Why Protein Is Important

What is protein?

Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fats are micronutrients that everyone needs for there body to function properly. Proteins consist of amino acids that are vital for energy and muscle/cellular repair.

Why is protein important?

Protein is crucial in for building strong muscles and repairing them after a hard workout. Protein plays a role in almost every function of your body. It helps with energy, muscle repair, immune response, and much more.

How much protein do I need?

Everyone is different and everyone's goals are different. This will have an impact as to how much protein you will need. Not getting enough protein can lead to potential health issues, which can lead to muscle loss or tissue breakdown. 
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, put together by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommend the following daily amounts of protein for different age groups:
  • Children under 4: 13 grams
  • Children ages 4 to 8: 19 grams
  • Children ages 9 to 13: 34 grams
  • Women and girls ages 14 and over: 46 grams
  • Boys ages 14 to 18: 52 grams
  • Men ages 19 and over: 56 grams
If you are wanting to gain muscle, a good rule of thumb is 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. Keep in mind, this is for intense athletes that are looking to build muscle. 

Why is protein important after working out?

After an intense workout, getting vital nutrients to your muscles is important to maintain and grow muscle. Many studies have reported that taking a protein supplement after a workout can help with muscle growth and help reduce muscle damage.

What kind of protein does Hawk Supplements carry?

We carry a variety of Protein powders, which include Whey Isolate, Vegan, and Keto. Check out our protein selection here.

  • Whey: This water-soluble milk protein is popular among athletes. It is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all of the amino acids that the human body requires from food. The body absorbs whey protein quickly and easily.

  • Casein: This type of protein is rich in glutamine, an amino acid that may speed up muscle recovery after exercise. Casein comes from dairy, making it unsuitable for vegans and people with milk allergies. The body digests this protein more slowly, so it may be best to take it at night.

  • Soy: Soy protein is an excellent alternative to whey or casein for people who do not consume dairy. It also contains all the essential amino acids.

  • Pea: Many plant-based protein powders contain pea protein, which is a high-quality alternative to soy- and dairy-based proteins. Pea protein is a good source of the amino acid arginine.

 

Source(s) 
Cooper, J. (2020, October 21). Benefits of Protein. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/diet/benefits-protein#