Why Protein helps...
Protein is the second most common molecule found in the body after water. It is essential in maintaining the structural integrity of the body being the major structural component of all human cells especially muscle but also all other organs including bone, skin and hair. They are also essential in the production and function of our hormones, immune system, cellular repair and blood cells. Proteins can also be used as a source of energy.
Proteins are composed of chains of amino acids. There are nine essential amino acids, (phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine and histidine), which can only be obtained from our diet.
Protein can be obtained from both plant and animal sources. Meat and products from milk, eggs, fish and soy contain all the essential amino acids and are considered “complete proteins”
Pea protein has a very similar composition to soy but contains no allergenic components. It has a high fibre content and a lighter texture making it easier to digest. It also contains many branch chain amino acids considered important in building muscle.
Sedentary individuals require around 0.8g/kg per day but endurance athletes and strength-building athletes will require considerably more possibly up to 1.8g/kg per day.