You probably already know that protein is important – but you might also have a few questions. Like, why exactly does your body need it? How much protein should you eat? And do I really need a protein supplement?
You see, getting enough clean, high-quality protein isn’t just for bodybuilders or elite athletes. It’s for all of us. And whether you want to build lean muscle, help curb your cravings, break through a fitness plateau or simply support your body on a most basic level – it’s essential.
We’re going to answer those questions and help you walk away with a better understanding of your protein needs.
Protein is Essential
Protein is one of the three primary macronutrients, accompanied by carbohydrates and fat. Each cell in the human body contains protein, so it should come as no surprise it’s involved in the growth, maintenance and repair of our bodies at the cellular level.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 amino acids in total, involved in almost every biological process: they aid in hormone production, healthy immune system function, muscle growth, energy production and more. That’s why getting enough essential amino acids in your diet is critical to maintaining optimal health. Our bodies naturally manufacture 11 nonessential amino acids, but there are nine essential amino acids we need to obtain from food or supplements.
How Much Protein Do I Need?
Here’s a general estimate: take your body weight and multiply that number by 0.5. The result is the amount in grams of protein you should ideally aim to eat each day. For example, a woman who weighs 150 pounds should aim to eat 75 grams of protein daily, and a man who weighs 180 pounds should shoot for 90 grams.
You don’t have to start measuring all your protein, though: instead, try making sure 30% of your plate includes a high-quality source of protein at every meal. This will help ensure you eat enough throughout the day to meet your needs.
Of course, you should always consult your healthcare professional prior to starting any new dietary or lifestyle regimen, including protein supplementation.
Adding Protein to Your Diet
There are plenty of whole food sources that are high in protein – wild-caught salmon, chicken or beef, chickpeas, quinoa, the list goes on. If you’re looking for a quick, convenient way to bump up your protein intake, a high quality protein powder can help.
Choose Superfood Protein
A lot of protein powders on the market today rely on protein sources like dairy, soy, rice protein or pea protein. While there’s nothing wrong with those sources, there’s two reasons we don’t use those ingredients in our Bone Broth Protein.
- Those foods can be hard for many people to digest. If you’ve tried protein powder in the past and been left bloated or uncomfortable, it could be due to the primary protein source.
- Foods like rice and peas are easy to include in your everyday diet. That means you’re already getting the benefits those foods have to offer.
That’s why we offer protein powder made from superfood ingredients – no dairy, soy or grains required.
Try Bone Broth Protein
Bone Broth Protein is an easy way to get all the benefits of the original superfood – bone broth. It has simple ingredients (Pure flavor has only one ingredient – chicken bone broth) and it’s easy-to-digest. You’ll get 20g of protein in a single scoop.
With Bone Broth Protein, you’ll also get the benefits of specific nutrients like collagen type II, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Those nutrients work together to promote healthy joints and skin†, so you can nourish your body while boosting protein intake.
Try Bone Broth Protein in four flavors. If you love savory flavors, try stirring Pure or Turmeric flavors into hot water for an at-home chicken bone broth drink. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, try blending lightly sweet Vanilla or Chocolate flavors into your morning smoothie.
Deliciously Chocolate Protein Smoothie
Time: 5 minutes
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 scoop Bone Broth Protein Chocolate
1 tsp chia seeds
Handful of ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more coconut milk as needed.
At Ancient Nutrition, our mission is to transform the health of everyone on the planet with history’s most powerful superfoods. We create nutrition products made with real ingredients, for real results you can see and feel.