Functions of Protein: Does our body really need it?

Protein is quite a vital source of energy for the human body and lays foundation for a healthy overall system. The functions of protein are essential to maintain good health and plays a vital role in the human body. Not only does it help repair build muscle strength and tissue but also supports the metabolic system of our body and enables it to react according to its functions. Along with the structural balance, protein manages the PH level within our body and ensures our levels are taken care of.

Nutrition packed foods that aid the regulation of the functions of protein.

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  • Eggs

One of the healthiest and highly nutritious food items that you can include in your daily diet. Not only are they an excellent source of vitamins and healthy fats but also aid in maintaining weight and promote hair growth.

  • Almonds

Who doesn’t like a healthy snack which contains fibres, manganese as well as magnesium?

  • Lean Beef
  • Quinoa

Great way to substitute carbs and an excellent alternative to foods with higher glycemic index.

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  • Whey Protein Supplement

For those of us who workout or consume less protein than our body needs, a quick protein shake is the perfect fix!

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Tuna
  • Lentils

Complex carbs that contain high protein, variety as well as are filled with fibres.

  • Pumpkin Seeds

Sprinkle some on your salad or blend it in your smoothies for a bonus.

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  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Oats

Healthiest form of grains available that leave you fuller for longer and are a great addition to your diet.

  • Chicken
  • Chickpeas

Who knew chickpeas had protein? For those of us who are vegan, chickpeas are a brilliant source of protein. Go enjoy that bowl of hummus!

  • Greek Yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is thicker and more creamier as compared to regular yoghurt. Always opt for the one with no added sugar and take advantage of it’s endless benefits.

  • Broccoli

An addition of broccoli in your grilled veggies or soups can amp up your eating habits and protein sourced from green vegetables is highly beneficial for the overall system.

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The role of protein and it’s functions

These complex molecules play a critical role in regulating the body’s organs and tissues and may also help you maintain healthy weight on the scale! Here are a few functions of protein.

  • Maintains fluids

Protein plays a vital role in balancing the bodily fluids which are essential for survival. When a person consumes less protein than their body requires, they tend to develop a condition which causes them to swell up if they consume more calories than protein.

  • Provides energy

The functions of protein are numerous. However, one key reason why protein should be a major part of your eating habits is because it acts as the fuel for the human body.

  • Responsible for bio-chemical reactions

Incorporating protein in our diets is important for the maintenance of enzymes. Enzymes are also a form of protein that are responsible for the bio-chemical reactions that take place within our body especially those that are essential for our metabolism. Enzymes are responsible for digestion, muscle contracting, clotting as well as production of energy. Without proper function of enzymes, the body is prone to a higher number of diseases.

  • Preservation and growth

Under day to day scenarios, the body processes and breaks down the same amount of protein that it requires to repair and build tissues as well as muscle. The body is in a constant state of turnover and it requires adequate amount of protein to function properly and continue to grow and preserve tissue. If one does not consume enough protein, the body breaks down more than it can create and this usually occurs during an illness, pregnancy or in cases of athletes.

  • Balances PH levels

 Certain food items we consume may impact our PH levels as well as the stomach acids present within our body can also be harmful if not regulated. Protein acts as a regulator and ensures the acidic or alkaline levels in our body are in constant balance hence, minimizing any damage that they may cause to our internal organs.

  • Produces immunity boosters

During this pandemic, food that contains anti-bacterial properties has been everyone’s first priority. Protein strengthens the human body and regulates anti-bodies that fight off infections which may cause the system to breakdown due to seasonal flus or deadly viruses such as Covid-19.

In conclusion, protein plays one of the most important roles in your body. Make sure you’re getting your protein intake and keep those muscles fueled!

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Areeba Siddiqui

Project Head at FHM Pakistan. An aspiring film-maker and music aficionado who strongly believes in the power of words to bring a major change. Analytical, dreamer and a philanthropist. All about sunsets, nature and embracing the true essence of life.

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