Home / Exercise & fitness / Nutrition / Supplements / Protein

Protein supplements to improve health

One of the more popular supplements that is often taken by athletes is protein. Protein is required by the body for a variety of different functions, and when deficient, muscle loss could result.

The general requirements that are suggested are around 0.8 to 1 gram per pound of body weight each day. If you are a dieting individual, you may want to bring this up further to 1.5 grams per pound of body weight to add extra protection against muscle loss. There really is no need to go above this though, as some bodybuilders often tend to believe.

Vegetarians will likely be very interested in taking a protein supplement as well since they regularly do not consume foods that are high in this micronutrient. Because many of the supplements out there are whey, these people should look into using a soy-based product instead. There are also vegan varieties for those following that diet approach, so not to worry, whatever your needs are, you are sure to find something.

Finally, keep in mind when you choose your particular supplement that casein will be a slower digesting form than whey or a concentrate. Therefore, casein is the better choice when using it throughout the day and whey or concentrate is a better option for right before and after your workouts.

Exercise & fitness
Exercise basics
Exercise benefits
Antioxidants •
Healthy eating •
Minerals •
Supplements •
Amino acids •
Chronium •
Creatine •
Sports drinks •
Echinacea •
Folic acid •
Protein •
Tea tree oil •
Vitamins •
Specialist fitness
Personal training
Fitness classes
Fitness goals
Fitness guides
Gyms & clubs
Health & Fitness links
Leisure Jobs
Personal trainers
Sports shop
Useful tools
Sports & fitness articles

  Bookmark this page | Contact Us | Advertise on Gymuser.co.uk

Terms & Conditions | Privacy statement

All content is Copyright © Gymuser 1999 - 2015

The information that you find on GymUser whether it's relating to exercise, fitness, or health is purely for information and is not intended to replace professional or medical advice. GymUser does not offer any medical advice or information across it sites or within it's newsletters.

If at any time you feel ill you should consult your doctor or GP. Likewise we recomend that before you undertake any form of fitness, exercise or even weight loss programs.