Protein gives you the energy to get up and go – and keep going. While too much protein can be harmful to people with kidney disease, diabetes and some other conditions, eating the right amount of high-quality protein has many positive consequences because it
- keeps your immune system functioning properly, maintains heart health and your respiratory system, and speeds recovery after exercise
- is vital to the growth and development of children and for maintaining health in your senior years
- can help reduce your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- can help you think clearly and may improve recall
- can improve your mood and boost your resistance to stress, anxiety, and depression
- may help you maintain a healthy weight by curbing appetite, making you feel full longer, and fueling you with extra energy for exercising.
- As well as being imperative to feeling healthy and energetic, protein is also important to the way you look. Eating high-quality protein can help maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair, build muscle and maintain lean body mass while dieting.