lean™'s high digestibility gives your body all the resources it needs to repair post-exercise muscle damage, recover comprehensively, and build new muscle.

With Lean™, athletes can avoid the common digestive discomfort associated with whey-based proteins like flatulence and constipation. The lactose present in whey-based supplements is the most common cause of digestive distress - especially in lactose intolerant individuals who lack the enzyme necessary to break down the lactose sugar in whey protein. In the absence of this enzyme, lactose sugar is not digested properly, leading to abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Even if lactose is removed from whey protein, digestive discomfort can persist with whey-based supplements. As whey is an animal-based protein, it contains very little fiber. The lack of dietary fiber can lead to constipation and irregular bowel movements, which can be rectified only by the consumption of high-fiber foods in addition to whey.

As it is completely plant-based, Lean™ is naturally high in fiber in addition to being highly digestible. Lean™ eliminates the common digestive side-effects associated with whey protein, and is completely gentle on your stomach – with no side effects.

PDCAAS Score

PDCAAS (Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score) is a standardized method to evaluate protein quality based on nutritional requirement in humans and their ability to digest protein[7]. On a scale of 0-1, pea protein has high PDCAAS score of 0.93 - which is equivalent to the PDCAAS score of sources of meat, eggs, and soy, and far superior to that of common vegetables found in the regular diet like spinach and broccoli. Lean™ delivers high quality pea protein isolate that is equivalent in nutritional quality to traditional animal-based supplements, along with the superior digestibility of plant-based protein.

Heart Friendly

Along with being a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids, plant-based proteins like pea protein contain low levels of saturated fat, a factor which promotes HDL ("good cholesterol") levels in the body.

As a 100% plant-sourced supplement, Lean™ is 100% cholesterol free, and does not contribute to dietary cholesterol, unlike animal & dairy sources.

Hypoallergenic

Lean™ is hypo-allergenic, making it a suitable and safe choice for people who are allergic to milk and whey products, those with lactose intolerance, those allergic to soy products, or for those athletes who avoid animal-derived products because of ethical reasons.

Purity

Lean™ has a complete and perfectly balanced amino acid profile, without the addition of any synthetic amino acids. As plant-based protein involves significantly less industrial processing and carbon emissions, Lean™ is an environmentally friendly protein. Lean™ is also compassionate way for individuals to meet their protein requirements, as it contains no animal-derived ingredients, and is 100% vegan, GMO-free, and dairy-free.

Usage Guide

Weight Training Benefits

Lean™ is effective if you want to gain lean muscles mass and decrease muscle damage. It helps enhance your energy and stamina, which aids you to workout for long hours at the gym. With 25 grams of pea protein isolate, it helps in the synthesis of muscle protein. This speeds up the muscle recovery process. Lean™ also increases the supply of blood to the muscle tissues, which in turn increases the transport of nutrients to the muscles, aiding in the fast recovery of muscles. The balanced and complete amino acid profile of Lean™ gets absorbed into the muscle cells quickly and provides you with the immense benefits of pea protein.

Endurance Athletes

Lean™ is especially recommended for endurance athletes to maintain, repair, and grow lean muscle mass, as well as, support immune system function. Endurance athletes with low dietary protein increases recovery time between workouts, causes muscle weakness, and suppress the immune system. Protein deficiency will make your training obsolete leaving you susceptible to fatigue, muscle soreness, lethargy, and other severe disorders. Incorporating a high-quality protein supplement to your training arsenal,  provides the essential and non-essential amino acids required to reduce tissue cannibalization. With the consumption of Lean™ you will increase lean muscle mass, reduce muscle damage, improve endurance levels, and reduce recovery time without sacrificing your hard work during training. 

Adults

While Lean™ is especially beneficial for athletes, it is also ideal for anyone looking to supplement their diet with a high-quality protein to meet their daily intake requirements.

