With the number of protein powders that litter the shelves of drug stores, supermarkets, and health food stores, it seems like choosing the right supplement requires just as much skill as a wine connoisseur. Most of this age group is not eating high protein diets to begin with, however they should be increasing their overall protein intake as well as their calcium intake, to protect against osteoporosis and other conditions and diseases that they may be facing.
Amino acids are also available in pill form, either individually or combining two or more of the essential amino acids – such pills may be prescribed to patients who cannot, thorough various health complaints, synthesise the amino acids they need from protein.
It is important to remember that the shape and structure of a protein is absolutely essential to its function, therefore anything like cooking at high temperature will denature its shape making it much more difficult for the human body to absorb and use it as initially intended.
Although this amount of protein calories doesn’t seem like much, consider that whenever you eat a food rich in protein, it usually contains other macronutrients, like fats or some carbohydrate, making the total caloric content at least slightly higher (the exception may be completely purified proteins which have 100% protein calories, of which there are very few if any examples like this in our real diets).
People with high levels of activity may need slightly more protein than those who lead more sedentary lifestyles – as protein is essential in building and repairing muscle and other tissues slightly more is needed for those actively trying to develop muscle.