25 Jan 2018 12:16 PM
Protein: The great and powerful
You must've been hearing about this word "Protein" since you were in grade school where it first popped up in the "balanced diet" chart. It was mentioned there in the balanced diet chart that protein, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, fats were absolutely necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That was a necessary lesson to learn in school but do we really understood that concept? Do you really know what is protein except the fact that it's essential for the body? Or do you know how much protein is required for the body? Let us first see what is protein.
The building block of the body
Protein is the building blocks of the body. Everything in your body is made up of protein. The muscles, bones, hair, skin, arteries, everything. Each and every organ is made up of tissues made of protein. Protein consist chain of amino acids. Amino acids are the essential which are the building blocks of the body. Protein is the contractor and Amino acids are the labors who build the blocks. There are 20 types of essential amino required for the body. 9 of them can be gained only through food and the other 11 is produced by the body itself. These 9 amino acids are obtained from different sources of protein. They are namely histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. They are obtained from various sources of foods like vegetables, dairy products, fruits etc.
Why is protein required?
- Protein is used to build and repair tissues of the body.
- Every component of the body is made up of protein.
- Protein makes enzymes, hormones cartilages, and skin.
- They are responsible for the transfer of hemoglobin to the cells.
- Protein is used by the body as fuel when the body is running low with carbohydrates and fats.
- Protein is responsible for the movement of our body.
How much protein is required?
There are rumors spread about protein that it should be taken in a large quantity. This is not true even though protein is to be taken in more quantity than vitamins and minerals. Every age group and body weight has different requirement for protein. Taking theexcessive amount of protein will lead the body to reject it and cause damage to the stomach and liver of the body.
Here's the following amount of protein required for different age groups
0-2 Years - They do not require protein for anywhere but mother's milk. Mother's milk completes the requirement of protein for an infant.
2-3 - 16.7 gm
4-6 - 20.1 gm
7-9 - 29.5 gm
10-12 - 39.5 gm
13-15 - 54.3 gm
16-17 - 61.5 gm
Above 18 - 25 gm
Protein required for body-building
If you're going to the gym your gym trainer would definitely reach you to take protein powder for muscle building. Here's the catch " if you're too busy with your schedule and don't have enough time for protein intake then yes take protein powder". If you're not really that busy and can manage to have enough time to eat protein-rich foods then do not get for protein powder. One, it will help you have a natural body. Two, it will save your money. If protein powder intake is stopped then slowly it reduces the muscle fat. Protein required for body-building is very different from taking protein for keeping your body healthy. Protein intake is quiterequiredfor body-building because ofmuscles recovery protein is required. After the muscle breaks due to lifting weights and exercises protein is required to fill the gap in it.