The Important Role Of Protein

Dietary protein is critical in our diet because the amino acids that make up our proteins are responsible for everything in our bodies with the exception of bones and teeth. Protein is what you are made of. Our bodies are made up of thousands of different proteins, each with a specific function and they are continuously being repaired throughout our lives, a process known as protein syntheses, requiring a continuous supply of amino acids. Protein is essential for tissue growth and fuels your cells so that you may have the energy to stay active. Without adequate amounts of amino acids intake, with small daily losses from amino acid breakdown, will eventually put you in a negative protein balance. Amino acids are provided by different sources of protein. Animal protein ranks the highest on protein quality measures, while plant proteins rank lower. The question that remains, is the amount of protein that can be consumed. That depends on your sex, weight and lifestyle. Without protein, the body is susceptible to sickness, disease and even premature death.

What Protein Does:

1. Keeps the body firm (cuts down fatty tissue, making it lean).

2. Sends the fat onto the liver.

3. Builds sound tissues, repairing them.

4. Makes your skin, hair, muscles, nails, brain, heart, lungs and all other internal organs.

5. Makes the hormones, the active principle of the glands.

6. Builds hemoglobin, the iron containing substance of red blood cells.

Characteristics Of Protein Deficiency:

Mild Protein Deficiency:

1. Pale complexion.

2. Easily fatigued.

3. Loss of vitality.

4. Low resistance to infection and disease.

5. Low blood pressure.

6. Slower clotting of blood.

Severe Protein Deficiency:

1. Water and waste remain in the body (swelling and puffiness occur).

2. Enzyme and hormone production decreases.

3. Antibodies are produced too slowly.

4. Skin becomes shriveled looking.

5. Bones do not knit well (mend if broken).

6. Tissues mend slowly and scar badly.

7. Blood pressure is abnormal and erratic.

8. Personality changes and early senility may occur.

9. Loss of appetite, poor digestion and constipation become apparent.

*If you suspect that inadequate protein intake is responsible for that tired worn out feeling, please consider adding more protein to your daily diet.

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