What is Protein and Why is it Important?
Protein is one of three macronutrients used by the body for energy. These macronutrients include protein, carbs and fats.
Scientifically, protein is a series of amino acids linked together like a chain. The links that hold these amino acids together are known as peptide links. Amino acids are the primary source for nitrogen in the body. Having a positive nitrogen balance is essential for proper muscle growth and repair.
In addition to its muscle building properties, protein is needed:
- To keep a balanced PH level in the blood.
- For muscle tissue preservation during dieting or cuts.
- As energy source when there are no carbohydrates available.
- To build and maintain proper hormone levels.
- For necessary chemical reactions to take place.
- To keep the body’s immune system functioning properly.
- For proper regulation of the body’s fluid balance.