Proteins, aminoacid composition, aminogram

Proteins are one of the main macronutrients, together with carbohydrates and lipids. These biopolymers are based on amino acids linked by peptide bonds. They are particularly necessary for the formation and repair of body tissues. They also ensure the transport of substances, are needed for the synthesis of compounds with specific functions, and are used as an energy source. In our products, the main sources of protein are isolated soy protein, which is the purest commercially available soy protein, and oat protein.

The body digests consumed protein into amino acids that the human body can synthesize, as well as those it cannot synthesize itself. Those amino acids that the human body cannot synthesize are called essential. Therefore, they must be contained in the food. The essential amino acids include valine, leucine, isoleucine, threonine, methionine, lysine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan. Some amino acids are essential only in a certain period of human life. A rapidly growing organism needs a relatively high amount of arginine and histidine, which the body cannot synthesize in proper amounts. Therefore, these two amino acids are called semi-essential.

The organism needs amino acids for synthesis of a wide range of substances. Therefore, the human body must hold stocks, or a “pool of amino acids”, so that it can always synthesize the compounds as needed. Usually, the pool is exhausted fairly quickly. It is, therefore, ideal for amino acids to be continuously supplied at every meal.

Mana Powder and Mana Drink both contain 20,1 grams of protein (40% RI) per serving. The sources of protein are soy protein and oat protein, together with minor contents of protein in other ingredients. The amino acid spectrum of our products is full, containing all the essential amino acids in sufficient amounts with respect to the actual state of knowledge. The amino acid spectrum of Mana Powder and Mana Drink, based on chemical analyses, are summarized in the charter and table below:

In this table, we compare the daily intake of amino acids in Mana Powder and Mana Drink with the recommendations of the WHO / FAO / UNU (2), as well as reference proteins (also according to the WHO / FAO / UNU). Based on these recommendations, Mana Powder and Mana Drink are an excellent protein source, fulfilling the physiological needs for all amino acids.

Enjoy Mana Powder and Mana Drink as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Mana is suitable for every healthy adult.

Sources of informations:

1. EFSA panel on Dietetic products, Nutrition and Allergies, EFSA Journal, 10(2012)2557. Available on-line: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2557/full

2. Protein and amino acid requirements in human nutrition : report of a joint WHO/FAO/UNU expert consultation, Geneva, Switzerland, 2002 http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/43411/1/WHO_TRS_935_eng.pdf