Proteins: Do You Need Them?



Essential for the structure, function, and regulation of cells, proteins are macromolecules comprised of amino acids.

There are 20 categories of amino acids that can be combined in a variety of ways to create proteins.

Proteins are essential for tissue development, hormone and enzyme synthesis, and molecular transport.


A deficiency of protein in the diet can result in muscle atrophy, a compromised immune system, and other health issues.

Meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, beans, nuts, and even certain nuts can be good sources of protein.

To ensure adequate intake of all essential amino acids, a balanced diet that includes a variety of protein sources is essential.

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