23 Mar How protein can save you from infections and promote holistic health?
Proteins are one of the most crucial macro-nutrient categories we need for growth and proper functioning of many critical body functions. Thus, making it essential for not only proper functioning of the body but during the periods of growth, pregnancy and while recovering from injuries. The name ‘Protein’ traces its root from the Greek word proteos, which means ‘primary’ or “first place” While Proteins are made up of “amino acids”, they themselves act as building blocks for muscles, hair, skin, enzymes, and even anti-bodies.
Health Nation presents the 3 Health Benefits of Proteins you need to know:
1. Promotes Immune Health
Proteins help the formulation of immunoglobulins, or antibodies, to fight the fight the spread of
infectious diseases in your body. Whenever diseases causing bacteria and viruses enters your body, your body starts to produce antibodies as an immune response. These antibodies function to eliminate such bacteria and viruses. Without the presence of antibodies, the risk of infections can increase manifolds. Proteins are also known to reduce inflammation inside the body thus making it a potential cancer reducing nutrient.
2. Aids metabolism and proper bodily functions
Proteins are also the building blocks of various ‘Enzymes’. These enzymes are critical in triggering various biochemical reactions aiding metabolism and energy production. Other critical body functions include but are not limited to blood clotting and muscle contraction. Lack of proteins can inhibit critical bodily functions.
3. Helps maintain hormonal balance
Proteins form the chemical messengers called hormones, that aid communication between cells and tissues.
These hormones include peptides, and amines; which regulates metabolism, uptake of sugar into cells, growth, kidney and sleep functions.
How much Protein is Recommended?
As a guide, the dietary recommendation for protein intake is 0.75 grams/kg for women and for 0.84 grams/kg for men. We request you to consult your dietician or physician before making changes or accomodating special dietary conditions and requirements. Protein deficiency can result in Fluid Retention, anaemia, shrinkage of muscular tissue as early indicators.
Sources of Proteins:
In addition to legumes, and meats, some forms of rice are also rich and easily digestible sources of protein. Most of the rice varieties contain an adequate proportion of proteins to supplement bodily protein requirements especially the ones that are either processed through Japanese milling or least processed. Rice processed through Japanese milling process can contain as much as 30% more rice than ordinary rice.