Why is protein important?
Protein is an essential macronutrient that not only provides energy, but plays important roles in muscle growth, tissue repair, hormone function, and immune support – just to name a few! 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. Support weight loss. A diet high in protein has been shown to help support weight loss and fat loss by increasing metabolism, reducing appetite and helping people feel fuller for longer. A high protein diet has also been shown to help keep weight off in the long run too, with one study showing that increasing dietary protein reduced weight regain by 50%.
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.