How Does Protein Build Muscle?
Protein is made from amino acids, which are the building blocks of our bodies. Amino acids make cells, enzymes, our immune system and lots more, and without protein, we don’t grow, function or heal.
We get protein from our diets, along with carbohydrates and fats – the three macronutrients we need to survive. Along with these macronutrients, there are also a variety of micronutrients we require to support our development.
When we exercise, small tears are formed in our muscle tissue. If you’re weight lifiting and building muscle, this is the process of getting bigger or leaner – by tearing muscles and repairing.
So where does protein powder fit in? When your muscles repair, they use amino acids to rebuild cells. Protein powder, when mixed with water and made into a shake, will reach muscles more quickly than solid food and start repairing those tears.
Whey is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids you require from your diet (e.g. your body doesn’t make them itself – like it does the other 11). However, we blended pea and hemp protein for our Vegan Protein to ensure it’s also a complete protein with a high yield.
Bottom line? Protein powder doesn’t build muscle on its own. It’s a supplement to your exercise regime and a balanced diet. If your main aim is to gain mass and build muscle, your first stop is the gym and a specific plan for how to work to your goals. It’s important to consider this regime alongside your diet and make sure you give your body the tools it needs to repair and recover.