People have been using it for a long time, and it has great benefits but it’s important to know what it is and what it does for your body… So let’s find out!
This will be my first post on protein powder which will lead to a few follow up posts because there’s lots to discover…
First of all protein is one of 6 essential nutrients indicating that protein is a vital component for proper bodily function.
Protein breaks down into amino acids. There are 20 amino acids that help produce protein in your body. In fact, there are 9 essential amino acids because the rest your body can synthesize and every cell uses and needs protein in order to survive so it is truly essential.
Everyone needs protein but it is especially important for muscle growth and maintenance. As an active individual your muscles are constantly being worked. As you exercise, the fibers in your muscles tear slightly and must repair by rebuilding cells. Cells however, can only rebuild with the help of amino acids, which explains the important role of protein in our daily diets.
Protein along with other nutrients; vitamins and minerals can come from many different sources such as: Chicken, eggs, fish, beef, pork, milk, beans and some grains. Protein powders however, are concentrated forms of different sources of protein. This means that instead of having for example, a glass of milk which contains protein, carbohydrates and fat, protein powder is simply the protein of the milk. Therefore, it is a direct, quick digesting source of protein for optimal muscle recovery.
I hope this offers some clarity, and remember to stay healthy!
Also published on Medium.