Protein in the spotlight!

Nowadays you find it everywhere. When you’re shopping or even on the menu’s in restaurants: the term: “rich in protein”. People are starting to understand more and more that proteins are a big part of your daily nutritions. But what it exactly does except for “building muscle?”, is something that a lot of people or not yet aware of.

So, what is protein?

Protein is what builds our bodies. We exist for roughly 12 kg of protein and our body replaces about 200-300 grams of the protein that is produced by our body on a daily base, in the liver and your intestines. Muscle tissue has a big impact on this. Proteins build up the cells in your body. Our organs can produce their own protein, so we don’t have to worry about those. It’s when we get our protein our of food, where it starts getting interesting.

En route with protein from food.

As you might understand, our body exists for a large amount out of protein. Proteins from food have a different composition than the proteins made by our body’s and therefore have a different path in the body. Through the help of enzymes in our stomach they are made into peptides and in the intestines into amino-acids. These amino-acids are absorbed through the intestinal wall in the blood, where they in turn are used to build up the protein of every protein in every cell in the body. Roughly 70% of the amino-acids from our nutrition is used in this process and the rest will be pee’d out or turned into energy! This way your amazing body has managed to get protein from itself and from nutrition. Special right?

Functions of protein

As mentioned before apart from muscle building proteins have lots of other important functions within it body: 

  • Transport: they play a crucial role in the absorption and transport of nutrients, the transport of oxygen and the absorption of protein itself. 
  • Building material: they are the building material for every new cel in your  body. Whenever your body is hurt or damages, you'll need protein to recover. This goes for your organs, bones, nervous system, blood, basically everything.
  • Enzymes are also protein. They ensure good digestion, absorption of nutrients and antibodies and play a  big role in the production of hormones (very important!). 
  • Neurotransmitters: amino acids are the precursors to neurotransmitters.They ensure that stimuli from your brain and nervous system are properly transferred. An example of this is dopamine or serotonin, for example.

Where do you find protein in nutrition?

You can find proteins in vegetables (grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, pips and seaweeds) and animal products (fish, meet, eggs and dairy). It’s a common misconception that yo can’t get enough of your proteins from vegetables, but that theory has been made obsolete a long time ago. Many athletes have already made the switch to plant based protein shakes! YAY for them!

Shaking with Yamba Green Protein!

At Yamba it’s our priority that you can go through live being healthy and happy. If you can manage that, then you can have a positive impact on the world and your surroundings. 

Getting the right nutritions is not always easy in our hectic lifestyles, but that’s no problem, because we are here to help you with that! As you may understand by now, it’s essential for everybody to get your daily dose of protein. Therefore we at Yamba health have created a plant-based protein shake. It’s 100% natural, tasty and has all the benefits of Moringa. Our green protein shake is available in three delicious flavours: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. 

Award yourself with all the good things that life has to offer, by taking care of yourself and your surroundings. 


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