Proteins made up of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen , which also make up about 20% of our body weight, is what our body breaks down to form everything from bones, tissues, organs, blood, as well as every other cell and when it is done with those what is left over goes into building new muscle. All this comes from essential amino acids; that are in the proteins that we get from animal proteins including red meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy sources along with a few non-animal sources that offer complete proteins like soybeans, blue green algae, hempseed, buckwheat, and quinoa, which our body cannot produce. Foods containing all of the essential amino acids are called complete proteins and those missing one or more are incomplete (legumes, nuts, vegetables, and grains). Combining two or more of the incomplete proteins can make meals complete.
Without the consumption of protein we would get deficiencies of low protein causing flabby muscles, fatigue, loss of hair, low blood pressure. Some severe issues may cause diarrhea, rashes illnesses and disease. A lot a vegetarians wind up with deficiencies due to improper protein combining. Marasmus is a severe lack of important nutrients in young children and infants. Lack of proteins from carbohydrates sources like rice, yams, and bananas causes kwashiorkor. This is a severe malnutrition disease common in older children. Cachexia is a disease that causes the weakening of the skeletal muscles and reduction of protein.
While high protein diets can cause liver damage and strain on the kidneys from producing more nitrogen waste products. Also if you eat more protein than your body requires, it will simply convert most of those calories to sugar and then fat. Excessive protein can have a stimulating effect on an important biochemical pathway called the mammalian target of rapamycin. This pathway has an important and significant role in many cancers. When you reduce protein to just what your body needs, mTOR remains inhibited, which helps minimize your chances of cancer growth.
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