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Older Americans Need Protein to Keep Muscles Strong

Protein from Meat

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  • Older men who ate at least three ounces of protein a day, and women who ate at least 2.6 ounces per day, had more lean muscle mass
  • Those with the highest intake of total protein and animal protein had the highest levels of lean muscle mass
  • Higher protein intakes appear to help counteract the progressive loss of muscle mass and strength in older adults

By Dr. Mercola

Proteins are found in every cell in your body. These chains of amino acids are important for repair, maintenance and growth of cells, and are essential for healthy muscles, organs, glands, and skin.


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