Proteins – the unrecognized multi-talents?

Nothing in the body works without the ultimate building material. Proteins keep cells alive and are indispensable for almost all metabolic processes.

They play an important role in nutrition. In a low-carbohydrate, protein-supported diet, for example, they almost exclusively support fat breakdown. However, they can also improve the structure of the skin, hair and connective tissue as well as promote greater resilience in stress situations and positively influence aging processes.

It is precisely when stress, illness or long periods of strain bring the body’s own protein production into imbalance that the body needs more energy. Often the psyche is also affected. Then the brain needs high-quality proteins: for example, glutamine as a neurotransmitter, tryptophan, which is converted into the so-called happy hormone serotonin, or phenylalanine and BCAAs, which have a dampening effect on the hunger center.

If this is the case, the organism first gets the proteins from the body’s own proteins and metabolizes them to glucose (gluconeogenesis). However, if the body is weakened, it is advisable to supply high-quality proteins from outside during this phase. In this way, the body’s own proteins are spared and energy is obtained, for example, through fat breakdown. The positive effects outweigh the negative: a higher resilience, shorter regeneration phases and, last but not least, a revitalizing influence on aging processes.

With increasing age, the immune system weakens, muscle mass is replaced by fat and connective tissue loses elasticity. The intake of qualified proteins can slow down these processes: Muscle is protected from catabolism (muscle breakdown), the immune system is strengthened, osteoporosis is reduced, and any menopause symptoms are alleviated.

Proteins as slimming agents

They have high thermogenesis by their intake alone, unlike carbohydrates and fats. About 30% of the proteins ingested through food are used for energy gain. For carbohydrates it is only 5% and for fat only about 2%. This means that if you were to replace all carbohydrates and fats with proteins, you would have 50 times more fat burning for the same number of calories. The basal metabolic rate remains the same and there is no dreaded yo-yo effect when carbohydrates are added later. Big plus: proteins have a satiating effect due to the production of the inhibiting peptide YY. So cravings are a thing of the past!

Important with all dietary supplements: It is not the mass but the quality of the protein that makes it effective. Mass proteins, for example, do not have a high biological value. This was a particular focus in the development of SEP Protein (Super Efficient Protein) from the Musenhof Clinics. The product is the result of more than 20 years of clinical experience and research. The effectiveness and quality of the ingredients could be proven in independent studies with the University Clinic Mannheim-Heidelberg.

Good to know: In the case of pre-damaged kidneys and liver, one should be rather cautious with a high intake of proteins.

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