Elite Green Protein™ – 500g Powder- Start with 1 teaspoon per day. Increase over a period of days to 2 heaping tablespoons per day, or as directed by a qualified health care professional. Consume with conscious, positive intent.
THE ULTIMATE CLEAN GREEN PROTEIN POWDER: Hard-core, vegan protein blend of freshwater algae, moringa, and mesquite pod powder. Paired with organic, alkaline-rich grasses, nopal cactus, and a vegan enzyme blend.
POWERFUL ADAPTOGENS: Added adaptogens promote peak performance and endurance: ashwagandha root, cordyceps mushroom extract, milk thistle seed extract, eleuthero extract, and schisandra berry extract.
PURE FORMULATION: No binders, fillers, or added sweeteners. GMO free, gluten-free, casein free, lactose free, cholesterol free, soy free, dairy free, grain free, legume free.
HARD-CORE STANDARDS: Certified vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. Our TruGanic™ Sourcing standard includes lab testing for GMOs and pesticides. No fillers, binders, flow agents.
GLASS PACKAGING: Product packaged in recyclable amber glass bottle which includes oxygen absorber and use of airtight metal lid.
HIGHEST MANUFACTURING STANDARDS: Family owned and operated. Made in the U.S. in certified organic, certified kosher, vegan facility. FDA registered cGMP compliant.
The DNA and RNA inside our body’s 10 trillion cells build an amazing diversity of protein molecules according to genetic guidelines. Next to water, protein is the most abundant substance in the human body.1 Protein is an essential structural component for every type of body cell,2 including muscles, skin, bones, organs, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments. There are also a variety of biologically active protein compounds in the body: enzymes,3 antibodies,4 hormones,5 neurotransmitters, lymph cells, cell-membrane receptors, and many more. Proteins are long chain molecules containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sometimes sulfur and phosphorus. To form protein molecules, these elements combine into amino acids which are joined by peptide bonds.6 When we eat protein, our digestive system breaks it down into the constituent amino acids, which are then used by the body to build protein molecules. Our bodies are constantly undergoing renewal and repair of dead and damaged cells. Amino acids are the most important nutrients needed for these rebuild and repair functions.
In the process of metabolizing dietary protein, the body produces phosphoric and sulfuric acids that must be buffered with alkalizing minerals before they can be excreted in the urine.8 In addition, proteins contain substances known as purines (nucleic acid compounds) that are converted into uric acid in the body. Animal proteins are generally higher in the purines and sulfur-containing amino acids than vegetarian proteins. As a result, they generate significantly more acids in the body than vegetable-based proteins.9,10 At the same time, these high purine proteins can be low in utilizable alkalizing minerals (e.g., calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron) that the body uses to buffer this acidity and consequently contribute to a state of metabolic acidosis, which can lead to such disease conditions as osteoporosis, kidney disease, cancer, heart disease, and many others.11 Many alternative health care practitioners believe, in fact, that excess body acidity is the root cause of all degenerative disease. In addition, metabolic acidosis is highly detrimental to optimum athletic performance.12 Acidic muscle fibers fatigue very quickly and recover very slowly due to inability to neutralize and eliminate lactic acid buildup. Acidic tissue is also typically deficient in calcium,13 a mineral which is critical to muscle contraction and growth. Finally, acidic tissue is always associated with low oxygen levels14 and therefore poor energy production in cells.
