Most serious athletes use a combination of aerobic and anaerobic activity to shape their bodies. Studies show that anaerobic activity--i.e. strength training--requires more protein than aerobic activity (eg. training without weights) in order to repair muscle fibers and to rebuild muscle tissue in response to the teardown that occurs during strength training.

The need for protein becomes greater due to an increased turnover of amino acids, which leads to a breakdown of muscle tissue. While the average well-nourished athlete consumes adequate protein to help repair muscle damage (the key term being well-nourished) the question lies in what happens to the protein after it is consumed. Profect is a highly bioavailable, scientifically advanced protein supplement that provides superior assimilation properties and is easy to digest. Actinase, the protein used in Profect is a proprietary formulation of enzymatically hydrolyzed collagenic protein isolate, ion-exchanged whey protein isolate and caseinate protein isolate. A precise combination of protein blends, Actinase provides an efficaciously balanced amino acid profile.

How much protein do you need? Your exact needs are based on many factors, but a rule of thumb will provide you with a general range. If you are strength training, multiply your weight in pounds by 0.6. For example, a 200-pound male needs 120 grams of protein per day. Simply figure out your individual needs, and Profect can help you meet them. Just 2.7 fluid ounces-roughly two or three gulps-contain 25 grams of pure, complete protein.

Another consideration for the strength athlete or bodybuilder is catabolism: the breakdown of muscle tissue. The body is constantly rebuilding itself. Catabolism occurs during the phase in which the body breaks down muscle tissue for use in essential biochemical functions. Anabolism occurs when the body builds muscle. The body is very good at maintaining a balance between catabolism and anabolism, but a protein deficit will generally cause an increase in catabolism. Maintaining adequate levels of protein intake throughout the day can ensure that the body remains in an anabolic state.

The bottom line is that if you do not consume enough protein to meet your requirements, you risk the possibility of losing what you have worked to gain. If you are fueling your body with Profect you can be confident that as you lift each weight, your body is balanced, and preparing to rebuild the muscles you're working so hard to define and grow.

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