Protein powder isn’t just for professional athletes. It’s great for those who like to train hard… and those who don’t. If your views of protein powder have been tainted because it reminds you of the muscle-minded bros at the gym, the benefits of implementing protein powder into your wellness routine go beyond physical gains. With the right protein supplement, you can get a variety of nutrients and vitamins you need to function optimally that you may not get from your diet for various reasons. Ritual–the brand that made taking multivitamins cool again—is back, expanding its offerings with a new protein powder, Ritual Essential Protein ($40).
If your goal is to be proactive and support your overall health no matter what stage of life you’re in, Essential Protein can support your health needs. What differentiates the Essential Protein powder from the countless other options on the market is that it’s made with 20 grams of pea protein per serving, it’s plant-based, third-party tested, and made without sugars, gluten, soy, or artificial flavors which is rare in many wellness products (especially protein powders). What’s more, it’s “scientifically-formulated to not only provide a complete amino acid profile, but also to help promote satiety and muscle protein synthesis,” according to the brand’s press release.
Another reason to consider this protein supplement over others on the market is that there are three different Essential Protein offerings: Daily Shake 18+, Daily Shake 50+, and Daily Shake Pregnancy & Postpartum. No matter which you choose, they all promote satiety, support maintaining and increasing muscle mass, and help steer you towards your specific nutritional needs, depending on your age and life factors.
As far as key ingredients go, Essential Protein features L-methionine, an essential amino acid required for growth and tissue repair; choline, a “helper” of L-methionine and an essential nutrient that plays an important role in brain and nervous systems function, mood, metabolism, and early brain development; and calcium HMB (only in the Daily Shake 50+) to support lean muscle mass and prevent muscle catabolism as we age. For now, Essential Protein only comes in vanilla, but we’re sure Ritual will expand its offerings soon.
You don’t have to be training for a marathon or lifting heavy weights to reap the health benefits of protein supplements, and Ritual is making that clear by reimagining how we view and consume protein powder.
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