Why You Need to Increase Protein As You Age


Deb Lowther

Protein is the building block of your muscles. Protein helps you maintain muscle mass and promoted muscle growth when you exercise. The essential amino acid Leucine, found in protein, plays a key role in protein synthesis and repairing and rebuilding muscle post exercise. 

Protein Helps Maintain Muscle As You Age

As you age, you lose muscle mass.  Losing muscle is a factor of aging that starts slowly in your 30’s with just 1-2% loss per year.  This accelerates as you reach your 40s and become really noticeable as you hit 50. Called Sarcopenia, this age related muscle loss affects everyone.  The only way to slow age-related muscle loss is to ensure you are getting adequate protein and muscle building exercise. 

Aging and Sarcopenia

“Sarcopenia is, in its most literal sense, the loss of muscle mass, strength and function related to aging. We are now discovering this loss is a complex and multifaceted process. Most commonly seen in inactive people, sarcopenia also affects those who remain physically active throughout their life. This indicates that although a sedentary lifestyle contributes to this disease, it's not the only factor.” (Source)

Without maintaining muscle mass as you age, you become susceptible to:

  •  Mobility, balance and flexibility issues;
  • Falls, broken bones;
  • Osteoporosis;
  • Diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

Daily moderate exercise can help in the battle with sarcopenia, but protein is a key factor is maintaining muscle. Increasing your protein intake in your forties and fifties ensures you enter your 60s and 70s with a stronger muscle mass, more energy, stronger immune system and better mobility.

Quality protein high in the 9 essential amino acids is key to slowing age related muscle loss. Since not all proteins are created equal, it is important to know what protein you are taking and if it contains enough of the 9 essential amino acids. 

REJUVENATE & Muscle Mass

The essential amino acids found in high quality complete proteins like eggs, meat, grains and protein powders can slow and even reverse age-related muscle loss. When combined with REJUVENATE and exercise, you begin to win the war against sarcopenia.  When you can't get all the protein you need or need extra BCAAs to help repair muscle after exercise into your diet, a daily dose of REJUVENATE can help.

Protein, Aging and Exercise

Dr Stuart Phillips, a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and McMaster University and Director of the Physical Activity Centre for Excellence put out a short 2 minute video, based on his research, that explains the importance of protein and activity as you age. 

Watch video - HERE

 Dr. Phillips makes clear that ensuring you take in adequate and high quality protein at every meal is a key factor in REJUVENATING muscle health, slowing down loss and, as a consequence, increasing energy and slowing down the overall aging process. The patented blend of essential amino acids (BCAAs) in REJUVENATE are scientifically proven to maintain, build and slow muscle loss.

Adding a high quality protein such as Boomer Nutrition Protein can increase your protein intake in your forties and fifties. Take it a step further and make sure that you are getting a daily dose of all the essential amino acids your body needs to maintain & re-build quality, lean muscle mass with REJUVENATE.