Lean™ provides plant-based pea protein isolate that is superior to the protein found in common vegetables and it is a highly nutritious source for individuals with exclusionary diets like vegans and vegetarians, to ensure that they meet their recommended dietary intake of protein. Individuals with lactose intolerance and soy allergies can benefit from Lean™, as it is free of major allergens. Regular consumption of Lean™ is beneficial for anyone who wants to raise the nutritional heft of their diet.

Suggested Use

Take Lean™ within 45 minutes post your workout and also before bedtime. Lean™ can be taken in conjunction with RRUNN™ Complete System Recovery

Unlike conventional whey supplements, Lean™ is completely free of synthetic emulsifiers. This means that blending Lean™ using a blender will give you far superior results than using a traditional shaker cup.

To make one serving of Lean™, add one scoopful to 500 ml of cold water in a blender, and blend for 20 seconds or until you get a rich, smooth and delicious shake.  

Try adding a banana or your favorite fruit for a high protein smoothie. 

How much to take?

As a basic guideline, we recommend that adults should consume 1-1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight to meet their dietary requirements of protein.

Physically active adults and athletes should consume 1.5-1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight to sustain their training and meet their elevated protein needs[9].

We recommend consuming a minimum of one serving of Lean™ per day, although, you may take up to 3-4 servings if desired.

How to Use

 

Nutrition Facts


 

Safety

Lean™ strictly adheres to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) guidelines, and does not contain any banned substances. However, please note that WADA does not offer any certification, or confirmation (written or otherwise) of the same.

Disclaimer

Note: Pea protein as such does not taste as great. One cannot compare this to Whey protein and/or expect any pea protein product to taste like Whey. If you are big on taste and cannot do without the regular high-sugar rich chocolate taste - then this product may not be for you. If you are looking for a superior product, a clean product, and are more concerned about getting your 25 grams of protein from a sustainable and clean source, and if you can accept a small compromise in taste - then this is just the product for you. It does NOT taste 'bad' - but it does take some getting used to.

FAQ

What is pea protein isolate?

Pea protein isolate is the purest form of pea protein, containing 80% pea protein. Pea protein is an animal-free supplement made from extracting the soluble pea protein from yellow split peas. The process for extraction is mild without the use of chemical solvents; thus, the functional properties are maintained and deliver nutritional value. Pea protein is also hypoallergenic making ideal with for lactose intolerance and soy allergies. Digestibility is one of the most important benchmarks for determining the efficiency of a protein supplement. Animal protein is built differently, and in order for the human body to utilize the amino acids in animal protein, the body has to expend more energy into digesting it and breaking it down into amino acids. As a 100% plant-based protein, pea protein has an extremely high digestibility of 98%, making it a rich source of highly bio-available and easily accessible amino acids.

How much protein will I get by consuming Lean™?

With Lean™, you get 25 grams of pea protein with each serving.

Depending on your weight and level of physical activity, you should easily be able to tailor your intake of Lean™ to meet your recommended dietary intake of protein. Please refer to our intake guidelines mentioned above to determine how much protein your body requires.

How is Lean™ different from whey protein?

Lean™ is 100% plant-based, vegetarian and vegan - meaning that it's not derived from an animal source like whey protein. Lean™ has higher arginine content (8.7%) than whey protein (3%), an important amino acid as it plays an extensive role in muscle recovery and muscle performance. Unlike whey protein, Lean™is hypoallergenic – free of all major allergens attributed to soy and whey proteins. With 98% digestibility and natural fiber, Lean™ is easy on the stomach without the digestive side-effects of whey like constipation. Lean™ is also 100% cholesterol free and low in saturated fat.

What does it mean when product label says Plant-Based Protein?

Plant-based signifies that the protein source is from a pure plant source (yellow peas) and not whey, egg, or other animal derived protein source.

Why should I opt for Lean™ as my protein supplement?

