Proteins: what exactly are they?
Proteins are the building blocks of our body.
They are part of our structure: our bones, our muscles, our hair and nails, our skin are all created from proteins. But proteins have several other functions that are just as important.
They help produce enzymes, hormones and immune system antibodies, which can defend us against infection and disease.
Why are proteins essential?
Proteins are considered essential to the human body because our bodies cannot make them or compose them from other nutrients.
Proteins must absolutely be consumed in the diet.
Many animals create their own proteins through metabolism. But, the human body does not have a “protein generation” system, as with carbohydrates. Our bodies can make carbohydrates from other things, but cannot do the same for protein.
Protein consumption helps us feel full and will calm (among other things) the feeling of hunger too quickly.
Are proteins and amino acid chains the same thing?
In fact, proteins are “combinations of amino acids”. They form “chains” of amino acids that can be more or less long. There are 22 amino acids that can be combined in many almost infinite arrangements to make different kinds of proteins.
The difference between essential and non-essential amino acids.
Among these 22 amino acids:
10 are called essential amino acids:
tryptophan, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, valine, leucine, isoleucine, histidine and arginine.
These 10 essential amino acids must be absolutely present in the diet, because they are the basic elements with which the body can create other amino acids.
The other 12 amino acids, which are called “non-essential”, are simply called that because they can be made from the essential amino acids. But, the 10 essential ones cannot be “made” by our body.
Lack of protein: what are the consequences?
First of all, you should know that you can lack protein in 2 ways:
Either if you do not consume enough protein in your diet.
But also if the proteins you consume are incomplete.
(if they do not contain the 10 essential amino acids mentioned above).
In a more subtle way… If your body does not assimilate proteins.
(That’s why we created a protein that is highly assimilable by your body.
We’ll explain everything further)
The lack of protein can be manifested by a simple fatigue at first.
For example, you may feel a drop in energy around mid-afternoon or have difficulty “going about your day”.
What about severe protein deficiency?
This can lead to brittle nails, hair loss, impaired vision, and weak ligaments. But it can also manifest itself in osteoporosis or a very weak immune system.
Why should we eat quality protein every day?
The most important reason is very simple: the human body cannot store protein.
There is no long-term protein storage organ. So if you don’t eat protein every day, your body can’t produce it and that’s the beginning of the deficiency.
To be more precise, the body can “short term store” amino acids and combine them with what is consumed throughout the day. But, the body does not store them long term (like some minerals, or fats)
Make sure you consume quality (and organic) protein every day and if possible at every meal. To make sure your body has everything it needs to keep you healthy.
*Be careful if you are on a low-calorie diet, because if you don’t get enough protein, your muscles will melt away first, and you will lose weight, but it won’t be fat mass, but your muscle mass.
How Nature Zen protein can help you…
Nature Zen protein is a complete protein (contains all the essential amino acids) of plant origin that has the particularity of being “bioavailable”. Therefore, not only are the proteins of high quality, but they are also very concentrated and are highly assimilable by the body.
Why is the protein assimilation rate so important?
Nature Zen protein is 98.5% absorbable, so in simple terms that means that what you eat, your body absorbs.
However, this is not the case for many types of proteins, which can take a lot of energy for the body to absorb. Some proteins, such as whey, can even irritate the gut and cause side effects such as gas or discomfort, and are poorly absorbed by the body.
So, for every serving of protein you eat, your body has direct access to the precious elements it needs to keep you healthy, fit and giving you steady energy throughout the day!
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The benefits of plant-based proteins
Plant-based foods have a wonderful advantage: in addition to consuming the protein, you get all the fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they contain. These are essential nutrients that are not found in meat.
According to the data from several studies, a vegetarian diet has several health benefits:
- lower cholesterol levels
- lower blood sugar
- lower body mass index
- smaller waistline
- less abdominal fat
These are the most well known benefits and are found in several studies from different sources.
What about protein powder? Is it really good for health?
Many people are reluctant to consume “protein powder”. With good reason, as many of these products are devitalized. We had the same concern, which is why Nature Zen protein is a brown rice protein naturally extracted by a low temperature bio-fermentation process, for an exceptional quality.
In addition to quality, concentration is a very important factor. Our protein has a unique concentration of more than 90% and is composed of the best organic and nutritious ingredients to improve your health and well-being.
How to get more protein in your day
Start your day with a protein smoothie!
Snacks. Get more protein throughout the day by choosing the right snacks. Protein bars are a good alternative to stay
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Lunches and dinners. Get creative in the kitchen and think of ways to reduce the amount of meat you usually use. You can also sprinkle or incorporate pea protein into your best “protein-free” recipes.
By giving your body everything it needs first thing in the morning, you maximize the benefits of protein.
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