Protein is an essential macronutrient for building skeletal muscle among a myriad of other vital functions, including but not limited to neurotransmission, energy production, cardiovascular function, and immune system regulation.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and can be combined in various ways to form different proteins in the body. One of the primary uses of amino acids in the body is to synthesise structural proteins such as muscle, skin, and hair.

Protein is available from both animal and plant sources.  Animal sources are considered ‘complete’ proteins (i.e. containing all nine essential amino acids), whereas vegetable sources generally lack one or more of the essential amino acids.

The timing of protein consumption and what sources are consumed are important. Not all proteins are the same, some have advantages over others, particularly at certain times. Certain combinations may also have advantages.

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