Wellness Weekly: The importance of eating protein; free 1:1 nutrition advice available

Important Functions of Protein – from the Live Well, Work Well Newsletter

Proteins comprise many building blocks called amino acids and are fundamental for proper body functioning and good health. Recognizing the multifaceted importance of protein underscores the need to incorporate protein sources into your diet to maintain optimal health and function across various bodily systems.

Protein plays a crucial role in the following body functions:

  • Growth and maintenance — Proteins are instrumental in the regeneration and repair of organ and muscle tissues.
  • Communication — Some proteins are hormones and act as chemical messengers between cells, tissues and organs.
  • Storage and transportation — Some proteins transport nutrients (e.g., vitamins and minerals), cholesterol and oxygen throughout your entire body, while others store them.
  • Fluid balance — Proteins in your blood maintain the fluid balance between your blood and the surrounding tissues.
  • Immune health — Antibodies and other components in your immune system are proteins that fight infections and disease.

Collectively, these functions make protein one of the most important nutrients for your body. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your diet. Here are a few examples of high protein foods:

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