The importance of protein

Proteins are made up of building blocks called amino acids and are essential for repair, growth and maintenance. They are important for the immune system., they’re used to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscle, skin, blood and cartilage.

There are two types of amino acids – 9 essential and 11 non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body and have to be obtained from the food you consume. The non-essential amino acids can be made by the body along as the 9 essential ones are present.

If you’re on a weight loss programme and you don’t want to lose muscle tone, taking enough protein can help preserve muscle mass, improve muscle strength and physical function.

Protein can help you to fill fuller, which many of my clients find useful when trying to reduce their weight.

Protein can be found in meat, chicken, pulses, nuts, fish, seafood, eggs or sources like soy, buckwheat, quinoa.

The amount you need is dependent on your weight and whether you are taking protein for maintenance or weight loss .

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