PERFORM

Kat Hoyle Updated by Kat Hoyle

Perform was our first creation, our first protein powder. It was born from the need of an ultra-pure, effective and delicious plant-based protein where no expense was spared to ensure the superiority of ingredients and rigorousness of testing. Find out more about out testing here.

As the name suggests Perform is our sports performance focused protein powder. After many years of research, trying and testing different formulas, introducing new exciting ingredients, we are confident that Perform is the perfect companion to any sports person’s nutrition. The innovative ingredients when combined provide powerful support to training and recovery.

The product provides a balanced amino acid profile containing all 9 of the Essential Amino Acids (EAAs). These are the amino acids we must obtain from our food, and where appropriate supplements because our bodies cannot create them ourselves. Perform also includes an additional 6g of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), these are a little sub-group of the EAAs, the 3 amino acids most associated with anabolic adaption (muscle growth after exercise stimulus).

Why pea protein?

Peas are a member of the legume family and historically were first cultivated as a protein rich crop in West Asia and North Africa. Modern practices allow for the peas to be milled to form a protein rich powder. Pea protein is a nutritionally rich plant-based alternative to whey or casein. It provides a well-balanced amino acid profile with particularly high levels of Lysine. Peas are rich in protein, low GI carbohydrates (largely removed when milled into protein powder), dietary fiber, and many micro-nutrients. Pea proteins traditionally are produced by dry or wet milling and typically can provide around 48-90% protein content! Pea protein consists of mostly globulins (storage proteins, >80% total protein) and a small amount of albumins (cytoplasmic proteins).

Our pea protein is produced by wet milling, this is the favorable method for producing a high concentration pea protein isolate (at least 80% protein).

EAA content

Our bodies synthesize some amino acids. Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) are categorized as the amino acids our bodies cannot create themselves, and therefore must obtain through food sources. Dietary protein promotes muscle protein synthesis so an effective protein supplement should provide a balanced EAA profile to best support good health but in particular anabolic adaptions to exercise (muscle growth).

Nutrient content

Peas are a great source of micro-nutrients and typically contain the following (ppm = parts per million).

Calcium

Magnesium

Phosphorus

Iron

Zinc

Copper

850 ppm

1450 ppm

5500 ppm

60 ppm

43 ppm

7 ppm

 

In addition, peas are a rich source of folic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin, pyridoxamine and pyridoxal.

Why do we bio-ferment?

Peas are legumes, similar to lentils and chickpeas. It has been known that pea protein can cause digestive bloating for some people. The fermentation process helps to break down the carbohydrate and protein into smaller molecules, as well as limiting phytate content and other potentially problematic anti-nutritional compounds, making them easier to digest and often eradicating the bloating some customers experience with normal pea protein. We have had an abundance of anecdotal feedback from our customers over the years, letting us know that they are able to digest our protein without the problems they had experienced with normal pea protein. Unlike with fermented whole foods, there is no pro-biotic content left in the finished product when fermenting protein powders (unless added in again!).

Sustainability

We source our pea protein from Canada. With the growing rise in global protein consumption, the need for sustainable protein sources is imperative. With animal agriculture and soy heavily impacting the environment, pea protein is a more sustainable choice. Peas require less water and fertilizers than animal or soy products. Peas also have the ability to fix nitrogen so in fact improve the health of the soil.

Hemp Protein

Hemp protein is produced by extracting the oil out of hemp seeds and refining the hulls into a milled powder. Hemp is a miracle plant that has a multitude of uses, is largely sustainable and nutritionally dense.

Hemp is a genus of the Cannabis Sativa species, and a cousin of the Marijuana plant but it is important to distinguish as these are two separate plants. Hemp does NOT have psychotropic effects (it does not get you high). For a hemp plant to be legally grown, it must have less than 0.3% THC (the active component in Marijuana that gets you high) which is an almost indistinguishable amount. The hemp in our products is 100% legal and the only effects are nutritional!

Composition

Hemp is a great source of plant-based protein, providing a healthy serving of EAAs. You can expect a typical 30g serving to provide 12-15g of protein, around a 30- 50% protein to weight ratio. As well as protein content, hemp contains the following nutrients at stated amounts (amounts may vary slightly).

