Proteins, Amino Acid Profile

Protein, fat, and carbohydrates are the main macronutrients. Proteins are biopolymers based on amino acids interconnected by peptide bonds. They are essential primarily for the formation and regeneration of body tissue (1). They also facilitate transport of substances throughout the body, are necessary for the synthesis of compounds with specific functions, and serve as a source of energy.

Mana is a high-protein food

One serving of ManaPowder contains 21 g of protein. The main sources of protein in Mana are soy and pea protein isolate, oat protein, rice protein, hemp protein, and algae protein. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the average recommended protein intake for adults is 0.66 g protein/kg body weight.

Protein contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass and the maintenance of normal bones.

The human body gets amino acids by digesting proteins. Some amino acids it can synthesize on its own, while others it cannot. Those that it cannot synthesize on its own are referred to as essential. For this reason, they must be consumed through food. Essential amino acids include valine, leucine, isoleucine, threonine, methionine, lysine, phenylalanine, histidine, and tryptophan. Some amino acids are essential only during certain periods of psychological development. For example, a fast-growing body needs relatively high amounts of arginine and histidine. The body can partially synthesize these by itself, but not in the concentrations necessary. These 2 amino acids are therefore considered semi-essential.

A common concept in nutritional science is that of the “amino acid pool.” Our body needs amino acids to synthesize a wide variety of substances. For this reason, it must keep a pool or stock so that it can synthesize whatever is needed. But the pool is depleted fairly quickly, so it is essential to continuously replenish it, ideally with every meal.

Thanks to its rich mixture of proteins, the spectrum of amino acids in Mana is complete.

The amino acid spectrum of ManaPowder (based on chemical analyses) is summarized in the graph below in comparison with the WHO reference protein. As you can see, Mana is an excellent source of protein that meets the physiological needs of the body for all amino acids.


Protein and amino acid requirements in human nutrition : report of a joint WHO/FAO/UNU expert consultation, Geneva, Switzerland, 2002.