Green Protein Alchemy vs. Protein Isolates
Protein isolates such as whey protein isolate and pea protein isolate are extremely popular due to their high protein content (over 90% protein).15 Since protein isolates are almost all protein, however, they generate high levels of acidity in the body with very little in the way of alkalizing minerals to compensate/buffer. Protein isolates also lack the micronutrients that are required to properly metabolize protein in the body. In contrast, the protein in Green Protein Alchemy and Elite Green Protein is from two superfoods, the blue green algae spirulina and the green algae chlorella, specifically grown and processed to ensure purity (Certificate of Analysis available upon request). These whole superfoods contain alkalizing minerals and vitamins; thus, even with the small amounts of acidity produced due to their high protein content, spirulina and chlorella are highly alkalizing foods. Green Protein Alchemy and Elite Green Protein also contain highly alkalizing supportive leafy greens (alfalfa leaf, barley grass leaf juice, oat grass leaf juice, and dandelion leaf) making it a well-rounded alkalizing protein formula. There are generally two classes of protein supplements available to users. Either the protein powder contains just the protein(s) itself (from grains, legumes, seeds, or whey; no greens) or the protein powder comes with the addition of green foods in order to make it more convenient for the customer to get their greens and protein all in one serving. Green Protein Alchemy and Elite Green Protein are unique in their fusion of ‘protein’ and ‘green food’ into one! With spirulina and chlorella as the protein sources, these products provide a more complex nutrient profile and a wider array of benefits than just protein. Green Protein Alchemy and Elite Green Protein are the first ever algae-based protein supplements on the market. Spirulina Manna™ and Chlorella Manna™ were their predecessors and inspirations, and these stand-alone products are excellent to have on hand, especially for salads, snack additions, or smoothies. While eating these algae in smaller amounts (for example, one teaspoon of spirulina powder sprinkled on a salad) does provide excellent quality protein, in order to get quantity that matches that of a protein supplement, a larger serving size is required than most recipes call for (1.5–2 tablespoons). This amount of spirulina and chlorella, in any combination, can be difficult for people to consume, largely due to the strong flavor. We found that with the addition of carefully selected herbs and plant synergists, it was possible to add larger amounts to a single serving drink and still have a pleasant taste. In higher serving sizes, spirulina and chlorella may also be a bit difficult for some to digest (this is one of the reasons these standalone products have smaller serving sizes) so many of the synergists were chosen specifically to mitigate this, assisting with better assimilation and reducing potential for digestive distress. Green Protein Alchemy contains low glycemic, naturally sweet carob pod and a touch of peppermint leaf, just enough to give the formula a clean, subtle minty finish without overpowering the formula. In parallel, Elite Green Protein contains low glycemic, naturally sweet mesquite pod and the perfect amount of ginger root, which together takes enjoying spirulina, chlorella, and moringa leaf (collectively, the protein base) and green leafy vegetables to a whole new dimension!
Green Protein Alchemy and Elite Green Protein both contain nopal cactus leaf (prickly pear cactus) which has been used for centuries by Mexicans as a valuable food resource as well as in their traditional folk medicine for nopal’s nutritional beneficial properties mainly result from its high content in antioxidants (flavonoids, ascorbate), pigments (carotenoids, betalains), and phenolic acids.29 Betalains are water-soluble antioxidant molecules which contain the red-violet betacyanins and the yellow-orange betaxanthins, excellent radical scavengers with an antioxidant activity 3–4 times higher than ascorbic acid, rutin, and catechin.30 Nopal has been studied for its use as a functional food and prebiotic as it has been shown to be able to modify the gut microbiota, increase a known beneficial commensal bacterium which is a normal part of the gut’s ecosystem, Bacteroides fragilis, and for its supportive role in liver health.
Nopal has slow digesting fibers (mucilages, pectins) which create a sort of timed-release effect on the digesting of the protein and other nutrients in the formulas. The human body can only handle so much protein in one sitting so the timed-release-action increases the body’s potential to absorb more of the protein and associated nutrients. Proper protein intake is never about ingesting high volumes of protein that can end up equating to low absorption and high excretion rates (which just stress the liver and kidneys). Rather, protein and all nutritional and water intake are about proper absorption. Ingestion and absorption are two distinct, fundamentally different concepts. You are not so much what you eat per se but what you absorb, assimilate, and release.
Green Protein Alchemy and Elite Green Protein are over 50% protein (14 g and 13 g per serving, respectively), with the rest of the formula being comprised of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, power-packed phytonutrients, chlorophyll, supportive alkalizing greens, and seven digestive enzymes providing the cleanest fuel for every cell in your body which help to support health and optimum athletic performance.33-37 More importantly, the protein in the two algae are not only considered a complete protein, meaning they have all nine essential amino acids, but the algae protein comes in a naturally occurring predigested form making the amino acids super bioavailable38-40 taking this formula to a level way beyond anything else on the market. Effectively, Green Protein Alchemy and Elite Green Protein are an all-in-one food-based protein source and a green vegetable simultaneously making it the perfect protein supplement. This is a HealthForce SuperFoods® personal workout favorite. Simply put, Green Protein Alchemy and Elite Green Protein are the most hard-core, health-promoting, performance-enhancing protein supplements ever produced!