The Pros of Protein

Most strength athletes recognize protein's role in repairing and replenishing muscle tissue. It also plays a key role in maintaining our skin and bones. In fact, protein is an essential component of every cell in your body. But here's some research you may not have known about: Protein can help keep your brain alert.

The Bigger Picture: Ever experienced the phenomenon office workers call 'food coma' after eating a carb-packed lunch? Carbohydrates increase the brain's level of tryptophan, an amino acid that triggers the manufacture of a calming neotransmitter known as serotonin. Eating a meal rich in protein prompts your brain to produce norepinephrine and dopamine, chemical messengers that promote alertness and activity.
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