NUTRITION WHY’S #5: PROTEIN AND DIGESTION: Proteins are made up of chains of amino acids folded in three dimensions to give lots of complex shapes that can activate chemical reactions essential to life and build the muscles and organs of the body.

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PROTEIN AND DIGESTION: Proteins are made up of chains of amino acids folded in three dimensions to give lots of complex shapes that can activate chemical reactions essential to life and build the muscles and organs of the body. Protein digestion requires stomach acid to activate an enzyme called pepsin which breaks proteins into smaller chains called polypeptides. Another enzyme released by the pancreas called trypsin breaks these polypeptides into peptides of just a few amino acids. On the villi of the small intestine, dipeptides made up of two amino acids or single amino acids are absorbed into the bloodstream. The rate of amino acid appearance in the blood differs among different proteins. Whey protein is rapidly digested and absorbed so that amino acids appear in the blood within 30 minutes to one hour. Soy protein is more slowly digested so that amino acids from soy protein are absorbed over several hours. Soy is the highest quality protein in the plant world and its slow absorption is an advantage for hunger control. Whey protein is useful for muscle building due to its rapid absorption. There are also protein blends that combine soy, whey, and casein. Protein-Rich Shakes are an important strategy for obtaining the amount of protein you need for your body at every meal and after you exercise. For optimum muscle building, have a Protein-Rich Shake within 30 minutes to one hour after exercise. Healthy Active Lifestyle is 80% Nutrition and 20% Exercise and Protein is the most important nutrient for building the shape you want which is why it is called the First Nutrient!! #drdavidheber #protein #digestion #soy #whey #exercise #hunger to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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