Vitamins such as Vitamin A, C and E have always been considered the most important nutrients for glowing skin, shiny hair and strong nails, but did you know that protein plays an equally important role in ensuring that you stay feeling and looking in tip-top condition?
Protein is the most abundant substance in the body after water and plays many roles including maintaining good muscle tone, forming healthy skin, nails and hair and supporting immune health. In fact, a lack of dietary protein is associated with signs of premature ageing, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks and thinning hair.
Protein is made up of a combination of amino acids, 22 of which are required by the human body. Eight of these are known as ‘essential’ because the body cannot synthesise them, but rather they must be obtained from the diet. Foods containing all eight essential amino acids (eggs, dairy foods, meat and poultry) are referred to as being complete proteins.
Whey protein is a complete protein source that is a valuable addition to any diet. Whey is a naturally occurring protein found in cows’ milk and is easily digested and does not contain fat or lactose. The versatility of whey enables it to be incorporated into the diet with ease. It can be added to smoothies and shakes, or can even be used in sauces, savoury dishes, cakes and muffins.
Whey protein has been studied for its ability to maintain lean body mass (making it easier to lose surplus body fat), for bone health and for its anti-ageing properties. Adding whey as a protein source to the diet makes sense for anyone looking to enhance their health and wellbeing and maintain a healthy glow.