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4 Reasons Why Protein is Important for Men's Health

4 Reasons Why Protein is Important for Men's Health

Building “bigger muscles” isn’t the only reason why protein consumption is necessary. In honor of Men's Health Month, check out our blog post on all the ways protein supports men’s health!

I’m sure you’ve heard that you need protein to support muscle growth, which is true, but that’s not the only reason why protein consumption is necessary. Protein is an integral part of a healthy diet that should be incorporated into every meal or snack.

4 Reasons Why Protein is Important for Men’s Overall Health

1. Fulfill Caloric and Energy Requirements

Men tend to have larger bodies (in terms of height and weight) and more muscle mass in comparison to women. Men need more protein than women in order to fulfill their caloric and energy requirements for their bodies. Not only do they need to consume more calories than women, but they also tend to burn more calories than women per day. In order to replenish their bodies, they must consume more food, in particular protein. OWYN’s Protein Shakes are a quick and easy snack that provides 20g of protein to help meet daily protein needs.

2. Building and Maintaining Muscle

The increased intake in protein for men goes hand in hand when it comes to building and maintaining muscle. In order to ensure muscle growth there must be proper protein intake in conjunction with strength training and resistance exercising. The amount of protein consumption can change for each individual, depending on their body weight or amount of physical activity. According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, active men whose goal is to increase muscle mass are recommended to consume 1.4-1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight each day. OWYN’s High Protein Shakes can help meet those goals by providing 35g of protein after a workout session.

3. Weight Management

Protein consumption is also integral in ensuring satiety, which aids in weight management. In order to achieve a healthy weight, protein needs to be added to the diet. Protein helps to keep individuals full for longer periods of time, which helps to control the amount of calories consumed each day and reduce the amount of cravings. This is because protein activates a specific hormone, called ghrelin, which is an important hormone that is strongly associated with feelings of fullness. When there is a lack of protein in the diet, the opposite may occur, and a hormone called leptin is stimulated and your hunger cues become stimulated. Protein plays a beneficial role in fueling your body and making sure you achieve satiety.

4. Support of All Body Functions

Protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of the body. We need these amino acids in order to ensure maximum support of all body functions. In fact, amino acids play an integral role in specific components of our immune system, such as our antibodies—germ fighting proteins that help to reduce risk of infection by attacking invaders that our bodies don’t recognize. Therefore, protein has the power to boost your immune function.

Proteins are a great source of energy that have been positively correlated with enhanced health and wellness. We often assume that the only way to achieve the required amount of protein is by consuming animal-based proteins, such as chicken, steak, and eggs. However, plant based proteins are equally as effective as animal proteins, and actually have additional health benefits.

Examples of Plant Based Proteins:

  • Tofu
  • Beans
  • Seeds
  • Grains
  • Protein Shakes and Powders

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OWYN’s Protein Powder has a multi-source protein blend of pea, pumpkin seed, and chia seeds for a complete essential amino acid profile that helps to promote optimal daily health. All OWYN products are high in protein to help make it easy to meet men’s protein needs!

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