Vitamin E

Thiamin

Riboflavin

Phosphorus

Potassium

Magnesium

Calcium

Iron

Sodium

Manganese & Zinc

Copper

(90mg/100g)

(0.4mg/100g)

(0.1mg/100g)

(1160mg/100g)

(859mg/100g)

 (483mg/100g)

(145mg/100g)

(14mg/100g)

(12mg/100g)

(7mg/100g)

2mg/100g

 

Hemp has a well-balanced macronutrient and omega fatty acid profile, as well as containing some unique bioactive polyphenols beneficial to health. The typical composition for hemp protein is as follows:

·        Around 1700kJ (406kcal) per 100g

·        40.7+/-8.8% protein content

·        10.2+/-2.2% fatty acid content

·        6.7+/-1% ash content

·        26.3% non-digestible fibre

Hemp provides a generous amount of Essential Amino Acids (EAAs), typically the values are as follows:

Threonine

Aspartate

Glutamine

Serine

Glycine

Proline 

Alanine

Arginine 

2.66+/-0.67%

 1.35+/-0.23%

1.73+/-0.32%

6.03+/-1.24%

1.59+/-0.32%

1.66+/-0.35%

1.61+/-0.32%

94−128 mg/g

Cysteine 

Valine

Methionine 

Isoleucine

Leucine

Tyrosine 

Phenylalanine 

-

0.70+/-0.15%

 1.91+/-0.30%

0.88+/-0.25%

1.45+/-0.23%

 2.35+/-0.45%

1.15+/-0.28%

1.62+/-0.30%

-

 

Hemp is comparatively high in the EAAs Alanine, Tyrosine and Arginine. Alanine supports healthy metabolism of sugars and supports detox pathways. Tyrosine supports healthy brain function, melanin production and hormonal health. Arginine supports cardiovascular health and immune functioning.

Hemp is not technically considered a “complete protein” as although it contains the full spectrum of EAAs, it is comparatively low in Lysine, Leucine and L-Tryptophan. It is for this reason that we use a blend of bio-fermented pea and hemp protein, as the coupling of the two provides an optimal EAA profile.

Bonus Benefits 

Hemp has been explored for a multitude of health benefits due to its unique bioactive compounds. The fatty acid content of hemp is believed to have cardioprotective affects, with dietary inclusion of hemp elevating blood plasma levels of omega 6 and 3 in turn lowering cholesterol and lipoproteins.

The fatty acid content of hemp is also believed to promote skin health! From general skin wellbeing to combatting skin conditions of varying degrees of severity.

Adaptogens and super foods

Perform also contains some celebrated superfoods and adaptogenic ingredients, known for their ability to support recovery from exercise as well as overall wellness and health.

  • Turmeric - one of the most potent anti-inflammatory plants in the natural world. Perform contains a strong curcumin extract to help manage recovery from exercise. Accompanied with black pepper extract to optimise absorption.
  • Reishi medicinal mushroom - a powerful adaptogenic mushroom celebrated for its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial/microbial, and immune supporting bio-active properties. Reishi is in all Perform flavours with the exception of Salted Maca Caramel and Acai and Blueberry (if you have a mushroom intolerance, you can still use these flavours!).

So is Perform for you?

The ingredients in Perform lend themselves well to supporting exercise and recovery, regardless of your sport. If you are training regularly or you have a very active lifestyle, Perform is the protein powder for you.

How to use Perform

Perform can be used in many ways, for creative recipe inspiration our instagram or the recipe section of our website are a great place to start.

Everyone's individual protein needs will differ according to many biological factors; age, height, weight, biological sex, body composition. Then of course their activity levels and indeed their goals, for instance an individual that wants to maintain their current weight will have different protein requirements to an individual wanting to gain muscle. There are many macro and calorie calculators online, however their margin of error can sometimes be considerable, and they should not be taken as gospel. For an accurate macro nutrient (protein, carbohydrates and fat) assessment for your personal needs a nutritionist or dietician can help, but as a general rule of thumb the following equations can help:

Protein requirements in grams per kg of body weight:

Maintenance/

improve health

Fat loss/

body re-composition

Muscle gain

Lightly active

(<3 hrs/week)

1.3 - 2.0

1.5-2.2

1.8-2.4

Moderately active

(3-7 hrs/week)

1.5-2.2

1.8-2.4

2.0-2.6

Very active

(>7 hrs/week)

1.8-2.4

2.0-2.6

2.2-2.9

Your daily protein intake where possible should of course come from whole food sources. Perform can be used to supplement, especially when your daily protein target is higher.

