Protein is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of the human body. It cannot be stored, so the body requires a continuos supply. The body uses protein to build and repair tissue, renew and replace cells and aids in manufacturing hormones, enzymes and anti-bodies. The higher the quality of protein the body receives, the greater itís ability to utilize protein for these important building and repair functions. A protein is only as useful to the body as its least plentiful essential amino acid.
- meat, fish and poultry
- milk and milk products
- whole grains
When supplementing, look for products with:
- all 22 amino acids involved in human nutrition
- low fat
- low cholesterol
- low-temperature processing
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