The Importance of Protein

To simply put it, Protein is a component of every cell in your body. Protein serves as an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. While most people only recognize protein as a component for gym goers to build muscle, what they’re unaware of is that protein is needed to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. This means that a lack of protein for just about anybody can negatively affect ones health. Here’s some pointers of why enough protein needs to be consumed and the benefits that comes along with it:

Improves Muscle Mass

This is what most people recognize the function of protein is for. Eating enough protein is necessary to build and maintain healthy muscle mass, while also supporting tendon, ligaments and other body tissue. When your diet is lacking in amino acids, “muscle wasting” can take place when your muscle fibers are broken down to support your body’s energy needs.

Protein Helps Manage Your Weight by Filling You Up

Protein-based foods makes you fuller longer than carbohydrates and fats. This is exactly why most weight loss programs recommend a high-protein based diets. Eating protein also creates a process in the body known as ‘thermogenesis’ which requires the body to burn more calories in order to digest food.

Helps Maintain Strong Bones

A diet high in protein can heal broken bones, prevent bone weaknesses, fractures and even osteoporosis by increasing calcium absorption and helping bone metabolism.

Promote Healthy Brain Function and Learning

Proteins are needed to make enzymes, hormones and neurotransmitters that are critical for cognitive functions. Studies show that once all necessary amino acids are reintroduced into the diet, learning and motor skills improve.

Protein Promotes Heart Health

High protein intake has been shown to lower blood pressure levels. Consuming sufficient protein will substitute carbohydrate and fatty foods and result in lower “bad cholesterol” and triglyceride levels. This will in turn help to prevent chronic illnesses such as heart diseases, diabetes and stroke.

To sum it up, having enough protein is way more crucial than what most people think. Whether you’re an athlete or a regular person, you NEED protein for your body to function throughout your day to day activities. One of the problems why people aren’t getting enough protein is due to missing meals and not getting enough proteins from real foods. This could be because you might have forgotten a meal throughout your busy schedule or you just do not have the appetite to keep consuming high-protein foods such as lean meats.

To solve this issue of missing out meals, most people would introduce high in protein supplements such as a protein shake or bar. Even if you missed out 1 meal, one serving of protein shake can provide you from 10g-20g of protein and in this way, you are sure to get enough proteins per day along with your basic meals.

When sourcing for supplements high in protein, one should look at it’s quality and origin of it’s ingredients. A good benchmarking for protein quality is by looking out for PDCAAS scores. PDCAAS stands for Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score. It is a method established by the World Health Organization (WHO) to evaluate protein quality which helps clarify the real value of soy proteins. It takes into account the amino acid of the protein, plus a rating of its digestibility by humans. PDCAAS scores range from 0 being the lowest to 1 being the highest. Protein sources with a score of PDCAAS=1 is basically the best quality of protein you can get in the world.

Some forms of protein that has a PDCAAS score of 1 are baked salmon and certain brands of protein powder. One such protein powder which has a PDCAAS score of 1 are the range of protein powders from NUTRILITE™. Protein powders by Nutrilite are the best in the world and more importantly, naturally-sourced. These qualities make Nutrilite protein the perfect supplement for days where you’re not getting enough protein from lean meats or if you’re one of those who are often missing out on your meals. For people who are vegetarian or lactose-intolerant, the good news is that Nutrilite has an All Plant Protein Powder variation which is created to specifically suit your needs.

To purchase from NUTRILITE™, you will need to register as a member at a fee of 70 SGD or get your purchase from people who are already a member. If you’d like to consider making a purchase from Nutrilite’s huge range of natural health products, you can enquire with me at +65 81216556 [Haikal].