what is the function of proteins in the body

Proteins are macro nutrients that are essential for building muscle strength; their role in the body is not limited only that functions. Proteins are present in each of the trillion cells in our body and each type of the 1, 00000 different proteins have a different function to perform.

Some of the top benefits can obtain from eating a protein rich diet:

Builds strong immune system:

All antibodies (immunoglobulin) produced by the body in response to foreign antigens entering in our body are nothing but proteins folded in different shapes and patterns. Without them our bodies protect mechanism cannot function. They defend us from infections, illnesses and are liable for helping the body recover from diseases.

Helps maintain healthy weight:

Protein required for building muscle mass, a diet rich in protein fortify healthy weight gain. Study carried out by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, those who take high protein diet could manage their weight better compared to those with poor protein diet. The reason is protein-rich foods increases satiety and keeps you full for a longer time. It also helps to build lean mass.

Needed for wound healing:

All anticoagulants that are rushed to the site of injuries and cuts you suffer are nothing but protein molecules. These types of proteins mainly help with tissue repair and re-growth. If your body lacking essential amino acids that make up these proteins, healing of wounds and injuries will take much longer, the chances of infection also increasing.

Required for energy:

Proteins like other macro nutrients (carbohydrates and fats) are required for supplying the body with energy. According to World health organisation (WHO) report proteins provide to about 10-15 per cent of your daily calorie intake. Proteins in the food which we eat are broken down to amino acids that are ultimately used to build different types of proteins as they are required by the cells. But about ten per cent of this protein is used to derive energy for various functions of the body.

Helps maintain healthy hair and skin:

Hair is made up of bundles of helical strands of protein called keratin. If our protein intake is not sufficient you’ll suffer from hair problems like brittle hair, hair loss, stunted hair growth and even split ends.  Our hair our skin tissue is also made up of fibrous protein called collagen. Collagen is considered essential to hold the skin tissue together and provide strength.

Keeps the heart healthy:

While the exact role of a protein-rich diet in maintaining heart health, a study managed  by John Hopkin Medicine suggested that protein-rich diet has benefit the heart enormously. The study found that participants who move from a high carbohydrate diet to a protein rich diet had a 21 per cent reduced risk of heart disease. Also Improved lowered blood pressure.

 

 

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