GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE
Proteins provide foundational material, amino acids, used for growth and repair of body tissues. Protein also forms vital parts of the human body such as: skin, nails, hair, membranes, muscles, teeth, bones, organs, ligaments, and tendons…to name a few.
- Enzymes – protein facilitates many chemical reactions in the body, all enzymes are proteins.
- Hormones – some proteins act as chemical messengers, they help regulate body processes; however, not all hormones are proteins. Protein hormones include: insulin, glucagon, and thyroid hormone.
- Antibodies – protein aids the body in maintaining its resistance to disease by acting against foreign disease.
- Fluid Balance – proteins help regulate the amount of fluids in the body.
- Acid-base balance – proteins act as buffers to maintain the normal acid and base concentrations in body fluids.
- Transportation – proteins move nutrients (minerals, lipids, etc.) and other substances, such as oxygen, in and out of cells around the body.
ENERGY AND GLUCOSE PRODUCTION
Energy – Protein provides calories (4 calories per gram) to help the body’s energy needs.
RECOMMENDED DAILY PROTEIN INTAKE:
.8 – 1.1 grams per pound of lean body mass (lbm)
Animal Meats and Products
5. Canned Tuna
7. Black Beans