Your body uses protein to build and repair tissue while also making enzymes, hormones, and other essential chemicals. Protein is not stored by the body, so it is essential to ensure you are getting enough each day.
What is Protein?
There are 22 amino acids, classified as essential or non-essential. Essential amino acids are named as such because they cannot be made by the body. As a result, they must come from food. Animal protein sources are the best sources of essential amino acids, but it is possible with some effort to combine plant-based foods to consume all the essential amino acids.
Protein has several roles in the body, including:
- Growth and repair
- An essential part of building and maintaining muscle mass
- Providing energy
- Regulating important metabolic processes
- Supporting the immune system
- Supporting healthy skin and hair
- Assisting in maintaining a healthy hormone balance
When do you need more protein?
- Growing up. A teenager needs more protein to fuel their workouts, especially as their body is still growing and uses more protein in general.
- Starting an exercise program. If working out is new to you and you are trying to build muscle, you will require more protein than you normally would.
- Workout increased and intensified? If you normally work out for half an hour a few times a week, but decided to train for a half-marathon, then your body will need more protein.
- If you are going vegan. People who pursue a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle eliminate several common protein sources from their diet, including meat, chicken, and fish, and sometimes dairy and eggs as well. There are several protein sources that include beans and vegetables; however, a Vegan’s dietary supplemented sources of protein would include pea, rice, soy, mixed grains, or hemp seed, helping to ensuring that they get all essential amino acids daily.
Who might like to top up their diet with Red Seal FIT Protein powder?
- Busy people who have limited time who need a fast meal fix! E.g., Protein smoothie for breakfast
- People who want to gain lean mass and muscle or re-fuel after exercise
- Those trying to manage food cravings
- Those on a Ketogenic or high protein diet
- Those looking for added protein in their diet as they do not consumer enough daily
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Vitamin and mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet.