The best grass-fed collagen protein powder on the market! It’s mixed with six organic greens to boost the nutrient profile as well!
The Ancestral Nutrition protein powder is finally here! I have worked on this protein powder for over a year. I searched for manufacturers, interviewed them, hit tons of snags and came up with one of the healthiest, best tasting protein powders I’ve ever had.
I created this grass-fed protein powder because I saw a need for it. I was making my family smoothies every morning, using a collagen protein and a separate greens powder, when it dawned on me that I should just make my own. So I did.
I’ve done a lot of protein reviews and I break down every ingredient, so let me do that here. Here is a list of the ingredients in my protein powder:
Hydrolyzed Grass-Fed Bovine Collagen, Organic Spirulina, Organic Spinach Powder, Organic Broccoli Powder, Organic Wheatgrass Powder, Organic Kale Powder, Organic Turmeric Powder, Stevia, Natural Flavors
Hydrolyzed Grass-Fed Bovine Collagen
Obtaining grass-fed collagen was of the utmost importance to me. I found several manufacturers, but many of them could not ensure grass-fed collagen.
Our collagen is sourced from grass-fed cows, happily grazing in Brazil and Argentina. I pushed for American collagen, but as it turns out, that doesn’t exist in the industry. Collagen protein is almost always from Brazil or Argentina (if it’s grass-fed). There is no large scale collagen production in America, unfortunately it does not exist.
Collagen is amazing. It is the most abundant protein in the body; roughly 70% of our skin is made up of it and 90% of our bone, joints and cartilage. Around the age of 25, we produce less and less with each passing year. This is why we see wrinkles, arthritis, sagging skin, weaker bones, thinner hair, etc. as we age. Not only that, but our gut lining is made up of the amino acids found in collagen. This makes it a very healing food!
This why it’s such a great idea to supplement with collagen daily. It strengthens the gut, reduced wrinkles and stretch marks, improved and prevents arthritis and osteoporosis. Read more about collagen HERE.
Spirulina is often touted as a superfood, and for good reason. Here are some of the benefits:
- rich in antioxidants
- high in b vitamins, particularly b1, b2 and b3
- studies have shown it helps lower blood sugar
- numerous studies have shown its cancer inhibiting effects
- it removes heavy metals from the body (source)
- it’s high in chlorophyll, which helps detox and also remove heavy metals
We all know that spinach is good for us. It’s a leafy green after all! But how many of us are getting spinach on a regular basis? We could all probably use some more!
Some of the benefits of spinach include:
- it is rich in antioxidants
- it’s a great source of folate (particularly great for pregnant women)
- a good source of vitamin C
- a great food based form of magnesium
- high in vitamin K
Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods available to us. I eat it regularly and consume it daily via my protein powder. Broccoli is a cruciferous veggie and cruciferous vegetables are some of the most nutrient dense, cancer-fighting veggies available to us.
Benefits of broccoli include:
- broccoli is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate and manganese
- it has potent anti-carcinogenic properties, numerous studies have proven its ability to fight cancer (source, source)
- rich in Indole 3 Carbinole and Diindolylmethane, which both help remove excess estrogen from the body
I wanted to include wheatgrass because it’s such a nourishing, detoxifying food. I was however concerned with the gluten content – I’m celiac after all! I made sure that we sourced gluten-free wheatgrass and then paid for additional testing to make sure that the protein powder is gluten-free. It definitely is!
Benefits of wheatgrass include:
- wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll, which is deeply detoxifying
- it is a potent antioxidant
- assists with the removal of heavy metals
- rich in vitamins C and E
We all know and love kale. Except…I don’t love the taste. It’s hard for me to eat enough kale, which is why I love that I can hide it in powder form. You’ve probably heard about the benefits of kale; it’s one of the most nutrient dense vegetables. But I particularly love it for its medicinal purposed.
“The extracts of both green and red curly kale inhibited the cell proliferation of three human colon cancer cell lines.”Source
Here’s the scoop:
- kale is a cruciferous vegetable, making it another potent cancer fighter (sources here, here and here).
- kale is rich in glucosinolates, which makes it an efficient detoxifier
- huge antioxidant potential
- rich in vitamin C
Tumeric is one of my all time favorite healing foods. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory due to its curcumin component. In fact, studies have shown that turmeric can prevent environmental toxins from turning carcinogenic in the body. Considering we are bombarded with toxins daily – how amazing is that?
Turmeric has many mechanisms of action, it’s not beneficial for just one thing. It is an antioxidant, it’s anti-inflammatory, it’s shown to improve depression, it’s shown to reduce pain associated with arthritis (among other conditions) and it’s shown to inflammatory improve bowel disease.
Stevia is a natural sweetener from the stevia leave. Despite its sweetness, it does not raise blood sugar the way sugar, honey, maple syrup or any number of other sweeteners do.
Stevia also has numerous health benefits. Most interesting, it has recently shown promise as an effective treatment for Lyme Disease (source). It has also shown to be beneficial for reducing cavities (source), this study showed stevia kills breast cancer cells, while another study demonstrated stevia’s ability to lower high blood pressure.
Natural flavors have a bad reputation, and for good reason. Numerous ingredients, sometimes unknown and other times toxic, can masquerade under the cryptic title of “natural flavors.” In this case however, they’re just natural flavors. They are extracted from both coconut and vanilla, dried and powdered. Simple as that.