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10 facts about PROTEIN to help you get into the best physical shape

Only nine out of 10 of us are effectively trying to up our protein levels, and those who are are mostly likely body builders.

But you don’t have to be entering competitions to be consciously watching your protein intake.

According to research by Healthista, 90% of us don’t know why we need it or the benefits of it – which are numerous.

Get in the best shape of your life and be in the know when it comes to protein…

10 facts about PROTEIN to help you get into the best physical shape

10 amazing facts about protein

1. Meat isn’t always the best source of protein

10 facts about PROTEIN to help you get into the best physical shape

When we think of protein we automatically think of large cuts of beef or chicken. But you can actually get just as much protein from plants, such as edamame beans, nuts, peanut butter, tofu soya beans and lentils as well as eggs and dairy.

2. You need around 50 grams of protein a day

10 facts about PROTEIN to help you get into the best physical shape

Protein is found in every cell in the body and the protein we consume is used to build and repair tissues.
It is also used to make enzymes and hormones and is important for building bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

We all know about having at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables but did you know you should be aiming for around 50 grams of protein per day?

3. You can be protein deficient

You’ve probably heard about being iron or vitamin D deficient, but you could also be protein-deficient. If you suffer from a lack of protein you could lose muscle mass.

Other symptoms include the reduction of red blood cell productions as well as joint pain.

4. Your hair and nails are made of protein

10 facts about PROTEIN to help you get into the best physical shape

If you are protein deficient you may notice it in your nails and hair, as these parts of the body are made up of largely protein. In the worst cases, people who are lacking in protein may find their hair starts falling out.

5. Eating too much protein is dangerous for the body

On the flip side, eating too much protein can cause stress on the livers and kidneys because they have to work harder to break down the extra protein.

6. Protein keeps you fuller longer than carbs

By eating small amounts of protein at every meal, you’ll actually feel fuller for longer. In fact, the body takes longer to break down protein than it does carbohydrates.

It will also help you curb those pesky cravings!

7. It helps build muscle

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This is why we think of body builders bulking up on beef! With the right exercise and a balanced diet, protein is the building block in helping muscles grow. 

8. Protein helps your eyes function

Cataracts are caused by the break down of proteins in the lenses of the eyes. People who follow a healthy diet full of fruits, wholegrain and high in protein may have a decreased risk of developing cataracts.

9. A plant-based protein-rich diet may help you conceive

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Researchers have found that women who get most of their protein from plant-based sources are less likely to experience ovulation problems. This may be due to the lower levels of hormones in meat.

10. A diet rich in protein helps you focus

Feeling distracted? Try upping your protein. Your brain needs a steady supply of amino acids, which are found in all protein-rich food.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.