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Protein - taking a closer look

How much is too much? Why is it so important? We have delved a little deeper and uncovered some interesting research. 

Every cell in the body contains protein. It is a major part of the skin, muscles, organs and glands. Protein is needed to make neurotransmitters, for growth and development, and for the creation of DNA and RNA. Protein is also found in all body fluids, except urine(1).

Proteins are made up of nitrogen-containing molecules called amino acids. Amino acids combine together in specific variations to make different types of proteins that form our cells and organs, in much the same way that letters make words that form sentences and paragraphs.     

Eight amino acids are generally regarded as essential for humans. These are phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, leucine and lysine, and other amino acids can be made from these eight.

Foods such as meat, poultry, eggs....

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