Protein-The Body’s Most Important Element Next to Water

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I’m excited to talk with you about Protein today!  Next to water, protein is the most abundant element in the body and plays a vital role in the maintenance and development of all regulatory and structural components within.

Protein provides the primary building material for muscles, blood, skin, nails hair and internal organs such as the heart and brain.  Protein is also required for the development of various hormones which control and regulate a variety of bodily functions such as reproduction, muscular growth, and the rate of metabolism.  Protein also helps prevent the blood and tissues from becoming either too acidic or too alkaline by controlling pH levels.  The synthesis of regulatory and protective proteins such as enzymes and antibodies is also dependent on the amount of protein supplied by the diet.  Enzymes are formed within the cells and initiate thousands of catalytic reactions per second that are both anabolic and catabolic.  For example, the digestion of foods, the breakdown of fats and the synthesis of lean muscle tissue are all reliant on enzymatic reactions.

Antibodies are protective proteins each containing a specific amino acid sequence.  Antibodies are formed in response to the presence of foreign particles (antigens), which invade the body.  Each antibody, however, is capable of combating only one type of antigen; therefore, an antibody which has been produced to destroy one particular strain of influenza would be of no help in destroying another strain.

Finally, dietary protein may also be used as a source of energy within the body.  The extent to which this process takes place, however, is largely dependent on the availability of the protein sparing energy nutrients, carbohydrates and fats.

William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

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