The formula

Let’s take a look at what’s inside. Our formula is protected so we of course cannot disclose exact amounts of all the ingredients. All the “functional ingredients", meaning the ingredients present with a clear purpose of benefitting health (and not just flavour) are there at a functional amount. This means the ingredient is present in an amount that the body can put to good use and benefit from. Click each ingredient in the chart to learn more. Some ingredients are only in certain flavours and amounts may vary slightly flavour dependent.

 

Ingredient

 

Amount if applicable (per serving)

Functional or flavour benefits

Processes/source.

Bio-fermented Pea protein

Cold processed Hemp protein

25g in total, the blend is largely pea protein blended with the hemp to optimize the EAA balance

Pea and hemp protein are superior plant-based proteins. Easily digested, highly bioavailable. More sustainable choice. Plant proteins abundant in micro-nutrients

Minimal processing drying, grinding of peas – flash sterilization required

Hemp is pressed and milled – minimal processing

France/Canada

Plant Based BCAA blend (L-leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine)

6g in total. L-leucine 2.8g, L-Isoleucine 1.6g, L-Valine 1.7g

BCAAs are the 3 EAAs most associated with anabolic adaption (muscle growth after exercise stimulus). Have been shown to prevent catabolic muscle breakdown while training (the body breaking down muscle for energy)

Derived from corn, using a fermentation, crushing and sifting process

China

Turmeric extract (95% curcuminoids)

200mg. We use a strong extract that packs a powerful punc

Powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Can help speed up muscle inflammatory response (recovery) and support general bodily health.

Water extraction, minimal processing

India

Reishi Mushoom fruiting body extract (30% Polysaccharides)

500mcg

(In all flavours excluding Salted Maca Caramel and Acai Blueberry)

Powerful adaptogenic plant. Helps the body to optimize stress response, anti-inflammatory, immune supporting

Fruiting body is washed, dried, concentrated, sieved

China

Stevia extract (steviol glycocides)

We use a strong extract, so the amount per serving is very small

Stevia is a natural alternative to sweetener or sugar. Derived from the plant species Stevia Rebaudiana

Water extraction and purification

China

Enzyme blend (papain, ginger extract, peppermint leaf, black pepper extract)

Top secret!

A blend of plants/herbal extracts that encourage and support healthy digestion

Papain – ultrafiltration, freeze drying, crush/blend

Ginger extract – washes, crushed, extraction and sterilization

Peppermint leaf - washes, crushed, extraction and sterilization

Black pepper – steam distillation and extraction.

China

Konjac Fibre (glucomannan)

Top secret!

Konjac fiber is natural alternative to emulsifiers, derived from a root vegetable. Its function is to ensure smooth distribution of ingredients within the pouch/scoop

Washing, grinding and vacuum drying

China

Pink Himalayan Salt

A small amount to balance flavour profile

Rich in trace minerals

Washed, sun dried, crushing and sieving

Himalayas - Pakistan

Natural Flavourings

A small amount to balance flavor profile

 

Our natural flavourings are of course only derived from plants

"‘natural flavouring substance’ shall mean a flavouring substance obtained by appropriate physical, enzymatic or microbiological processes from material of vegetable, animal or microbiological origin either in the raw state or after processing for human consumption by one or more of the traditional food preparation processes listed in Annex II. Natural flavouring substances correspond to substances that are naturally present and have been identified in nature."

