WHAT ARE PROTEINS?

Protein is a nutrient that the body needs to grow and maintain itself. Next to water, protein is the most plentiful substance in our bodies.Proteins are found in nearly every body part including muscles, organs, bones, skin, hair and nails. These “body proteins” are constantly being broken down and replaced.The protein in the foods we eat is digested into amino acids that are later used to replace the proteins in our bodies. 

 What are Aminoacids?

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.There are two types

1. Essential – need to be consumed since the body does not make adequate amounts. 

2. Non-essential – adequate amounts can be made in the body

WHY DO WE NEED PROTEIN?

  • Growth: Protein is needed for growth of body tissues, including but not limited to muscle.

    (Key periods of growth: infancy, childhood, adolescence, pregnancy)

  • Maintenance: Protein is continuously broken down and re-synthesized to maintain the body.

    (They also help to maintain fluid and acid-base balance in the body.)  

  • Regulation: Protein helps regulate body processes in the forms of hormones, antibodies,

    enzymes, genetic materials and serve as carriers of substances such as lipids,

    vitamins, minerals, and oxygen.

  • Repair: Protein helps rebuild and repair body cells . 

  • Energy: Protein provides fuel for the body’s energy needs. 

Muscle Recovery

Muscle Building, Maintenance and Growth.

Important for the functioning and maintenance of the organism

Tissue Regeneration and Strengthening

Helps Control Appetite 

Avoid Muscle Loss

WHO NEEDS PROTEIN?

  • Kids & Teens
  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Athletes

Kids & Teens

  • Essential for healthy development.

  • During periods of growth, proteins are used by the body to create new tissues.

Adults

  • Proteins in the body transport many key substances, such as oxygen, vitamins, and minerals to target cells throughout the body.

  •  Protein provides fuel for the body’s energy needs. 

Seniors

  • When your body cells wear down, proteins help rebuild and repair them to help the body function optimally.

  • Getting adequate amounts of protein is crucial to supporting your muscles, organs, bone and skin.

Adults

  • A lack of protein can lead to excessive protein catabolism, or breakdown, and may obstruct your athletic goals.

  • Protein provides fuel for the body’s energy needs.

WHY SHOULD I TAKE A PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT?

Protein is required by the body in large amounts, but many people don't get enough through their diet alone. Protein supplements are convenient as they are a most cost-effective alternative to whole foods alone. They are also generally higher quality , with fewer calories, fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates than food sources. Finally, protein supplements can be found in many forms such as powders, bars, snack and ready-to-drink shakes. 


Bellow you can find different types of protein so you can chose which one best fits your lifestyle and goals. 


CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROTEIN:

Classification according to aminoacid profile:

In our diets, protein sources are labeled according to how many of the essential amino acids they provide. 

Complete Proteins

  • Contains all 9 essential amino acids in comparable amounts.  

  • Sources: animal-based foods like: meats, poultry, fish, eggs and cheese; soy. 

Incomplete Proteins

  • Do not include all 9 essential amino acids.  

  • Should be coupled with other foods as complimentary proteins. 

  • Sources: beans, nuts, rice.

Complementary Proteins

  • Two or more protein sources whose combine amino acid composition results in consumption of all essential amino acids. 

  • Examples: black beans and rice; peanut butter and wheat bread; tofu with vegetables and rice.