Protein is used by the body for many functions including the growth, development and repair of nearly all types of cells in the human body. Protein is surprisingly required and used in the development of the hair, nails, skin, internal organs, connective tissues and ligaments.
What are proteins made of?
Proteins are constructed from an array of 20 different amino acids in a variety of combinations. These combinations of amino acids that make up proteins can be classified in to groups, essential amino acids and non essential amino acids. The difference between these two groups is that essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body naturally so must be consumed in our diet or by taking protein supplements.
Dietary sources of protein
Protein in your diet can come from a number of animal, fish and plant sources, making sure you consume a balanced diet is important, sometimes it is beneficial to enhance your protein intake through taking supplements to complement your daily requirements.
For those who do not consume meat products there are great alternative vegetarian and vegan supplements available making it easier to get these essential amino acids in your diet if you consume a limited variety of food stuffs.
Why take protein supplementation?
Many people supplement their daily diet with protein supplements, those on restrictive diets, weight loss programs, weight lifters and body builders can benefit from increasing their daily intake of protein. Vegan and vegetable base protein from Hemp, Peas and Soya are great alternatives to whey protein and ideal for vegetarians, vegans, people who are lactose intolerant and those wishing to only take high quality protein supplements that are fortified with other nutrients and vitamins.
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