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What is Protein and Why Do You Need It?

What is Protein and Why Do You Need It?

Protein based foods help keep your hunger at bay, build muscle, & repair muscle tissue after exercise. The body uses protein to manufacture enzymes & hormones to speed up important chemical processes. Your immune system needs protein to make antibodies which are specialized proteins that help your body defend against foreign invaders.

Protein up with our powder mixes!

proteinProtein helps curb and satisfy hunger, sustain energy levels between meals, and help maintain lean muscle mass.

Protein Drink Mix is the perfect powder addition to Herbalife® Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix. Just one serving contains 15 g of soy protein, bringing the total protein content of a Formula 1 shake to 24 g (without the addition of milk). You can also mix it with water for a nutritious snack or protein boost on the go.

Personalized Protein Powder offers another way to support weight management, fitness and health goals. Add this fat-free, protein-enriched powder to your shakes or meals, to help feel fuller longer. It contains 5 g of soy and whey protein, and all 9 essential amino acids per serving.

Both of these powder-based mixes are convenient, with no refrigeration required, and offer more protein than just adding milk.

Protein is one of the major macronutrients in our food. It provides energy to the body and is used to build muscles and organs.

Proteins are made up of building blocks called amino acids. Many of these amino acids are essential, meaning the body cannot produce them, and thus they must be obtained through food intake. When a protein contains all the essential amino acids, it is considered a complete protein. Soy protein and all animal sources of protein are considered complete.

If one or more of the essential amino acids is missing, the protein is considered incomplete. With the exception of soy protein, vegetable sources of protein are considered incomplete. However, two incomplete plant proteins, such as rice and beans, can be complementary, if consumed together.

Most protein in our diet comes from both animal (meats, fish, poultry, eggs and milk) products, as well as plants (beans, lentils and peas). Protein powders, made from soy, whey or egg whites, can also be added to other foods to boost their protein content.

Our bodies require protein to build and repair muscle tissue (especially after exercise), produce important enzymes and hormones, support our immune system, and keep our energy and stamina levels high.

Daily protein requirements depend on your age, size, fitness level and lifestyle. In general, large (200lb), physically active males should consume between 100 g to 200 g per day, while small (100lb), physically active females should have between 50 g to 100 g per day.

Key Facts

  • Found in both animal and plant products
  • Other healthy sources include soybeans, nuts and whole grains
  • Different types required for various functions, such as movement (muscles), growth (hormones) and sight

Key Benefits

  • Helps build and repair body tissues
  • Provides energy and stamina
  • Satisfies hunger and gives a feeling of fullness
  • Supports lean muscle mass


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