The kind of protein you choose matters. High quality proteins, such as a pea and rice protein blend enhanced with essential amino acids (particularly branched-chain amino acids), can provide advanced nutritional support for healthy aging of skeletal muscle and reduce muscle loss. All proteins are composed of amino acids, some which can be synthesized by the body and others (known as essential amino acids) that must be acquired through the diet. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a subset of the essential amino acids. Leucine is an especially critical BCAA that plays a role in helping build and maintain muscle. A leucine-enriched, balanced amino acid protein product that includes a fast digesting protein base may provide an advantage to help maintain muscle mass as you age—to support mobility and promote vibrant, independent living.
Schedule an office visit to discuss your protein needs and your risks to age-related muscle loss, as well as suggestions for ensuring adequate intake of quality proteins.