Lean™ is formulated with pure pea protein isolate - the new age protein - proven to be as effective as whey protein. It is ideal for those who aim to build lean muscle, decrease recovery time between workouts, and increase muscle performance. As a plant-based protein with a complete and balanced amino-acid profile, Lean™ serves as the ideal protein supplement for weight lifting, resistance training, high endurance activities, and anyone looking to supplement their diet with a high-quality protein.

Who can use Lean™?

Lean™ can be used by anyone who wants to improve the protein intake in their diet. Lean™ is especially recommended for individuals who want to increase their lean muscle mass, and athletes who want to improve their performance in areas like weight training, resistance training, and high endurance activities. It is also ideal for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone that is lactose intolerant.

Is Lean™ recommended only for bodybuilders?

Protein is one of the macro-nutrients, which is required by everyone. Protein is the building block of muscles. It is necessary for building up of the muscles; hormone and enzyme formation; strength and stamina; and healthy skin, hair and nails. Lean™ provides pea protein in its purest form, which benefits by improving muscle tone and immunity, and helps meeting the daily requirement of protein. You don't have to be a bodybuilder to consume a quality protein supplement. Individuals lacking protein in their diet are recommended to supplement their protein intake with a pure protein source like pea protein.

I am an athlete. How can I benefit by consuming Lean™?

Studies have shown that athletes have higher requirements of protein than sedentary individuals. With highly digestible pea protein and a complete amino acid profile, Lean™ has been scientifically formulated to meet the special nutritional needs of athletes. With Lean™, you will experience wide-ranging benefits like growth in lean muscle mass, improved performance, fewer cramps, less fatigue, and faster recovery times.

What do you mean when you say that Lean™ is a 'vegan protein supplement'?

Lean™ is a 100% plant-based protein from pure pea protein isolate. It is certified Vegan by the Vegan Society - UK, as it does not contain any ingredients derived from animals, nor has it been tested on animals.

Will I face digestibility issues with Lean™?

Absolutely not. Lean™ is sourced from vegan pea protein isolate, which has a high digestibility of 98% and has been specifically formulated to eliminate the digestive issues commonly associated with animal-based protein like whey. With Lean™, you will not experience the common side-effects of protein supplementation like constipation, gas and digestive distress. Lean™ is completely gentle on your stomach and allergen free.

What is a PDCAAS score?

PDCAAS is a score used to assess protein quality based on human nutritional requirements and the ease of digestibility of protein. This score, which ranges from 0 to 1, has been adopted by the W.H.O as the gold standard to evaluate protein quality. Lean™ has a high PDCAAS score of 0.93, which means it scores high on both – the quality of the protein, and the digestibility.

Does Lean™ have a complete amino acid profile?

Lean™ has a complete and balanced amino acid profile of essential and non-essential amino acids, and fulfills all the requirements defined by the W.H.O for adults. Lean™ is particularly high in BCAAs, glutamine, and arginine to benefit physically active individuals and regular individuals alike.

Why are BCAAs important?

As part of a complete and well-balanced amino acid profile, Lean™ contains BCAAs (Branch chain amino acids. BCAAs - which comprise of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine - are crucial to the process of protein synthesis, and therefore, to the growth of new muscle. Scientific studies have shown BCAAs to have specific benefits for athletes, including energy generation during exercise, and muscle and muscle repair after intense exercise.

Are there any side effects/contradictions associated with Lean™?

There are no known side-effects or interactions associated with Lean™, and it is completely safe for long-term use. However, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you suffer from a serious medical condition, we recommend that you consult your physician before using Lean™.

Is Lean™ hypoallergenic?

Yes. The pea protein used in Lean™ is not classified as a major allergen. Furthermore, Lean™ is safe for individuals who are lactose intolerant, allergic to milk and milk products, and soy products. Lean™ is also gluten-free.

Does Lean™ contain high-fructose corn syrup?

No, Lean™ does not contain high-fructose corn syrup. The fructose that is used in our formulation is 100% natural derived from Non-GMO sugar cane and sugar beet. It is also a low-glycemic carbohydrate.

