What Happens If We Do Not Eat Enough Protein

Our diet needs to at least replace a quantity of protein equivalent to what is lost to energy pathways and processes that produce amino acid-derived molecules such as neurotransmitters, nucleic acids, some hormones, nia-cin, etc. If one or more amino acids are in limited quantity in our cells, then protein synthesis is limited to that level as discussed above. If this continues over time, there will be a decrease in total body protein content. This would be visually obvious as skeletal muscle mass is reduced. If the deficiency continues, the level of various proteins in blood would decrease and our immune system could become compromised, leaving us more prone to infections.

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