Why Is Protein Important?01.29.2020
Protein is an essential macronutrient that not only provides energy, but also plays important roles in muscle tissue building and repair when part of a healthy, varied diet. From our muscles, cartilage, blood, skin, hair and nails, protein is found in every cell in the body.
Health benefits of protein:
1. Build muscle. Protein is made up of amino acids, which are essentially the building blocks of muscle. If you’re physically active, whether that be hitting the gym, walking the pooch, or on the mat at pilates, getting enough protein in the diet is important to build and maintain muscle mass and strength.
2. Bone health. Protein is widely used in our bones. Our bones undergo continuous turnover, and therefore our bodies require protein to grow, build and maintain strong bones. Research has shown that for pre-menopausal women, protein intake is positively associated with bone density. Ensuring you are receiving enough protein in your diet to support bone health is important in maintaining an active lifestyle.
3. Recover and repair. Protein has a big role to play in muscle and tissue repair and regeneration. If you’ve been working out or even have an injury, giving your diet a boost of protein can help to repair muscle damage and improve muscle protein synthesis.