Lot of people feel that when we are not trying to build muscles, then why should we have protein. But protein is not only required to build muscles. It has many more uses in our body.
It is component of every cell in our body
Protein simply is the building block of all cells in our body. Over 98% of cells in our body are replaced every year. Therefore, it is essential to have adequate protein to ensure that we have healthy cells
For healthy hair and nail
Hair and nail are mostly made of protein. It is essential to have for healthy hair and nail. Lack of protein can cause thinning of hair, hair loss and brittle nail.
For tissue repair and growth
Protein is a major structural and functional component of tissue and is necessary for repair. A deficiency in protein can impair capillary formation, fibroblast proliferation, proteoglycan synthesis, collagen synthesis, and wound remodeling
To make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
Protein are required to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals that are required for all metabolic functions.
For improved Alertness and Focus
Amino acids supply the raw material for the excitatory neurotransmitters such as epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine. When we do not have enough of these amino acids we are more likely to suffer mental fatigue and physical fatigue.
For bones and connective tissues
Protein provides the matrix for bone and connective tissue. Ample protein helps to provide the structure for healthy bones!
How much do we need?
For an adult protein requirement is 1g per kg of body weight. For example, if there is a man of 65kg then he would require 65g of protein every day. And if there is a woman of 55kg then she would require 55g of protein every day.
Are we getting enough protein?
Not really. Almost 90% Indians are protein deficient. You can check a previous blog on this here http://blog.mydailymeal.com/2018/07/indians-getting-enough-protein/
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