Protein Goes to Structure or Biochemical Functions

ProteinThe Biochemistry of Exercise and Training stated that, “There is no mechanism for storing excess dietary protein in the body, and any amino acids that are ingested in excess of the immediate requirements are oxidized (burned for energy) and the nitrogen excreted.” Also both the Basic medical Biochemistry Clinical Approach and Essential of Biochemistry stated that amino acids have many important roles in the human body including, it’s being used in the cellular structure. In fact, carnitine, an amino acid is also required for burning fat. Like the Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs, protein are used in cell structure and biochemical processes.

After ingesting a high protein meal, your gut and liver utilize most of the absorbed amino acids. Aspartate and glutamine are utilized as fuels by the gut and just very few enter the portal vein. The gut may also use some branched chain amino acids or BCAA. The liver takes up to 60-70% of the amino acids present in the portal vein.

Protein has several important roles in the human body that’s why it can’t be stored. Protein also helps burn fats and helps prevent bone disease like osteoporosis. Unlike carbohydrates, you have to consume more protein rich foods especially animal-based protein because foods like meat and other animal products contain more protein than vegetable-based protein. Carbohydrates are stored inside your body that’s why you are getting fatter, but proteins are all used up by your body. If some experts tell you to stop eating protein rich foods, don’t listen to them, because you need lots of protein in order for your body to function well just like PEOs.


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