Is Lean™ suitable for vegans and vegetarians?

Yes. Lean™ is 100% vegan and certified Vegan by the Vegan Society - UK. Lean™ is made from vegan pea protein isolate. It is free of any animal-derived ingredients and has not been tested on animals.

Does Lean™ contain any synthetic amino acids?

No. Lean™ provides you a complete and well-balanced amino acid profile without the addition of any synthetic amino acids and/or fillers. We do not use overages.

How much Lean™ should I take?

Your protein requirement depends on your weight, intensity of physical activity, and your training goals. Please refer to our intake guidelines table to determine how much Lean™ you should be taking.

When should I take Lean™?

We recommend taking Lean™ within 45 minutes of your workout, but it can be taken at any time of the day, as per your convenience and preference. Lean™ can be taken before going to bed. 

How should I take Lean™?

As a vegan protein supplement, Lean™ works best when consumed with water. For best results, mix one serving of Lean™ in 500 ml of water. Mix well in a shaker cup or blender till the powder dissolves. Take at least one serving a day, or as per your daily requirements. We recommend using a blender instead of a shaker for best results.

If you find that taste is an issue by simply adding water, opt for making a smoothie by adding half a frozen banana and a handful of almonds. 

Lean™ can be consumed with RRUNN™ Complete System Recovery.

I am not an athlete. Can I still take Lean™?

Absolutely. Lean™ is for everyone who wants to raise the nutritional profile of their diet with a superior protein supplement. We especially recommend Lean for individuals with exclusionary diets like vegans and vegetarians, as their regular diet might not meet the recommended intake. Lean™ supplies you with a high-quality protein, regardless of your activity levels.

Why do I need to use a blender when making Lean™?

Using a blender when making Lean™ is highly recommended, as we do not use any synthetic emulsifiers the texture and solubility of the product is most enjoyed when mixed in a blender. However, you may use a regular protein shaker to make your post workout shake. Although the smoothness of Lean™ may not be as desired. 

References

1. Protein Supplementation in Athletes, http://www.sportsmd.com/sports-nutrition/protein/protein-supplementation-athletes/

2. Armsey & Grime TE, Protein and amino Acid supplementation in athletes, Current Sports Medicine Report. 2002 Aug;1(4):253-6.

3. Shimomura et al., Exercise Promotes BCAA Catabolism: Effects of BCAA Supplementation on Skeletal Muscle during Exercise, The American Society for Nutritional Sciences http://jn.nutrition.org/content/134/6/1583S.short

4. Maxwell et al., l-Arginine enhances aerobic exercise capacity in association with augmented nitric oxide production, Journal of Applied Physiology Published 1 March 2001 Vol. 90 no. 3, 933-938 http://jap.physiology.org/content/90/3/933

5. Castle and Newsholme, The effects of oral glutamine supplementation on athletes after prolonged, exhaustive exercise, July–August, 1997Volume 13, Issues 7-8, Pages 738–742 .http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(97)83036-5/abstract?cc=y

6. Fuhrman and Feiri, Fueling the Vegetarian (Vegan) Athlete, Current Sports Medicine Reports: July/August 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 4 - pp 233-241.

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8. Pins and Keenan, Effects of Whey Peptides on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors, The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, November 2006, Volume 8, Issue 11, pages 775–782. 9. Phillips SM, Protein requirements and supplementation in strength sports, Nutrition, 2004 Jul-Aug;20 (7-8):689-95.

9. Nicolas BabaultChristos PaïzisGaëlle DeleyLaetitia Guérin-DeremauxMarie-Hélène SaniezCatherine Lefranc-Millot, and François A Allaert. Pea proteins oral supplementation promotes muscle thickness gains during resistance training: a double-blind, randomized, Placebo-controlled clinical trial vs. Whey protein, J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015; 12: 3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4307635/

 

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