There are so many different protein supplements available, it can all get a little confusing…
In this blog, Amy gives us all the info so you are able to make an informed choice when it comes to your nutrition!
why is protein important ?
Protein’s job in the body is to repair and maintain all cells, transport molecules around the body, aid cell signaling, support tissue growth and even replicate DNA.
Protein powder is the concentrated and powdered down protein portion of a food of choice to use as a dietary supplement. The most common protein powder is the concentrated and powdered down protein portion of milk, also known as whey. Whilst protein powder has gotten a reputation for use amongst the muscle bound and sporting types it can actually be an effective food supplement no matter your physique or activity status. It is not a steroid, it is not a drug and it has no negative impacts on the body beyond that of normal protein found in everyday foods. That is because it is the exact same protein found in everyday foods (e.g. milk, egg, rice, pea) just in a concentrated version, for your convenience.
What is protein powder used for?
- For optimal repair and recovery, our muscles need all 20 amino acids, including the essential ones that the body can’t produce on its own. Whey protein has them all!
- People with high protein requirements due to sport
- People with high protein requirements due to large body size
- People with high protein requirements due to surgery and recovery
- People with small appetites who can’t eat enough food
- People with illnesses or mouth injuries that stop them from eating food
- People who are vegetarian or vegan
- People with a busy lifestyle who find the speed and transportability of powder easier
- People who like the taste and convenience of protein powder (because blending a steak with your fruit in the morning just wouldn’t be the same, right!)
Let’s take a few steps back and talk about the importance of protein
Protein is present in every cell in the human body. It is the main component of our muscles, bones, organs, skin, and nails. We need protein in the diet to help our body repair cells and make new ones.
Another reason to prioritize protein in the diet is digestive function. As we age, protein is not as easily absorbed in the body due to changes in the digestive system, such as the lowering of gastric juices that help us break down food for improved nutrient absorption. For this reason, protein requirements increase as we get older!
Protein powder is the concentrated and powdered supplement form of protein from certain foods. It can be a helpful and convenient way to boost protein intake for those that may need some help, or just enjoy the product. To choose a high quality product you will need to check the nutrition label for things like protein and amino acid content.