Working out to increase muscle mass is only half the story. It is also important to focus on healing your muscles. Muscles can experience micro tears and in order for them to heal and grow bigger and stronger, sufficient protein intake is needed. When consumed, protein converts itself into amino acid. The damaged muscle then sends out signals for the amino acid to convert into new muscles and satellite cells. According to Harvard Medical School in the United States, adults who are relatively active need protein at an average of 10 percent of their total caloric intake, which is roughly the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of weight.
- New Discovery