UK

Raw Cacao and Cocoa Powder (Raw Cacao only)

Raw Cacao 1g

Cocoa 2.5g

Raw Cacao is chocolate in its purest, natural form. Rich in trace minerals

Cocoa is slightly sweeter than the former

Fermentation, cleaning, drying and grinding of cacao beans

Ghana

Madagascan vanilla powder (Madagascan vanilla and strawberry vanilla only)

Madagascan Vanilla 0.04%

Strawberry and Vanilla 0.05%

Rich and delicious vanilla flavour

Pods are ground to expose seeds inside

Madagascar

Ecuadorian freeze-dried banana powder (banana cinnamon only)

2.3%

Sweet and fruity banana flavour

Manual peeling and mashing of fruit, freeze drying, grounding

Ecuador

Ceylon Cinnamon (banana cinnamon only)

0.8%

Warm and spicy cinnamon notes

Grinding, filtration and extraction from raw material

Madagascar/Seychelles

Freeze-dried blueberries (Acai blueberry only)

0.5%

Fresh blueberry flavour

Freeze-dried

Estonia

Freeze-dried acai powder (Acai blueberry only)

0.5%

Fresh acai flavour

Freeze-dried

Brazil

Strawberry juice powder (Strawberry vanilla only)

0.65%

Fresh strawberry flavour

Spray drying

UK

Beetroot powder (Strawberry vanilla only)

 

Earthy flavour and natural pink colour

Water sterilization, drying, grounding

China

Gelatinized maca powder (Salted maca caramel only)

5.6%

Powerful adaptogenic plant. Helps optimize stress response. Anti-inflammatory, immune supporting. Rich flavour

Gelatinization is a process that removes the touch starchy molecules, making maca easier to digest. It does not involve gelatin or any animal derivative

Peruvian Andes

 

Product Calories & Macros

Raw Cacao

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1576kj / 374kcal 

599kj / 142kcal 

Fat 

5.4g 

2.1g 

   of which saturates 

1.2g 

0.46g 

Carbohydrate 

9.1g 

3.5g 

   of which sugars 

0.6g 

0.23g 

Fibre 

7.2g 

2.7g 

Protein 

67g 

25g 

Salt 

2.5g 

0.95g 

Madagascan Vanilla

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (36g) 

Energy 

1674kj / 397kcal 

603kj / 143kcal 

Fat 

8.6g 

3.0g 

   of which saturates 

1.7g 

0.6g 

Carbohydrate 

6.1g 

2.2g 

   of which sugars 

0.7g 

0.3g 

Fibre 

5.0g 

1.8g 

Protein 

70g 

25g 

Salt 

2.8g 

1.0g 

Strawberry & Vanilla

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1631kj / 390kcal 

619kj / 148kcal 

Fat 

7.9g 

3.0g 

   of which saturates 

1.64g 

0.62g 

Carbohydrate 

9.9g 

3.7g 

   of which sugars 

1.8g 

0.68g 

Fibre 

3.1g 

1.2g 

Protein 

68g 

25g 

Salt 

2.9g 

1.1g 

Salted Maca Caramel

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1566kj / 371kcal 

595kj / 141kcal 

Fat 

5.5g 

2.1g 

   of which saturates 

1.1g 

0.43g 

Carbohydrate 

9.1g 

3.5g 

   of which sugars 

2.5g 

0.95g 

Fibre 

7.3g 

2.8g 

Protein 

67g 

25g 

Salt 

3.1g 

1.18g 

Acai & Blueberry

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1576kj / 373kcal 

599kj / 142kcal 

Fat 

5.5g 

2.1g 

   of which saturates 

1.1g 

0.42g 

Carbohydrate 

7.6g 

2.9g 

   of which sugars 

1.3g 

0.49g 

Fibre 

7.3g 

2.8g 

Protein 

67g 

25g 

Salt 

2.49g 

0.95g 

Banana & Cinnamon 

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1611kj / 381kcal 

612kj / 145kcal 

Fat 

5.6g 

2.1g 

   of which saturates 

1.15g 

0.44g 

Carbohydrate 

11.2g 

4.3g 

   of which sugars 

1.7g 

0.65g 

Fibre 

3.8g 

1.4g 

Protein 

67g 

25g 

Salt 

2.58g 

0.98g 

Certificate of Analysis

Here at VIVO we third party test all our products for accuracy and purity. Here are the results for our PERFORM.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the serving size of Perform?

