We Need Protein.
Athletes are aware that eating extra protein is beneficial but did you know that it’s just as beneficial for older adults and the elderly??
As we age we begin losing muscle mass which leads to decreased strength and functionality and increased risk for cardiovascular-related death (after all, the heart is a muscle too).
HEADS UP – we all need adequate protein, especially those who are 60+ years of age (or if you know loved ones who meet this age criteria)….based on research it is recommended that you:
✔eat at least 25-30 grams of protein PER MEAL (for an average of 3 meals/day) to maintain muscle mass
AND some studies also suggest that when the elderly eat protein with carbohydrates there is a decrease in the building up of muscle mass (aka muscle protein synthesis).
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We all tend to lose some muscle as we age, but losing it more than normal (0.5-1.0%/year) is known as sarcopenia. It’s a grave change associated with human aging and is progressive decline in skeletal muscle mass, a downward spiral that may lead to decreased strength and functionality. It also increases the risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. Although statistics vary from country to country, a study conducted in the United States among older adults with an average age of 70.1 years, found the prevalence of sarcopenia to be 36.5%.
In a relatively recent study, researchers proposed the following (speaking specifically about the elderly) – “To maximize muscle protein synthesis whereas being cognizant of total energy intake, we propose a dietary plan that includes 25–30 g of high quality protein per meal.”
Part of the reasoning for that is that we tend to eat very unbalanced amounts of protein throughout the day, with the majority coming at a single meal in the evening. Providing moderately high protein at each meal increases the potential utilization of protein in the best way.
The new MySmart Foods protein optimizers (Whey protein, Plant and Soy proteins) are the perfect solution to this problem, especially when used with a shake base during meals typically low in protein (ie breakfast). Fine, the products and protein optimizers are great for athletes, but the much larger population, and one that can be influenced the most with these products are the elderly that have a difficult time getting adequate protein. View My Smart Foods Here
Sources: National Institute of Health, USANA Health Sciences
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