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The Benefits Of Taking Protein Supplements

Updated on December 6, 2015

What are the Benefits of Protein Powder?

There are many foods that contain protein—in fact, so many that we often consume some kind it each day unknowingly. It is one of the macro-nutrients needed to sustain our bodies, alongside healthy fats and carbohydrates.

This essential macro-nutrient helps the body build, repair and maintain its regular functions, like the functions of the muscles and other tissues within the body.

How much do you need?

People should consume a diet containing at least 15 percent of protein to maintain the body's regular intake of the macro-nutrient. Intakes for different types of people vary, however, younger people and seniors often need a little more than adults.

Tip: Have a protein shake before breakfast and after your workouts

A person can add more protein to their diet though eating more natural meats, poultry and seafood, in addition to eggs, soy products, beans and nuts. There are other ways to add it to one's diet, particularly if they need to consume more than the regular daily requirements for their age and body type.

Recommended servings based on activity

Activity Level
Amount of Protein Supplement per day
Low
1/2 Shake (.5g/1lb BW)
Medium
1 Shake (1g/1lb BW)
High
2 Shakes (1.5g/1lb BW)
Intense
3-5 Shakes (2g/1lb BW)

Protein Shakes are:

  • Convenient
  • Nutritious
  • Effective
  • Safe
  • A great supplement to a healthy diet

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Side Effects:

Side effects often don't occur in most people, as it's a naturally occurring macro-nutrient within the body. If you do experience some sort of side effect from it, it's best to consult a doctor and speak with them about it before continued use.

Benefits Overview

Protein supplements offer all of the benefits that natural sources do, though in a different, more quick absorbing form. Athletes and people with a lack of protein in their diets can use them to recover much quicker, build muscle and as a quick source when they need to consume more.

These products come in the form of protein powders or drinks. Protein is also commonly added to energy bars and other healthy snacks. Protein supplements help people replace the aforementioned lost protein and even build more muscle, as it helps the muscles grow and repair themselves.

The most common protein products include bulking and recuperation powders, meal replacements and bodybuilding aids. Recuperation products restore lost protein and body weight to people who are recovering from a body ravaging illness and need to gain weight.

Wrapping up

Meal replacement supplements help overweight and/or obese people regulate their energy intake, so they can stimulate their bodies into losing weight. Bodybuilding supplements, however, are near-pure and fortified for bulking up the body's muscles for bodybuilding purposes.

In fact, there are completely pure protein sources on the market today. Whey powder is a commonly bought alternative. It benefits people who need a plentiful form of the nutrient without spending too much money on other products. It also helps people relieve allergenic symptoms and acts as an appetite suppressant.

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      prosols 4 years ago

      i m 28 years old and my weight is 51kg what do you prefer me how much amonut should i take to gain how much weight?

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      Jared Miles 4 years ago from Australia

      It's good to see a market for this type of topic on Hubpages. I've been strength training for about two years, and I'm an advocate for the effectiveness of protein powders and healthy supplementation.

      Thanks for your Hub and spreading the word, voted up, followed, and shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks for this information on Protein. I most likely need a bit more as I'm a vegetarian. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great information! I may have to give these a try. It is hard to get lots of protien while trying to be conscious about cholesterol.

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      This is useful information! Thanks for the hub. I know a little about protein supplements. I had to use protein supplements when I did the p90x workouts. I found that when I took the protein supplement my muscles hurt less and I could do more the next day.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great information for men and women. Very helpful. Welcome to Hubpages!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful information. Thanks for sharing.