Medindia
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Interesting Protein Facts

Last Updated on Jun 15, 2023

What is Protein and Its Function?

Protein is made up of one or more chains of amino acids. There are two types of amino acids: essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be produced by our body, and they come from our diet. But non-essential amino acids can be produced by our body (1 Trusted Source
What Are Proteins and What Is Their Function in the Body?

Go to source
).

Proteins are vital for our body's functions as they regulate DNA and RNA, transport molecules, support the immune system and muscle movement, coordinate body functions through hormones, and facilitate chemical reactions. They are essential for maintaining proper bodily function (1 Trusted Source
What Are Proteins and What Is Their Function in the Body?

Go to source
).

Advertisement

Interesting Protein Facts

Statistics about Protein

  1. The human body contains around 1,00,000 different types of proteins made from different combinations of 20 amino acids. Approximately 18-20% of the body weight is due to proteins (2 Trusted Source
    Biochemistry, Essential Amino Acids

    Go to source
    ).
  2. The lifespan of proteins is only two days or less (3 Trusted Source
    Protein

    Go to source
    ).
  3. Protein provides about 10 to 35 percent of the calories needed every day. Each gram of protein provides 4 calories (4 Trusted Source
    Protein in diet

    Go to source
    ).
Advertisement

Role of Protein

  1. Proteins help determine your body’s structure and is involved in cell division for growth, reproduction and healing.

Worried About Hair Fall?

  1. Your hair is mostly made of proteins. They are continuously in the process of growing for 2-3 years after which they fall and get replaced by new hair. Protein plays a key role during the growth phase. Hence, protein deficiency may cause more hair fall. Eat protein rich foods to prevent hair fall (5 Trusted Source
    Hair

    Go to source
    ).
  2. Hair and nails are made up of a protein called keratin, and these have sulphur bonds. The curlier the hair, the more sulphur links they have (5 Trusted Source
    Hair

    Go to source
    ).
Advertisement

Sources of Protein

  1. Plant proteins lack some of the essential amino acids but they may be healthier than animal-based proteins as they contain less fat, no cholesterol and plenty of dietary fibre (6 Trusted Source
    Dietary Protein and Amino Acids in Vegetarian Diets - A Review

    Go to source
    ).
  2. Quinoa, a grain-like crop contains all nine essential amino acids making it a good source of complete protein (7 Trusted Source
    Quinoa

    Go to source
    ).

Protein Intake and High Protein Diet

  1. Protein must be taken in your diet every day as it is continuously broken down and replaced. Human body cannot store protein like it stores carbohydrates and fats.
  2. High protein diet helps you lose weight. Protein rich foods make you feel fuller for a long time and hence, you eat less. Besides this, the amount of energy required to digest protein is greater, hence, more calories are burned. This is the reason for weight loss. Do remember that very high-protein intake has other health complications (8 Trusted Source
    Clinical Evidence and Mechanisms of High-Protein Diet-Induced Weight Loss

    Go to source
    ).

Advertisement

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Gayathri Raghul. (2023, June 15). Interesting Protein Facts. Medindia. Retrieved on Jun 12, 2024 from https://www.medindia.net/health_statistics/health_facts/interesting-protein-facts.htm.

  • MLA

    Gayathri Raghul. "Interesting Protein Facts". Medindia. Jun 12, 2024. <https://www.medindia.net/health_statistics/health_facts/interesting-protein-facts.htm>.

  • Chicago

    Gayathri Raghul. "Interesting Protein Facts". Medindia. https://www.medindia.net/health_statistics/health_facts/interesting-protein-facts.htm. (accessed Jun 12, 2024).

  • Harvard

    Gayathri Raghul. 2023. Interesting Protein Facts. Medindia, viewed Jun 12, 2024, https://www.medindia.net/health_statistics/health_facts/interesting-protein-facts.htm.

Recommended Readings

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.

Health Facts
View all
Advertisement
What's New on Medindia
Do Chili Peppers Increase Obesity Risk?
Don't Mix These Foods With Your Medications!
New Vitamin D Guidelines: Why They May Not Apply to Everyone, Especially in India
View all
Advertisement
Benefits of Registration
Stay Connected
Available on the Android Market Available on the App Store
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close