Proteins – The Building Block of Muscles

Posted On : November 10th, 2010 / 0 comments

Proteins are the building blocks of muscles. Our muscles propel our bodies in to action. Often bodybuilders will rely on powdered protein formulas to help them build more muscle. In the past, these formulations were not all that pleasant and were not widely used outside of bodybuilding. Nowadays, however, protein supplements have been created which not only taste good, but come in a variety of forms such as shakes, puddings and even “candy” bars. These protein supplements not only increase our daily intake of protein but also ensure that we are not losing muscles due to the aging process or other factors.

On a molecular level, proteins are made up of chains of amino acids. The amino acid found in muscles is called glutamine. Studies have shown that lower intensity exercise, also known as anaerobic exercise, such as weight lifting or yoga can deplete the levels of glutamine in our muscles. A glutamine deficiency can result in deterioration of the muscles as well as an overall weakened immune system. That is why supplements containing glutamine are preferred by weight lifting enthusiasts as well as serious bodybuilders. In addition, long distance runners also prefer protein supplements containing glutamine because studies have shown that glutamine reduces the amount of lactic acid in your muscles after intense exercise. Since it is excess lactic acid that is responsible for that sore feeling you get after exercising, it is no wonder that protein supplements with glutamine are so well regarded by most athletes.

The average person should consume the same number of grams of protein as they weight. That is, a 120 pound woman should consume 120 grams of protein a day to maintain her muscle tissue. A serious bodybuilder attempting to build his muscles tissue needs even more protein. A powdered protein supplement can be consumed either immediately before or immediately after training, can help promote muscle growth. There are several types of protein powders such as whey protein, casein protein, and soy protein, to name a few. Regardless of whether you are a bodybuilder or not, it is important to consume proteins to maintain proper musculature.
Sometimes a protein supplement might even replace an entire meal. There are protein shakes and protein bars that certainly have a substantial amount of calories in them to satisfy even the most demanding appetite. These proteins are usually combined with some carbohydrates and even a little fat to make them more palatable and nutritious. From time to time, it is okay to replace a meal with a protein supplement because you will still be getting proper nutrition.

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