Mr Protein: back to basics
Protein: what it does
Proteins are the building blocks of your body. They’re essential to a number of functions and processes within the body; from creating, maintaining and repairing muscles, organs and tendons through to making enzymes and hormones.
What is protein?
So we know how important protein is, but what exactly is it? Well protein is made up of chains of amino acids, some made by the body and some needed from our diet. The amino acids we need in our diet are called ‘essential amino acids’. In total there are 20 amino acids, of which nine are ‘essential’: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lycine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
Getting your essential amino acids
Without consuming essential amino acids, protein production in the body stalls, meaning amongst other things, muscle creation and repair ceases. When you’re looking to build muscle, it’s impossible without consuming protein in your diet.
Meat, dairy, eggs, poultry and seafood provide all nine essential amino acids. Many other foodstuffs provide some of the amino acids; tofu, seeds, nuts, beans, lentils and brown rice.
In terms of protein powder supplements, this is a convenient way to ensure muscle growth and repair without having to adapt your diet.
How much Protein do you need?
There are not set daily guidelines for protein intake, however it’s thought that the average male (not looking to build muscle) needs around 56 grams per day (45g for women). However if you’re actively looking to build muscle, or even if you’re just exercising then your muscles need more protein than average. Anything between 0.8g-1.5g of protein per pound of body weight should help with muscle build. Bear in mind your body cannot process more than 30g of protein per serving.
When to take protein supplements
The key time to take protein supplements is after a workout, this is when your muscles are most absorbent and need the protein the most to recover and grow.
You can also take it before your workout (30 mins – an hour) so your body has high levels of amino acids to support your muscles during the workout.
Advantages of protein powder
Protein in liquid form can be more easily digested pre and post workout. You also have a measure of the exact amount of protein you’re taking – you’re in control. Protein powder fits in with you!
Mr Protein: protein and health
Many protein powders contain ingredients which aggravate allergies or cause bloating and sluggishness. However, this needn’t be the case – all products on the Mr Protein site are gluten-free, lactose-free and organic. This means no nasty ingredients, allergens or chemicals, just protein designed to support your personal fitness goals in a healthy way.