Building Muscle: Protein’s Key Role in Muscle Health

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  • February 24, 2014

Odds are when we think of those who want to build and maintain muscle, we probably think of athletes.

While that may be true, they’re not the only ones who may be focusing on those goals. Maintaining muscle mass is also important for older adults who are looking to offset age-related loss of muscle mass, strength and function. 

If this is something you’re working toward, here’s a tip: Protein is part of the answer if you want to see results. In fact, we all need protein every day. 

Muscle growth starts with incorporating resistance exercises, like weight lifting, into your routine. Resistance exercise stimulates muscle growth and can be enhanced by eating high-quality protein after exercise. That’s because our bodies use protein to actively build, repair and maintain muscle tissue. 

But not just any protein will do. Not all sources of protein are created equally, and the type of protein consumed may influence the results you see. By choosing sources of protein, like, milk and yogurt, you can be sure that you’re getting high-quality protein. 

If you’re looking to add more high-quality protein to your diet, it can be easy. 

Simply make sure protein is a component of each meal, according Dan Benardot, Ph.D., in Adding 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt to your breakfast or having some as a snack can help provide the protein your body needs to maintain muscle.