Protein deficiency rarely occurs as an isolated condition. It usually accompanies a deficiency of dietary energy and other nutrients resulting from insufficient food intake.
Deficiency of this severity is very rare in the United States, except as a consequence of pathologic conditions.
The symptoms are most commonly seen in deprived children in poor countries:
- poor musculature,
- thin and fragile hair,
- skin lesions
- hormonal imbalances.
Edema and loss of muscle mass and hair are the prominent signs in adults.
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Protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes and amino acids are the building blocks of it.
A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue is made up of amino acids - 20% Of the human body is made up of protein.
~500 Amino acids are known, 20 appear in the genetic code, 9 are essential for humans because they cannot be created from other compounds by the human body, and must be taken from food.
Amino acids carry out many important bodily functions:
- give cells their structure;
- play a key role in the transport and the storage of nutrients;
- have an influence on the function of organs, glands, tendons and arteries;
- essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue;
- important removal of waste deposits.