What Is Protein
Proteins are a diverse group of substances built from smaller building blocks called amino acids. There are many types of proteins and many functions.
Proteins are used for connective tissues providing structural integrity and strength.
Proteins are used in the manufacture of genetic materials, hormone production, and cell organelles.
Proteins are used for the production of immunoglobulins (antibodies), which protect us from pathogens, that might otherwise harm us.
There are thousands of uses for the amino acids derived from the protein we obtain in our diet. There are also thousands of protein products manufactured by the body from dietary protein.
Protein is therefore an essential part of our diet and vital to the correct development and functioning of your body.
What are Amino Acids
Amino acids are molecules, which can be linked together in sequence, similar to a chain. A few amino can be linked together to form a small protein, If we add more amino acids to that protein, it becomes a larger protein: one with completely different properties.
There are more than 100 different types of amino acids in nature and humans use 20 of them. They are called the biologically active amino acids.
The Human body needs all twenty amino acids used as part of a biological machine and it can create (or synthesize) eleven of these by itself. However there are nine, called ‘essential amino acids’ that the body cannot create and has to gain through the consumption of food.
|These ‘essential amino acids’ are: Tryptophan, Threonine, |
Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine,
Valine and Histidine.
Non essential amino acids are Arginine, Alanine, Asparagine,
Aspartate , Cysteine, Glutamate, Glutamine, Glycine, Proline, Serine , Tyrosine
When we eat, the body breaks down the protein in food in order to create the amino acids that it needs.
All natural foods contain protein with many not containing all of the essential amino acids. Therefore a varied and balanced diet is essential to us all.
Disclaimer: This information is for general knowledge and should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. You should always consult a licensed physician or medical professional for diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any weight loss or fitness regime.
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