The body needs protein for numerous reasons, and its lack would cause breaking down of the muscle tissue in order to supply the needed amino acids.
The most important property of protein is its ability to repair and build muscle mass. It also creates neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin, which send signals around the body. Plus, it has a role in the creation of antibodies, hormones, and enzymes.
You should always make sure you are getting enough protein, but not in excessive amounts. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you should get a minimum of at least .13g/lb of protein per bodyweight daily to stay alive and prevent muscle wasting.
Their official recommendation for protein consumption is .30g/lb. However, your individual range depends on various factors, such as age, goals, physical activity frequency, type, duration, etc.
For example, the protein requirement for elderly people is slightly higher than the average consumption recommendation by the WHO. Yet, the safe range is within .2g/ – .8g/lb.
Going higher than.8g/lb will cause unneeded stress on the liver. When the body metabolizes protein, one of the results is ammonia which is turned into urea we can excrete. The excessive amounts of protein will expose the liver to a great pressure, and it should never be overburdened.
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