The type of protein you eat matters just as much as the amount. Substantial amounts of protein can be found in meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Some vegetables also contain generous amounts of protein—for example, broccoli. Whey protein is a particularly good source of protein to consume after exercise because it contains not only high-quality protein, but also extremely high amounts of leucine, which is particularly important for muscle growth and repair.
By Dr. Mercola
Proteins are found in every cell in your body. These chains of amino acids are important for repair, maintenance and growth of cells, and are essential for healthy muscles, organs, glands, and skin.
As protein is broken down and used up in your body, you must replace it by consuming protein via your diet. There’s no question that eating enough high-quality protein is essential to good health, but in the US most people eat more protein than they need.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):1
“…most adults in the United States get more than enough protein to meet their needs. It’s rare for someone who is healthy and eating a varied diet to not get enough protein.”
As you get older, however, this isn’t necessarily true. As you age, your muscle mass and strength begins to decline at an accelerating rate…
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