It is a new year and you’ve decided that nutrition is a priority for you to reach your 2022 fitness goals.

You are determined to find the best product on the market and head to your nearest Dis-Chem store. When you arrive, you are pleased to see the shelves packed with options.

But you’ll need to compare products to find the best option for you. On the one hand, there are products with minimal information, which leaves you searching for answers. On the other, there are products packed with information, including ingredients you have never heard of.

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The lowdown on SmartProtein3D™

To help you decide when it comes to the FUTURELIFE® range, here is more information on SmartProtein3D™.

SmartProtein3D™ is exactly what it sounds like – a scientific blend of 3 protein sources:

  1. Whey
  2. Casein
  3. Soy

These are complete proteins, which means they contain all nine essential amino acids (building blocks of protein) necessary in our diet. Besides this complete amino acid profile, let’s take a closer look at what else makes this protein blend so smart:

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Whey protein is a high-quality protein made from milk (±20% of the protein) and has a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids, particularly leucine. It is well-known for its quick absorption rate and its ability to add lean body mass.

Whey is often recommended immediately after exercise as part of a post-workout regimen and is commonly used in many protein supplements.

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Casein is a protein source that is derived from dairy (±80% of the protein). It is known as a slower-digesting protein, which is why it is usually suggested before bed. It plays a major role during growth and development and is high in the amino acid glutamine.

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SUPRO® is the name of the soy protein isolate used in various FUTURELIFE® products. Sourced from soybeans, the protein is ‘isolated’ from the rest of the soybean components, making it 90% protein.

Contrary to popular belief, it is equal in quality to animal protein, contains no cholesterol, and is almost fat-free.

Soy is also high in the amino acids glutamine and arginine, offers antioxidant activity and has an intermediate digestion rate.

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Blend benefits

Blending these proteins together can help maintain a positive protein balance over an extended period of time.

Studies have shown that it extends the process in which protein is produced to repair muscle damage caused by intense exercise (muscle protein synthesis) compared to having the proteins in isolation due to:

  • Different digestion rates
  • Prolonged delivery of amino acids
  • Repairs muscle consistently over a longer period
  • Balanced amino acid profile: arginine (soy) glutamine (casein and soy) and branched-chain amino acids (whey)
  • Ideal protein combination for muscle protein synthesis and recovery

You can think of SmartProtein3D™ as a first aid kit for muscles. It is ideal for use after exercise as your muscles have been damaged to a certain extent and need to be repaired.

For example, whey is a fast-digesting whey, so it would be the piece of cotton wool you use to quickly wipe away any ‘blood’. Casein would be the antiseptic as it is a slow-digesting protein and would help the wound to eventually heal properly. Soy, being a protein with an intermediate digestion rate, would be the plaster that you put over the wound to make sure it doesn’t continue to ‘bleed’.

SmartProtein3D™ is beneficially added to FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™, High Protein SmartBar, High Protein LITE SmartBar and HIGH PROTEIN Shake.

All products are available in single portion sizes for on-the-go convenience at your nearest Dis-Chem or online. If you prefer to buy in bulk and save, we also offer multipack bar options as well as a 1kg box of our FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™.

So, if you’re looking for all-in-one recovery options, look no further. Make the smart choice of FUTURELIFE®’s affordable range of products with SmartProtein3D™.

Written by Sonal Ratan