Protein is a significant macronutrient our bodies need, influencing our muscle health, immune system health, gut integrity, longevity and more.
Essential amino acids are the building blocks of protein to enter the body.
Essential amino acids
Our bodies work their magic by breaking down proteins into vital amino acids, essential for maintaining our well-being. When it comes to proteins, high quality means having the complete set of these essential amino acids, which our bodies can't manufacture independently. They have to come from our diet.
These amino acids play a key role in the building and repair of muscle tissue. Falling short on essential amino acids can leave our physical strength and recovery capabilities compromised.
Protein supplements deliver different protein levels and sources. Whey protein concentrate is the most common formula. Whey isolate undergoes more processing, resulting in higher protein content with fewer carbs, lactose and fat.
- Not just for bodybuilders if it helps reach the correct amount of dietary protein intake
- Most animal-based proteins contain all essential amino acids
- Whey, seafood, and eggs are good examples of animal-based proteins
- Plant protein source can be fortified with essential amino acids making it complete
- Both protein powder and capsules are good methods for necessary protein intake
Many plant proteins lack one or more essential amino acids. But some plant proteins, including pea protein isolate and brown rice, stand out for their higher leucine content.
Muscle mass gradually decreases with age, a process called sarcopenia. Sarcopenia develops around the fourth or fifth decade of life, and can be worse due to chronic illness, inactivity, or inadequate protein and calorie intake.
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