Our Madagascan Vanilla weighs 936g, all other flavours weigh 988g. They all contain 26 servings, and one serving delivers 25g of protein across all flavours.

  • Can I use Perform as a pre-workout?

Perform can be used either before or after your workout! However, it will give best results when used after as it is the perfect blend to kick-start recovery, thanks to the plant-based protein, BCAA, and turmeric. If you are looking for something to use before or during a workout we would highly recommend Sustain. Matcha powder is also great as a pre-workout. It is 100% natural and gives all the energy boosting benefits of coffee without the crash. It also contains L-Theanine to boost brain power and focus which is especially useful for those tough training sessions! Our MAGIC coffee would also provide an energy boost before training.

  • Is Perform tested for heavy metals?

Yes! All our products are third party tested for heavy metals and we can confirm that the test results show that all our products are far below the minimum safety standard set by both the EU and FDA authorities. The reports are available to download on our website at this page: https://www.vivolife.co.uk/products/perform - under the Heavy Metal Tested tab.

  • Will I test positive to drug tests due to the hemp content?

The hemp protein contained in our Perform is made from 100% organic cold pressed hemp seeds, which are perfectly safe as a food ingredient and will not interfere with any drug testing. There are no traces of THC or CBD found in the resulting hemp protein so you will be perfectly safe to use this without testing positive for any banned substances.

  • What flavours are used in Perform?

We flavour our products predominantly with whole food ingredients. To add depth to the flavours we use a small amount of natural flavours in some products including Perform. Our natural flavours are made from 100% plant-based natural compounds (compounds derived from fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices), as opposed to the synthetic ingredients used to make artificial flavours. Find out more about our natural flavourings here.

  • Is Perform suitable for those with a pea intolerance?

Our Perform protein is made using bio-fermented pea protein, rather than the cheap heated pea protein, which is extremely easy to absorb and doesn't contain the FODMAPS which can be problematic in green and yellow peas. So, if you are intolerant to whole peas, it would be very unlikely that you would be intolerant to the protein used in Perform, as it has removed all of the allergenic compounds that people commonly react to in peas. If however, you suffer from an allergy rather than an intolerance we would suggest that you do not consume Perform, at least not without consulting your doctor first.

  • Is Perform suitable for IBS sufferers, or for those with digestive issues?

Perform is made using bio-fermented and cold processed protein powder which is extremely easy to absorb. The formula itself is hypoallergenic and complete with a digestive enzyme complex too, which helps absorption. All of our products are dairy, gluten, and soy free and we don't use any artificial additives, colours, or flavourings. Our customers often tell us how Perform is the only protein powder they can digest without problems.

  • Is Perform organic?

All ingredients used in Perform are organically grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. All our products are made according to our VGanic™ promise.

  • Does Perform contain added sugar?

No! We use stevia leaf to provide natural sweetness without the need for added sugar.

  • Do you have a protein powder without stevia?

All our Perform products contain stevia, however our unflavoured version of the Vegan Protein is stevia free!

  • Why is Perform’s salt content high?

The majority of the salt found in this product is due to the fermentation process used to make our pea protein. This fermentation process is extremely important for the digestibility and effectiveness of our product, and in order to ferment the peas salt is required during this process. We also add a small amount of salt to the finished product to help compliment the flavour profile. All the salt used in our products is in the form of mineral rich Himalayan salt which is extremely beneficial for muscle and nerve health. Salt also assists in the absorption of other minerals such as magnesium and potassium, and plays an important role in digestion.

  • How does Perform taste so good?

We use real ingredients to make Perform taste amazing, such as freeze dried acai berries from Brazil and sweet lucuma fruit from Peru. All our natural flavours are 100% plant based and made from a blend of herbs, spices and fruit extract compounds.

  • Is Perform safe for athletes?

Absolutely. Every ingredient used in Perform is subject to rigorous checks at source to ensure there are no traces of any contaminants. Perform is made in our own certified organic, renewable energy powered manufacturing HQ so we can guarantee there is no risk of cross contamination. We have many customers who are athletes as well as brand ambassadors!

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