Protein is also known as polypeptides, they are are organic compounds made of amino acids and can be found in meat, beans, milk, eggs or any source of food which provides our body the raw materials to build its own protein. Since our body can not store or make protein, we require to take them regularly. Researchers found that intake of plant base protein is more healthy than animal base protein, because it helps to prevent high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, heart diseases and strokes, if taking together with complex carbohydrate.
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B. Effects of protein
Protein from animal and plant contain complete or incomplete amino acids accordingly needed for our body to build new proteins. This kind is called complete protein. Since the plant base protein is incomplete, vegetarian must aware to mix some the incomplete animo acids to a complete one for our body to make protein.
a) In general, protein is important to every living thing, in human, it helps to improve the immune function by enhancing the its anti body agent in fighting against the forming of free radicals and foreign invasion such as bacteria and virus.
b) It also provides necessary energy if needs as one of the key nutrients for success in terms of sports.
c) Amino acids also aid the forming of hormones and enzymes that help to regulate our body metabolism.
d) It is essential growth of the body, nutrients in utilizing membranes and found in all major structure of all cells of the body, including muscle, organs, hair and skin as well as repairing body damaged tissues.
e) Proteins in certain food can cause allergies as it may trigger a response from the immune system.
f) Over intake of protein can cause an increase in urea excretion, leading to amino acid oxidation that may cause liver and kidney diseases.
g) Hemoglobin containing mostly protein in the blood cell helps to transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
1. Plant protein
All plants have incomplete protein, there fore eating vary sources are essential for vegetarians.
Consuming plant protein is said to helps to increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and decrease the bad one due to high amount of unsaturated fat.
b) Heart disease and stroke
Most heart disease caused by high blood pressure due to hardening of the arterial wall and blockage of blood movement due to high amount cholesterol in the blood stream, while strokes are caused by broken off the small blood vessels in the brain, due to blood extruding caused by high blood pressure, eating plant base protein can reduce that due its good fats.
c) Enhance fertility and normal menstrual cycle
Plant contain high amount of phytoestrogen, a weak estrogen that can occupy the estrogen receptor before estrogen producing from the body, leading to normalizing the the effect of estrogen is the early part of menstrual cycle, thus reducing the risk of menstrual pain including premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea and increasing the chance to conceive.
d) Breast cancer
High levels of estrogen produced during early part of menstrual cycle for a prolonged period of time is considered as a favorite condition for the development of breast cancer due to estrogen stimulates the growth and multiplication of breast and breast cancer cells. Phytoestrogen from the plant inhibits them, this reduces the risk of breast.
Opposite to the animal protein, eating plant protein does not cause lower bone density even while consuming less calcium, because of less sulfur in plant proteins, a element that cause more calcium being pulled from the bones. Plant protein helps curb your appetite, which may help you lose weight. It also does not cause weight lost due to dehydration because plants contain high amount of water.