Protein Supplements 101

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Athletes, women dealing with menopause, people trying to lose weight or stay in shape, vegans and vegetarians are some of the types of people that are likely to have a protein deficiency which can cause a loss in muscle. Protein supplements can help with that.

Protein helps your body to build muscle, boosts your metabolism and helps with recovery from a strenuous workout… just to name a few.

“On the molecular level, muscle loss occurs because the body increases protein breakdown (catabolism) in order to liberate muscle amino acids for metabolic fuel. If this isn’t bad enough, muscle loss is compounded by the fact that levels of muscle protein synthesis will also decrease due to reduced energy intake.” Layne Norton, PhD

Amino acids are the foundation of proteins and by eating more natural foods rich in essential amino acids or taking amino acid supplements people can build up the protein their body needs to function at its best. There are many foods that contain protein such as eggs, oats, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, chicken, lean red meats, milk and nuts but not everyone can eat these in sufficient quantities to help your body run optimally.  This is why we introduce protein supplements to our clients.

There are 22 amino acids. Eight of those are essential to the body to create protein and repair muscle. The other 14 can be created by the core eight through different biochemical reactions of the body. Sounds complicated, right?! Good thing your body knows how to manage amino acids and all you have to do is make sure you are getting them.

Protein supplements come in all different forms. When you go to a supplement store you will likely see a whole wall full options but it doesn’t really matter, whether it’s a powder, a pill or a liquid. It’s recommended to store everything in a cool dry place because after about a month of it being manufactured it can start to lose its bioavailability.

Protein supplements

Protein powder

In short protein supplements are a quick and easy way to increase your protein intake and boost your body which ultimately helps you feel better!

Still have questions? Give our office a call and we’ll be happy to discuss supplements options.

 

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