Is protein only for building muscle?

Diet advice
Le proteine servono solo per metter su muscoli?
the proteins, a fundamental macronutrient together with carbohydrates and fats to modulate the body's hormonal responses and allow for an active and healthy body, are often unfairly overshadowed. Athletes are well aware of theimportance of proteins to maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve good body composition, but we cannot say the same for those who do not practice physical activity at a competitive level. Yet the proteins essential for sports, who must take in slightly higher quantities than the average, are the main one plastic component of the cells and can be considered real "bricks of life”. But how many can say they take enough?

Proteins: minimum quantities and optimal ranges

The name "protein" comes from Protea (primary). There is no single element of the body of a living being (vegetables included) that is not partly made up of proteins. Muscle tissue consists, for example, of about 20%. The body is subject every day to a process of birth and regeneration of cells and, therefore, of tissues. The process we need to focus on is the so-called “protein turnover”. The daily protein quota that a sedentary individual should guarantee to his body for a correct protein turnover, i.e. to provide him with all the proteins he needs in order to complete this process without breaking down the muscles and self-cannibalizing, affecting the most precious tissue for the purpose of maintaining a good metabolism (i.e. the muscle one) is of 0,9-1g/kg. A 70kg man should never consume protein below 70g/day. But taking a look at what is there protein content table of individual foods (remember that 100g of chicken breast does not equal 100g of protein, a common and, unfortunately, very wrong calculation error!), in those who really consume a correct amount of protein?

Protein deficiency: what does it involve?

Proteins have a plastic function (they make up tissues), but also bioregulatory (very important at an enzymatic level), hormonal and neurotransmitter.  They are essential to have a good immune response, to make blood circulation work properly and to keep all the muscle tissues of the body in good health, including the heart and organs! We need go no further to explain how harmful one can be protein deficiency and the importance of this very important macronutrient in maintaining good health.

How many for sportsmen?

Sportsmen should consume a amount of protein higher to support the mechanical stress to which they subject the body during physical activity. In principle, we can say that the healthy sportsman needs one daily protein quota Of 1.5-2.5g of protein per kg of body weight bodily. Reaching these quotas with food alone is not always simple and, especially after training, there would be a need to take part of it quick release with a good amino acid profile so that they are taken up by the muscle as quickly as possible. Remember, in fact, that inside the human body proteins of any kind are "broken down" into amino acids: the more the amino acid profile will be balanced, the more the protein source will be considered "noble" and the more effective its assimilation will be.

Protein supplementation: The Herbalife solution

To make it easier for you to achieve one correct daily protein quota, you can help yourself by integrating proteins through specific products, low-calorie, friends of the line and compounds with high biological value. The ideal are protein powder to be taken at breakfast, as a snack during the day or better yet immediately after training, as Formula 3 or ours Protein Drink Mix. These are simple denatured proteins: nothing chemical! Denaturation does nothing but deprive the food of the water contained within it, making it more usable and practical. If you don't find the idea of consuming proteins while sipping them tempting, you can always use the powders to create sweet delicacies or help yourself in integrating with ready-made products, such as our delicious protein bars, suitable for the most demanding palates.

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