SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI - Protein is the basic building block of the human body and essential to good health. Protein is needed by our bodies for our muscles, skin, hair and internal organs, protein travels around the body in blood as hormones, red blood cells and enzymes. Protein is the only food source of nitrogen and is made up of chains of amino acid and there are 22 amino acids, eight of these acids are called the essential amino acids because our bodies cannot make them we must get them from our diet.

What does protein do?

• Anti bodies which consist of protein are essential in helping our bodies fight and resist diseases.

• You use up protein in everyday living just to keep your body running smoothly.

• Every day we lose protein in the form of hair, skin and nails.

• Protein is supplied to the body to help heal and repair injuries.

• For growing children protein is needed for growth of the entire body.

• If you have an operation protein is needed to help build your body back to fitness.

Where do we get protein from?

Protein comes from the food we eat and are classed as either complete or incomplete proteins, complete proteins come from animal products such as chicken, fish and dairy products and they contain all the essential amino acids which are needed to help keep our body fit and healthy.

Incomplete protein are found in plant foods such as grains, nuts, beans and vegetables and provide a limited array of amino acids. Incomplete proteins must be eaten in a vast amount to enable us to receive all that is needed for protein building.

Protein is the basic building block of the human body. They play a pivotal role in maintaining good health and have innumerable functions in the body. Primarily proteins are needed for the growth of body tissues, repair and healing of wounds, immunity, bone and muscle strength, endurance. Proteins also aid in the formation of antibodies that enable the body to fight infection.

After water, protein is the second most important nutrient for the human body.

It is recommended that the daily diet should have carbohydrate, fat and protein in the ratio 60%, 20% and 15% respectively. Protein is not stored in the human body unlike fats and needs to be consumed on a daily basis. So a daily intake of protein is a must to ensure a fit and active life.

SOURCE: National Corn Growers Association